July 16, 2016

Finding the right headspace

This post is part of a 30 in 30 blog experiment, where I committed to writing 30 posts in 30 days with minimal planning between June 20, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

Learning to meditate has always been something I wanted to master. The benefits range from better sleep to improved concentration, but also there's evidence that it actually changes your brain. One study indicated that meditators had better preserved brains as they aged. Isn't that cool?

I've tried meditating in the past, but always found it difficult to get the hang of it because my brain never shuts up.  That's why I love the Headspace  app -- it just works!

Headspace is a really simple way to try meditation for the first time (or the 50th like me). It provides animations that help explain concepts before you start your guided session and then asks questions at the end to help you work on your "technique" for next time. Oh! and they also have short meditation sessions designed for kids. How cool is that?

The first 10 intro sessions are free and then the app requires a subscription fee for additional meditations. They have a variety of topics to choose from so you can customize your practice once you start your subscription. You can also set reminders to meditate and it has a feature called "Mindful Moments" which are daily messages you can choose to receive up to five times a day.

The other thing I love about it is the branding and design of the app. The animations are super cute and I just find the whole thing well put together.

I've already used some of the techniques to help manage anxiety spells--and they worked great! I do my sessions in the morning before I get out of bed (I don't even fall asleep) and I've noticed a huge difference in how I approach my day--I'm calmer, less likely to check email on my phone 10 times before I get to work (which always just ends up making me crabby), and I feel in charge of my day rather than the other way around.

Have you ever tried meditation? Did you stick with it?

Edited September 20, 2016

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