Contributor, Erin Sousa, is back to offer a list of guided meditation apps that will keep your mind feeling focused and centered this season. Her suggestions and tips are below!
A fresh year means a fresh start, and putting wellness at the forefront is a perfect resolution for all of us! With so many sources of stress in our day-to-day lives, meditation can be a welcome mechanism to help us stay centered. Meditation is something I’ve always been fascinated with—it can deeply reduce levels of anxiety and stress, providing some big benefits to your overall well-being in the process. Meditation works by calming the mind, and doing so on a daily basis reaps some big benefits, all of which create a better way of life. With that in mind, let’s work on mastering the practice with some helpful, easy-to-use apps to guide the way, along with tips for getting into an effective daily practice!
Meditation Apps To Try:
- Practice is key. It’s not an easy thing to master meditation (for some people it even takes years!), but don’t get discouraged. You have to keep at it to really reap the benefits. Quality and quantity both matter here, but at the start of your meditation journey, quantity is most important to help build the quality of each session.
- Find a reoccurring set time to start each daily session. I like to make it ritualistic, incorporating it into my morning routine, as I find it sets the day off on the right note. However, you may benefit from a reset mid-day or a calming evening session before bed.
- An app (like one of our faves above!) on your smartphone can help guide the practice. They often provide calming noises and music along with an optional voice direction, which helps to take some of the guesswork out of it.
- Sitting or lying comfortably will help keep your distractions to a minimum. If you’re uncomfortable or resting in an unnatural position, your mind will wander more easily.
- Speaking of your mind wandering, this is completely normal, especially as you are beginning your daily practices. If you notice your mind slipping into your to-do lists or other thoughts, just gently correct yourself, bringing your mind back to the practice. This gets easier the more you do it!
- Remove any distractions—yes, that means turning your phone to airplane mode, and only running your meditation app. You’d be surprised how even doing that alone will reduce any anxiety!