Meditation and mindfulness apps

Meditation and mindfulness apps

  • Apps are a convenient way to learn meditation and mindfulness techniques.
  • These skills can be used to manage conditions such as anxiety and sleep problems.
  • Learn more about meditation and mindfulness apps.
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There are a variety of mobile phone apps for breathing, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of each moment of your day as it happens. It involves being aware of your feelings, thoughts and body sensations as you experience them.
  • Becoming more mindful helps reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood. It helps improve wellbeing and may also improve sleep and help people cope with pain.
  • Being mindful may also support people adopt healthier choices. Learn more about mindfulness.

Here are a few meditation and mindfulness apps reviewed by Healthify

App  Features Clinical review

Āio



  • Meditation app based on Māori teachings
  • Free version of the app comprises 6 basic videos
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free basic; paid subscription upgrade for more videos
  • Read more about Āio
 

Headspace

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  • Guided meditation
  • Meditation reminders
  • Meditation tracking
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free trial; paid subscription for full content
  • Read more about Headspace

Melon

  • Tracks sleep, activity, feelings
  • Wellbeing articles and videos
  • Shared community and personal coach
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free trial
  • Read more about Melon

Smiling Mind

  • Guided meditation and mindfulness
  • Meditation reminders
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Smiling Mind
 

Virtual Hope Box

  • Games
  • Meditation exercises
  • Activities to reduce stress
  • Motivational quotes 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Virtual Hope Box

Buddhify

  • Mindfulness audio
  • Can share mindfulness audios with others using social media, messaging, text or email
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Basic: $6.49, paid upgrade: $30 per annum for subscription
  • Read more about Buddhify
 

Voda

  • Reminders
  • Daily check-in, notifications
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Basic is free, but there is a paid upgrade version
  • Read more about Voda

As there are so many apps to support mental health and wellbeing, we have not been able to review all those available. We have instead identified independent organisations that have reviewed these apps.

You may also find the following article useful: Do mental health apps really work?(external link) Patient Info, UK

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