We’re all on-the-go and it’s so hard to carve out that time to take for ourselves when our laundry list of chores is a mile long.
But leave it to my 9 year old to find a nice way to help me (and him!) relax. Somewhere along the way, I had downloaded an app with some white noise that had some meditations mixed in. Cole loved it. We’ve become somewhat of regular users of meditation apps – Cole listens almost every night. I have to admit – they are very relaxing and it’s something that gives you a chance to take a few minutes to breathe and center yourself again.
I put together a list of some of the most popular ones – check these out and let me know if you use one that isn’t on this list that you think should be here.
For just soothing sounds, there’s Relax Melodies which offer a variety of white noise and soothing sounds to help with relaxation and ultimately sleep for those who sleep eludes.
It’s FREE but there’s a paid version where you can unlock more sounds.
Cole really likes this one, called Simply Being. It costs $0.99 to download and it’s a pretty simple guided meditation with soothing nature sounds in the background.
You can opt to do the guided meditation only, the meditation with music and nature or the meditation with music only.
A friend recommended the Headspace app, which also has a website Headspace.com. From the Headspace website: “Our simple idea is to teach the world to meditate, so that everyone can live ahappier, healthier, more enjoyable life.”
They provide 10 minute meditations daily. After using it for 10 days, there is a fee. I have only checked it out one time but people rave about it and it’s supposedly great for beginners.
Buddify is nice – the interface is especially cool. You can choose a color on a color wheel based on what you are doing and what you are looking for. I like that this one has so many options depending on what you are looking for. All meditation.
It’s $4.99, which is pricey when it come to apps but you wouldn’t blink spending that at Starbucks, right? I figure $5 isn’t too bad to pay for your mental health.
Mindfulness Dailycosts $1.99 and focuses on breathing techniques.
It also provides you with reminders to help you remember to log in and take that little bit of time for yourself.
It’s got huge reviews with iTunes and I always rely on those.
If you’re just looking for the sounds without the meditations, the Sleep Machine App is a good option. It’s $1.99 and has a plethora of sounds, white noise and music that you can pick from and customize.
I recently used this one to block out the sounds of a crying baby on an airplane 😀