Can App-Based Meditation Help You Handle Stress Better?

April 3, 2018

Have you tried app-based meditation before? Proponents claim a host of benefits, led by a higher quality of sleep and a greater ability to handle stress. So for 31 days the guys decided to try it for themselves. Testing three of the popular apps – Calm, Headspace, and Oak – they used reputable surveys by UC Berkeley and the HeartMath Institute to establish their starting stress levels and well-being, then meditated for a month, and retook the test to see how they’d done. This is the final lifehack in the first season of The Paul Project as the guys review everyone’s feedback to prep up the next season of the show. Thanks for listening!

Some of the topics discussed:

  • The difference between guided and unguided app-based meditation
  • The best non-technical way to measure stress and well-being
  • How to track heart-rate variability, the ideal measure for stress
  • The likely benefits app-based meditation provides in learning how to breathe properly


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Looking for some specific highlights? Fast-forward to the following timestamps:

  • The benefits we expect to receive from daily app-based meditation (6:10)
  • The testing criteria for app-based meditation (11:56)
  • Rick’s results using app-based guided meditation (15:40)
  • Alex’s results using app-based unguided meditation (27:46)
  • An announcement on the end of season one break (39:00)


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