App Review: Calm

Most people are familiar with Calm – this app is a household name for mindfulness and meditation. But in case you had forgotten, here it is.

Calm welcome screen

As with many of these apps, there is a free version and a paid version. I have only used the free version.

When you sign up, the app takes you through a series of questions about things you want to change and what coping skills are helpful to you. It also asks about your comfort and familiarity with meditation in order to tailor your experience.

Just a moment while we personalize your plan

The plan cues you to use various mindfulness activities based on your reported preferences. You can try out various exercises and figure out which ones feel best for you. There is a journal feature to keep track of what works best.

Take a deep breath

If you like to change up your exercises, there are endless choices, with new meditations added all the time. This app is an excellent go-to for mindfulness and meditation.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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