Location: Carmel By The Sea
There are one hundred and one ways people recommend lowering stress and calming down. One highly spoken of one is meditation. I never used to be into it, honestly. I like yoga, and sometimes church, but I use both as quiet time for my internal thought processes. Anyway – and I hate to say this – but since the invention of meditation apps, I’ve gotten heavily into the technique and now somewhat rely on it. For an activity that takes so little of your time, the rewards are huge. Here’s the two meditation apps I use and recommend:
Headspace: I absolutely love Headspace and use it most of all. Headspace offers a variety of meditations, but what I like best is their every day 10 minute series. I typically do this as a part of my morning routine. I believe that starting the day with meditation sets me up for a better day…I’m not stressed (more than usual), rushing around or chaotically getting myself together, you know? While this is a paid subscription app, you can try it out for a week before deciding if it’s right for you. Sometimes, there are special discounts of Groupon, too. I’ll keep my eye out and create an announcement if I see one.
Calm: This is the second meditation app I use, and I use it a little more sparingly than Headspace. My favorite feature – actually the only feature I use – on Calm is their meditative bedtime stories. Literally, readers with the most soothing voices read you a story. Most are around 30 minutes, and often put me to sleep so quickly that I listen to the same one over and over. I still don’t know how it ends! Calm is also a paid subscription app and offers daily meditations like Headspace does. I can’t comment on those because I really do only use the app for it’s free bedtime stories. However, Groupon is running a deal for Calm right now, making it under $50 for the year, and you can access that here if you’re interested.