5 Of The Best Free Meditation Apps To Help You De-Stress And Sleep

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Here are Some of the Best Free Meditation Apps!

So, let’s cut to the chase – you’re looking for the best free meditation apps, right? The ones that you don’t have to pay for (at least, not right away)? The ones without a subscription? Well, you wont have to go asking Reddit what to download to get meditating!

As you might know, meditation is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety on a daily basis. Meditation is also a great way that people ensure they get a restful sleep.

Many people attribute meditation and anxiety-calming mantras to yoga – a trend that is becoming more important in this modern world. Whatever you think about meditation – whether you’re a pro or just starting out – following an app is a great way to meditate.

Here at B&L, we know a thing or two about meditation apps. Bruce is well-versed in using Headspace – but we’ll get to that below. So, if you’re ready – here are 5 of the best free meditation apps to download right now!


Considering Calm was named the 2017 “App of the Year” by Apple – you know it has to be at the very least pretty good at what it’s supposed to do! As one of the top meditation apps, it’s easy to see why.

Calm’s simple approach to mindfulness and meditation allows users to have quick and enriching experiences with meditating – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time.

From sleep stories for dozing off to calming music choices and timed meditation sessions, this app has it all. Need a session on “forgiveness”? Want to be walked through a module on “gratitude” or “breaking habits”? Calm has those for you.

Calm also has a great feature called “Daily Calm” which is a brand new 10 minute session for you to do each day! Calm is available as a free trial and then a paid subscription. But that’s nice because you get to try it out before you buy – or choose not not buy at all!

Download Calm in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store


Headspace is one of the oldest around but certainly one of the most developed and helpful. Headspace has a very high rating across over 300,000 reviews in the App Store – just saying!

Bruce can attest to this – he used Headspace (and still does from time to time) to manage anxiety. One of the things that Bruce likes best is the voice of the narrator. It’s very soothing, confident, and friendly – making the app a great way to get into the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation.

Headspace is available as a free download and a free trial. Bruce really loved the 10-day guided meditation that built on ideas from the day before. The progression helped him get back into the zone each session and that made meditating easy to get into.

After purchase of subscription, there are LOADS more features from “mini-meditations”, sleep training, different themes and packs for different things like stress reduction, confidence, sleep, and more! Remember, before apps and Headspace, Bruce was super anxious and new to meditation, in general!

Download Headspace in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

Insight Timer

Probably one of the best meditation apps that gives you the most free options is Insight Timer. From download, you have access to thousands of guided meditations and music tracks. These sessions and tracks can be used for all different things like focusing on sleep, curbing anxiety, and focusing the mind before a hard task.

That app itself is also one of the best timers you can get for tracing and timing your meditation sessions. Another cool thing about Insight Timer is the ability to join different “community groups” that focus on different types of meditation as well as support you if you’re a beginner, a pro, or a follower of a certain religion!

Of course, there is a paid subscription option that allows you even more features like high quality audio and the ability to fast forward or rewind – but the free version is pretty good to start off with anyways!

Download Insight Timer  in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

The Mindfulness App

Like with most of these awesome mindfulness and meditation apps, The Mindfulness App (great name, huh?) certainly delivers. Their simple approach to meditation takes users on a journey through programs and sessions they need the most. From sleep to understanding your fundamental emotions and even travel-related sessions, this app has a module for everyone.

Another great feature is having timed sessions available. Only got 3 minutes? There’s a session in the app for that! With a full profile of your stats and meditation journey through the app, you can easily keep track of your progress and favorite sessions. This is also good for setting SMART goals if you want to keep on meditating!

Of course, the app is free and all these functionalities come with – but a paid subscription allows you to unlock offline sessions and more modules on themes like relationships and focus.

Download The Mindfulness App in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

Stop, Breathe & Think

Another super cool app out there is Stop, Breathe & Think! This app is unique in the sense that you get to answer questions in the app to “check-in” with your emotions. Based on the answers you give about how you are doing right at that moment in your day, the app suggests guided meditation or mindfulness sessions!

From focusing on your breathing to controlling anxiety during the day, there is a session for a whole range of things you might be feeling. We like the ability to journal – writing down your daily thoughts is a great habit to help you get into journaling and can also help you track your mental health over time! There are more features available if you purchase a subscription.

Download Stop, Breathe & Think in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

And there you have it – 5 of the best free to download apps for meditation. There are quite a few more out there so don’t get discouraged if they don’t resonate with you right away.

Meditation is a skill – it takes times to develop properly and everyone is different! Which apps do you use? Share with us on Twitter and tag us @boardandlife so we can hear and have others weigh in on the conversation! It might just be useful for someone else out there.

As always, Stay Curious,

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