Meditation has lost its hippy dippy image and is now a proven way to help busy people cope with the stresses and strains of daily life.
Some of the most successful people in the world swear by the ancient practise to help them reduce stress and refocus their minds. Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson are all known to be fans of the method.
Clear your mind with our favourite Android and iOS mindfulness apps so you can better achieve your own daily goals - whether that be sleeping better or learning to let go of work tensions at the end of a long day.
Meditation is a proven way to help busy people cope with the strains of daily life
The goal of this easy-to-use app is to train you to be calm and focused when managing the stresses of everyday life.
The program starts off with a free series of 10 guided meditations, and on its completion you can subscribe for more mood and lifestyle based series including ‘Sleep’, ‘Happiness’ and ‘Stress’.
We enjoyed the app’s animation videos that explained the science of the mind and strategies to use to combat stress and anxiety.
This clever app lets you build your own meditations – choose the exercises you want to do, the type of session (silent or guided), and the length of practise (3-30 minutes or a 5-minute body scan).
Pick from the most basic to experienced exercises such as breathing practises, standing yoga exercises and walking meditations.
For those who struggle to stick to a routine, the app’s inbuilt reminders make sure you do your daily practise to get you feeling still, clear and compassionate in next to no time.
Even if you don’t have much spare time, there’s always enough to squeeze in a mindful moment.
Buddhify have broken down their meditations in 15 daily activities including ‘Waking up’, ‘Walking in the City’ and our favourite, ‘Waiting Around’ so you can make the most of those minutes waiting for that friend who’s running late.
Omvana lets you access 25 free meditation tracks from sleep soundtracks to inspirational speeches to improve your body, mind, lifestyle and relationships.
If you can’t get enough, a monthly subscription will open up a library of thousands of tracks so you can create your own playlists.
The standout feature is its ability to let you mix tracks, so if you like the vocals but not the background music you can easily replace it with music that won’t make your eye twitch
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We like the variations in wake up or sleep session endings which will always keep you engaged.
This app companion to Oprah and New York Times Bestselling Author Deepak Chopra’s web-based programme, 21-Day Meditation Experience, has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands around the world.
Play your pre-purchased meditations on topics such as wealth creation, health and more, while on the go.
To get the most out your practise, jot down your notes about the session – you’ll be amazed at how far you progress.
This no-fuss app is perfect for beginners, it’s so simple to use that even American primary schools use it to help students develop kindness and compassion, nice huh?
Our favourite feature is the check-in tool that assesses how you’re doing mentally and physically, then serves up a list of meditations that are tailored to support you in your present mindset.
A great one for the more experienced meditator, this app comes with guided meditations from big-wig teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, and Eckhart Tolle, author of cult self-help book, The Power of Now.
Meditate in silence and be transported to a monastery among the hills before you come out of your trance and back to reality to the sound of an authentic Tibetan singing bowl.
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