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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Whether 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 me know what you use to meditate!
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