I’ve never written a single app review before but this one has helped me so much that I thought it only right to share my experience. About a year and a half ago I started going to a therapist for depression, anxiety, and general mental health issues. In that very first meeting with her she told me to take a proactive approach and a good way to do that is to try this app. She recommended buying the premium version and I did and honestly that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made regarding my mental health. Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that my mental health issues are gone or that this app was a miracle cure. In fact, that’s far from the truth but I will say I use this app every single day and they’re constantly updating the content on there so that there’s something for pretty much anyone. The user interface is incredibly easy to use and you can always find whatever you’re looking for and they have a ton of options so you can try whatever looks cool. Meditation doesn’t work for everyone and that’s important to keep in mind before investing. However, if you think this app will even help you a little bit and you have 10 minutes every day to spare then I promise you won’t regret it.
If you’ve gotten this far into the review and you’ve liked what I’ve had to say so far then I might as well share my routine. I try to do the “daily calm” everyday which is always a 10 minute guided meditation and it’s different everyday. There are also so many short meditations to chose from and some of them can be for specific emotions or situations which can also be really helpful. Having an anxiety disorder (or really a disorder of any kind) makes it incredibly difficult to think in present time and focus on the present moment, but the meditations on here have made that less of an obstacle. The thing about meditation is that it grounds you while you’re doing it, but it also trains your brain to stay grounded in your daily life as well and that’s why it’s so often used to treat mental health issues and that’s why it works.
I also use the app when I go to bed because they have sleep stories, meditations for bedtime, music, and white noise sounds that will play until you tell the app to stop. The section on sleep is probably my favorite part of the app because getting a healthy amount of sleep used to be a huge issue of mine and now my sleep schedule has gotten so much better. Honestly if all of the other meditations didn’t exist I probably still would’ve bought the app solely because of how much it’s helped me sleep! That’s truly how awesome this section of the app is.
In conclusion, what are you waiting for? Get this app!
I love the app daily calm. There are so many amazing things about it, but here is a summarization:
Before I got this app, I seriously had sleeping problems. Like, it would take me and hour to fall asleep! So, I got this app, and it seriously helps me out with stuff, like I started listening to some of the sleep stories on here, and I fall asleep before the story ends every. Single. Time!!! There’s even a “back to sleep” thing that helps you fall back asleep if you wake up in the middle of the night randomly. (Which I find myself doing quite often)
Secondly, I also have some major anger problems. Like, I will scream over the littlest things. Sometimes, doing the breathing exercises in the app really helps me out with that and doing some of the meditation stuff on here helps with that as well. Also, I have the subscription on this app, which is TOTALLY worth it. It gives you access to more things I’m pretty sure, and it’s not way too much to handle. But then of course, I don’t know what the app is like without the subscription so if you don’t get the subscription I don’t know what to promise you. All I know is that with the subscription you get access to all of the different meditations, sleep stories, breathing exercises, etc... for 0$, as in completely free. So if you get the subscription, there’s that.
Also, this isn’t one of those apps where it makes you rate the app right as you get it. Seriously, all these 5 star ratings are because it actually works. Also, if you are trying to go to sleep on this app at night, I recommend putting your phone on night mode and turning the darkness all the way down. (Because screens affect your sleep)
Overall, I highly highly recommend this app, and really hope that you end up getting it. ( especially if you are trying to solve sleep problems or just needing to relax )
By the way, this is NOT a manager or employee or something for the calm app. This is a middle schooler who just seriously loves the app. Bye!
Everything is about money. LOTS of money.
I have no problem compensating a developer for creating an app. I don’t. But I would rather pay $5-$10 up front as was once the app way of doing business. No longer. The more popular the app, the more the money factor kicks in. Now, the app is “free” - free to download and free to access a few token features. “Calm” was a nice idea. Now it’s big business. And I mean BIG. Yeah, they have a “free” version but the vast majority of content will set you back $69.99 a year! They have celebrity narrators and of course THEY do nothing free. “Calm” is a big, growing company in costly San Francisco. Their mission statement says they “want to make the world a happier place.” That’s lovely. So do I. In my opinion, big companies like all of the digital companies in the Bay Area of California, don’t make the world a “happier place.”
It’s the little guys - the kitchen table creators that accomplish that. But once they get too popular, the lure of big money does them in every time. I will not pay $70 for a year sub or an even larger amount for a lifetime sub. I don’t need celebrities to calm me down. I am deleting my “free” app and looking for a smaller, more reasonably priced alternative. I suggest you do too. But by judging how many millions of people have already bought in and made “Calm” the next multi-billionaire corporation, I doubt many will listen. “Calm” can put all of the touchy-feely marketing descriptions they want on this app. They are still just another greedy profit motivated corporation. If you take just one thing from my review to remember, I hope it’s that last sentence. Thanks for reading.
In past two months I have had problems with the app not loading content.It is very frustrating because I wake several times during the night and I like to use the app to listen to a new sleep story to get me back to sleep. I have been using me up for almost 3 years, paying the full subscription price. this is very annoying.
the content doesn’t load I close the app. I restart my phone and nothing it still happens. It’s not my phone because other apps open and load without a problem. This problem seems to happen every other night practically.And it happens with all of the content on the site weather is asleep story, a meditation or music.
If this continues to happen I will definitely not renew when my subscription is over in a few months. Please fix this problem it is very annoying when you rely on a product and it doesn’t function properly.
If you’re looking for a patronizing wu-wu ramble to make you question meditation all together, you’ve come to the right place. Inane fast-food wisdom combined with the effected, breathy voice of the narrator, Tamara, is sure to cause the listener to be less calm and more annoyed than when they started. A session on this app feels less like meditation than it does a solo-podcast with an air headed host looking to sell her line of healing crystals. The app would be improved by replacing Tamara with literally anyone that doesn’t sound like they’re trying to push salvia on elementary school kids.
I suffer from many mental issues. Ever since I began using the noting process, I have released so much anxiety and pressures off of my whole entire body. I do not even have to take some of the medication prescribed by my Psychiatrist anymore as a result of this. It is a true blessing. I believe in this so much, I recommend the lifetime subscription to anyone going through these same mental problems. It can be a matter of life and death!!! Thank you Lebron James for introducing me to this APP. You do not know me, however you saved my life. God bless you always
I am often on the Calm App. I am a Psychotherapist and I have used Calm to center myself and to help Clients with discomfort caused by thoughts and moods. It was, in fact, a Client who thanked me so enthusiastically for sending her the original Calm App that made me investigate the app for myself. I think it would be good if all helping agencies offered the premium version to their customers - especially medical offices and health insurance companies. Kaiser offers it free of charge to customers. This is a wonderful thing. Go to Calm.com. See for yourself.
My first ever negative review.
Tamara Levitt who voices 99% of the meditations does not have a soothing voice at all. Her voice is harsh and cold. She talks a lot about negative stressful feelings and trivial mundane daily things. It honestly stresses me out more than puts me in a relaxed positive state.
Unless you are serious about purchasing this app, don’t even try to use it- use another app. You will not get a refund after your trial period ends and they push you into a year subscription.
F- for customer service.
I love this app, it is such an incredible tool anytime I feel anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed.
PLEASE include a Daily Calm & Daily Trips tab under the meditations to have access to all of the daily calms. I think recently the creators included the recent daily calms but they go away and refresh after a little while which is awesome, but I would love to have access to the abundance of Daily Calms and Daily Trips! I love Jeff Warren so an abundance of Daily Trips would be so cool
The music, stories and meditations on this app are great. But it’s missing one huge feature IMO and that’s a sound fade with the timer. If you’re trying to gently doze off to sleep the sudden cutting off of music or a story is jarring. Ever woken someone up by turning off the tv who had fallen asleep watching? Yea same. The timer is helpful but I either turn it off myself before I fall asleep or it wakes me up when the timer is up. I’ve gone back to my old free app for white noise.