Originally published on 22 Oct 2015, Updated on 28 April 2018.
Meditation helps to calm the mind. We all seem to be stressed and anxious and meditation offers some calm. The most common question when it comes to meditation is “How do I do it” and “Am I doing it right”. There is no wrong or right way. All that matters is sitting quietly for a few minutes every other day and observing your breath. And in a world we are more stressed than ever before, meditation can be a welcomed tool to ease anxiety.
Here are 4 apps that will teach you how to meditate for free
I used to switch between Calm and Headspace, but for the last few months, I have only been using Headspace. The free version gives you 10 sessions which I repeat. Calm is great (especially the Sleep Stories) but it does come at a cost. Give the 7-day free trial a go to decide if it worth investing in. All of the apps below have paid for versions but take the trials first before signing up. For most, you’ll find the free versions are perfect. Master meditating at least three times a week before spending money.
Select an item on the wheel and in as little as 5 minutes you will feel better. Whether you want to improve sleep or just calm down, there is a meditation tailored to you.
Why Simple Habit
- Can use the website to access some lessons
- Free 7 day courses to get you started
- I love this 1-minute shift meditation that can be done quickly and easily while at work
Cost: $11.99 monthly, $95.99 annually and $299.99 for lifetime access
Start with the free basic programme, where you’ll learn the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day.
- Learn how to meditate with bite-sized lessons
- Easy to follow lessons based on how you are feeling or what you want to fix (i.e. insomnia)
- Easily track your progress and get reminders
- While the paid for version has more features, you can still learn to meditate with the free version as you get 10 free sessions that you can listen to repeatedly
Cost: Free or $12.99 per month or $7.99 per month billed annually
The singles library has a meditation for when you’re about to have a mini meltdown as well as an on-the-go meditation, which helps you clear your mind in a hurry. I use these if I’m having a bad day at work (seriously you can do these while in a bathroom cubicle in less than two minutes!)
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- Choose from programmes and guided meditations
- A selection of music to help you focus, sleep or relax
- Sleep Stories from Audible that help you fall asleep (Stephen Fry even narrates one)
Cost: $59.99 billed annually or $399.99 for lifetime access. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, but this app shines with the paid for version.
4. Stop, Breathe & Think
This app starts with your current emotions and gives you recommendations that will help improve them.
Why Stop, Breathe & Think
- Access to free meditations via web
- Has a package aimed at kids
- 5-minute lessons to get you started
Cost: $9.99 per month, $58.99 per annum and $249 lifetime