Let’s be honest – sometimes, life is hard. Sure, maybe you’ve got a great job or you’re working on something you’re passionate about. Nonetheless, I’ve definitely had days (or weeks or months even) where I’ve been extremely stressed for a long period of time due to my work commitments. A little bit of stress is good because it can be motivating, but not to the point where it impacts your day-to-day functioning. I have had phases where I’m so stressed out, my heart beat is constantly elevated and my entire body is so tense, I feel nearly immobile. Which stresses me out, and then I get stressed about being stressed (vicious cycle, I know).
Enter Headspace. As someone who had never meditated before (and having always been somewhat skeptical despite the scientifically-backed research showing the benefits of meditation – guess I always felt like I was too busy to slow down, which is not true), I had never really considered it something to incorporate into my day-to-day. Thankfully, Headspace makes it easy. Headspace is an app designed to walk you through meditation. I loved starting out with an app that was tailored to beginners. For first-time users, the app has a free series of ten different meditation exercises. A voice walks you through how to breathe, what to think about, what to focus on, and how to improve your mental awareness. While you can adjust the duration of these meditation exercises, the default is 3 minutes (which, as someone with limited time to dedicate to meditation, is perfect). The interface is extremely easy to use, and I was able to start my meditation journey within minutes of downloading the app. Additional in-app purchases are available for guided meditation related to anxiety, building focus, improving relationships, and much more.
While I’m still a relative beginner, I can already tell that using Headspace has helped me clear my mind. This is especially helpful before I’m about to go into a stressful situation, whether it’s a meeting, coaching session, or tight deadline I need to meet. For anyone who has a busy schedule but still wants to be able to experience the benefits of meditation during the day, I highly recommend downloading Headspace. All you need is a smartphone (and a pair of headphones). Available today in the App Store and Google Play.