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Kim’s take: Meditation apps can help relieve holiday stress

Stop. Let go of your worries. Breathe in and breathe out. Meditation apps provide simple but effective advice that can help you feel better every day.

Little pointers can make a big difference during this chaotic season. Tap or click here for my top holiday shopping guides. If the last-minute holiday rush is stressing you, maybe you just need a meditation app.

You don’t need to spend a ton of time on them, either. According to Harvard Health Publishing, most meditation apps recommend only 10 minutes of daily use. Here’s all you need to know.

Competition among the meditation and mindfulness apps is anything but zen

At last count, there were about 3,500 meditation and mindfulness apps for both Android and iPhones. Just picking one can cause anguish. If you’ve ever heard of American psychologist Barry Schwartz, you’ve heard about his theory on the paradox of choice.

Basically, perfectionism can slow down our decisiveness. When you’re browsing through the Google Play Store or the App Store for the perfect meditation app, you might find yourself paralyzed by all the choices before you.

You may think meditation apps are a dime a dozen. But there's a good reason why they're so plentiful: They're good for your health — especially during the holiday season!
Just type “meditation” into the Google Play Store and your eyes are overwhelmed with a variety of options.

They have names like Calm, Happy not Perfect, Headspace and Buddhify. And these soothing apps are really raking in the cash.

Most of these apps are free, but to really be calm, you need to pay anywhere from $60 to $100 per year for a subscription for more lessons and tracks.

Techcrunch reports that these apps are raking in about $27 million in revenue per quarter. That’ll calm you down.

For more on meditation apps, listen to this episode of the Kim Komando Daily Tech Update below.

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