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TOP FREE MEDITATION APPS – Better Sleep, Relax, Focus

Cannot go to your favorite gym to join meditation class to reduce stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine and social distancing? Try to meditate using these top free meditation applications at home.

Top 7 Free Meditation Apps to reduce stress, for better sleep and focus

TOP 7 FREE MEDITATION APPS – HELP TO REDUCE STRESS, SLEEP BETTER AND FEEL RELAXED AT HOME

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In line with technological developments, we want things to be made easier. Included in relieving stress and relaxing the mind with meditation.

Nowadays, we can easily download and install free meditation apps to help us stay motivated in the journey to mindfulness.

Meditation is one of the best ways to start and end the day. This activity can reduce stress, increase focus, and help reduce sleep problems. If you want to try meditation at home, there are a number of applications that can help you.

 

1. 10% Happier (Android and iOS)

10% Happier - Meditation App

If you are among those who are skeptical of meditation, then I suggest you to check this one out. 10% Happier application that was released on November 13, 2017, provides various explanations regarding meditation and discussion videos with practitioners and meditation teachers. You can also be guided by a coach through the application. If you subscribe to this application, you will be asked to enter a mobile number and a trainer will contact you. The application offers not only guided meditation from the world’s best teachers, but also videos, talks and sleep content that will help you to sleep better.

They also have short inspiration stories and wisdom that you can listen to while on the go. There will be new content released weekly so you will always have new and fresh meditation content.

For the record, 10% Happier is #1 Top listed app in New York Times “How to Meditate” guide. This app was also featured for “emergency election stress” meditations in The Washing ton Post. It’s also launched on ABC’s Good Morning America. It has been downloaded for over 500K times with over 9K positive reviews.

 

Also read: 5 MINUTE MEDITATION TO RELIEVE STRESS

 

2. Headspace (Android & iOS)

Headspace - Mindfulness exercise and guided meditation app

 

Headspace was released on January 6, 2012. It has over 10 million downloads that receives over 128K reviews. As an introduction, Headspace will provide 10 free sessions for 10 minutes to build a habit of meditating every day. Afterwards, you can subscribe to and participate in various training options, such as meditation to overcome the fear of flying, difficulty sleeping, to manage anger. Interestingly, the Headspace founded by former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe, is equipped with easy-to-digest video illustrations. The celebrity users of this application include Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson.

This application calls itself a ‘gym membership for your brain‘. It will teach the basics of meditation. You can choose meditation based on the duration or problem you are facing. For example, meditation in two minutes or meditation to reduce anxiety.

There are also exercise graphics, a reward system for advanced practice, and features that allow you to connect with others.

This application is also equipped with fun animations to make you understand what meditation is.

 

3. Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax (Android and iOS)

Calm - Help to reduce stress, sleep better, relaxing meditation app

 

Calm was released on July 30, 2014. It has a seven-day program for beginners to start meditation. This program has a feature that allows you to set your own meditation time, sound, to the natural scenery to help focus during meditation. You can ‘replace’ the noisy atmosphere around with the faint sounds of animals inhabiting tropical forests, the sound of raindrops, to the sound of a campfire.

This application offers a variety of meditation sessions, ranging from 3 minutes to 25 minutes. The topic of meditation is also diverse, ranging from being grateful to increasing self-confidence. This application also contains soothing music that can accompany you on the move.

The users claim that this application help them to lower their stress, relieve anxiety, and get more restful sleep thanks to the guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music.

The application has a tracking feature that will enable you to track your progress and record the time you spent meditating.

Calm is free to download and use and there are no ads. Similar to Headspace, after completing the seven-day program, you can subscribe to get other programs.

 

Also read: Most EFFECTIVE MEDITATION Techniques: Overcome Anxiety Disorders

 

4. Stop, Breathe & Think (Android & iOS)

Stop, Breathe, Think - Meditation App

 

Stop, Breathe & Think was released on September 29, 2014 and has gotten over 1 million downloads that received over 18K reviews which 78% of the users claim that they get positive feelings after they just finished one session.

This meditation application wants you to do three things: pause for a moment from the activity, check your breathing, and think about the feeling when it is felt. This application aims to invite you to observe thoughts and feelings without judgment to foster kindness and compassion.

This application provides more than 55 meditation options so that you will not be bored with the exercise.

There are various segments of exercise that can be tried according to topics such as depression, sleep, affection, anxiety, and so on.

This application can also record your daily meditation practice to track your progress. You can subscribe to the premium version to enjoy more features.

 

5. Smiling Mind (Android & iOS)

Smiling Mind - Meditation App

 

Smiling Mind was released on October 6, 2014 with over 500K downloads and 2K reviews. This application was originally created for children and adolescents, but can also be used by adults. Through this application, children starting from as young as three years old are invited to recognize feelings and master emotions. While adults can learn meditation according to certain topics, such as the ability to listen and eat consciously. So this application is suitable for meditation as a family or even with teachers in the class.

 

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6. The Mindfulness App

Mindfulness App - Guided meditation app

 

The Mindfulness app was released on October 8, 2012 with over 1M downloads and 11K reviews. This application is perfect for those of you who have often meditated. But that does not mean it is not suitable for beginners, because in the ‘library’ column you will find various catalogs that will guide the user. You can set the time to start meditation and you can choose the duration needed for each session.

This app has daily guided mindfulness meditation sessions for better sleep, relax and focus. With the free program, users can have a five-day guided introduction course to mindfulness, enjoy timed sessions from 3 to 30 minutes, can customize their meditation, and track their meditation journey. Users can subscribe premium program to unlock more features.

 

7. Insight Timer

Insight Timer - Meditation App

 

Insight Timer was released on December 15, 2010 with over 1M downloads and over 55K reviews. There are more than 40K free guided meditations from 1000 meditation practitioners. This application also allows you to access thousands of meditation music tracks and ambient sounds. In addition, users can adjust meditation with background sound and meditation tool intervals according to comfort.

Through this application, you can join community groups and follow your favorite teachers. This app is also giving you the stats and milestones for tracking your progress. Pretty neat, right?

 

Also read: MEDITATION BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN

 

There you go folks. Those are the recommended top 7 free meditation applications you can explore. I personally enjoy using Calm because I can choose how long the session I want to do and it has self-confidence topic that I really need.

Do you also use the application above, or have other meditation application recommendations? Each application I mentioned has a variety of features that can be tailored to your meditation needs. Let me know in the comment section below.

May you find focus and calm wherever you are. 🙂

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8 thoughts on “TOP FREE MEDITATION APPS – Better Sleep, Relax, Focus

  1. Wow ! what a great idea to give these apps away , I’m so glad that I came across this website as I have been advised to take up mindfullness training as a destressing tool for work, I herad before coming to your site that meditation was highly effective way of lowering stress and protecting your heart. thanks for the free app

    1. Hi Mark,

      I am glad you found this article useful. Let me know which app you choose and how you like it.

      Beside mindfulness, maybe you’d be interested in reading this stress management article: https://westressfree.com/what-is-stress-management-definition-causes-levels-strategies-tips/

      You’ll also find it beneficial to do deep breathing exercise: https://westressfree.com/stress-management-with-breathing-exercise/

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Stay safe, happy and healthy!

      Ferra

  2. Hi Ferra,

    I’ve used both the Headspace and Calm apps previously.

    However, I’m not sure why, but I always seem to return to silent meditation.

    I know there’s no right or wrong, but I consider myself a “novice meditator”, as I only started in January 2018.

    I usually meditate first thing in the morning upon awakening and typically use this time just to quieten the mind and focus on my breathing.

    I’m actually thinking of reintroducing guided meditations, especially for the evenings just before bed.

    Do you have a preference for silent or guided meditations?

    Thanks for an informative read and keep up the great work.

    Partha

    1. Hello Partha,

      Silent meditation is great. However, I have a little problem with my focus. I’ve tried to focus on my breathing but sometimes it is still hard to shut my mind up and be in a state where I can meditate alone. So, I prefer to do guided meditation using apps because I can hear the teacher’s voice and instructions so it helps me to focus and still enjoy the meditation at home alone.

      Thank you for your kind comment. Please let me know if a guided meditation works for you before you go to bed at night. Otherwise, enjoy your silent meditation. 🙂

      Stay safe, happy and healthy!

      Ferra

  3. I’ve seen tons of ads for Calm and Headspace apps, so I came here to take a look at what it is all about. I like meditating, and I meditate the old school way 🙂 but I would like to try one of these apps one day just to see the difference. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. I’ll be back!

    1. Hello Ivan,

      Thank you for your kind comment. Please let me know which app you choose and how you like it. Some people like to do silent meditation, but using this app, you’ll have teachers who will guide you to meditate and enjoy different kinds of topic you’d like to improve in your life (self-confidence, etc).

      Anyways, glad you enjoyed reading the post.

      Stay safe, happy and healthy!

      Ferra

  4. Very interesting article and have actually made a note of it, keep up the good work and im sure things will work out good 🙂
    The size and structure to this article I do love.
    Jason 🙂

    1. Hello Jason,

      Thank you for visiting my site, reading the article, and leaving a kind comment.

      Glad you found this article helpful. Hope it is helpful to others as well.

      Stay safe, happy and healthy!

      Ferra 🙂

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