Available in : Vietnamese
What better than meditation to refocus on yourself? During particularly stressful time, many people have made the resolution to choose meditation, the royal road to a serene mind. After all, what could be better than meditation to relax and refocus on yourself? However, it is not always easy to go it alone and maintain a steady pace. There’s no shortage of mindfulness and meditation apps these days, promising to help you combat anxiety, sleep better, hone your focus, and more. We took the overwhelm out of finding the most valuable and easy-to-use mindfulness apps available and narrowed it down to these five apps.
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.
Insight Timer: Available for iOS, Android, and web
Entry price: Free
The most playful – Petit Bambou
This mindfulness French app, available in six languages featuring the reassuring and sympathetic face of a Buddhist monk, aims to make mindfulness meditation more accessible to the general public. The app currently has over 6.6 million users worldwide and proposes a catalog of over 300 guided meditation sessions in each language and excellent exercises to begin practicing. We appreciate the extensive library of meditations, which includes programs on a variety of topics such as work, sleep, and relaxation therapy. There are even children’s sessions. The app is completely free. Subscription for advanced use is € 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
In so many ways, Smiling Mind is the ideal free mindfulness app. This non-profit app includes hundreds of meditations, more than enough to keep you interested without overwhelming you with options, 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 developed with the assistance of psychologists and health professionals. Smiling Mind was designed with children in mind, so they have a large selection of kid- and youth-appropriate mindfulness sessions. The app which was founded by the same nonprofit, is entirely free, so you won’t be distracted by paid content that you won’t be able to access as a free user.
Smiling mind: iOS, Android, and web versions are all available.
Entry price: Free
The most sleep friendly: Calm
Calm, developed in 2012, is best known for its meditations divided into different categories, such as sleep, beginners, work, inner peace, anxiety, emotions, and personal growth and has been praised by social networks for its efficacy. However, if you miss being tucked in at night with a sweet bedtime story and a glass of warm milk, Cam proposes a sleep stories section chock-full of stories ranging from fairy tales to non-fiction and ASMR, as well as a music section containing hundreds of curated soundtracks to put you at ease while working, walking, or falling asleep. Calm also provides meditations, sleep stories, and music designed for children of all ages. Calm is an award-winning mindfulness app that’s available for iOS, Android, and desktop.
Calm: Available for Android and Iphone
The most Hypnothic – Breethe
Meditation, hypnotherapy, stories, music, sounds – Breethe brings wellness solutions that work. This app will teach you how to de-stress and sleep better in just 5 minutes per day with the help of a personal mindfulness coach. Breethe’s guided meditation series, inspirational talks, and master classes from mindfulness coach Lynne Goldberg can help you navigate life’s challenges and achieve greater peace of mind. Sleep music playlists, nature sounds, and bedtime readings are also available. Free for 14 days. Then $12.99 per month.
Breethe: Available on IPhone and Android
Available in : Vietnamese