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Feeling Wound Up? Here Are Five Apps to Help You Wind Down

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September can be a busy month. Between getting the kids to school, sports, clubs, and other commitments, it can be hard to find time to slow down and decompress after a long day of activities. That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you and found five great mindfulness apps to help you unwind when the day is done.

#1: Headspace

Headspace is a subscription-based app that costs around $70 per year. It has a wonderful and well-organized mix of meditations to help you relax in any circumstance. There are even specialized meditation courses for problems like anxiety, lack of patience, grief, or low self-esteem. And there are also shorter one-session meditations focused on situational help, such as writer’s block or fears before an interview.

#2: Calm

Calm is another subscription-based app that costs around $70 per year, but it comes with many free features. However, Calm is geared more toward relaxing soundscapes. If you’re looking to improve your meditation practice with calming noise, or if you’re struggling with sleep, Calm is the app for you. Plus, Calm lets you track your stats, so you can follow your mood and how meditation has been helping you over time.

#3: Healthy Minds Program

If you’re interested in a budget-friendly option, try the Healthy Minds Program. This free app focuses on four main pillars: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. Their meditations can be active or seated and have a podcast-style approach to their delivery. As with Calm, you can measure your statistics and see how your attitude changes over time.

#4: Simple Habit

If you consider yourself a busy person—or you don’t think you have time for dedicated meditations each day—then Simple Habit may be the app for you. Simple Habit encourages daily meditation with a range of five-minute exercises to help you get in the habit of meditating. The app has a growing database of meditations geared toward just about any situation, goal, or time of day.

#5: Oak

If you’re looking for a quick, free app for beginners, Oak might be the right pick for you. Like the other apps we’ve mentioned, Oak tracks your statistics, giving you the opportunity to see how you’re improving over time and how meditations are helping you. This app has several short exercises to help you get to sleep, feel at peace, or simply calm down.

Whatever you’re looking for with your meditation goals, there are plenty of apps out there that give you what you need. Whether you’re a beginning meditator or a seasoned relaxer, we hope these apps will help you find the peace you seek.

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