Finding peace and focus in a time of anxiety

Interior peace feels like a rare commodity in 2020, where uncertainty and tension seem to be at record highs everywhere around us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you might want to take a deep breath, relax, and try meditating. The best app to help you on this journey to less stress and more peace is Headspace.

At the heart of Headspace is mindfulness meditation. You shouldn’t be turned off by the term “meditation.” Mindfulness meditation does not have to have anything to do with spirituality. The whole point of it is to sit peacefully and focus only on your breathing. As soon as you detect your attention slipping to something else, which it will, redirect it back to the breathing. The practice has been shown to improve focus and reduce levels of anger and anxiety.

Headspace allows you to set different timers for your meditation sessions. It also includes a number of courses in meditation as well as guided meditations tailored to different levels of experience. So whether this is your first time hearing of mindfulness meditation or you’ve been practicing it for years, Headspace has something for you.

In addition to the basic meditation features and courses, there are tons of other things you can do on Headspace: guided meditation for students, guided exercise videos and meditations you can listen to on a jog, morning motivational videos, a variety of sleep aids, curated playlists of focus music. The list goes on. The app also has some gamification features, tracking how many days you meditate without breaking your streak and so on.

Headspace is free, with in-app purchases. Some might find the fairly limited number of free features disappointing. On the other hand, as already mentioned, Headspace has an almost overwhelming array of features available at varying prices. You can tailor it to your needs, whether you’re an active go-getter rising before the dawn or a tired parent just looking to get a more peaceful night’s sleep. The variety and consistent quality of the content make the purchases worthwhile.

Headspace is available on the Appstore and Google Play.

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