Have you heard of it? I’m guessing “probably,” though I admittedly didn’t until I downloaded it — now it seems like there’s adverts and interviews about it everywhere!
Anyhow, Headspace is an app that helps you learn to meditate. I’ve been meditating for awhile, though some of my practices are slightly unorthodox, but I saw some definite value in it. Like exercising at home, it’s still beneficial to occasionally have someone to help you adjust your form or show you new ways to do the things you enjoy. The app was free, looked like it might help, so why not?
Now that I’ve given it a couple tries, I have to say — I like it! The meditations are guided by a dude named Andy, and he managed to hit the “sweet spot” that a lot of guides miss for me. His voice is clear, I’m not hit with vocal fry, and he neither goes too fast nor too slow. He’s easy to keep up with, and I don’t find myself getting bored mid-sentence and wishing he’d skip to the end and let me relax. I also like that the app offers to notify you when it’s time to meditate every day. I try to do it daily as it is, but notifications are always helpful (especially when you have a memory like mine).
Has it had an impact on my anxiety or physical health? Not yet, but I’m not new to meditation and have only just begun using this app. I can see it helping in the future, and I think people who don’t really meditate regularly otherwise will get a lot of value out of it. I wish I’d had it when I was working at the lab, because sneaking outside on my lunch breaks for a ten-minute meditation would probably have saved my sanity some days.
Nobody from Headspace compensated me for writing this. As someone with anxiety and someone who meditates, I get a kick out of trying new apps that purport to help with those things, seeing what they’re about, and then offering my review to anyone else who might be thinking of giving them a shot. If you’re brand-new to meditation or someone who makes a point of practicing it daily, I’d recommend giving Headspace a look. Even if you don’t need to use it yourself, it’s a neat little app to poke around in, and one I can see recommending to other people who could use a little calming moment every day. Give it a shot, I think you’ll like it.