A regular meditation practice offers many benefits for the body and mind, but it can be a challenge to make time for mindfulness. In an age where the world is at our fingertips 24/7, it’s too easy to get caught up in social networking and news on your smartphone.

App developers have noticed that stressed people are looking for ways to calm down, and have developed a variety of meditation apps that are currently available to download and take with you anywhere. We’ve listed a few below: 

HEADSPACE

Headspace is free to download on both iPhone and Android, but requires a purchased subscription after you’ve passed the basics of level one. The British app offers a straightforward approach to meditation and makes it easy to track your progress. Healthline reported that it also offers a buddy system feature, which allows you and a friend to encourage each other in your journey, as well as a personalized progress page.

Read: 5 Types Of Meditation Designed To Benefit The Mind; You Can Even Do Them While You Eat And Walk

CALM

This app, similar to Headspace, is free to download but paid monthly and yearly subscriptions are available to purchase. The jump-off 7-day program is great for meditation beginners, and the app also offers a 21-day program for general wellbeing and a week-long series for better sleep, according to The Guardian.

BUDDHIFY

This app is paid for entirely up front ($4.99 on iPhone, $2.99 for Android) and offers no in-app purchases. There are over 80 tracks available and meditation sessions are themed to keep your mind quiet throughout the day, whether your're waking up, taking a work break, traveling, or having trouble sleeping.

MEDITATION TIMER PRO

Once you feel confident practicing unguided meditation, try downloading the Meditation Timer Pro app on your iPhone for a one-time fee of $99 cents. The program makes it easy to customize a personal practice session and includes prep time, intervals, and a cool down, according to Healthline.

Read more:

Benefits Of Meditation: How Mindfulness Helps Boosts Immunity, Reduce Stress

Meditation And The Mind: What Goes On Inside The Brain As You Meditate, From Emotional Processing To Attention Span