Calm has become a go-to meditation app for good reason: It does chilling out very, very well.
To lead you to mindfulness, Calm offers a wealth of guided meditations, blissful sounds (raindrops on leaves, crashing ocean waves), and peaceful music (including a sleep-inducing track by Sam Smith).
Is slumber your primary goal? Check out Calm’s whimsical Sleep Stories—“bedtime stories for adults,” narrated by Stephen Fry, LeVar Burton, Leona Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and other melodic voices.
If you have an Apple Watch running the latest operating system, download Calm right to your wrist. Just launch the App Store on Apple Watch. Even when you don’t have your iPhone nearby, you’ll be able to listen to features like Daily Calm, Mindful Walking, Breathe for Calm, and Emergency Calm (for when you need a quick break right now).
You can also play these without having to open the app: Just set up a Siri shortcut from the iOS app’s settings and record a custom phrase like “Play the Daily Calm.”
Calm offers a free trial; a premium subscription unlocks the entire catalog of meditations and Sleep Stories, as well as specialized programs on self-esteem, happiness, gratitude, and more.