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Best meditation apps for Apple Watch

Life can be stressful. Increasingly, folks are turning to meditation to help. One of the best ways to use mediation apps is through Apple Watch. Here are some of the best ones you can begin using today.

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SOS! I need a meditation session, ASAP!

One of the most popular meditation apps for iPhone, Headspace features a free basic course that will teach you the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness. Subscribing gives you access to more advanced courses and the entire Headspace library.Headspace is all about helping you to reframe stress. To do so, it provides a lengthy list of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques. Its goal is to provide wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes each day.

There is also a 30-second quick calm session that requires you to touch and hold your finger on your Apple Watch screen. You can't press too hard or too soft. This mini mind exercise helps you focus on something other than your anger or fear in bite-size sessions. If you are paying attention to how much pressure you use while touching the screen, you might forget about that thing that was freaking you out 10 seconds ago.

If you tend to get wound up during the day and sometimes feel like you just need to clear your head, give Headspace a try.

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Meditation for the rest of us.

For those who are skeptics or have never tried meditation, 10% Happier is for you. Created alongside a best-selling book by the same name, the freemium app offers daily videos and guided meditations for newbies and experts alike.

One of the best things about the app is that the sessions are quick and have been designed to fit into your active life. They've been created for use during lunch breaks, commutes, and other times. With Apple Health app integration, you can see your progress over the long-term.

Ready to try meditation? Check out 10% Happier.

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The meditation app for beginners.

Here's another app designed for beginners. Calm offers guided meditation sessions of various lengths so they always fit into your schedule. In total, there are hundreds of programs available for premium subscribers of various skill levels.

Calm also offers a growing library of so-called Sleep Stories. Now totally more than 100 sessions, the Sleep Stories are for adults and kids alike and include content featuring Stephen Fry, Matthew McConaughey, Leona Lewis, Jerome Flynn, and more.

Check out the Daily Calm every day, a 10-minute program that changes each day. Use the program to ease you into your day or get you ready for bed.

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For a more balanced emotional life.

Zen has been designed for relaxation, deep sleep, focus at work, and more. Designed for multiple platforms, including iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, the app also integrates with Apple HomeKit, allowing you to customize living ambiances, and Apple HealthKit, to save your health data.

What makes Zen unique is its availability in over 130 countries in three languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese. On Apple Watch, take advantage of the app's weekly guided meditations for relaxation, deep sleep, mood improvement, anxiety relief, stress reduction, focus at work, and much more.

If you're looking for a sound-focused meditation app, this could be the one.

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For any moment in the day.

Finally, there's Timeless, which offers multi-day courses, guided meditations, a minimalist personal practice time, and more. Sessions include relaxation, sleep, focus, emotional well-being, walking meditation, and more. Apple Health integration makes it easy to track your Mindful Minutes each day.

Timeless has been designed to work across multiple devices and offers iCloud Sync and Handoff for a seamless experience. When you get past the more basic instructions, move up to multi-day courses that provide techniques for vipassana, Shambhala, yoga meditation, and more.

Timeless, like other apps on this list, is available through a monthly and yearly in-app subscription.

Your favorites?

Do you use a meditation app on Apple Watch? What do you love about it? Let us know in the comments.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.