Meditation is one of those things that I have never been able to do. Even though I have taken yoga classes for years and taught yoga, I never could get the hang of the meditation part. I always have SO many things going on at once in my brain that I just can’t turn it off.
Besides having a mind that won’t turn off, I also deal with anxiety. I used to be on medication for it, but I haven’t taken in in about 2 years (*please note I slowly eased off of it with the assistance of a doctor). Intense workouts usually help with my anxiety, but since I got hurt last year and am easing back into the workouts, the intensity isn’t what I really need. So I decided to try something else.
Headspace was one of those things that I saw a lot of people talking about on social media. Headspace is a meditation app that is supposed to help gently guide you on your meditations. I wasn’t really sure it would be for me, since I have never been able to meditate before, but the first 10 days are free so I thought I would give it a try.
I actually really like it. I am not very good at it, but I am trying, and that is what counts right?
The first 10 days (which are free) are the beginner sessions, and the meditations are only 5 minutes. You can choose longer ones, but I stuck with the 5 minutes. Andy, who does the meditations, has the most wonderfully soothing voice. I could listen to him talk for hours. He really talks you through everything. And there are also cute little animations that help explain some of what they are talking about. I actually find them to be really helpful.
After the first 10 days, you can choose from a variety of different session packs, but I went from basics 1 (the first 10 days), to basics 2 and 3, which is obviously recommended. The meditations go from 5 to 10 minutes after the first 10 days, but you get used to it. I have being using the app for about 45 days now, and I am working through the anxiety pack, which is 30 days.
You can set it up so that the app reminds you to meditate when you want it to. Normally I don’t use any notifications on my phone, but I like this one. I decided to meditate at night before I go to bed, so I have my notification set for 9 PM. For me, doing it at night helps settle me down and calm my racing mind just a little bit. Plus I am not thinking about all of the things that I need to do that day.
It has really helped me try to be a little more aware, a little more present. It is a work in progress, of course. Even if you don’t have issues with anxiety, there are all different packs you can do – sleep, stress, depression, sports.
I went ahead and signed up for a year because this is something I want to focus on and develop. Normally I think it is $99 a year (you can buy it by the month I think too), but I saw an add on instagram right when my 10 days were almost up (how convenient…) and it was $72, so I went for it.
APRIL WELLNESS CHECK – IN
So last month’s wellness challenge was to try a little yoga. How did you do?
I didn’t do nearly the amount of yoga I had hoped to do. Even though I exercised a good bit last month, I was hoping to get 1 – 2 yoga practices in a week. Hopefully I can do better this month!
So this month’s wellness challenge is to try meditation, if you aren’t already doing it. I know it seems really difficult, and it is. But I encourage you to give Headspace a try. Like I said, the first 10 days are free so you can try it and see what you think.
Also, I was emailed a coupon code a few weeks ago when I completed my 30 days to share with a friend for 30 free days, so if you want to try it (assuming it is still valid), send me an email. But I only have 1 coupon code.
So have you tried meditation before? Have you ever tried Headspace?