Lockdown fatigue and feeling on edge? 3 meditation apps to download right now
We are living in strange and stressful times.
The world is on lockdown, there is a full-on pandemic happening and we are all just trying to juggle homeschooling and working from our kitchen tables and generally just keeping everyone alive and fed and sane.
Is it any wonder we are feeling a little frazzled and burnt out?
But do you know what might just help? A little bit of the by now rather trendy buzzword 'mindfulness' – a concept that isn't just wildly popular these days, but that has also turned it to quite the billion-dollar business. Why? Because, actually, there is something to it, and it might just be the antidote we need in our increasingly hectic lives.
Say hello to meditation/mindfulness apps – the internet is full of these, and some of them are actually pretty darn amazing, and does exactly what it says on the tin – help improve your mental wellbeing.
Search for one in the app store, and many will appear – some are good, some are way too advanced for most of us and some are just not all that great, tbh.
However, having done some digging and testing ourselves, these three apps are absolutely worth downloading. They are all similar, but different, so maybe download and test before you commit to signing up and subscribing (the different apps have different approaches to this):
This very popular app is very easy to use, and let's face it, any app where you can be read a bedtime story by Matthew McConaughey (yes, really) is good with us. Apart from that, we loved the gentle nature sounds that will start when you open the app and the many different options for how to use it (guided meditation sessions, sleep stories or some very soothing music tracks, to mention some).
The app is free to download and has some content that is also free of charge, but for a more premium subscription, it'll set you back €35.99.
If you are new to the whole meditation thing, this app might just be the perfect introduction. It comes with a free trial to help you get started, and is easy and motivational to use, as it comes with a personalized progress page and a system that lets you connect with other uses, to help keep each other motivated and, well, zen.
Free to download, then in-app purchases and €12.99 for a subscription.
I was very keep to try this one, as I had a friend tell me recently how amazing it was. There are a ton (like thousands!) of free guided meditations, and lots and lots of music tracks that will make it easier to tune out and spend some time in the present moment. You can personalize your whole set-up, and make the app work for you and how you want to meditate.
Free, but with in-app purchases and €10.49 for a subscription.