For tranquil music and visuals: Calm
Another big name in the world of mindfulness apps is Calm, which bills itself as “the number 1 app for meditation and sleep”. Its other goals include stress and anxiety reduction, self-improvement and increased focus – all of which are, of course, vital for our continued wellbeing.
You might recognise Calm for its striking visuals: think sweeping blue vistas of sea, lake and sky, all of which immediately make us feel incredibly, well… calm. Music is also a strong feature of the app, helping us as we begin our quest to close down our minds, switch off, and really allow ourselves to embrace the present moment.
Incidentally, Calm also won the (albeit, entirely made up by us) award for best use of advertising when it made the decision to appear on CNN’s ad breaks during the 2020 US election. And breathe…
How much does Calm cost? Calm comes in cheaper than Headspace and on a par with Portal, with a subscription to the Premium version costing £29.99 per year. As with most paid meditation apps, there is a free trial that will allow you to take it for a test run before you make the decision on whether it’s the one for you, as well as a limited version that you can use for free.