The last thing I've incorporated into my morning routine that's just for me is meditation.
Now that I have every person rolling their eyes because they can't sit still and do nothing because they "Don't Have Time"... I'm here to tell you, yah...ya do.
The apps I'm going to share with you, I rotate between depending on my financial situation and what I'm looking to get out of my time spent sitting.
I use an android device, but I'm pretty sure most of these apps are available on iOS too.
My top 3 apps right now are...
1. Headspace This app has a free trial, but after that you need to pay to play. I found the technique slightly different than others I've tried, but it was easy to follow. The best part about this was the user interface. It had different tracks you could travel down and customize your experience with sessions that built upon the previous. It also had some meditations for kids if you're trying to get your littles to sit down and be quiet for a few. The reason I stopped using it was there was frequent talk of taking what you learned and doing some kind of homework throughout the day. I NEVER remembered to do it and felt hella guilty when I would start the next session. Then the different courses meant if I stopped, I was quitting. So I found myself working through courses I didn't enjoy. I dropped this app before my yearly fee renewed. But if you like that kind of structure, I did find the walk through's soothing.
2. Mindfulness This is the app I'm currently using and enjoying the most. This is another pay to play app, where you need to sign up for the "Premium" to get use of all the different guided meditations. But cash is tight, so what I'm using is the timed sessions this app offers for free. I can set my time between 3 and 30 minutes, have either a standard guided or just quiet with different white noise behind me. Since I am visualizing a house by the sea lately, I've used this app for my visualization practices too and adore it. There are gong sounds to let you know when the meditation starts and stops, and if you want the guided meditation, it's not too intrusive.
Did I mention you can do this in 5 minutes? You take longer scrolling through depressing news stories on FB or Twitter. You could do this instead. Just saying...
I haven't paid for the premium service, but I'm very happy with the one feature I can use on this. The app also sends push notifications to help remind you to practice mindfulness throughout the day. Hey Headspace, take notes.
3. Buddhify This app I have only played with for a couple of meditation sessions, mainly because I like the shorter runs for my morning routine. It has a wheel where you can pick and choose what type of guided meditation session you need. There are even some sessions labeled "Can't Sleep". And since the app doesn't have a gong noise or anything else to end the session, I'm planning on putting aside my favorite ASMR channels (Shoutout to Gibi) on YouTube and giving this a shot. Everything on here seems to be free so far, and you can pick and choose what type of mood you're looking to cultivate, or what emotions you're dealing with.
The downside for me on these is no consistency on the narrators and too much variation on times. I look at this kind of like the Netflix of meditation apps. I spend so much time trying to pick out the perfect meditation, that I could have already completed my 5 minute quiet time on Mindfulness.
Do you meditate regularly? And if so, when do you do it? I always find it perfect for the morning for me, but I'd love to hear how others work it into the rest of their day.