How is everyone? Can you believe that the first month of 2018 is almost over?! I hope you all have been having a great start to the year so far.
So one of the things I wanted to do this year was focus on myself and be more mindful of my thoughts, my goals, what I want in life, regulating my emotions better and more. One of the active steps I’m taking to accomplish all that is by meditating.
I used to do meditation every now and then in yoga class but it was never really a practice that I thought I’d embed into my daily routine. Much to my surprise, here I am in 2018 actually enjoying taking time out during my day to relax, reflect and find peace amongst the busy activities of the day. Some people are able to meditate on their own but I prefer using meditation apps to help guide me. I’ve tried a few different ones but the two that really stuck to me were Headspace and Calm.
So first up…Headspace.
So like any meditation app, Headspace provides guided meditation. If you’re a newbie to meditation like I am and find it slightly challenging to focus through a long session, Headspace has a great series of introductory sessions in their basic pack to help you ease your way into guided meditation. The introductory sessions in the basic pack teaches you some practices to help you feel relaxed and comfortable but still aware and focused. The best part is that you can adjust the length of the sessions in either 3, 5 or 10 minutes if you are always on the go and don’t have much time to spare.
One of the best things about Headspace’s library is that they have hundreds of themed sessions for different categories such as emotions (happiness, health and brave), sport and even a category for students! I used to fall asleep almost instantly at the start but the sessions in the basic pack helped me achieve that balance between being relaxed but mindful and alert, thus paying attention to the session. I especially enjoyed the sessions on self esteem. The app is extremely easy to manoeuvre and there’s some cute animations and cartoon characters as part of the app’s aesthetic.
Next up is Calm…
Whilst researching and trying out different meditation apps I came across Calm. If you’re like me and enjoy visiting spas, getting massages and just relaxing then Calm is perfect for you! Unlike Headspace, on Calm you can opt for choosing your own background noise if you want (either nature sounds like rain, the ocean etc or soft, gentle meditation music) for whichever meditation session you choose. Calm also has a widespread library of different topics to focus on like Happiness, Personal Growth and Self Care, Relationships and more. I really like their “7 days of Happiness”, “7 Days of Self Esteem” and I’m starting on their “Relationships With Self” series soon.
Calm also has a section on sleep stories for both adults and children that are very effective with lulling me to sleep. In addition to that, Calm also has a section called “Calm Masterclass” which has special guests who do sessions on specific topics (the most recent one is titled “Breaking Bad Habits” and its by a world renowned psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer).
Overall I love both apps, I originally started off with Headspace but then deviated more towards Calm due to the background music and how I prefer the voice of the Calm meditation guide. I still really enjoy the content of Headspace however and I go back and forth using both apps. Both need a subscription to access their entire content so I recommend downloading both apps and doing a trial to see which one you prefer before buying them.
I hope you enjoyed reading the review and that it helps if you’re interested in starting meditation. Take care lovelies and till next time!
xx Ing from According To Ing