Live Better
 
 

4 calming mindfulness apps

Meditation can be intimidating – but these apps make developing a daily practice a breeze.

1. Smiling Mind

Free – iOS, Android

This colourful, intuitive mindfulness app is designed with young people in mind, making meditation easy, accessible and fun. Created by a team of psychologists specialising in adolescent therapy, the app guides you through a daily meditation practice, with programs specially tailored to different age groups, from children aged 7-11 right through to adults. Smiling Mind also offers free mindfulness resources for groups, teams and workplaces, and a special program for expecting parents.

2. Headspace

Free trial, then from $7.95 a month – iOS, Android

Just 10 minutes a day is all you need to get started with meditation. Headspace takes you through simple guided meditation exercises to help you relax, de-stress and get in touch with your breath and body. Along with these mindfulness sessions, the app provides animations about how the mind works and tips that help give you a deeper understanding of what’s going on.

3. Simply Being

$2.49 – iOS, Android

Choose your session length, decide if you want relaxing music, soothing natural sounds, or just a calming voice, and let yourself be taken through a short guided meditation. Perfect for beginners, this simple app by Meditation Oasis makes it easy to create your own mindfulness practice, with an easy to use interface and plenty of customisable options.

4. 1 Giant Mind

Free – iOS, Android

Learn to meditate with step-by-step audio and video guidance. Choose between calming ambient background music or silence, and customise the length of your session to suit you. This app also provides a journaling tool, making it easy to track your progress.

 

Recommended Reading

When diabetes leads to emotional distress

A recent report reveals the emotional impact of diabetes.

Read more

9 tips to make training your dog easy

Veterinarian Dr Amanda Chin shares her secrets.

Read more

Mental health services in Australia

Where to get support when your studying in Australia

Read more

Does your pet have separation anxiety?

Here are the warning signs – and how you can help.

Read more

Quit smoking the smart way

Give yourself the best chance of success

Read more

Pancreatic cancer: What you need to know

Professor David Thomas explains the facts you need to know.

Read more

Natural secrets for clear, healthy skin

Nutritionist Samantha Sargent shares some tips.

Read more

Anxiety explained

Learn more about anxiety

Read more