Are you feeling rundown and anxious? Overwhelmed? Stuck at the lower end of a rapidly disappearing middle class? You’re not alone! Millions of Americans suffer from work-related anxiety, and guided meditation apps can help you get through the daily grind. That’s why we compiled this list of the seven best digital stress management tools around that are almost – but not quite – as good as having money. Read on, and you too can experience the peace of mind that comes with forgetting about your problems—even when you can’t afford to fix them!
The Calm app is designed to aid in more restful sleep. Listen to their 10-minute bedtime stories to drown out the sound of your broken AC unit, then drift off to dream of shorter workweeks, ample rest time, and central air.
Headspace features guided meditations set on a private island! Of course, it’s not as good as going to one, but it’s better than nothing.
Ten Percent Happier
This app is advertised as “meditation for people who aren’t the meditation type.” We’re pretty sure that doesn’t mean “peons,” but also . . . kind of sounds like it does? Anyway, the Ten Percent Happier design is clean and luxe, so using it feels like a privilege worthy of the One Percent.
With Insight Timer, you can track your progress, earn badges, and receive updates. It’s a little bit like getting paid the full value of your labor—which is pretty cool, probably!
For a more personalized experience, Aura allows you to choose your mood every time you log in. With over 6 options, we could get used to having this much control over other aspects of our lives, too!
Also a fitness app, YogaGlo offers in-depth classes as well as daily words of affirmation. Follow along in your middle school gym uniform as the instructor reads a lecture on gratitude from a stark white, upper-east-side studio.
Breathing Zone is built around dynamic breathing exercises you can do anywhere! We recommend trying them outside, though, just so you’re not worried about filling your lungs with whatever they used to paint your apartment walls in 1950.
So there you have it! Download one of these apps to listen to on the bus, at home, at work, or one of the dozen other places where you can’t get a moment to yourself. That way, you can stop stressing and focus on what really matters: someday having enough money to afford to relax. After all, we only live once—although some of us live significantly better.