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Last Updated on August 30, 2017

8 Best Meditation Apps That Guide Your Way To Meditation

8 Best Meditation Apps That Guide Your Way To Meditation

Feeling tired and stressed? Me too. We are living in an era where we are constantly being stimulated by stressors. With the aid of social media, this problem has become even worse because we overwhelm ourselves with a non-stop flood of information.

We want to stay connected, stay current. We fear of missing out on events and not being in the know. Because of this we spend so much of our time and energy trying to catch up that we end up getting ahead of ourselves. While constantly being on the go, we forget to nurture ourselves and take the time to be mindful and present.

The concept of being mindful seems easy enough to grasp, but not so easy to achieve. You can learn more about meditation by checking out this Lifehack article to learn how to be at peace: Meditation for Beginners. But sometimes you just can’t get your mind to quiet down. There’s no way to beat that nagging need to stay connected.

What if I told you that there was a way to do both?

Although advanced technology has made inner peace more difficult to achieve, there are now Apps that can help you to stay focused and calm your mind.

1. 10% Happier

10% Happier is perfect for those who are just starting out and learning the ins and outs of meditation. It provides easy to follow explanations of the various aspects of mediation, along with video discussion and interviews with Dan Harris, the founder of the company and NY Times best-selling author. The app also provides information from various notable practitioners and teachers.

    You can download this App free on iTunes with an in-app purchase!

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    2. Headspace: Guided Meditation

    Headspace will teach you all of the essentials that you need to lead a happier life. The goal of the app is to help you to stay focused and compassionate. It will help you to maintain a healthier lifestyle, as well as healthier connections with people.

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      You can download this App free with an in-app purchase!

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      3. Stop, Breath & Think

      This convenient app has a quick and easy check-in tool that will help you to find the perfect session for you at that exact moment. You can tailor-make you experience based on where you are located, as well as your current head-space. The main aim of the app is to connect members to their surroundings.

        You can get this app free with an in-app purchase of a Meditation Course!

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        4. Room to Breathe Meditation

        Room to breathe helps you to regulate your thoughts to stay focused. It provides a number of exercises to help you to relieve stress and tension as well. This app is perfect for beginners who want to start meditating.

          You can have this app for only $0.99!

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          5. Buddhify

          Listen to the sounds of relaxation. Buddify has over 80 custom guided meditation tracks to help you find the perfect exercise for your situation. The tracks are designed for 15 locations such as “going to sleep.” The app includes a solo meditation timer as well as a community stats and a Q&A section.

            You can have this app for only $2.99!

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            6. Walking Meditation

            Different from tradition sitting meditations, this app provides walking meditation experiences for people who find it hard to sit. Walking meditation is also great for people who don’t mind sitting meditation, because it brings their practice to the outdoors. It will help you to train your mind so that you can meditate wherever you are.

              You can get the app for just $1.99!

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              7. Calm

              Step out of your chaotic day to day life and have a moment’s peace. This app uniquely displays scenic visuals and serene nature sounds to help you to find your happy place.

                You can try it free with a 7 day trial, or subscribe for an advanced “21 Days of Calm” course.

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                8. The Mindfulness App

                Do you love keeping track of your progress? Then this app is perfect for you. It keeps statistical records of your progress on your meditation journey. This app is packed with cool features such as a 5-day guided meditation practice, meditation reminders, personalized meditation offers, and timers to help keep you on track.

                    This app is free to try, but offers way more benefits with a subscription. The Premium section offers 200+ guided meditation courses from some of the world’s most influential teachers.

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                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                    Sight – Visual Stimulation

                    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                    3. Take note of your environment.

                    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                    4. Engage in conversation.

                    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                    Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                    5. Listen to upbeat music.

                    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                    6. Work your nose.

                    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                    7. Have a good breakfast.

                    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                    Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

                    20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                    8. Drink lots of water.

                    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

                    How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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                    Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                    3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                    Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                    25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                    10. Splash cold water on your face.

                    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                    5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                    11. Use acupressure.

                    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                    12. Get moving.

                    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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