Nowadays, our phones can be a source of major anxiety—all of the news, the social media, the constant notifications. But it doesn’t have to be.
With wellness apps, you can turn your phone into a device that helps you practice mindful meditations, perfect your downward dog, or help you breathe just a tad bit deeper when things get tough. And in times like these, I think we can all use a bit of mindfulness in our lives. I’d love to share with you my favorite wellness apps that help me keep my Zen.
Full disclosure, I have a Peloton bike, but I used the app way before I bought the bike. Yes, you read that right, you don’t have to have the bike to access all of Peloton’s digital content. For $12.99 a month, you have full access to Peloton’s entire digital library (and live classes!), including their cycling, running, HIIT, cardio, outdoor, mediation, yoga, and stretching classes. It’s a one-stop shop for all things fitness—and the best part, you can actually try it free for 90 days!
The Nike Training Club app features incredibly effective workouts by a team of Nike Master Trainers. Don’t have any weights in your house? That’s fine! There are tons of body weight classes. Prefer to run on the open roads? Well, you can do that, too. New workouts are released every month, so you’ll never have to do the same sweat session twice.
It’s been proven that even just a few minutes of meditation a day does wonders for both your mental and physical health. Headspace has aimed to make meditation simple and easy, with a beautiful, intuitive app (and lots of fun illustrations) that lets you download meditations to listen to during your commute, while you’re at work, or to help you sleep at night. With the free subscription, you get a 10-day meditation starter pack to help you learn the ropes. If you like what you hear, you can opt for the paid subscription.
If you’re like me and you’re a podcast junkie, there’s a chance you’ve heard an ad for Calm.com during your drive to work or after-work dog walk. While Headspace is a great choice for those who like a bit of structure during their meditations, Calm is perfect for those who enjoy less guidance. Meditations on Calm vary from anywhere between three to 25 minutes, and the company has partnered with celebrities and sports stars like LeBron James, who has a series about how to boost your mental performance before a big game or workout.
Calm.com has meditations for a variety of different reasons—anything from an extra boost of confidence, increasing happiness, developing and practicing gratitude, and even improving your workout performance. Simply put on your headphones, choose the meditation of your choice, and breathe deeply. Calm has a free trial, a $12.99 a month plan, and a $19.99 family plan.
The Inscape meditation studio in NYC has their own digital app with an extensive digital library that can also be personalized to your needs. Are you a meditate-at-night kinda person? Or maybe you need a midday calm down after lunch? You can choose when you’d like to complete your practice and what goals you have in mind. You can even use the app’s digital journal to jot down your thoughts or use a guided breathing meditation while you’re taking a bath to really bring on the calm.
The Breathing App is a) FREE! and b) was developed by Deepak Chopra, so you know it’s real. It has an incredibly simple interface, so all you need to do is press play and breath. The Breathing App was inspired by “resonance,” the scientific name that describes what happens when our heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, and brainwave function are on the same wavelength. The app focuses on slowing down your breath so you can decrease your stress and anxiety, something I know I desperately need right now.
Pranayama combines the power of visuals + audio to create a powerful deep breathing app. It works the same as a yoga progression—each session slowly progresses from simple breathing techniques to more difficult options, kind of like starting with downward dogs to headstands during a yoga class. Use it for a brief respite from the craziness of the world and to improve your health and well-being.
Do you have any favorite wellness apps to add to this list?