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In these difficult times, it’s normal for people to feel anxious or stressed.

When things feel uncertain or beyond our control, one of the most effective ways to manage our feelings is meditation, which can be a great way to de-stress, fight anxiety and stay grounded.

If you’re new to meditation or aren’t sure where to start, below are some of the best mindfulness meditation apps that you can download and use on your smartphone or tablet for free.

Calm

Calm can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. It provides guided meditations and Sleep Stories, which are typically narrated by personalities such as Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and Matthew McConaughey. For those that enjoy the app, you also have the option of becoming a paid subscriber, which will give you access to their entire library.

Download Calm from Apple’s App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calm/id571800810

Download Calm from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calm.android&hl=en_AU

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a smartphone, tablet and web-based app that provides guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. Designed by psychologists and educators, the exercises vary in length and focus on different elements such as breathing, sounds and feelings. Smiling Mind is free to download from Apple’s App Store and can also be accessed on their website.

Download Smiling Mind from Apple’s App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/smiling-mind/id560442518

Download Smiling Mind from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smilingmind.app&hl=en_AU

Access Smiling Mind app on their website: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

Insight Timer

Designed for smartphones and tablets, Insight Timer provides over 40,000 guided meditations and lectures by the world’s top meditation experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from leading educational institutions. Designed to help people struggling with sleep, anxiety and stress, Insight Timer is free to download from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. For those that love the app, you can also become a supporter, which will give you access to a range of additional courses, playlists and features.

Download Insight Timer from Apple’s App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/insight-timer-meditation-app/id337472899

Download Insight Timer from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotlightsix.zentimerlite2&hl=en_AU

Headspace

Headspace is the perfect app for those looking to calm their mind, reduce stress and manage anxiety. Designed for tablets and smartphones, the app provides guided meditation, sleep sounds and sleep stories to help you relax and get a better night’s sleep. While most of the basic features are available for free, you can also become a subscriber and get access to their entire library. Headspace can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Download Headspace from Apple’s App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008

Download Headspace from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en_AU

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