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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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                    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                    • (1) Research
                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                    • (3) Creating the outline
                    • (4) Drafting the content
                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                    • (6) Revision
                    • (7) etc.

                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                    2. Change Your Environment

                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                    6. Get a Buddy

                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                    Reality check:

                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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