03 May Meditation With The Help of Your Smartphone
Meditation is a practice that for most seems tough to master. It requires discipline, time, patience, and the will to dedicate time to the health of your mind. Sometimes life becomes super hectic and makes you feel like things are going 300 miles per hour, yet you can’t seem to gain control. It is at these times that it so important to dedicate time to your mental wellbeing. Meditation is a great way to do just that. I’m a big fan of the headspace app. Their take 10
I’m a big fan of the Headspace app. Their free “Take 10” program takes only 10 minutes a day, but sets you up with the foundation to a healthy meditation practice. The important thing is to stick to it.
There was a day a while back where I had an 11-hour workday, had been sitting in my chair all day, stressed about numbers on my screen. By the end of the day, my heart rate was high and I felt like I was short of breath. At the advice of my fiancé, I sat down for a 10-minute meditation session. Somewhere halfway through the guided lesson, I felt my body let go, relax and settle down. By the end of the session, my heart rate slowed and I was significantly calmer. The effects of meditation are undeniable if you are willing to give it a shot, and you owe it to your mind and body to do so.
If you’re new to meditation and want to try it, don’t overthink it. All you need to do is:
- Find a quiet space and somewhere to sit with your feet flat on the ground – it can be a chair, a bed, or wherever you feel comfortable.
- Download a helper app, there are tons of meditation apps in smartphone app stores, but Headspace makes it really easy.
What I love about the Headspace app:
- As you complete each daily session, the app tracks your progress, which is very rewarding.
- You can listen to guided meditations focused on specific topics and concerns including sleep, patience, motivation, recovery from athletic training, and even fear of flying.
- There are meditations designed especially for children with bedtime topics including calm and kindness, design to relax your child and instill a foundation for mindfulness.
- Reminders. You can set alerts and reminders for yourself to start your meditation practice at a specific time of day. It’s really difficult to cultivate a routine, but integrated reminders make it much easier to get there.
- Animations. There are really fun and whimsical animated characters designed into the app which gives it a very friendly user experience and a calming interface.
- On your mobile and tablet, you can listen to Headspace on the go and download sessions to use offline. On your computer, you can play any session, anytime.