Meditation apps have been around for a while now, developed as helpful tools used to improve self-confidence and relaxation for one’s self-healing. At a time where anxiety levels are high — especially with the surrounding negativity and uncertainty spread across the world (yes, we’re talking about CoViD-19) — sometimes the best thing to do is switch off from the news, and meditate.

Whether you’re already a fan of sound bath sessions or new to the practice of quiet meditation, these handy apps come in as a solution to calm the mind and soul whether at home or on the go, as well as to help you make meditation a regular habit to unwind.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

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Synctuition

Mindfulness meets technology in Synctuition, the world’s first meditation app using 3D sounds and gamma waves. The app combines soothing soundscapes with binaural beats and rhythmic entrainment frequencies created through a clever blend of instruments and ambient noises across both ears — which works best with stereo headphones for deep, immersive relaxation. Synctuition’s benefits are associated with improving sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus, and taking you on a journey through 2000 exotic locations where the sounds are obtained from –not bad for a #WFH break!

Cost
Free to download; Subscriptions from approx. RM417.94/year
Free trial period
Seven days
Download here
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With a name like Calm, it’s got some promises to live up to, since it’s a feeling we are all hoping to maintain. Achieve more quality sleep with the guided meditation service from Calm, with each session ranging from three to 25 minutes This gives a good incentive to work towards longer periods if you’re a newbie to meditating, as well as offers busy bees ways to take a quick moment of respite during a hectic schedule. The app’s evening series, Deep Sleep and Sleep Stories are read by celebrities with great voices such as Stephen Fry and Matthew McConaughey, to name a few — sure to induce some repose after a long day.

Cost
Free to download; Subscriptions from approx. RM304/year
Free trial period
Seven days
Download here
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Headspace

Founder of Headspace Andy Puddicombe reportedly took on meditation training for 10 years as a Buddhist monk before starting his company, so we figure he knows a decent amount about mindfulness. The app was designed to offer the benefits of guided meditation to everyone and to teach its virtues anywhere, anytime. We are all practically glued to our smartphones, after all, so we might as well get some mental benefits from it! Close social media for a few minutes each day and experience bite-sized daily mind exercises from the Basics course.

Headspace is also currently offering free resources for everybody, and free access to Headspace Plus for healthcare professionals during CoViD-19. Learn more here.

Cost
Free to download; subscriptions from approx. RM304/year
Free trial period
14 days
Download here
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Omvana

Founded by Mindvalley CEO Vishen Lakhiani, Omvana expands the personal growth platform with its customisable meditation tracks. With hundreds of guided meditations, inspirational speeches, audio tracks and beats to choose from, Omvana is unique in that you can mix and match your own soundtrack to meditate to. Relax your mind at any time of day which suits you best — and if you’re confident enough, you can also share and upload your audio tracks to the system for others to tune in.

Cost
Free to download; Subscriptions from approx. RM217
Free trial period
Seven days
Download here
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Simple Habit

Former Wall Street banker-turned-entrepreneur Yunha Kim, with a goal to offer meditation for even the busiest peoploe, is the brains behind Simple Habit. The app features a wheel of audio meditations as short as five minutes each. Find relief and squeeze in at least one of these per day, whether it be before bed, after waking up or during a work commute — five minutes away from emails won’t hurt. Once downloaded, users can pick from a list of topics that interest them most and use the personalised content to achieve a personal goal or ultimately, a better state of wellbeing.

Cost
Free to download; Subscriptions from approx. RM391/year
Free trial period
Unlimited (with free content only)
Download here
Faye Bradley

Contributing writer