Most of them have a free-trial period. Some then require a subscription, while others provide enough free content to support your ongoing mindfulness practice.
In a study that evaluated mindfulness-based iPhone apps based on standardized criteria, these apps received the highest scores:
Many people at MIT use these meditation aids:
- Headspace: Beginner-friendly, well-liked, and has a free 10-day trial and a discounted student plan.
Stop, Breathe, & Think: Designed to help you check in with how you're feeling and choose a mindfulness practice tuned to your emotions.
Calm.com: Includes a seven-day free trial and multiple features, including a special bedtime-story option.
- Insight Meditation Timer: Free and has a huge variety of guided meditation options. It may take a bit of exploring to discover which meditations work for best you.
These apps specifically focus on mindfulness for anxiety:
- MindShift: Addresses test anxiety, perfectionism, and more.
- Unwinding Anxiety: Includes a four-day free trial and provides well-researched mindfulness tools for anxiety.
MIT alumnus Robert Plotkin ’93 provides updates and information about apps and the intersection of science, technology, and mindfulness at Technology for Mindfulness.