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Headspace

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Description

Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness is a meditation app for adults and kids. It has quite a bit of free content, but to unlock all of its features requires a subscription. The app has guided meditation tracks, as well as videos, tips (on topics like “how to be more empathetic”), and meditation practices. The app also has a section designed specifically to help the user to fall and stay asleep.

 

Overview

When the user first downloads and opens the Headspace app, it launches you right into the mindset of meditation. The screen shows one of the app’s cartoon figures expanding and then shrinking, in conjunction with a reminder to breathe in and out. The user is then prompted to create an account (using Facebook, Spotify, or email) and can watch the tutorial. The app uses common meditation techniques such as body scans, becoming aware of environmental sounds, breath awareness, breath counting, and others in order to establish a serene, aware space for the mind to rest. The videos on the home screen usually start with a quick intro, followed by a short meditation–usually a minute, sometimes less–and then circle back to the topic of the day.

The app also offers a sleep-specific section that has “Sleepcasts,” which are 45-55 minute audio experiences (similar to adult bedtime stories) that help the user to visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. The Sleepcasts are designed to provide content that creates the right conditions for healthy, restful sleep. There are new stories every night to prevent boredom. The paid version gives access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (such as for sleep and stress), plus many more Sleepcast and music options. The Sleepcasts begin with a “wind-down” to help people relax and decompress from the day. After that, a narrator carefully describes each part of a relaxing landscape to help transport the listener to a dreamy, low-energy environment.

Each Sleepcast is set in the evening or at night, and many involve water—lagoons, rain, rivers, ponds, oceans, etc. The user can make adjustments within the app to dial up the background ambient noise, make the narration quieter or louder, or turn the narration off completely. The ones that aren’t in natural settings are set in quiet, empty spaces (a library, museum, or Laundromat, for example), all lacking artificial light, the blue tint of moonlight making the visualizations feel more surreal.

The Sleepcasts are slightly remixed nightly, so that the user can listen to the same one and encounter many familiar details but not so many that they can memorize the narrative and know what’s coming next. Headspace notes on its website that’s because knowing the “story” would give you a sense of tracking the passage of time—a potential cause of anxiety that could counterproductively interfere with sleep.

 

Basics

Headspace begins the ten free sessions with an introduction that those familiar and unfamiliar with meditation can appreciate. The ‘Basics’ component takes you through a simple journey to prepare you for the upcoming sessions in just a few minutes.

 

Your Headspace: Anywhere, Anyhow

One of the benefits of a Headspace subscription is the versatility of enjoying its benefits wherever you are and whenever you can. As opposed to therapy sessions that require you to conform to their time constraints, Headspace allows you to set your own schedule. You can also tailor the Headspace app to your particular lifestyle by choosing sessions that reflect your mood and activities.

 

Buddy Up!

You can opt to share your journey with any of the 15 million other subscribers at any point. This function can help you stay accountable and connect you with new people.

 

Pros

Many of Headspace’s meditations come with a customizability unique to this app: the option to select the duration of a given session. While other meditation apps allow users to select sessions that are longer or shorter, Headspace gives users the ability to change the length of almost any session before they begin the actual meditation. 

Users can also choose certain sounds to help them fall asleep, called “sleep music,” or “sleep radio.” “Sleep radio” refers to extended (500-minute recordings–over eight hours!) of one of three categories of sound: rain, ocean, or music.The app also provides guided meditations for when one wakes up in the middle of the night, music that’s low-key and calming, and soundscapes of gentle rain and ocean waves.

 

Cons

The price of the full version could be prohibitive (free for select content; $95/year for full access). Headspace excels as a meditation app rather than an app specifically designed for better sleep. It definitely does have the potential to aid sleep but may not be as good as actual sleep-aid specific apps.

User Submitted Reviews

12 Reviews
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Alexandra Kreps

July 28, 2:56PM

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4.5

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This is a well thought out, robust mindfulness app attempting to make meditation approachable. I found the sleep aids very relaxing, with peaceful narrations and soundtracks. The mindful exercise component (“move”) is very unique in explaining how exercise can be more thoughtful by training the mind and body concurrently. I appreciate the range of meditation exercises and the gradual advance in complexity as you further along in your meditation journey. Lastly, I appreciate the theory of meditation being taught to provide you with a more in-depth understanding.

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Melyne G

February 11, 9:26AM

User since 2020

4.0

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This app is really awesome; only downside is it is expensive so you have to be the type to meditate and actually use it. But if you do, its life changing. It's definitely worth using the ten free sessions and if you're like me you'll find yourself hooked.

Pros

Love the guided meditations. Life changing stuff.

Cons

It's expensive

Latoya D

February 3, 9:41AM

User since 2020

4.5

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I really enjoy this app, it helps with relaxing and releases stress that I didn't even realize I had. Easy to use features that are dependable. The animation is well put together on this app as well.

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Easy to navigate

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Abraham M

February 3, 9:03AM

User since 2020

5.0

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It is not that often you download and use an app where you say “damn, whoever created this was really considering the users needs”. With that said, it is really user friendly which allows you to navigate it easy. In addition, meditation is something I really wanted to get into for 2020. One of my friends who has been meditating for years recommended this app to me… and its really helpful. So that tells you that it doesn’t matter the level of experience in meditation.

Pros

You can improve in many levels of your life such as stress, anxiety and personal growth – just to name a few. It allows you to look deep.

Cons

The app voices are all somewhat similar. Maybe changing that up will be better.

Mikol T.

February 3, 8:24AM

User since 2020

5.0

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Headspace is the perfect app for meditating and relieving stress. I have had anxiety for years, and haven’t yet found an app as good as this for curing it. The app gives you daily meditation sessions, and there are cool cartoon characters that guide you through everything. They also have exercises to keep you healthy mentally and physically. The night meditation exercise for sleeping are great!

Pros

Everything in this app is great. It has the perfect library of meditations to choose from. There are great nighttime meditation sessions to help you sleep better. And best of all, it’s all tailored to you.

Cons

There are no cons with this app.

Jason B.

January 30, 10:52AM

User since 2020

5.0

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I love the fact that this app uses cartoon characters - totally counter intuitive as its not really the vibe that you'd think to get you in a peaceful state of mind - but it works!! The fact that it's broken down into courses is also something that I personally love - it feels really thought out and professional. Generally, so far it's really helping my state of mind. I'd love it to be totally free with no extras / upgrades / need to pay - but it feels like it's worth the money and in life I guess the best things aren't always free!

Pros

The features are awesome!

Cons

It costs if you want to maximise the app!

Golan G

January 28, 9:14AM

User since 2020

5.0

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Great app. Its extremely user friendly, it can totally help you with a lot of situations. They offer you a wide variation of features helping you relax. A real recommender! The only down side is that you have to sign in for a free trial which I don't love doing.

Pros

A lot of great features!

Cons

Sign in subscription.

Dominic O.

January 27, 9:02AM

User since 2020

5.0

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Overall Comment

Meditation is one thing that we love because it helps relieve our inner selves and the thing about this app is that it gives more ways of doing which actually works perfectly.

Pros

You get 10 free sessions before your first subscription

Cons

No cons

Braidley A

January 26, 11:41AM

User since 2020

5.0

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Overall Comment

Before you get to use this amazing app, it asks you questions, general questions about yourself so that it is easier to direct you in activities that suit you well. It has guided and unguided meditation. The app is also great for beginners who know nothing about meditation. The app has free sessions for a start too before you subscribe. I loved the fact that the app is also associated with Will Smith, he is my favorite actor.

Pros

It's easy to use

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Suz K.

January 26, 11:19AM

User since 2020

5.0

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I just used the ten free sessions and I can honestly say that this app is something else. The meditation sessions were amazing and even more advanced ways to clear your mind. Worth your time!

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Ayisha Y.

January 15, 7:31AM

User since 2020

3.0

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Overall Comment

I think the creators of the app really made it a point to take the users into great consideration. First of all you need to answer a few questions so the app can tailor activities to your needs, which is great. The activities and features are all useful, not just there for show. They are also quite enjoyable and engaging.

Pros

One thing that really stood out for me was how before I began my first meditation, I was asked as to how much experience I have with meditation (none of the apps I have used before ever asked that) Just because I wanted to start from the lowest point and build up, I opted in for the meditation for total beginners. I was not disappointed. I found it easy to follow and helpful. There are so many avenues of improvement to choose from; stress and anxiety, personal growth, kids and parenting, physical health etc. There really is something for everyone.

Cons

The apps needs more diversity in when it comes to the narrator voice. Most features are locked off unless you pay for an upgrade. Before I use an app, I always check its reviews. Most users seemed to have a problem with cancellation after subscribing so that put me off the idea of paying for a subscription myself.

Ita A

January 15, 7:22AM

User since 2020

5.0

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Headspace is a great app! It is great for learning how to meditate during the day and just to get started with meditating . It teaches you how to meditate during very busy times and I hope I keep using it.

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