Guided meditation helps you relax, focus, and improve your stress-management skills. Although its origins date back to ancient Buddhist monks, it has recently been discovered by modern psychology as an effective tool to improve your quality of life. It can be administered in person or via a smartphone app.
If you opt for using a smartphone app, they usually provide audio for daily guided meditation sessions that last for 10-20 minutes. Of the available apps, Headspace, Smiling Mind, iMindfulness and Mindfulness Daily were to be the most effective according to a large study of guided meditation applications.
If you’d prefer an in person approach, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can be administered by a professional therapist and will train you in a variety of meditative techniques.
10-20 minutes a day
Daily, or as instructed by a therapist
There are no recorded negative outcomes of guided meditation.
Some studies showed adverse effects to regular meditation