Lost Your Chill?

Same. These eight meditation and mindfulness apps are here to help you get it back.

The digital age is fraught with dangerous distractions that lurk around every corner. From working on a computer you're also running five music apps on, to checking Instagram while you run to meet a friend, to live-tweeting the crazy person next to you on the train, and finally winding down with Netflix, we rarely give ourselves—and brains—a moment to breathe. I mean, hello, you're on Snapchat right now—which is great, but try to think about the last occasion where you found some real zen. Some real time to yourself to just be. Still trying to remember? The good news is that the same tool that most people use to fuel their plugged-in addiction holds the key to unlocking your chill, lowering your stress, improving your sleep, and flexing your most important muscle—the brain. Say "namaste" to eight phone apps to download on your way to calm.

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The Simple Visual Experience: Pause

Pause draws on ancient Tai Chi and mindfulness practice while engaging you in the most simple way possible. Participants focus on using their finger to slowly follow a colorful dot that grows and changes colors as it moves around. Repetitive, deliberate movements is key in activating your body's relaxation response, and it's scientifically proven by Sweet's team of researchers that even just five minutes of this will seriously up your chill levels.

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The Diverse Selection: Omvana

Omvana has over 500 guided meditation tracks to choose from. Seeking out a practice for a specific purpose? Whether it be hypnosis, focus, inspiration, or relationships, you'll find it in this vast library. The most listened-to tracks center on finding your life's purpose, clearing negativity, seeking a deep sleep, and ending procrastination. All things, we imagine, that you like as much as we do.

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The Oprah Method: 21-Day Meditation Experience

Who are we to leave out Oprah's personal recommendation? Join the hundreds of thousands who've downloaded the program and challenge led by Deepak Chopra, which aims to help you embrace your dreams and desires, expand your purpose, and find your peace.

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The Brain's Personal Trainer: Headspace

All it takes is 10 minutes. Give Headspace that, and the app will teach you the basics of meditation; over time, track your progress and train yourself to act more mindfully. With over a million users, you can tap into the community for extra motivation.

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The Customizable Practice: Mindfulness

Some of the world's foremost meditation teachers can be found on the Mindfulness app, which was created to be easy and used by anyone and everyone. As little as three minutes with this program can help you reduce stress and increase well-being.

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The One for Every Situation: Buddhify

Buddhify is simple and to the point—yet very effective. The app comes with a color wheel of different activities you may find yourself doing during the day (walking in the city, eating, traveling). Simply pick a scenario, and listen your troubles away. On top of that? You can track your progress and give the solo-timer a try.

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The Virtual Vacation: Calm

Calm gives you the option to take a mediation break of either two, five, 10, 15, or 20 minutes. This app is perfect for beginners and gurus alike—users can choose from guided programs such as "Body Scan," "Anxiety Release," and "Compassion," or tap into relaxing sounds for a self-led timed session.

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The Mystical Route: Dharma Seed

Since the early 1980s, Dharma Seed has collected talks and teachings surrounding Theravada Buddhism, all of which can be downloaded through their app. These come in many languages and all focus on mediation as a way to gain mental skillfulness and insight.

Earbuds in, friends!

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