I downloaded the Headspace app after hearing a couple of really positive reviews from other people. I have always been pretty against meditation for myself. I don’t think I am the sort of person that it would help as I am not sure about how my mind could ever be clear and focused when it tends to run a hundred miles an hour every day.
To start with, I downloaded the free version of the app which is definitely the way to go at first, especially if you haven’t meditated before. The free version will give you a ten session beginner course which is the one I decided to start with. If you follow me on social media you may have remembered me posting about my first session – I was absolutely amazed by how it went.
It addressed my fears about my mind wandering while I was trying to meditate and assured me this was very normal. It also taught me that I needed to acknowledge whatever thoughts were popping up before turning my focus back to the meditation. The ten minute session flew by and felt like such a nice moment for myself. The sessions have three time options between 3 and 10 minutes long for you to choose from. You can also choose whether you have a female or male voice. I would suggest trying out both. I prefer the female voice but do use both as needed.
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I really enjoyed the basics course and wanted to try out some of the other features so decided to take the plunge and pay the yearly subscription. It costs £49.99 a year (working out at £4.17 a month) or you can pay £9.99 a month. This option is obviously much more expensive but is a good option if you cannot afford the whole year in one go.
The amount of options you get once you are a member is fantastic and well worth the price. I particularly enjoy putting the Sleepcasts on at bedtime and haven’t reached the end of one yet before I have been sound asleep! I didn’t realise they only talk for about a third of them before it is just music/sound effects until Ste told me as I always fell asleep during the visualisation!
There is an Everyday Headspace which often tackle particular things such as stress or conflict and changes every day. The Everybody Headspace offers times throughout the day when people come together and all meditate at the same time. There are different courses expanding on the Basics one I did with the free version and also a huge range of sections. I use the Student, Kids and Parenting and Physical Health ones in particular. The night mode also offers music and soundscapes as well as meditations in the event of a nightmare, pain in the night and mental chatter amongst others.
All in all I love it! I cannot believe I am recommending this to you all as just three months ago I was completely sure meditation would not work for me! I had heard so many people say how amazing it was and am now really glad I decided to give it a go. It has definitely taught me a lesson about trying things before I dismiss them. For those who would like a 14 day free trial to try Headspace I do have a link which I will pop below. This post isn’t sponsored at all – I have paid for the app myself and this is a link anyone can get to share with their friends to help them get their meditation on and see if it helps them.
Good luck if you decide to give it a go and please let me know how you get on,