Trusting My Mental Health To An App?

It seems like everyone is talking about meditation apps these days as a way to ease stress or sleep better. I have to admit, I've been curious to try some of these apps, but just haven't found the time. 

However, with the odd hours I keep, and a continued deficit in the sleep bank, I've decided to give it a try. This week I downloaded "Headspace." I've had several people tell me they use it, and the app helps them to calm down and unwind before bed. Plus, I'm only being asked to "meditate" for three minutes at a time, so surely I can find 3 minutes somewhere in my day for myself.

I've tried other forms of meditations and relaxation before, but have never been successful. If I'm honest with myself, I would procrastinate or not set aside time during the day. I also got discouraged because when I would find the time, I could never shut my brain off. The voice in my head was louder than the voice I was trying to listen to on the tape (or in the yoga studio), so after a few minutes I just gave up.

I'm only on day two of the 10-day free trial, but so far I like what I'm hearing on Headspace. The app guides you slowly through the fundamentals of meditation. There's nothing too difficult as I'm guided through an easy breathing exercise ("in through the nose, out through the mouth") and told to notice "how the body feels." I was also given permission to let my mind wonder...which it did...and that it was normal to feel anxious as I'm getting started (which I was. If I wasn't anxious, I wouldn't have downloaded the app).

The best part so far is that I don't have to commit to more than three minutes a day. The toughest part might come at the end of my free trial, when I'll have to decide if I want to pay $12.99 a month or nearly a hundred bucks a year to access additional sessions. But that's putting the cart before the horse, and right now, I don't have time to worry about that. 

Dan Mitchinson

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