If you tend to get overwhelmed by sprawling libraries of meditations, you might appreciate the Healthy Minds Program app for its targeted approach. It’s a step-by-step guide that focuses on what it calls the four pillars of training your brain: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. Learn to gain focus, reduce stress, maintain positive social connection, and more through its science-backed teachings.
This simple app will get you meditating with just three minutes a day — an excellent choice for busy people who want an app they can pick up as needed when they have a moment. Its recommendations are personalized based on your mood or experiences, and it curates themed playlists for you in a way that’s almost Spotify-esque. Whether you need a sleep mix or a focus mix or something in-between, Aura has your back.
Beyond its meditation offerings, Aura also boasts a mood tracker, life coaching, a gratitude journal, and an active community of both users and meditation teachers. While it has premium offerings, plenty of reviewers say the free version is more than enough for casual use.
This unique meditation app is designed specifically for pregnant people, parents, and people trying to conceive or dealing with fertility issues (as well as their partners). It has a wide variety of meditation tracks, from meditations by week and by trimester to postpartum mindfulness and support. On top of its meditation library, it also has a sleep tracker and sleep tools like stories and soundscapes.
All of their content is based on interviews with people who have been there: those trying to conceive and expecting and new parents. Plus, they rely on plenty of input from psychologists and meditation experts. At the time of publication, you can sign up for a special free course tied to self-care and wellness amid the pandemic here. And if you can’t get enough, they have a podcast, too.
10. The Tapping Solution
And now for something a little different. If you’re someone who wants to meditate in theory but haven’t been able to vibe with a practice, you might want to try The Tapping Solution. This app builds meditations around an alternative technique called tapping (also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT), which combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and acupressure with the aim of reducing stress and anxiety, managing PTSD, and more. Plenty of reviewers mention their initial skepticism followed by surprise at how well the technique works for them. So hey, might be worth a shot.
The Tapping Solution’s library is as wide as many other apps on this list, covering the standard themes like lowering stress about family, finances, politics, or work; sleep support for insomnia or racing thoughts, and; negative emotions like anger, anxiety, grief, shame, and more. It also has meditations focusing on the physical, like chronic pain and specific illnesses like arthritis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and cancer.
11. H*nest Meditation
Another offbeat option, H*nest Meditation will be right up your alley if you have difficulty with the peaceful or positive vibes typically associated with meditation. Because, well, the meditations are all about helping you deal with the f*cked up sh*t in the world. You might have seen one of the meditations that went viral a few years ago, before the app was created, but if not, its sweary meditations pull no punches, offering plenty of catharsis to anyone who is really going through it right now. All the guided meditations are between two and 10 minutes long.