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Looking for training that will improve your memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress? Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation measurably appears to actually affect the brain's structure grey matter in just eight weeks, according to a 2011 study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers. Thankfully, you don't have to start this journey alone. Smartphone apps and online programs can help you integrate mindfulness exercises into your everyday activities.

Headspace

A gym membership for the mind from the Los Angeles-based company helps you treat your head right. Available on tablet, desktop, and smartphone, the platform offers a free 10-day program to let you get acquainted with the basics of meditation. with daily, 10-minute trainingIf you would like to continue using Headspace, several subscription options models are available on headspace.comfor individual needs, ranging from a $7.99 per month yearly package to unlimited access forever for $419.95. Once you have signed up, access hundreds of hours of guided and unguided exercises, special series collections, one-off meditations, and sessions for meltdown moments, in addition to progress tracking and buddying up with friends.

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Mindfulness Everywhere's app, available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, consists of more than 80 plus meditations for all parts of your day. Pick from various daily activities — work break, traveling, feeling stressed, walking in the city to Listen to custom-tailoredguided exercises specifically designed to help you remain in the moment while engaged in various daily activities — work break, traveling, feeling stressed, walking in the city. be present in any situationThe program also supports tracking of usage and progress, a solo timer, and guided meditations. Visit the Athe pp Store to purchase for $4.99 or Google Play for $2.99.

Mental Workout

The app is comprised composed of program subscriptions, each designed by an national expert in the field. The current offerings include "Meditation for Dummies" author Stephan Bodian's "Mindfulness Meditation and Freedom from Stress,'' Dr. Michael Breus's "Good Night,'' by , and Dr. Daniel Seidman's "Up in Smoke'' for those trying to quit. Each program has a free version with limited content and a $12.99 yearly, full version with all available features. You can access subscriptions on mentalworkout.com or the App Store and Google Play.

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The Mindfulness App

Beginners and experienced practitioners alike can use the Mindapp's platform with its range of voice-guided training, personally designed programs, and reminder functions. Guided and silent meditations are available in 3-, 5-, 15-, and 30-minute sessions in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, and German. Find the Stockholm company's product on Google Play for $1.99 and the App Store for $2.99.

White Noise

If you don’t need all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged meditation app, TMSoft’s offering app can help your meditation routine by drowning out surrounding noise. and random thoughtsAvailable at the App Store and Google Play, download 40 sounds, record your own sounds, and access the digital sleep clock. Sounds range from air conditioner to Tibetan singing bowl, thunder, and train ride. Noise Lite is available for free, but the app without ads can cost up to $4.99 depending on the device. Alexa McMahon