Meditation. Those who do it, swear by it as an antidote for depression, anxiety, and insomnia (the triad of symptoms faced disproportionately by women), and scientific research backs them up. So what’s stopping the rest of us? Sure, we’re busy and exhausted … but even five to 10 minutes a day of mindfulness has positive effects. So, no more excuses. Below, a few Woolfer-recommended apps that make starting (or continuing) a meditation practice nearly effortless.
The perfect app for insomniacs. Calm not only offers guided meditations ranging from three to 25 minutes and a daily 10-minute program, but also sleep stories, breathing exercises, and soothing sounds all aimed at bringing on the slumber. Won Apple’s 2017 App of the Year. Free trial.
The app for those who swear they can’t meditate (we’re talking to you, Type-As). Colorful graphics, personalized progress page, and rewards for continued practice will get you hooked. Free trial.
For those further along in their practice, Insight Timer provides guided meditations from thousands of practitioners and musicians, such as Ram Dass and Moby. Free.