Headspace, nice to meet you

The world of apps seems unlimited, there is an app for everything and nothing. So we asked ourselves if there was one that could help people with a burn-out and we quickly came to the name of Headspace, an application which mission is to teach you to relax and meditate. We asked Sara, a fervent adept of Headspace to tell us more about it.

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“Last year, while dealing with a deep anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks, I discovered the Headspace app, recommended by my general practitioner. I remember vividly her telling me about it and how guided meditation could, in fact, help me at that particular moment.
So, a bit discouraged I confess, I went home and downloaded the app on my phone. I figured at least it wouldn’t do me any harm.

When you use it for the first time, there are a couple of really smart and simple videos explaining how guided meditation works in your brain, how it can help you and how the app itself works. So immediately, I was curious: simple, non-exoterical and non-pretentious videos with funny cartoons talking about meditation? I’m in!
Everything is made simple: you only need a pair of headphones, some quiet space and 10 minutes of your 24-hour long day. That’s it.

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The first thing that I really liked was the fact that Andy (the voice behind the app) explains that meditation is not stopping your thoughts but rather learning how to let them come and allowing them their own space in your head. By trying to not feel a specific emotion, you actually create more tension which generates more distress. So, by meditating with guidance, you can actually train your brain in a new or different way of perceiving the world and reacting, for it is, in fact, a muscle that can be trained.
Basically, in a matter of just a few days, I realized that taking only 10 min a day to meditate would tremendously increment my well being, both mental and physical.

The app has a basic package that everyone has free access to so, you only need to install it on your phone. But if you want to benefit more from it, I honestly recommend you pay any of the available subscriptions (monthly, annual or lifetime) so you can access the specific packages made for your specific “problem”: from anxiety, to fear of flying, pain management, burnout, grieving, acceptance, productivity or even self-esteem, just to name a few, there’s pretty much a bit of everything for everyone, divided into 8 categories. It has 30-day long packages and single, quick, emergency meditations. (No, I’m not being endorsed to say these things.)It has really helped me in the long term and I have recommended it to lots of my friends, which are now using it daily. I use it at home, at the park or pretty much everytime I need to refocus and strengthen mentally – like when I have a panic episode or if I feel a sudden fear of flying just before departure.

Andy has become my family and headspace, my anxiolytic.

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ps: wonder what Sara does when she is not meditating with Andy? Check her Instagram account or Facebook page and enjoy her fibre art!
photography: Carole Rey

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