During my decompression time sprawled out on the couch I was watching Billions and the main character is a stock trader billionaire who took time out of his day to meditate using an app on his phone. What?!?! That is an option? This lead me to started trolling Google for guided meditation apps and I landed on a free app called 'Insight Timer'.
Insight Timer has something for all levels and I am trying it from the ground up. The app is full of meditation teachers, music meditation tracks and 5 000+ free guided meditations. The duration of the tracks differ and you can preview the ratings and how long each track is, I like to know what I am getting into. You also have the ability to bookmark the ones you found you enjoy and go back to them when needed. I am working on my library of tracks but so far I have a few, mostly for stress and sleeping, that I keep returning to.
- Melting Stress and Anxiety Away by Lisa Abramson
- Duration: 11:43
- Guided Meditation for Sleep by Meg Cox
- Duration: 10:18
- Relax into Deep Sleep by Meg James
- Duration: 20:00
- Like her voice the best so far, she is very soothing
- Quick Confidence by Meg James
- Duration 15:00
- Slow Down and Accept
- Duration 15:00
But if you give Insight a try and find it's not for you, don't be discouraged! As mindfulness grows and becomes more mainstream (how can it not with the long overdue attention starting to be given to mental health and it's stigma), the options are growing exponentially.
Here are a few other apps that you can give a try as well:
- Calm- guided meditations, sleep stories, nature music, breathing exercises and more
- Headspace- guided meditations, specific options for stressful situations like fear of flying and introductions to meditation
- Stop, Breathe, Think- mindfulness, guided mediation AND has a kids version
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As the benefits of mindfulness and mediation are quickly becoming more and more studied and known, the resources to help will just increase. This is a great time to get into a regular practice to help combat the stress of every day life. With today's over-scheduled and high demand lifestyle, stress is definitely taking it's toll and it's not uncommon for people to be in that "fight or flight" sympathetic mode all day long until they crash at night. If full meditation isn't where you are at, that's okay. Start with something as simple as mindfully taking 5 deep breathes throughout the day, set a timer if necessary. Often times just remember to breathe deeply into the bottom of our lungs goes a long way. However, thanks to the vast availability of easy learn to meditation options like the ones here mindfulness and mediation is something that any one can practice. So, what are you waiting for?