As some of you know, I have been attempting to implement a regular meditation practice into my life and as such, have recently tried two of the more popular app’s on my phone: Calm & Headspace. I was asked which app I preferred, and here's a quick little summary of my thoughts.
Overall, I will say that I enjoyed the Calm app more for a few reasons:
· I prefer the soothing voice of the woman over the man on Headspace named Andy (apparently a Buddhist monk) with a British accent. (Don’t get me wrong. I dated a man with a British accent for a couple years and I LOVED his accent – but for some reason, the woman’s voice puts me more at ease. I also googled Andy and he's actually pretty cute, so there's that).
· As soon as you open the Calm app, there is lovely music playing, and a beautiful nature setting for your eyes to look at, already putting you in the mood to slow down and relax.
· I personally find it easier to find what I am looking for in the Calm app
Both apps have free options, and both are around the same amount per month for a subscription (Calm: $15.99 and Headspace: $17.99). Both have meditation options like: sleep, anxiety, kids, focus, etc. and both have "packs" with a number of sessions in each to work on these such topics.
At the end of the day, whatever you prefer is best, as it’s going to hopefully encourage you to use it daily. But I also wanted to share with you a possible THIRD and FREE option that I just found out about. It’s called “Insight Timer”. It’s not as “pretty” or sophisticated as Calm or Headspace, but it has a TON of free resources. Not just meditations, but music, talks, affirmations, visualizations, and more. Check it out and let me know what you think!