The Apps You Need To Chill Out This Year

produced by Anna Jay; photographed by Eylul Aslan; produced by Meg O'Donnell.
If you were to describe 2017 in just one word, it'd probably be something like, "yikes." The year has been less-than-relaxing to say the least, and many of us are looking to the new year as a fresh start and chance to de-stress. Perhaps you're even considering a few healthy resolutions to help you along the way, like meditation.
It's okay to be somewhat skeptical about meditation if you've never tried it, because there's so much hype around the practice. Research has shown that meditation can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, help people with insomnia, and much more.
So, if meditation is so great, how do you do it? Well, just shutting your eyes, breathing, and waiting for your problems to dissolve might not be the best route. But listening to guided meditations on a smartphone app can certainly help.
There are tons of apps that offer expert recordings and simple plans to follow that might get you into meditation, and ahead we found the best ones for you to try. They won't make all this year's problems go away, but they may help you go into 2018 with a fresh, calm mind.