5 Meditation Apps to Work Mindfulness Into Your Busy Day

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Keeping up with your mindfulness practice is not an easy task when you are overwhelmed with a busy work schedule.

I work for a remote digital company, Inspiral Studio, and I spend most of my time swamped with deadlines. So, trust me when I say I understand how it feels to be busy. However, our company recognizes the importance of work-life balance, and practicing mindfulness on a daily basis is pivotal to keeping the balance afloat.

From one meeting to another, it's difficult to keep up if you are constantly on the go. But the fact is, spending a short time—at least five minutes a day—sitting in stillness helps us to destress and stay focused with our tasks.

With the rise of meditation apps, you can easily find different types of guided meditation to help you with your practice. You can do it at your work desk, in a car, a praying room—wherever you feel comfortable and relaxed. 

Below are five of my favorite meditation apps to help me keep up with my practice in the midst of a hectic schedule. 

1. Headspace 

Who's it for?
Meditation beginners.

Why?
Headspace is a great app to help you start with your practice, especifally if you’ve new to meditation. Once you sign up, it will guide you through your first 10 days of meditation for free. Each practice is 10 minutes long. After the 10-day trial period you can choose to subscribe if you’re interested in continuing your practice.

Complete with quirky animations, Headspace has hundreds of hours of original subscription-based meditation content from health and performance to relationships to cater to your diverse needs. You can also track your progress to make sure you don’t miss a day.

How much?

The app and the first 10 days are free, followed by $12.95 for a monthly subscription or $419.95 for lifetime access.

Available for iOS and Android 

2. 1 Giant Mind

Who?
Those who want a detailed lesson about meditation.

Why?
1 Giant Mind offers meditation course for beginners. It aims to combat the negative impacts of stress and improve your health and wellbeing. You’ll start with a "12-step" practice to learn the A to Z, and you can continue on from there with 30 day challenges.

Side note: The meditation is not guided, but the explanation presented before the session is usually very detailed to help beginners expand their knowledge on the topic.

How much?

Free app and free content.

Available for iOS and Android

3. Calm 

Who?
For nature enthusiasts.

Why?
If soothing nature sounds and visuals is something you enjoy, Calm is the right fit for you. You'll feel yourself transported as if you're meditating in a rainforest, on a mountain peak, or by the beach with Calm’s soothing background noise. The sounds are very realistic—and calming (hence the name!)—so be careful not to snooze off while you’re meditating.

In addition, Calm also provides various scenes and meditation programs that you can commit to depending on your preference.

How much?

Free app or monthly subscription for premium content priced at $9.99/month.

Available for iOS and Android

4. Insight Timer

Who?
Those who want to include spiritual teachings with meditation.

Why?
What I love about Insight Timer is their endless (and free!) spiritual content from well-known meditation teachers that you can easily browse and stream from their library. From “Chakra Cleansing” to “Reuniting with your Twin Flame,” Insight Timer has it all.

You can also choose your favorite guided meditation based on the duration. For a short meditation that you can do on your lunch break, head to the 6–10 minutes category.

How much?

Free app download and free content.

Available for iOS and Android

5. Honest Meditation 

Who?
For those who have a tendency to curse like sailors.

Why?
After the success of “F*ck That: An Honest Meditation” video, Jason Headley came back with a new app that helps us to amplify our zen through a series of swear words. Don’t expect to find a single “namaste” in the script. At first I was laughing throughout, but after five minutes or so, I felt surprisingly more relaxed.

It feels great to finally breathe in strength and breathe out “bullsh*t.”

How much?

$1.99 one-time fee.

Available for iOS and Android

Have you ever tried any of these meditation apps? Which one of them would you like to give a try on your lunch break? Let us know in the comments below. 

Photo by Julianne Lesinski


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Canti Widyadhari is tarot reader under the moniker Foxglove Tarotand an intern for Inspiral Studio, a remote based company providing digital solutions for health and lifestyle businesses. She currently lives in Bali and loves spending her days writing, meditating, and traveling around the island.