The Calm App offers guided meditations of different lengths, ranging from 3 minutes to 25 minutes.
Headspace is a great app that offers guided meditation to help manage stress, anxiety and depression. It includes short meditation sessions and SOS sessions for moments of panic.
Insight Timer contains a large library of thousands of guided meditations led by the top meditation and mindfulness experts.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is a great strategy to combat anxiety and depression. Meditation works to reduce stress, which in turn reduces anxiety. Meditation has also been proven to change the responses that the parts of our brains that are linked to depression have in response to stress and anxiety, two triggers of depressive thoughts. Research has found that mindfulness breaks the link between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, the two regions of the brain that work together to cause depression.