Recently, it seems that a lot of different meditation apps have become popular. A lot of these seem to centre around stress, anxiety and sleep, which are things that most of us seem to struggle with. For a while now, I have been using the meditation app Headspace. I started using the free version of this app around 5 years ago when I was in school and struggling with stress. I am also a long-term sufferer of anxiety, so I wanted to try something that might help me manage it. The free version gives you a few courses of meditation techniques to follow, and I tried to use these as often as I felt I could to try to calm myself when I needed it.
Last year, I was sent an offer by Headspace for a full subscription to all areas of the app for a year, for the discounted price of £40.00, when the usual annual subscription price for this is £71.88. I thought that this was a pretty good deal; I could try out the app for the year and if I didn’t get on with it or see the value in it, I could always cancel my subscription at the end of the year. For reference, if you wanted to subscribe to Headspace in monthly payments, it is £9.99 per month.
Having access to the full features of the app, I could see that I was missing out on a lot of good stuff by using the minimal free version. The app has different categories for different meditation courses for so many things, such as Meditation Basics & Timers, Stress & Anxiety, Sleep/Waking Up, Personal Growth, Work & Productivity, Life Challenges, Health and more! As well as this, the app records and tracks your progress, for example, it will track how many sessions in a course you have completed and how many hours/minutes you have meditated. It is quite interesting to see how many minutes I have spent focusing on myself and being calm considering all of the minutes and hours in the day where I don’t. Having this app reminds me that I need to take time out to focus on myself and de-clutter my mind. I think we all seem to forget to look after our minds within the busy humdrum of working life, so having this app is a useful and easy tool to incorporate this into your life.
With this in mind, it is important that you don’t put pressure on yourself to incorporate this into your life. By no means do you have the meditate every single day to get any benefit from it; your mind and body will appreciate this sort of me-time whenever you are in a position to do it. I went through a period of not using the app for quite a while, as I let the busyness of work and other commitments take over. However, in the last couple of months or so, I have had some bad news and stress in my life which has caused me to not sleep. I do struggle with getting to sleep sometimes anyway, but recently it has been a battle to try to switch my mind off at night. I started using the Sleep feature of the Headspace app again, which seems to work wonders for me. It is a talked-through wind down that helps you to slow the mind down, focus on breathing and the body to eventually send you off to sleep. I find that having quiet background noise, such as the softly spoken voice used in the app, helps me get off to sleep. There are also sleep sounds on the app, which have background noises such as rainfall and forest night noises etc. to help you drift off.
I think that Headspace is a great app which is definitely worth getting. If you want to take some time to focus on managing your mental health, this app is definitely a step in the right direction. It is easy to use, the app itself will guide you on how to meditate as a beginner and there are different stages which you can work through to get better at it. I understand that it does seem pricey with it being £71.88 a year, but that’s probably the same amount you pay for Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, so it’s not that bad when you think about it. Considering that I had a discount when I purchased the full app, I will carry on with the full price when my year is up because the app is just brilliant and helps me a lot, especially with managing sleep. I highly recommend this app to anyone that suffers from Stress, Anxiety, Depression and anyone who needs to focus on what is on your mind. We all deserve good mental health, which with the state of the world at the moment, can be really tough! Treat yourself to some you-time. Try the free app and see what you think, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised like I was.