5 Apps We Love for Mindfulness and Meditation

Travelista Contributor and mindful traveller Chloe Dickenson guides us through 5 of the very best apps for mindfulness and meditation, to help you to find more moments of calm in your day – whether travelling or at home.

In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, finding moments of peace, quiet and calmness has become increasingly important, both for our physical and mental well-being. However, it can be really hard to know where to start when it comes to mediation and mindfulness. This guide to the best apps for mindfulness and meditation will help you start on your mindfulness journey and is a way to do meditation wherever you are in the world.

Insight Timer – the best FREE mindfulness app

Insight Timer is our Editor’s number one favourite meditation app that she recommends to everyone!

With a vast library comprising more than 60,000 free guided meditations (and over 170,000 guided meditations in total) from more than 17,000 teachers worldwide, you can explore different styles and durations to find what works best for you.

We also love the timer feature for silent meditation sessions, which allows you to customise the duration of the meditation, as well as the background sounds.

Insight Timer offers courses, talks, and a community feature, making it a comprehensive platform for both beginners and experienced meditators. It’s designed with more experienced meditators in mind, but the free content available on the app can be used and enjoyed by everyone.

It’s free on both iOS and Android (although you can upgrade to the paid-for version for $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year if you want to access more content) and it’s so easy to use!

If there’s just one meditation app we could recommend, it would definitely be Insight Timer!

I discovered Insight Timer during a stressful time in my life and I have continued to return to it ever since. There is a guided meditation for any emotion you may be feeling and the free version of the app is incredibly generous with an abundance of quality content. Even after 5 minutes of using this app I feel more grounded, calm and clear in my mind.

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Headspace – one of the best apps for mindfulness and meditation

Headspace is another one of the best apps for mindfulness and meditation that’s perfect if you’re looking to experience lots of different types of meditation and practices.

It offers a variety of short guided meditation sessions for beginners, as well as deeper explorations for more advanced meditators looking to take their meditation journey to the next level.

One of our favourite things about Headspace is that it also provides themed packs on specific topics like stress, sleep, and focus, which we love to use when we’re feeling particularly stressed or overwhelmed.

You can access some of the content on Headspace for free for 14 days and then opt for a paid-for package that suits you. The monthly subscription costs $12.99 a month or $69.99 for an annual subscription.

If you’re a deeply committed meditation practitioner, you will likely find Headspace a worthy investment and even if you’re not sure whether you want to commit to the yearly subscription, it’s worth at least experiencing the free 14-day trial to see if it’s for you!

Calm – the number-one-rated app for mindfulness and meditation

Calm is one of the most popular meditation apps on the market that’s designed to help you relax, sleep better, and reduce anxiety through meditation and mindfulness techniques.

It offers a wide selection of guided meditations, with a range of options to suit every kind of meditator, from absolute beginners to expert meditation practitioners.

We particularly love Calm’s “Sleep Stories” which are narrated by famous voices such as Matthew McConaughey, Harry Styles and Idris Elba, as well as soothing sounds and music to create a peaceful ambience. 

There are so many meditations included in the free version of Calm, but if you want to really commit to your meditation journey, an annual subscription costs $69.99 a year or you can pay a whopping $399.99 for a lifetime subscription! With the paid-for subscription, you can take advantage of thousands of guided meditations, plus a “Daily Calm” course and multi-day courses if you want to take your meditation practice more seriously.

With over 2.7 million reviews, it’s the number-one-rated app on iOS for a reason!

The Mindfulness App –  best apps for mindfulness and meditation for beginners

If you’re a beginner when it comes to the world of mindfulness and meditation, look no further than The Mindfulness App.

This straightforward and user-friendly app gently encourages you to bring mindfulness into your everyday life. It offers a variety of guided meditations led by internationally recognised teachers, allowing you to choose sessions based on duration and themes.

The Mindfulness App also provides a silent meditation timer with interval bells, enabling you to customise your practice to suit your needs and preferences. One feature in particular that we love about The Mindfulness App is that it offers the option to set reminders for mindfulness throughout the day, helping you stay present and grounded amongst daily distractions.

The timed sessions range from 3 to 30 minutes and you have the option to customise your meditations to suit your needs and lifestyle, so even if you’re in a huge rush, you can use the app for just 3 minutes a day!

The app does offer a free version with a 7-day trial of the exclusive content, before charging $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

Breethe

Breethe is an app that combines mindful meditation with other relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy and bedtime stories.

It offers a range of guided sessions to help you manage stress, improve sleep, boost self-esteem, and foster a positive mindset, some of which can be completed in as little as five minutes, so it’s perfect for incorporating into your busy life.

The app also offers different series which makes it easy to follow structured programs and track your progress. Breethe also includes soothing music and nature sounds to enhance relaxation, and we particularly love the relaxing sleep music playlists if we’re having trouble falling asleep.

Breethe has an emphasis on holistic well-being and with its comprehensive guided meditation series and inspirational talks, it’s better suited to meditators who’ve been in the business for a while.

You can enjoy a free 14-day trial before being charged $12.99 per month, $89.99 per year or a one-time payment of $179.99 for lifetime access.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to start your meditation journey or you’re already an experienced practitioner seeking new tips and tricks, these five best apps for mindfulness and meditation provide excellent resources to encourage mindfulness, reduce stress, and improve overall mental well-being.

Have you tried meditation and mindfulness apps? Which are your favourite to use?

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your wellbeing, make sure to check out our wellbeing section for lots more advice.

Chloe is a published author and the full-time traveller, digital nomad and freelance writer behind imjustagirl16.co.uk. She's travelled to nearly 50 countries, covering destinations such as New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Croatia, the USA and many more. Her favourite city in the world is New York and has recently written the book; Date Night: New York City: 50 Creative, Budget-Friendly Dates for the City that Never Sleeps.

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