In the hustle and bustle of balancing everything from the home to the office, sometimes we lose track of the most important thing – our mental well-being.

With meditation proving to be a beneficial form of managing stress, anxiety and depression; meditation can also promote and improve happiness and general satisfaction.

No more yogis, incense sticks or that much-treasured crystal clear quartz. Here’s our Top 5 Meditation Apps to help promote mental health well-being:

Calm

Rated number one on Apple’s Health & Fitness as well as winning the 2017 App of the Year nominated by Apple, Calm is exclusively compatible with Apple products. Offering a free seven-day trial, users will be amazed by the broad selection of features that the app provides. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists and mental health experts, Calm users can choose between a range of timed, guided meditation sessions with topics including calming anxiety, happiness, self-esteem, forgiveness and mindfulness.

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Headspace

With meditation sessions led by a former monk – it’s bound to be effective. The Headspace: Guided Meditation app offers a free 30-day trial for users with most Apple products. With over hundreds of guided meditation sessions that revolve around sleep, focus and exercise; app users can also choose between a mini meditation, sleep sounds to stimulate deep sleep and even SOS sessions to learn how to manage panic or anxiety attacks. Headspace can also be added to your in-programmed Apple Health function and is safe for children to use too.

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Smiling Mind

The free, guided meditation app is compatible for most users with apple products. Smiling Mind has been developed by psychologists and educators with an aim to bring balance through meditation rituals. They also offer free programs for users as young as seven to help with pressure, stress and challenges of everyday situations. Also with classroom and workplace assistance, the 100% non-for-profit organisation was created to improve and balance mental health through mindfulness meditation exercises.

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Oak – Meditation and Breathing

Awarded with one of Apple’s ‘2018 New Apps We Love.’ The Oak – Meditation and Breathing app is guaranteed to guide you through a more mindful and relaxed living. Users can choose between meditation sessions that run from anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes that use soothing background sounds to calm and relax the user. On top of that, Oak also features breathing exercises, guided routines to help induce sleep and a progress tracker that supports Apple Health app.

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Stop, Breathe and Think

The perfect app for meditation and mindfulness – Stop, Breathe and Think provides each user with a personalised experience. The hardest thing to decide on is where to start in the app. With topics such as Slay your Stress, Breathe Mindfully, Tame Anxiety, Sleep Better, Manage Depression and even Commute to School or Work; Stop, Breathe and Think is also available for a younger audience as Stop, Breathe & Think Kids. Subscriptions start from $13 AUD a month.

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If you are in need of any help, please contact:
Lifeline: 131 114
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

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Feature image: Milan Popovic

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