Recommended Apps

Paced Breathing Apps

Paced Breathing - Android

Paced Breathing Trainer - iPhone

The best app we are aware of for helping you learn to activate the relaxation response by regulating your breathing.   Available in both a free and an inexpensive ad-free version

Breathe2Relax - Also very good and available for both android and iPhone

Meditation Apps

Insight Timer - This timer app has a timer function that allows you to select from a variety of bells to ring at the beginning, end, and at various intervals if desired, of your self-directed relaxation or meditation practice.  It also has thousands of free guided relaxation and meditation recordings.  I particularly recommend listening to the recordings by Hugh Byrne, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  You can purchase a subscription for access to additional content, but the basic timer function and a many guided meditations are available through the free version

Waking Up- Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness from Sam Harris—neuroscientist, author, and creator of Waking Up—as he also guides you into the deep end of meditation.  7-day free trial and then annual or monthly paid subscription.  Free subscription available if you contact them and let them know that you can't afford it.

Ten Percent Happier - 7 day free trial and then annual or monthly subscription.