Beat Stress With Meditation
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One irony about relaxation: Figuring out how to do it can be stressful! Start with meditation. To help you find a program that aligns with your personal style and temperament, we’ve broken down the nuances of a few top apps.
Embracing the ancient
‣ Oak keeps things simple by focusing on three areas—meditate, breathe, sleep—with an aim to help you transition to unguided meditation. Choose your preferred duration (and an optional background sound, such as soft rain water or a crackling fire), and you’re ready to start learning centuries-old techniques.
The feature that sets Insight Timer apart is, in fact, its timer, which incorporates traditional bell tones for unguided solitude. The app also offers guided meditation that draw on traditions from around the world.
Designed with you in mind
‣ If you’re going through a tough time, chances are Meditation Studio can help. Browse the collections section and find options just for moms, teens, college students, entrepreneurs, veterans, first responders, and so much more.
While all meditation is a form of self-care, Shine digs even deeper. The app can make daily routines (like doing the dishes or washing your face) more mindful or address bigger issues (like dealing with jealousy or learning to speak up for your needs).
Getting to happy
‣ Back in 2004, a network TV anchor named Dan Harris had a panic attack on national television. A skeptic of meditation at the time, Harris set out on a quest to solve his stress issues—and became an evangelist for a no-bull brand of meditation and mindfulness. His app, 10% Happier, espouses just that—drawing on the wisdom of experts like Jon Kabat-Zinn and Sharon Salzberg.
Happy Not Perfect was founded on the premise that embracing our wacky feelings is what makes life worth living (we’re all human, after all). While the app helps you meditate, it includes lots of other activities to keep you mindful—from journaling to sending good vibes to friends. It even helps you let go by lighting a match (digital, of course) to your worries and anxieties.
Wholistic helpers for everyday relief
‣ Both Calm and Headspace have vast libraries of meditations to tackle everything from challenges at work to difficulty falling asleep. Calm takes a tranquil approach with brilliant nature photography, while Headspace leans into playful illustrated characters to keep things light. Either way, you can’t go wrong.