This month, we asked a couple of students to review the meditation-based app HEADSPACE. According to the official website:
“Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We’ll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day”.
Bold statements, but what do our students think?
Hello, my name is Lucas, I’m 15 years old and I first joined Student Life as a means to have a say, to tell the world my thoughts and I was highly inspired to show people that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Anyways, I have always struggled with problems throughout my life and I have seen an ad’ about an app called Headspace, but never checked it out….so when I got the chance to do this, I thought it was a great idea to check Headspace out as I’ve heard that it’s a great way to relieve stress.
At first I was anxious; I have always been a man of religion and I’ve always been used to praying and waiting for a miracle to happen, which it has, many times. I thought that meditation would ruin that, but now that I have tried it, it seems like there is barely no difference. When I first started Headspace, it had a vast selection of meditation options and me being me, I chose the one about maintaining focus – my one weakness. I immediately started a 5 minute session and when I first heard the man talking, I got startled. I didn’t expect a voice but as it continued, I felt an easiness in my heart, almost familiar, a peace that I hadn’t felt in a while. The first attempt was a disaster, as I got distracted on the meditation about focus, which was a funny moment, but I do look forward to using this again, it has been a great experience.
My name is Sadè, I am 17 and currently studying Level 3 Creative Media and Technology. I decided to get involved with Student Life to try out something different and I am looking forward to the future with them!
Headspace is an audio guided meditation and mindfulness app that helps people live a healthier and happier life. You shouldn’t feel outcasted if you haven’t meditated before, as they guide you through it. If you can learn audibly and want to help your health, then this is for you.
Headspace prompts you to pick a topic that personalises the experience, topics such as; anxiety, anger, productivity etc. You are given a course based on the topic you chose – first session free – along with the basics course; I chose stress and anxiety. Once you have settled in, a soothing voice guides you through each session in 3-5 minutes (depending on experience). After listening to a session, I felt calm and relaxed, also motivated to learn more!
Headspace’s goal to ‘help people practice meditation in order to bring a calmness’ is achieved here, yet it seems unreachable if you don’t dig out some coins for it.
The free version comes with; the basics, your chosen topic, and a sleep course (sounds to help you sleep). To unlock the full experience, prices start from £9.99 monthly to £399.99 for a lifetime. A young person may not be able to afford the lifetime expense, yet the monthly rate seems achievable. In all fairness, without paying, you really don’t get the benefits from it.
The app is easy to use with calming graphics and an appealing layout. The idea of the app is brilliant and has relevant topics that affect young people which Headspace deals with in a comforting way – although the help that young people will seek in the app won’t be in full effect until they pay.