Find Your Calm – GradPlan


Find Your Calm

Meditation and breathing is great for managing anger, stress, and anxiety.

Find Your Calm

Spending just five minutes a day sitting still and bringing your attention back to your breath can do wonders for your mood and sense of peace. Check out these Guided Meditation Tools:

Insight Timer

Insight Timer is the #1 free meditation app on Google. It has over 80,000 free meditations and includes an option to access some of the content in Guest Mode — without even creating a free account.


Balance was Google’s Best App of 2021. And they’re currently offering a full year membership, free. Which means all of the benefits of a full fledged meditation app for free this year.


Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind’s app has daily meditation and mindfulness exercises – all 100% free, all the time. It was designed to help bring balance to your life, in 10 minutes a day.

Plum Village

Plum Village is a free app and YouTube channel with guided meditations, deep relaxations and other practices offered by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace. You can also download some of his books for free:

  • Being Peace has a powerful first chapter
    “Wherever we are, anytime, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing.”
  • Peace is Every Step speaks to calming our inner storms and preserving inner peace through meditation
Plum Village

Healthy Minds Program

This app has both seated and active podcast-style meditations, ranging from 5-30 mins long. It allows you to track your progress. It is also completely free.


Mindfulness Coach

This app was developed for service members but is completely free for anyone to use. You don’t have to create an account either.


UCLA Mindful App

This free mindfulness app from UCLA is backed by their scientific research. It offers basic meditations for getting started, in both English and Spanish.


10% Happier

Don’t be distracted by their talk of paid membership. Try their fully free option that offers access to their flagship guided meditation course and Meditation Challenges.



Serenity has a solid amount of free content and a free daily mini-meditation as well. You just have to opt out of subscribing repeatedly in the first few screens.

Fragrant Heart

Fragrant Hearts website has free guided meditations, sorted by category, like Meditations for Relaxation & Stress Relief. They have long and short meditations to fit into your schedule – some as quick as the 1 Minute Calming Meditation. You can find more free meditations at their sister site, Quiet Lotus 


Call4Calm is a free-of-charge text line that can provide you with emotional support and practical resources. Text “TALK”, or “HABLAR” for Spanish speakers, to 552020 . You will receive a response from a local counselor within 24 hours ready to help. Your anonymity will be protected. You can also text keywords such as “unemployment”, “food” and “shelter” to receive information on how to access the support you need.

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