If you told me that I would be doing meditation a year or so ago, I would have laughed and told you that I am not patient enough to be sitting still and think of nothing. My mind is usually thinking about multiple things at the same time.
Why I Tried it?
A couple of months ago I noticed that I was getting a lot of anxiety and near panic attacks and I knew I had to do something to control it.
I researched quite a lot and 2 things that kept coming up were Yoga and Meditation. I decided to give both a go and I found 2 apps that are amazing for meditation which are Headspace and Calm. Both apps are compatible on Android and iPhone and they also have websites which are linked above.
Headspace comes with a foundation course for free but you can subscribe to get the full access. It is based on 10 days programs and the first one is 10 minutes for 10 days, level 2 can be set to either 10 or 15minutes and level 3 has a default setting of 20 minutes. Once the foundation package is completed you can move on to other sections such as health, relationships, performance and head space pro. I am currently in level 2 of the foundation course, so i haven’t tried out any of the other packages, but there are what are called singles which you can do at any time and are split into SOS, On the Go and Classic. I have tried a couple of the on the go section and I love the sleeping section, every time I listened to them I managed to fall asleep within 10 minutes! amazing
Calm also has free 7 days of calm, similar to Headspace it has guided meditation and free meditation techniques. Unlike Headspace, Calm comes with relaxing background sounds and images, which can be quite calming and relaxing upon accessing the app. There are quite a lot of categories as well including deep sleep, anxiety release, confidence, creativity, energy, focus and a lot more. With calm you can also select a short 2 minute meditation and most packs come with the option of 2, 5 or 10 minute programs. Some techniques include a body scan which I’ve grown to love.
I use both apps and I honestly cannot just choose 1, both are really good. The main difference is that headspace is guided with a male voice of Andy Puddicombe, whilst the Calm app guided meditation are with a female voice and include background relaxing sounds. Both have free meditation starting guides, so if you are interested just give them a go and see which you prefer.
I must admit, the first couple of times I tried it was quite difficult, but the techniques in the foundation course of headspace helped me quite a lot. It has animations to compare your mind to actual life circumstances, which I found helped me understand better and helped in the process of meditation.
When I do it?
I am trying to incorporate a 10 minute meditation every day. I try to do it in the morning as I find this give me a better start to my day, make me feel like I’ve accomplished something, think clearly and have less anxiety throughout the day. Doing meditation in the morning before going to work ensures that I actually get it done.
What are your thoughts on meditation? Have you ever tried it? let me know in the comments below.
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