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5 of the best mindfulness apps you need in your life

5 of the best mindfulness apps you need in your life

Let’s be honest, we could all do with streamlining our smartphone use.

The mundane checking, swiping and scrolling we’re all guilty of can sometimes feel like a break from the stresses of the real world but really it isn’t doing us or our mental health any favours.

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And yes, it might seem a bit counter-intuitive to use an app on our phones to achieve this but it’s more about training ourselves to focus and not be bogged down with other digital distractions.

So here are five of the highest ranked apps to help you master mindfulness in 2017.

1. Buddhify

Available on: iPhone and Android
Price: £3.99
Great for: Tailor-made tracks for the different parts of your day like travelling, sleeping and being on a work break. The check-in system also makes it easy to log and monitor your progress.

2. Headspace

Available on: iPhone and Android
Price: Free(ish) – the first 10 exercises are free, then users can sign up to choice of subscription payment plans which start at £3.74 per month.
Great for: No-nonsense meditation for all levels with a handy buddy system so you can motivate your mates. Emma Watson’s also a fan so that’s a selling point in itself.

3. Calm

Available on: iPhone and Android
Price: Free(ish) – the first seven-day guided courses are free and then users have the option to go on to a monthly subscription (£7.99) or the yearly one (£29.99), which works out much cheaper.
Great for: Keeping it simple with options to either improve all-round general well-being in 21-days, or sleep in seven days.

4. The Mindfulness App

Available on: iPhone and Android
Price: Free(ish) – the introductory courses are free but if you want access to the premium library, with 175 single meditation sessions, you’ll have to pay £7.99 per month or 79p for an individual one.
Great for: Making your courses fit your schedule and preferences, with three to-30 minute meditations available in both guided and silent.

5. Omvana

Available on: iPhone and Android
Price: Mainly free, though a few specific classes can be bought in the app.
Great for: A focus on music with a unique mixing tool so users can adjust whether they want more or less noise or speaking to suit the mood they’re in.

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