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Can't calm your brain? These apps can help your mind relax. In case you haven’t heard, meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, increase problem-solving and inspire new ideas. Recent studies have even shown that 10 minutes of daily meditation can rival medication and change the brain. So

Nov 23, 2015

Can't calm your brain? These apps can help your mind relax.



In case you haven’t heard, meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, increase problem-solving and inspire new ideas. Recent studies have even shown that 10 minutes of daily meditation can rival medication and change the brain. So, if meditation is so effective, and seemingly easy, why can’t we do it? For most of us, our attempts are similar. We sit back, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and before we’ve finished exhaling we’re already thinking about fourth period, a parent email, or wondering if we remembered to post yesterday’s attendance.

The good news is meditation is different for everyone—it may not be what you picture. The technique can be anything that raises your consciousness, calms your mind and increases your gratitude. Here are three apps to help you breathe, relax and sleep.

1. Omg I Can Meditate, iOS, Android, FREE

As featured in People, Women’s Health and Mind, Body, Green, this app has a five-star rating and raving reviews from celebrities, athletes and professionals. The app opens with a video introduction from the coach who will talk you through the basics of your first 10-minute session. Sessions include calming music, sounds and photos to help you focus. Try the app’s 7 Day Challenge for a true mind cleanse.

2. Headspace, iOS, FREE

Self-described as the “gym membership for your mind,” Headspace has been featured in WIRED, The New York Times, Esquire and Financial Times. This animated app allows you to choose the facet of mindfulness you’d like to strengthen: creativity, focus, self-control and more. If traditional mediation causes you to daydream, you’ll enjoy the metaphorical animations that accompany the coaching.

3. Sleepio, iOS, FREE TRIAL

As featured in The Guardian, WIRED and the scientific journal, SLEEP, this unique app features an animated coach to improve your ability to sleep. Whether you struggle with insomnia or stress-based waking, this app can be tailored to your individual needs. Developed by psychologists and researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, the program utilizes 20-minute cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to empower you to take control of your sleeping habits. Basic packages can be bought by the week for about the cost of a cheeseburger.

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