As we face down the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, much about the future remains uncertain, and it can feel easy to give in to stress and fear. However, while much of the anxiety we're feeling right now is valid, spending too much time sitting with it isn't great for anyone, and it's important to differentiate between the things that you can change and those that you can't. While you can't speed up how long we'll be social distancing (and remember, by staying inside, you're doing your part to stop the spread of the virus, you can make the most of your time through connecting with friends, family, and developing a meditation practice. Plus, if you start a meditation practice now, and by the time the coronavirus has passed, you might just gain a little bit of control over your anxiety, or you may even become a mindfulness master.
While meditation isn't meant to be an instant cure for anxious thoughts, if you've been meaning to give it a go, we'd argue that now is a great time to start. But if you're unsure where, or how to start your practice, there's an app for that — in fact, there are many. We picked our 11 favorite meditation apps to help you stay cool and clam through uncertain times.
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