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Meditation has numerous benefits, including decreasing stress and aging and increasing immunity and patience. So do we do consistently practice it? Nope. Instead, we come up with excuses for why we can’t sit still for the next 5 minutes.

But- have no fear. Fortunately, it is 2017 and we have access to just about everything. With one simple touch of a button, our overall quality of life can improve. Crazy, isn’t it?

What’s even more crazy is that you can significantly alter your brain with just a few minutes of meditation per day. One study found more gray matter in the sensory and auditory cortex of long-practicing meditators, which meant they were more in tune and alert with each present moment than other people.

And if you “don’t” have the time to meditate- whether it’s because you’re constantly driving the kids from one extracurricular activity to the next, or you’re a workaholic who shutters at the thought of taking a break- we got you covered.

Below are three meditation apps you can download to your phone so you can practice mindfulness techniques no matter where you are.

1. Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

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Download If: You have a variety of goals you want to achieve through mindfulness (find joy in the small things, decrease daily anxieties, sleep better, etc.)

Why We Love It: It makes meditation for even the most anxious person non-intimidating, with meditation guides as short as three minutes.

2. Headspace: Guided Meditation 

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Download If: You’re serious about becoming a regular meditator and willing to pay $94.99 per year after your free 30 day trial. Don’t let the price freak you out, as this app delivers promising results. One man who had long suffered severe anxiety since childhood claims to now handle his emotions much better, even during stressful times.

Why We Love It: There are five different categories (Foundation, Health, Relationships, Performance, and Headspace Pro) that offer different “packs” (guided meditations) within each one. Whether you’re searching to boost your athletic performance, calm your anxiety, or improve your romantic relationship- there is a program to train your mind to better any aspect of your life.

3. The Mindfulness App: Meditation for Everyone 

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Download If: You want to meditate but don’t want to try anything fancy. This app is especially perfect for beginners because it lays out the basics and not only starts your meditation practice, but helps maintains it.

Why We Love It: It’s simple and gets the job done, while keeping track of your stats. Sometimes, less really is more!

 

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