Today, I'd like to share a Writing (and life, in general) resource that I've been utilizing for about a week now: The Headspace App.
Lately, between pursuing my writing goals, working full-time, and trying to wade through the cesspool of news stories popping up each day, I've found myself (like many others) growing pretty overwhelmed. Some of you may remember, I even took a digital detox week at the beginning of the year just to clear my mind out a little bit.
Then, a friend suggested I try Headspace. I've always enjoyed meditation, and wished I'd take the time to practice it more often. In its most basic form, the Headspace app helps you set aside 10 minutes per day to go through a guided meditation. There are three "Basics" levels to start out, each with ten sessions, that teach you how to meditate. The narrator also guides you through recognizing how you feel before and after each session.
From there, you have access to several mini-sessions, a few minutes long each, as well as a line of single sessions tailored to more specific concerns: Anxiety, grief, stress, trouble sleeping, and much more.
|The Goals character!|
(Credit: Headspace App)
learning to "Get in touch with your natural sense of creativity by allowing distractions to come and go". I will definitely be listening to that one this weekend!
There's a wealth of meditative sessions available in the initial free download, and of course, once you finish those you have the option to subscribe to a paid plan. The app also keeps track of your progress and notifies you when you've reached a new goal.
Has anyone else tried the Headspace app? If so, what was your opinion of the app and how it's set up? So far, I've enjoyed taking this time each day to just step away from my desk and bring myself to a calmer place. I know I don't talk about my personal experience with my anxiety much here on the blog, because I'm really trying to keep it focused on writing, on book reviews, and on publishing industry news. But, since this was a new tool that I think is going to help me in both my writing and personal life, I thought I'd share it with you.
Have a great weekend, everyone!