Here at Yin&Yang we’re big fans of London. You know that already. But that isn’t without saying that we can’t empathize with the stress London can sometimes bring. Everyone knows that feeling when you’re in a rush and you need to get somewhere fast and yet, when you arrive at the tube you don’t actually get on the tube until you’ve elbowed and ducked your way to the front of the crowd having already watched three trains come and go. The city can be tiring. It was on an evening after a day similar to this that I decided to give the Headspace app a try. I’m not big on meditation and I’ve often thought of it as something my small amount of patience can’t quite handle but actually, my experience with this nice little app was surprisingly good. Skip forward to read the break down.
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What struck me first about this app was the presentation. Everything from the font, to the graphics and the colour design says simplicity with just the right amount of quirky. It’s interesting and it’s fresh making it aesthetically really quite pleasing to use. The app also incorporates clever animations to watch during the introduction which offer a healthy dose of perspective before you start any of the actual meditation.
The meditation itself is presented as a project, you’re given ten minute voice clips to listen to once a day for ten days. Every time you complete a meditation the app fills the session in on your progress chart. The ‘Take10‘ project isn’t cheesy and it isn’t an annoying pep talk about bettering yourself, instead it’s been designed with the idea that people want a little break in their day to relax. Headspace offers a way of going about this relaxation and in doing so, shows you the many distractions that you don’t actually let go of when you usually relax (hello facebook). An added bonus is that the app has also been designed for people that have busy lives doing things entirely unrelated to meditation, so it offers a daily alarm to remind you to meditate and additional alarms to remind you to take a second to check in with yourself and to make sure you aren’t rushing mindlessly through another day. Headspace also takes into consideration that you will probably get distracted and will probably lose concentration during meditation; which you’ll appreciate if you’re anything like me. All in all, this app is simple to use, it’s well presented, and it makes meditation something useful rather than something frustrating. So for all you city-goers and the stress-heads in between this is definitely worth trying if you need a little time out during the days when London just doesn’t want to be your friend.