Although we as humans have developed many mechanisms to cope with stress, meditation is a tried-and-true stress-reducing practice that offers many science-backed health benefits like lowered blood pressure and a boost in your immune system. This ancient mindfulness technique teaches you to center your thoughts and slow down the mind in order to achieve a higher level mental clarity. Here, five guided meditation apps to get you started on the path of stress-free living.
Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention from Mindful Magazine. "...this app harnesses that emotional component much more effectively by asking you to input how you feel, mentally and physically comprehensively, and then suggests a variety of meditation practices based on your response."
HEADSPACE: You'll start on level one with just a 10-minute meditation session, complete with calming guidance in a soft, British accent. From there, your challenge is to "Take 10" for 10 days straight. It gives you tips for how to get started with the practice (you start with your eyes open!) — and how to make it a real habit. After the initial 10-day streak, you can pay for more. (App: free-$94.99)
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