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4 calming mindfulness apps

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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