“Headspace is the antidote for isolation and anxiety during this pandemic.”
HI HI HI. I need to write. I think. At least today I do. Tomorrow I may need to lie in bed wondering if I have enough energy to get out of it to check on the children and do a bit of my Golden Girls puzzle.
Some days I hate everything and stay in my bathrobe until at least 1:00pm. The kids are alive and fed and Brent is buried in the study keeping us afloat. There is one thing that I’ve been forcing myself to do every day and it’s not the Peloton. I wish it was the Peloton. I wish it was a 5 mile walk listening to a podcast and looking up at the sky. I wish it was exercise and not the abundance of Pepperidge Farm Milano Mint Cookies that I’ve started to stash in the cabinet above the microwave where no one can fine them. Those go down real easy.
Headspace is what I force myself to do. It’s a doing kind of thing. It’s an app that you’ve probably heard of (and have written about before), but has also gotten so much traction in the past few years and along with the app “Calm” has surged during quarantine. And if you are like me you will find it so darn charming that just that little part of you that’s still functioning will, kind of, want to do it.
The cute, bald Englishman, Andy Puddicombe turned Buddhist monk turned meditation guru started Headspace. He’s adorable or at least his voice is and that is what you will hear on the app every time you get on. There are so many resources I haven’t even explored them all, but they range for sleep meditation, relaxation, motivation, stress, hygiene, flying, self esteem, kids, marriage etc. The way I use it is that I hit that little orange circle icon and watch a little video, The Wake Up, that turns into a little memory in my brain that I can’t stop thinking about. These 3-5 minutes videos have ranged from a burley man carving spoons and the creative process to an Indian woman delicately putting henna on a new bride’s hands. Every one has been simple and intricate and…meditative in the most wonderful way. Then I do 10 minutes of meditation guided by Andy.
There is a free trial if you want it and a free year for unemployed. I moved on from the free trial a few years ago to buying a full year for about 70 bucks. There are so many resources and the graphics are so darn cute it feels like a treat. It is adorable and feels like you are moving forward. They even do a group meditation at 6pm every day that if I’m feeling extra not-depressed I try to join. Knowing that I am paying for it also is a good motivator to get everything I can out of it. The app has helped me immensely in the past when my fear of flying was getting in the way of my love of travel.
So many resources, tabs, ways to use the app. Brilliant, Andy.
So, not kidding, as I’m writing this a COMMERCIAL just came on the tv in the background for Headspace! Love when God does this. It says to me, you are moving in the right direction.