Mindfulness

Why Calm Is My Favorite Meditation App

I talk a lot about mindfulness on my blog, but sometimes I feel like I’m only grazing the surface and not getting into the details of how I incorporate mindfulness into my daily life and how you can too!

Recently, I’ve been sticking to a morning routine (shocker, I rarely stick to a routine) that includes meditation as soon as I wake up.

Why Calm is my favorite app for guided meditation. Keep reading to see my Calm app review and why you should use it!The reason I’ve been able to do this has something to do with a little app called Calm, the tool that will help you meditate, relax, focus, and sleep better.

Now, I’ve tried a lot of free meditation apps since I first started meditating a few years ago, but there’s something about Calm that has made it really easy for me to stick with meditation every weekday morning.

Whether you’ve never heard of Calm before or you’re already a die-hard fan, I thought I’d share my insights on the app and why I’ve become a loyal user.

How I Use Calm

First things first, I always like to meditate in the morning because it sets an intentional and focused tone to the day. I neeeed that sort of tone for my day, let me tell you.

I used to dread meditating so I’d put it off for days, and weeks, and months, but since I’ve started incorporating Calm into my morning routine, it’s become something I do without thinking about it.

Why Calm is my favorite app for guided meditation. Keep reading to see my Calm app review!

When I first wake up in the morning, I check my phone quickly, drink some water, and then get right into the meditation before it’s too late (because I’ve probably hit the snooze button already at this point). The sessions only last about 10 minutes which is the perfect amount of time for me.

Since upgrading to the Calm subscription (which I’ll talk about later), I’ve definitely been using the app more and feeling way calmer because of it. Seriously, starting my day with meditation makes me a lot less cranky.

Why Calm is my favorite meditation app

Mindfulness Spotlight: Calm Meditation App

User experience

One of the features I love about Calm is the overall user experience of the app. As soon as you open it up, you’re greeted with soothing background noises and beautiful imagery. I start to feel more relaxed before I’ve even started meditating.

Types of meditations

You have quite the selection of meditations to choose from such as body scan and walking meditations, plus sessions on topics like loving-kindness and forgiveness. There are also Daily Calm sessions which offer you a sample from the paid programs on the app including choice, resilience, gratitude, impermanence, and letting go. I’ve done a few of their sleep stories too and I definitely think they helped me get to sleep quicker.

Guided meditations

With Calm, you have the option of doing guided or unguided meditations (for those of you who are mega experts at this meditation thing). One thing I’ll mention is that the guided sessions are lead by Tamara Levitt who has a beautiful voice, but obviously everyone’s preferences are different when it comes to the type of voice you want guiding you through meditations. Tamara’s voice is quite sing-songy which might not appeal to everyone. Then again, you might love it like I do.

Mindfulness Spotlight: Calm Meditation App

Meditation calendar

Once you’ve made it through a meditation session, you’ll see a calendar that shows you how many times you’ve meditated during the month. During the month of March, I meditated almost every day which totally blows my mind (and makes me wonder if my month was overly stressful LOL). Seeing how many days in a row that you’ve been meditating makes you feel like a bit of a badass when you’re on a 3-day meditation streak. Or maybe I’m the only person who associates meditation with being a badass?

Paid features

My love for Calm has reached the point where I decided it was worth paying the $12.99 a month to get all of the premium features. If you decide to upgrade (which is definitely not necessary, but I was sucked in), you’ll find awesome 7-day programs that focus on things like managing stress, finding happiness, improving your sleep, and getting focused. Having the subscription prevents me from getting bored because there are so many meditations to choose from that I’m rarely repeating the same session.

Final thoughts

Overall, I’m digging the Calm app at the moment for three reasons: the variety of meditation topics to chose from (stress, forgiveness, happiness, etc.), the beautiful interface, and the calendar that shows you when you’re on a meditation roll.

Mindfulness Spotlight: Calm Meditation AppWhether you use the app for free or get the subscription, Calm has amazing options for anyone who’s interested in getting started with meditation and for those of us who have been doing it for a while (#meditationcrew). Want to try Calm for yourself? You can find it in the Apple store and Android store.

What’s your favorite meditation tool?

Leave a comment below letting us know what you use to meditate!

*This post is not sponsored, however, it contains an affiliate link. If you purchase a Calm subscription, I may receive a small commission.

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm the mindset coach and writer behind The Blissful Mind. Whether you're trying to reduce stress, slow down, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little calmer.

32 Comments

  1. I use a combination of three meditation apps, all for different things. My go-to is Headspace for more structured content, I LOVE the sleep stories from Calm, and I do Insight Timer for unguided! I honestly love them all.

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  3. Nice review Catherine! How would you compare it to headspace (if you’ve used that)? That’s what got me started. Now I use a combination of insight timer and youtube channels like MindfulPeace. I might give this a shot, thanks!

    1. Thank you, Suly! I started out using Headspace when I first got into meditation and that really helped get me going. I think I prefer using Calm now simply because it feels more calming to me (the woman’s voice, background noises, etc) and I love the calendar feature which I’m not sure Headspace has. Hope that helps! xo

  4. I have been using Calm and its absolute bliss… TOTALLY! I do my meditations unguided mostly (with the background music in the app), but in the past 7 days, I completed the “7 days of Gratitude” program and it just blew me off. Made me think how silly I was to miss all the beautiful things that I already have with me in my life when I was crying about how life has been crap for me. Two of those 7 day sessions, it got to a point where I automatically cried. I also use the “Gently Flowing Stream” background sound (for the first time today; earlier I was using Mountain Lake). Today I had the best experience with Gently Flowing Stream. The music was so serene and relaxing that I had multiple frissions (what we call as goosebumps). I just love the app!

    I tried Headspace for 2 days but I was not very impressed (to be fair to it, I was already a month into Calm by then). It just had 10 days of free content and even unguided meditations need unlocking (i.e. subscription). One great thing in Headspace is Andy’s (one of Headspace founders) voice. His voice was literally making me so relaxed that the first day, I went to sleep on it. He is Buddhist monk and surely has mastered stimulation by voice.

  5. I’ve been using this app for almost two years now and I love it. Works for me. I go through stages of dedicated meditation and then have big gaps but I’ve been diligent again recently and just completed my 330th session.
    Whilst morning meditation is better for me as I get the same benefits as you I’ve been finding that I do the daily meditation at night when I go to bed, I rarely hear the end of it before I’ve nodded off which is both good and bad, hence why I’m start morning and evening sessions. I love Tamara’s voice it’s so soothing. My only gripe is that you can’t redo a daily calm session. Sometime I find one that really resonants with me and I want to do it again in the following days, (especially when I fall asleep)
    There is also an annual subscription offer that works out way cheaper than monthly.

  6. Thanks for the suggestion! I’m about to check it out.

    Ive been using Insight Timer for about 8 months. I can’t say enough about it.
    It offers guided of all shapes and sizes from some of the best including my fave, Tara Brach, a timer with bell and optional ambient music if you like unguided, forums to connect with like minded peeps, and a chance to rate and comment on meditations. It even offers uplifting podcasts that vary in topic. After you’re done, you can thank anyone from around the world who meditatated with you. Many more features but it’s fun to discover them for yourself.

    Oh yeah, all for free :)

  7. I love the Calm app! When I first started my meditation practice, I constantly felt overwhelmed because I was just bombarded with thoughts. I had used other mediation apps in the past but the Calm app offered the most variety and just had a lot of different features that made it so user friendly!

    I’m so glad that you did a review on them! Hopefully this encourages more people to begin their own mediation practice :)

  8. I started using Calm two days ago and I keep smiling during and after session. I have already tried many guided meditation app but it seems this one has something special. I am happy to keep using it. Thanks Catherine

  9. Thank you for detailed insight on the app Catherine, I’ve been using it for almost 6 months (not regularly), however whenever I struggle having sleep I listen to sleep stories and Tamara’s voice is so soothing and peaceful that I never got to end of the story, I wonder how listening to the same story help me sleep all the time (“Waterfall” being my personal favorite). I haven’t used other features much but still tried some of them and even some other apps also but I must say that Calm is different and very interactive. And yes, some small but simple features make the app more relaxing like app greeting, the background sound, etc. I hope to see more from Calm team, happy user :)

  10. Such an interesting read, thanks for sharing. I will definitely be trying Calm. My favorite is Feel Stress Free by Thrive – please check out my page to see my review. :)

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