iOS: We’ve discussed the topic of paid meditation apps before, but Simple Habit is a new option that offers simple, five-minute meditations designed for specific needs or times of the day. They help you relax, help you regain focus, or help you soothe a troubled mind.
The app includes a number of free sessions and a seven day free trial to help you see if you think it’s worth paying for. The app lets you listen to your session, then track your progress and how you feel after each session. Some of the sessions are geared to help you get to sleep or unwind at the end of the day, or to help you relax during a break in the middle of the day, or to start your morning off on a good foot. After the seven day trial though, expect to shell out $3.99/week, $14.99/month, $119.99/year to keep using the app. That’s a pretty steep price, so make sure it’s worth it to you first—or try a more affordable alternative. (Also note, at least one ITunes review notes that to use the app, you have to sign up for automatic billing via iTunes through in-app purchases, so make sure you remember to cancel if the app isn’t for you before your trial is up!)
Of course, like all meditation apps, Simple Habit makes some pretty wild claims about improving your memory and anxiety, and we’ve established before that those claims are usually questionable at best. They have some research to back up their positions, but the biggest benefit of an app like this is that it can teach busy people to meditate without having to turn it into a huge process, which means we can all get the benefits of meditation without feeling like it’s a wall we have to climb just to get started.