What is Headspace?
Considering that rising stress levels in modern life are often linked to the fact that we are constantly available through our smartphones, it seems ironic that a way to de-stress can also be found on your device.
Headspace, however, is an app that is perfect if you’re looking to try to understand mindfulness and meditation a bit more. There’s a free ten-day trial, where you’re guided through one meditation session per day for just ten minutes each time, so they fit into even the busiest of schedules.
What does Headspace include?
Creator Andy Puddicombe is the voice behind the sessions, and his relaxing demeanor (he did used to be a monk, after all!) means that the introduction to the app is stress-free and intriguing.
After the initial trial, you can subscribe for access to hundreds of hours of content, including both guided and unguided exercises ranging in duration from two minutes to one hour, in categories such as health, performance and relationships. The app also offers “Headspace Singles”: short, one-off sessions to apply to different situations; and “SOS” sessions: bite-sized meditations for when things are really getting on top of you.
What’s great about it?
The app is slick and well-presented, with animations to lead you through the different sections, as well as the opportunity to track your activity and set meditation reminders.
Puddicombe describes the app as a “gym membership for your mind”, a programme that trains your brain in techniques to work towards a happier and healthier life, which seems near-essential in the hustle and bustle of today’s world.