This mindfulness meditation app aims to relieve stress and anxiety

Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored
Updated Wed October 24, 2018

Story highlights

  • 18.1% of the population is affected by stress and anxiety each year
  • The Welzen: Lifetime Subscription is an app that helps manage stress using mindfulness

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There's no doubt about it, we're a nation of stressed-out people. According to a report from the American Psychological Association, three out of four Americans experienced at least one stress symptom during November 2017. These symptoms include being unable to sleep at night, feeling nervous or anxious, and suffering from fatigue due to stress. Looking specifically at anxiety disorders -- which can develop from risk factors that include genetics and stressful life events -- 18.1% of the population is affected each year.

While anxiety disorders can require professional treatment, there are multiple options available to anyone looking to lead a less stressful everyday life. For some, daily exercise can act as a stress reliever. There are those who swear by journaling to help settle their minds at the end of a day.

The Welzen: Lifetime Subscription ($29.99, originally $149.99; store.cnn.com) is an app that aims to help us lead more peaceful lives. It combines the convenience of your smartphone with the benefits of mindful meditation. Mindfulness, as described by the American Psychological Association, is the process of training your mind to be more attentive and aware, giving you more control of your thoughts in order to foster better mental well-being. There is research that supports mindfulness as a way to reduce stress, improve memory and enhance relationships, just to name a few of the benefits.

The Welzen app features simple meditation programs that target a range of stressors -- it's not limited to just addressing anxiety or stress. There are meditation programs that pinpoint different goals you might have, such as improving sleep, focus or creativity. And there are different subject-specific meditations that focus on topics from parenting to travel and more. One of Welzen's newer meditations is a 10-minute daily happiness meditation that includes a life lesson a day, designed to help you with acceptance, compassion and self-discovery.

If you want to work on making a habit out of mindful meditation, you can track your progress through a five-day meditation program that works to reduce stress and anxiety. Depending on how much time you have available, you can also choose from guided meditations that last for five, 10, 15 or 20 minutes. With the lifetime subscription, you get a new mindfulness meditation every day and access to any of the programs on the app at any time.

We can all afford to take better care of ourselves, and mental well-being is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle. With busy schedules and a lot to get done, it's important to take time to re-center, and Welzen aims to make mindfulness meditation a convenient and effective addition to your everyday life.