A mindfulness practice is a staple of any great wellness regimen. And one of the best ways to inject mindfulness into your routine is with a daily meditation. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Establishing a daily habit is no small feat, especially when it’s one that requires you to pull yourself away from your computer or desk and take a few quiet minutes for yourself. The good news is that once you get in the habit of prioritizing your mental health and self-care, it becomes second nature, and you barely have to think about it.
But how do you get to that place? Are there tools that will help you get meditation into your daily routine? Luckily, you need only one thing, and you can download it right on your phone. Calm is a meditation app with a ton of amazing features to help you relax—everything from guided meditations to soothing music to a simple meditation timer. Here are four reasons Calm will finally turn you into a meditator:
1. It gives you much-needed guidance.
Regardless of your meditation goals—whether to improve your sleep, reduce your anxiety levels, regulate your emotions, or up your self-care—Calm has a track for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never meditated in your life or are an everyday meditation enthusiast. Calm lets you choose from dozens of preprogrammed journeys like 7 Days of Calming Anxiety or 7 Days of Self-Esteem. Wherever you are on your meditation journey, there’s something that will resonate with you.
2. But it also has tons of variety.
If you’re doing something every day, variety is important. In the summer you might want to meditate to scenes of a thunderstorm or mountain lake, but as it gets colder you might prefer meditating to a scene of a cozy, crackling fireplace. The good news is, Calm has all three—along with a ton of other visual features that allow you to meditate to different scenery. It’s all about being flexible and adjusting your practice to fit your current mood, the season, or the time of day. The world is your oyster!
3. It's accessible—for everyone.
The Daily Calm is a 10-minute meditation that’s an easy point of entry for new meditators; it will take the guesswork out and give you something to look forward to each day while you’re establishing a meditation practice. But beware, the Daily Calm isn’t just for beginners. It can be just as beneficial for seasoned meditators who feel like doing something simple, quick, and guided.
4. It allows you to be as flexible as you want.
Let’s be honest, not every day is the same. And that means doing the same meditation every day probably won’t work. The Calm app gives you the flexibility to test out different types of guided meditation—like body scans and lovingkindness meditations—so you can decide which one resonates with you the most. Don’t feel like doing anything guided? Try the simple meditation timer or a customizable breathwork bubble, which expands and contracts to help you connect with your breathing. Your nervous system will thank you!