Many people looking for new ways to care for their mental health in recent months have turned to meditation apps. In April—the first full month after COVID-19 lockdowns started in the U.S.—downloads for the top 10 English-language mental wellness apps reached nearly 10 million, TechCrunch reports. That's an increase of 2 million from the numbers in January.
Calm, an app that specializes in guided meditations and "sleep stories" for insomnia, dominated the category with 3.9 million downloads in April 2020. The second-most popular meditation app, Headspace, reached less than half that number in April with 1.5 million downloads. Meditopia claimed the third slot on the list with 1.4 million downloads that month. You can check out the full top 10 below.
According to some studies, even a small amount of meditation can have mental health benefits. Research shows that 10 minutes of meditation a day can help anxious people focus, while a single meditation session can reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. If you're interested in meditation but feel overwhelmed by all the information out there, downloading a guided meditation app is a great place to start.