8 Meditation Apps to Soothe Your Soul in 2021

8 Meditation Apps to Soothe Your Soul in 2021

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8 Meditation Apps to Soothe Your Soul in 2021

This year, bring mindfulness and relaxation right to your fingertips.

This year, bring mindfulness and relaxation right to your fingertips.

Text: Trishna Rikhy

In 2021, mindfulness and awareness are the buzzwords promising growth, refreshment and relaxation. Whether or not your New Year’s resolution included meditating, we’re sure it included working on yourself in some way or another, and what better way to accomplish that than by taking the time to get to know your body and mind?

Meditation is one of the best practices by which you can achieve awareness, higher functioning and a clearer state, all while reducing stress levels (and we know 2020 left us with a lot of those). Below, we’re sharing 8 of our favorite meditation and mindfulness apps to help you achieve your best self this year.

1. Calm

Calm - The #1 App for Meditation and Sleep

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Calm is the App Store’s #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, named “the world’s happiest app” by the Center for Humane Technology. The app features functions for guided meditation, restful sleep (accompanied by the voice of one of many narrators, including Matthew McConaughey, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy), music and body movements.

Try Calm for $14.99 per month here.

2. Headspace

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness - The Headspace App

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If you’re a beginner at meditation or just trying to clear your head, Headspace is the app for you. It guides you through a meditation journey based on your expertise level, starting you off with just a few minutes per day. With guided meditations tailored to specific moods and categories, animations, articles and videos all loaded into one app, Headspace is your one stop shop for health and happiness.

Try Headspace for $12.99 per month here.

3. InsightTimer

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InsightTimer is a free guided meditation app, complete with various playlists and audios for sleep, anxiety, stress, yoga and even a custom category for parents. The world’s best teachers come together on the app to take you through simple practices and events, while icons such as Gisele Bündchen and Russell Brand bring their own guided meditation audios to the app.

Try InsightTimer for free here.

4. Ten Percent Happier

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Ten Percent Happier does exactly what’s in the title—makes you 10% happier. With an expansive variety of meditation and featured Talks about spirituality and mindfulness, plus sleep content, the app combines all the benefits of thorough meditation and mindfulness practices at a more intermediate level.

Try Ten Percent Happier for $99 per year here.

5. Unplug

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Unplug offers live and on-demand meditation classes to improve your sleep and mental health, and is even kickstarting the year with an app-wide “Fresh Start 2021” challenge. The daily meditations on the app are amplified in virtual classes and special virtual events, all led by experts and focused on helping you decrease anxiety and stress, sleep better, feel happier and become more present in your daily life.

Try the Unplug app for $12.99 per month here.

6. Aura

Aura - #1 App for Emotional Health & Sleep

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Aura is the perfect meditation app for those who want to better themselves on the go. Built for the busy lifestyle, the app uses soothing sounds and meditation prompts to encourage you to use a handful of minutes in your spare time to join the personalized meditation experience the app offers. Sessions last either 3, 7 or 10 minutes, making it the perfect daily escape during your lunch break or a quick walk around the block, plus it offers short stories and soothing audios to help you take a break from life for a few minutes at a time.

Try the Aura app for $12.99 per month here.

7. Buddhify

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Buddhify focuses on mobile meditation, bringing you a selection of sessions you can do no matter where you are or what you’re doing, plus traditional, longer meditations for you to practice when you have more time. The purpose of the app is to teach meditation to you, in such a way where you eventually won’t need an app to guide you and will be a creative, independent practitioner yourself. Moreover, the app believes in an upfront cost with no subscription—making it accessible, easy and effective.

Try the Buddhify app for $2.99 here.

8. Inscape

Meditation App for Stress, Anxiety, Sleep – INSCAPE

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Inscape brings the relaxation and meditation tools of most other apps, with added benefits to ensure mindfulness and a decrease in stress. With the app comes various tools including a daily reflection journal with prompts, a timer and breathing exercises to help beginners (including kids!) release anxiety or focus on their meditation practices.

Try the Inscape app for $9.99 per month here.


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