We’ve all been breathing since the day we were born. Most of us forget we’re doing it twenty four hours a day and don’t think anything of it for most of our lives. It’s a natural instinct, like vision; something we were born to do. In fact, if you do start actively thinking about the whole process of breathing, you’ll start to notice things. You heartbeat, for instance, can be regulated by breathing. Is there a different sensation to breathing deeply? How about between your mouth and nose? There are a few different facets to it, and it’s these facets which unlock the key to meditation. Like most of the modern world, meditation has gone digital; there’s a host of apps out there who help practitioners focus their mind, spirit and body, but one of the best is undoubtedly BetterMe: Meditation, a pleasing new addition to the canon, out now for iOS and Android.

Some people get intimidated by mediation, but there’s absolutely no need to be wary. The practise can take many shapes, but BetterMe only concerns itself with an easy-to-use form that’s perfect for beginners. When it comes to BetterMe, it’s all about the breathing. This type of meditation derives from the Sanskrit word ‘Pranayama’, which refers to regulating breathing for health benefits. And health benefits there certainly are; using BetterMe for just five minutes a day will help you control anxiety, reduce stress and anger, promote better sleep patterns and sharpen your clarity and focus. Not bad for a free app!

You don’t need to create a pristine atmosphere to avail of the benefits of meditation, and this is one of the app’s biggest strengths. It will help you focus your mind wherever you are, which means you can meditate on-the-go. You might think you need absolute quiet, a yoga mat and a handful of scented candles to meditate properly, but this isn’t the case. All you have to do is focus on your breathing. The beautiful interface of BetterMe will help you achieve this; it features a timer, so you can measure your breaths, and an expanding circle, which helps you ground yourself and gives you something to focus on.

All in all, BetterMe will make a wonderful addition to your app arsenal. We could all use a little de-stressing in our lives; whatever you do and wherever you go, this simple, effective app will help you do it to the best of your ability. So what are you waiting for? Take a deep breath and dive in today at the App Store and Google Play!