Want to start the new year off on the right foot? Try meditation! In addition to making you feel balanced and at peace, meditation can help improve your overall well-being and provide you with tools to manage stress and anxiety. It can be intimidating if you’ve never tried it before, but there are lots of helpful (and affordable) resources out there. Here are eight meditation apps you can use to get your zen on.


This app is on a mission to improve the health and happiness of the world. In addition to hundreds of guided meditations to help release stress, the app has sleep stories and music, mood-boosting workouts, and a free meditation basics course to help you learn the ropes. Plus, you get a free two-week trial before you have to commit.

Simple Habit

Simple Habit was specifically designed to help busy people stress less and achieve more. The app’s five-minute meditations are perfect for on-the-go zen during your commute, and there are longer sleep stories to help you wind down at the end of the day. You’ll also get access to coaching content and motivational talks with a membership.


If you’re looking to sleep more, stress less, and live better, check out this app. After a seven-day free trial, you can sign up for an annual plan or a lifetime one (you pay once and have access forever). With Calm Premium, you get hours of guided meditation, sleep stories, exclusive music (for focus, relaxation, and sleep), and masterclasses taught by world-renowned experts. 


Aura is more than a meditation app; it’s a wellness app personalized to your specific needs. It has meditations, stories, life coaching from therapists, and music to encourage mindfulness and reduce stress and anxiety. You can take advantage of the free trial period before signing up for a

monthly or annual membership.

Smiling Mind

This non-profit web and app meditation program was developed by psychologists and educators, and it’s completely free. There are programs for both kids and adults that cover a wide range of topics, from stress and sleep to relationships and mindful eating. The app also makes it easy for you to track your progress and set meditation reminders. 

Insight Timer

Insight Timer, which has a library of over 70,000 guided meditations, is also completely free. You can use it to explore courses from the world’s best teachers, listen to relaxing music, develop skills for dealing with stress, unlock sleep stories, and more.