Available in : Vietnamese
Many people have decided to practice meditation, the royal road to a calm mind, during this particularly stressful time. After all, what better way to unwind and refocus on yourself than meditation? However, going it alone and keeping a steady pace is not always easy. There are a plethora of mindfulness and meditation apps available these days, each promising to help you combat anxiety, sleep better, sharpen your focus, and more. We took the guesswork out of finding the most useful and simple-to-use mindfulness apps available and whittled it down to these five.
The happiest App in the world – Insight Timer
Over 80,000 free guided meditations from over 10,000 teachers on topics such as stress, relationships, healing, sleep, creativity, and more are available through Insight Timer. The app feels like a global community from the start—the world map on the home screen shows a collective of 18 million meditators and announces, “741k today, 7k now.” When you finish a meditation, you’ll see how many people were meditating with you at the time, and you can even see meditators nearby and what tracks they’re listening to if you set your location. You can also follow a teacher you like, to ensure you don’t miss any new content. Insight Timer offers also free talks for advice and inspiration in your life. Insight Timer offers live events every hour of the day to join on the spur of the moment or plan into your schedule for those who crave real-time interactions. You can even sign up for Circle for Teams, one of their more recent offerings that allows you to create circles (read: groups) to meditate in real time with friends or colleagues. However, if you prefer a quieter meditation, simply set a timer and meditate to intermittent bells, soothing ambient noise, or soothing music. Optional payment: For $60 per year (with a 30-day free trial), you get access to courses taught by well-known teachers, the ability to download meditations and listen to them offline, and advanced player features such as repeat mode, fast forward, and rewind.
Available for iOS, Android, and web
Entry price: Free
The most playful – Petit Bambou
The goal of this mindfulness French app, which is available in six languages and features the reassuring and sympathetic face of a Buddhist monk, is to make mindfulness meditation more accessible to the general public. The app currently has over 6.6 million users worldwide and offers a catalog of over 300 guided meditation sessions in each language as well as excellent exercises to get started. We appreciate the large meditation library, which includes programs on a wide range of topics such as work, sleep, and relaxation therapy. There are even sessions for children. The app is entirely free. A 6-month subscription to advanced use costs € 41.99 for 6 months. Every morning, live Facebook posts are also available on the Facebook page.
Petit BamBou for iOS, Android and web
The most Kids friendly: Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is the ideal free mindfulness app in so many ways. This non-profit app contains hundreds of meditations, more than enough to keep you interested without overwhelming you with options. They are organized into structured programs such as Mindful Foundations (35 sessions), Sleep (6 sessions), Digital Detox (8 sessions), and Stress Management (10 sessions), but you can start where you want and easily switch between them. The app, which has been downloaded by over 5.5 million people, also includes a variety of specialized programs for families, children and teens of various ages, healthcare workers, and educators (including curricula that can be used in the classroom), all of which were created with the help of psychologists and health professionals. Smiling Mind was created with children in mind, so they have a wide range of kid and youth-friendly mindfulness sessions. Because the app is completely free, you will not be distracted by paid content that you will not be able to access as a free user. There are iOS, Android, and web versions available.
Entry price: Free
The most sleep friendly: Calm
Calm, which was created in 2012, is best known for its meditations courses, which are divided into different categories such as Sleep, Beginners, Work, Inner peace, Anxiety, Emotions, and Personal growth. The App has been praised for its efficacy by social networks. If you miss being tucked in at night with a sweet bedtime story and a glass of warm milk, Cam has a sleep stories section full of stories ranging from fairy tales to non-fiction, as well as a music section with hundreds of curated soundtracks to put you at ease while working, walking, or falling asleep. Calm also offers meditations, bedtime stories, and music for children of all ages.
Calm is an award-winning mindfulness app available Android and Iphone
The most Hypnothic – Breethe
Breethe provides effective wellness solutions such as meditation, hypnotherapy, stories, music, and sounds. With the help of a personal mindfulness coach, this app will teach you how to de-stress and sleep better in just 5 minutes per day. Lynne Goldberg’s guided meditation series, inspirational talks, and master classes on Breethe can help you navigate life’s challenges and achieve greater peace of mind. There are also playlists of sleep music, nature sounds, and bedtime readings available.
Free for 14 days. Then $12.99 per month.
Available on IPhone and Android
Available in : Vietnamese