The strains of modern life can often make following this mantra easier said than done. Though the benefits of relaxation and meditation are widely agreed upon, finding the time in your busy working life makes for difficult work. Being more busy makes you more stressed and taking time to relax is exactly what you should be doing for your health: but there's just no time!
Oh, but there is! We here at Appszoom have selected these 7 innovative iPhone apps, specially designed for the most time-stretched. So every 'urban buddha' can find time to find their inner zen. Hammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
No easing you in gently. We're kicking off this list of the cream of the calming crop. The gorgeous, UK-created Buddhify is quite simply the most complete meditation app available on the market now. For the price of a Starbucks Maple Macchiato, this multi-faceted, multi-functional app can offer even the busiest of urbanites a little space in their busy schedule to find peace.
Buddihify offers a beautifully personalized experience by tailoring meditation to your current activities. Tell it what you're doing - whether it be working online, commuting, exercising, feeling stressed at work, trying to get to sleep - and the app will offer you the perfect guided meditation.
If you prefer unguided meditation, or just know how to do it yourself, you can use Buddhify's built-in timer, or get tips and tricks on how to stay mindful. The app will even keep track of your habits and show you stats based on the amount of time you meditate, which types of meditation you use, and so on.
The ultra simple-to-use Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax presents the 7 Steps of Calm, an easy to follow program of seven guided sessions running from 2-20 minutes with a range of fully immersive background scenes and sounds to choose from. The voice on the guided sessions is a bit spacey but the music by Kip Mazuy – a big name in the music meditation world - is a cut above other offerings.
The 7-Day Calm program is a brilliant way of finding an area of calm in the day, even if you only have minutes to spare. It offers a 10-minute daily session, which is pausable if you are interrupted. Best of all, you can't skip forward or back, meaning you are forced to take the necessary time to relax. You can also set alarms to remind you to take your daily dose of calm. If you feel like upgrading to the pro version, you'll be given access to 50 more guided meditations.
Beautifully designed, very easy to use and with great tracking tools too.
When you're stuck in traffic after a long day at work, or you just found out you're spending this weekend with the in-laws, your blood pressure just may have tipped higher than normal.
Clean, innovative and simple, TaoMix is the perfect app to help you find your zen again. This clever app harnesses your device’s powerful sound processing to allow you to create your own mix of ambient sounds to calm you right back down. You can choose from a myriad of sounds: birds, insects, other animals, rain, storms, winds, water, ocean, fire, etc…or you can modify the sound or mix your own background music.
When you're up against things, you could sure use some Headspace from time to time. This beautifully designed app gives you a huge variety of tools for achieving serenity: here and now. Access guided daily meditations, plus scientific data and progress reports on your calm and clarity. You can download the meditations in advance, and "Mindfulness buzzers" come in the form of occasional push notifications that remind you to take some you time.
Headspace holds an exclusive contract with the Royal Parks Foundation, which includes a unique walking meditation podcast. Trying out basic functionality of the app is free for ten days, then it costs €11.95 on a month-by-month basis. Alternatively, you can invest €395.95 just once for access forever.
Headspace is a slick relaxation app that's pretty interesting to use for ten days - then you'll have to decide if inner peace is worth the price tag. We happen to think it is.
Universal Breathing: Pranayama is specially designed to help you balance your life, and experience a relaxed, meditative state when you need to find some inner calm. No matter how frazzled you get during the working day, or how fast your heart is racing, this app actually seems to WORK.
Select your desired breathing pace (from slow to slower to slowest), and the timer will count down six minutes of guidance. Inhale and exhale based on the rotating circle, or simply listen to the shifts in the musical tones and breathe along with them. The aural cues mean you can easily close your eyes and meditate while following the slow breathing patterns.
A calming influence which will relieve your daily stresses and making sleeping a whole lot easier.
Feeling stressed? Looking for a sure-fire way to chill your beans? Why not get yourself a wee bit of relaxation via the soothing tones a of a deep-throated Scotsman. One in a long line of Andrew Johnson titles, Relax combines ambient music overlaid with Andrew Johnson's voice, who coaches you through relaxing each part of your body.
In the settings menu, you can opt to skip the instructions and choose the short introduction. And if it’s late at night, you can set the app not to wake you up when it ends, apparently resulting in a deeper sleep for you.
It's just 10 minutes long and ultra-simple, but his voice is liquid gold. Maybe it's the Scottish accent. Actually, it's definitely the Scottish accent.
It's been around a fair while, yet still lingers firmly at the top of the download charts. Ipnos Software's Relax Melodies lets you easily customize tracks meant for relaxation by layering ambient loops over one another.
Mix together customized tracks from up to 46 different ambient sounds, ranging from the classic rainfall to soothing medieval flutes. You can layer up to 10 sounds and select the relative volume of each and set a timer when you're going to sleep for auto turn-off. The app also includes two binaural beats that can also be layered into your mix if you'd like to try brainwave entrainment.
Relax Melodies is customizable in all the right ways, and definitely worth a shot if you're prone to getting het up.