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If you are anything like me, your brain is almost always working in overdrive. I can go from thinking about the current political climate, to what I’m having for dinner tonight, to a pair of shoes I saw in a shop window, and back, in approximately 4.7 seconds. My friends are constantly calling me an ‘over thinker’, because every scenario or situation that I can think up, whether it has happened or not, is constantly on a playback reel in my head. But this post isn’t about me being a stress head. It’s about learning to take a break from it all, which is something I never, ever do. So, if you’re anything like me, that is, if you find yourself thinking about Beyonce and cheese within the same millisecond, and you have a mental ‘to do’ list permanently running through your mind, you need to read this.
I’ve recently written about trying to be more chilled out, a little more wild, and a little less stressed. Basically, I’m trying to give my brain a break and just live a little. And I mean a real break. Not Netflix and chill, not a workout, not a long walk. I’m talking about meditation. There has been a lot of hype around meditation of late, you could say it is ‘trending’ - well my dad does it, so it’s got to be cool. But to be frank, I never thought meditation would be the thing for me.
I am a classic fidgeter, I struggle to sit still, I’m almost never comfortable, and I really, really, struggle to stay quiet. I have just described myself as a seven year old after a can of cool drink. Ok, so I’m not that bad, but I am very, very far from Mrs Chill. With this, my emotions have been getting the better of me a lot recently. Now there is absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing wrong with being emotional, but I have cried at one too many parties, and laughed in one to many sad situations in the past couple of weeks, and I honestly can only put it down to one thing - I am overtired, over worked, and overstimulated. Let’s just say that it got to a boiling point, and I knew that I really needed to take control of the situation and start taking care of myself.
I’d heard about the Headspace App before, through friends, and on social media. But to be honest, I just thought I was above it all - no one really likes to admit that they need to calm down. Because after all, we can’t stand it when other people tell us to calm the farm, and even less so when we tell ourselves just that. But after discovering Bupa’s FutureFit pilot program, I thought I’d dabble in the world of Headspace, and find out about what all of the hype was about. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed - in fact, I think I am officially hooked.
Headspace offers something for everyone, whether you have only got a couple of minutes, or you’re ready to seriously delve into some meditating. The Headspace App offers a variety of different ‘packs’ for different moods, situations or times of the day. From Productivity to Relationships, to sessions for Stress or Creativity. Whether you are just waking up, getting ready for bed, or on your lunch break, Headspace allows you to take a few minutes out of your day to just breathe. To practice mindfulness, and allow yourself to really process your emotions. I can truly say I have never felt more calm, grateful and less stressed since using the Headspace App. And there are no rules - you can meditate as often as you want, from once a week to three times a day, and you can track your progress. The App keeps a record of how many minutes you have meditated for in total, and what sessions you have listened to.
Think that its just a fad, or that it’ll be like a kale smoothie? Well you might be wrong, you’ll find yourself coming back for more, just like I did. You can set up reminders or alarms for meditating, and you can even configure the App to send you lovely messages throughout the day, as a reminder to take a breath, stay calm, and keep doing exactly what you’re doing, or don’t - the choice is yours. If you are keen to see what all the fuss is about, or are looking for a new way to wind down, click here. And be quick, there are limited spots in the pilot program left. There is no harm in taking a minute out of your busy day to do something for yourself.