While the holidays are exciting for many people, for some it can be stressful and depressing. Millions of people use meditation apps on their smartphones to deal with anxiety and sleep disorders. There are dozens of free and paid meditation apps out there, but one of them was named App of the Year by Google.
Libra is quite similar to other meditation apps in that it asks a series of questions to find out what you are dealing with or what you want help with. Stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances, motivation, grief and vacation stress. Once you have selected the issues or challenges you are having, the app walks you through a series of meditations.
What is special about Libra to make it Google’s app of the year? I found it to be less confusing than other meditation apps. You don’t need to make a lot of selections and choose from dozens of voices to guide you through the exercises. Balance is very easy to use. There are two voices, a female voice and a male voice. When an exercise starts, the screen turns off except for the name of the exercise and a clock at the bottom of the screen. The guides don’t talk too much and there is no background music or soundscape. Both voices are very calming.
Although I don’t regularly use meditation apps, I have tried dozens of them and found most to have too much to choose from, especially for people new to the practice. Libra seems to be the perfect meditation app for people who have never tried meditation or for people who want a simpler interface. I think it’s also a good choice for someone who regularly uses an app for meditation and relaxation and who is fed up with the same voices and the same type of exercises.
It’s a stress-free way to start a meditation habit or practice.
Libra has thousands of 5 star reviews. Apple named it one of the apps of the year last year, and Google awarded it this honor in 2021.
Like other popular meditation apps, Libra requires a subscription for all premium features. The good news, if you want to give meditation a try, Libra offers a free annual membership if you sign up by the end of the year.
The Balance app is available for iPhone and Android devices.