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ne of my New Year’s res­o­lu­tions is to slow down and be more calm. It seems the Calm app (iOS and An­droid)—one of Ap­ple’s apps of the year for 2017—is the per­fect start­ing point. Its premium ver­sion is not cheap at $59 for a year’s sub­scrip­tion, but there’s a free ver­sion and a seven-day free trial of the paid, up­graded ver­sion. From the App Store de­scrip­tion: Calm brings “more clar­ity, joy and peace to your daily life.” If true—and judging by all of the pos­i­tive com­ments and press—I’m guess­ing it is. After all, one doc­tor’s ap­point­ment will cost you much more than $59.

If you’re hav­ing trou­ble sleep­ing or with anx­i­ety, give Calm a whirl. It’s rated as Ap­ple’s num­ber-one app for mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion. Calm of­fers guided

Omed­i­ta­tions, Sleep Sto­ries, breath­ing pro­grams, and re­lax­ing mu­sic and it’s been rec­om­mended by top psy­chol­o­gists and men­tal health ex­perts to help you de-stress. Guided med­i­ta­tion ses­sions are avail­able in lengths of three, five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 min­utes so you can choose the per­fect length to fit your sched­ule. Top­ics in­clude, via the App Store:

Calm­ing Anx­i­ety, Man­ag­ing Stress,

Deep Sleep, Fo­cus and Con­cen­tra­tion, Re­la­tion­ships, Break­ing Habits, Hap­pi­ness, Grat­i­tude, Self-Es­teem, Body Scan, Lov­ingKind­ness, For­give­ness, Non-judge­ment, Com­mut­ing to work or school, Mind­ful­ness at Col­lege, Walk­ing med­i­ta­tion, Calm Kids And so much more…


• Daily Calm: a new 10-minute pro­gram added daily to help ease you into the day or un­wind with be­fore bed

• 60+ Sleep Sto­ries: adult bed­time sto­ries guar­an­teed to lull you to sleep

• 7 day and 21 pro­grams for both begin­ner and ad­vanced users

• Breath­ing ex­er­cises to re­lax

• Ex­clu­sive mu­sic en­gi­neered to help you fo­cus, re­lax or sleep

• Un­guided timed med­i­ta­tion Open-ended med­i­ta­tion

• 30+ sooth­ing na­ture sounds and scenes to use dur­ing med­i­ta­tion, yoga or to help you sleep

Even The New York Times loves this app.

Its re­viewer was quoted as say­ing, “I’m gen­er­ally wary of med­i­ta­tion apps be­cause they some­times weave in too much mys­tic talk for my taste. But Calm in­stead con­tains guid­ance like ‘Con­cen­trate on your body.’”

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