If you’re new to meditation, it can be tough to find an app that works for you.
There are hundreds of apps out there that claim to help people relax and focus, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for or what specific type of meditation you need, it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for finding an app that’s right for you:
- What type of meditation do you want? There are dozens of different kinds of meditation practices out there — some focus on breathing, others on mindfulness or gratitude — so it’s important to know what kind of practice resonates with you before committing yourself to one specific type of app or program.
- Read descriptions carefully — some apps are more focused on mindfulness while others are more focused on relaxation or stress relief. Some offer different types of meditations in each category, too!
- How do you like to learn? Some people prefer talking; others prefer listening or watching. Some people have no problem learning new things on their own, while others need a teacher or guide.
- Do you have time to commit? If your schedule is already packed with work and family commitments, then it might not be realistic to try a meditation app where you have to carve out an hour every day (or even once a week).
- The length of the meditation session. Some apps offer short sessions (five minutes) while others offer longer ones (20 minutes). Look for one that matches your needs.
- Look at reviews from users who have tried the app. You can get an idea of what other people think by reading reviews on Google Play or the Apple App Store. If there are no reviews yet, check out forums or social media groups where people discuss their experiences with various mindfulness apps so that you can find out if there’s anything specific about this one that might make it better or worse.