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Your smartphone can be a hand-held way to keep calm. Using apps to help calm your mind is easy. There are apps for meditation, sleep monitoring, and noise reduction. Most are no-cost or low-cost and work on most phones. 

Apps that help with meditation

The Calm app. This app has a variety of features – some require the paid version – that promote wellbeing. Categories include: 

  • Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Music
  • Body
  • Master class
  • Scenes

The Calm app can help with relaxation and meditation. There are guided meditations as well as soundscapes like rain, wind, and snow that can help calm the mind. A deeper dive into the master classes can unlock teachings from leading experts in mindfulness. If you have trouble sleeping, this app includes tutorials designed to get you to sleep with ease. 

The Headspace app. This app was created by a former monk and combines ancient meditation techniques with modern-day technology. This app offers free and fee-based features that help conquer:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Productivity
  • Health
  • Mindfulness 

This app allows for meditation buddies and syncing your app to your Apple Health feature.

Apps that help with sleep

The Pillow app. Pillow is an app that works with your Apple Watch. The wearability of your watch makes tracking your sleep possible with this app. The app will monitor

  • Your sleep cycle
  • Sleep quality
  • Sleep disruptors
  • Sleep duration

The app can even educate you about your sleep and what you can do to improve your sleep quality and/or overcome the barriers that are preventing you from a good night’s sleep. This app also has features for napping and relaxation.  

The Pzizz app. This app is unique. It can be used both on and offline, so you don’t need Wi-Fi to access the benefits. It also uses sounds specifically designed to help you sleep and to stay alert when you are awake. The Pzizz app is widely used to treat insomnia. While many apps use nature-inspired sounds, Pzizz introduces a human-generated sound that is scientifically designed to help with sleep and alertness. The app also includes voice-over guided exercises like other apps. 

Finding your calm space and reducing the noise doesn’t have to happen in silence. Some apps are specifically and scientifically designed to help you get calm, find peace, and sleep well. Use these or other apps to help you clear your mind and reconnect with your body. 

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