Top 5 Meditation Apps to Use at Home
There’s no doubt that as a society, we’re currently facing one of most unique challenges of our lifetime. Coronavirus is affecting everything we take for granted, from work and socialising, to sports and holidays. It’s a time of uncertainty, which is understandably leaving lots of us feeling stressed. Cooped up in our houses, cabin fever may start to set in too!
Luckily, there are ways to help ease anxiety - meditation being one. Maybe you’ve tried it before but couldn’t get into it? Or perhaps you just don’t know where to start. Well, now is the perfect opportunity to check it out. “It’s easy to lapse into ignoring what we’re actually feeling, and the quality of our life suffers as a result,” says meditation and mindfulness expert, Lisa Hughes. She discovered meditation 12 years ago when she found herself increasingly stressed due to the pressure of juggling a high-powered office job with raising three young children. “It has completely changed my life for the better,” she says. “I’m more resilient and less stressed. I would recommend meditation to anyone – and you don’t have attend a class to do it.” Here are Lisa’s top five meditation apps, which you can start using right now help ease coronavirus anxiety. What’s more, many of them have released free tools and resources especially for this purpose…
Headspace is a popular, easy-to-use app which also has guided meditations and allows you to choose a ‘pack’ at a time. For example, there’s a starter pack, a 10-day pack, various themed packs and so on. “It’s easy to understand, and ideal for someone learning the basics,” says Lisa. Right now, they’re allowing free access to a selection of meditations called ‘Weathering the Storm’; find out more here.
This meditation app provides sessions based around themes like music, sleep or relaxation. “It’s flexible and you can set the meditations for as long as you like,” says Lisa. “You don’t have to be in a cave surrounded by candles to meditate,” she adds. “You can do it just as well at home.” Calm are also offering a selection of tools in response to coronavirus; all the resources on this page are available for free.
3. Mind Valley
This digital learning platform offers a range of ways to achieve personal growth, including meditation. “I like this app because it combines techniques like visualisation to bring about beneficial consequences in your life,” explains Lisa. “It’s an interesting approach because in traditional meditation, there’s no goal, and striving for something is generally frowned upon,” she adds. “I think this works well though.” Right now, they’re offering a selection of useful digital events, like ‘Rising Above Overwhelm’. See the full list here.
4. Insight Timer
This app tells you exactly how many other people around the world are using it at the same time, making it very useful for those currently in self-isolation. “It offers a range of meditation teachers and allows you to virtually buddy up with other people. You can also measure your progress by how many minutes or days you’ve spent meditating.” Listen to their free talk, ‘Tools to Overcome Stress from COVID-19’, here.
For those who get distracted easily while meditating, Happify is perfect. “It uses gaming techniques to keep your attention while helping to build good meditation and mental habits,” says Lisa. “It also offers packs for decreasing stress levels and reducing worry and anxiety.” The first level is free, then you can unlock programmes with a subscription. Happify too are offering a selection of free resources like yoga classes, articles and webinars for anyone feeling anxiety around coronavirus. Find out more here.
For more information on meditation, visit arenacoaching.ie