This week we celebrate Mental Health Week, which is an annual and global event that aims to improve awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. This week will allow us to focus on how we live, learn, work and play and acknowledge that it can be a number of factors in our life that affect our mental wellbeing.

In a highly switched on and connected world, it can sometimes be difficult to switch off after a long day at work, school or running your own business. Due to this, mindfulness and meditation practices have boomed in popularity with corporate and educational institutions organising sessions for their employees and students with an aim to destress and improve productivity. While both terms have been used synonymously, mindfulness actually relates to the awareness of “some-thing”, while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing”.

Nevertheless, both have found to have practical benefits with neuroscientists recently finding evidence of the effects:

  • Can preserve the brain’s grey matter – the thinking part of your brain
  • Grow the parts of the brain associated with learning, thinking, emotional regulation, empathy, compassion and taking perspective
  • Reduce fear, anxiety and stress
  • Improve attention, concentration and memory

Meditation apps have allowed for these practices to become accessible at almost any point in your day. Regardless of whether you have 20 minutes or 1 minute, these apps can provide for a beneficial addition to your daily wellness routine.

 

So, below we have listed our best selection of mindfulness and meditation apps for the rest of 2019 and 2020. 

 

1. Simple Habit

Simple Habit
Simple Habit is one of the most highly-rated meditation apps on the market at the moment with the popular app being featured on Business Insider, TechCrunch and Forbes magazine. Meditations range from 1 minute to 20+ minutes which allow you to fit a session anywhere in your day. They have a Premium plan, however, the Free plan is adequate for most.

Cost: Free/Premium $16.99 per month or $11.66 per month on an annual plan

https://try.simplehabit.com

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2. Insight Timer

Insight Timer

Insight Timer offers the largest free library on guided meditations, all for free. With more than 10 million users on the app, there are 27,000 available meditations ranging from coping with anxiety, managing stress to improving your sleep. There is, however, a Premium (Member Plus) feature that allows you to support the platform with half the income received going towards the 4,800 teachers who contribute their work on the app.

Cost: Free with optional in-app purchases

https://insighttimer.com

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3. Headspace

Headspace
Headspace is one of the more known meditation apps on the store. There are basic courses available on the free plan and will teach the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness. To advance in these courses, you will be required to subscribe to Headspace Plus which provides for a full library with themed courses, a new meditation every day and sleep sounds and bedtime exercises. 

Cost: Free/Headspace Plus $19.99 per month or $7.99 per month on an annual plan

https://www.headspace.com

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