App-a-Day: Headspace

By Andy Feng on Friday, June 5th, 2015


TGIF and happy Friday to everyone out the reading! Not sure if you know this already but today is National Doughnut Day! Yep, that’s right… Every year, America has an entire day dedicated to celebrating sugary circle snacks! Amazing right!??



Anyway.. Back to business. Today is Friday, and if you’ve been following up on App-a-Day, you’ll notice that on Fridays I generally steer away from all the more serious or work related topics that I’ve touch on throughout the week. No no.. Fridays are sacred. On Friday we plan for the weekend.



The weekend is a time for us to relax, to unwind and unbend our body and mind, rehabilitating some of the mental and physical damage incurred throughout the work week. Now, for an aching or fatigued body, there’s nothing some good ol’ fashioned sleep can’t settle. However for a enervated mind, there is no quick fix.



The app I’m introducing today is called Headspace, and it’s sole purpose for existing in this world (or in your phone) is to help you improve your mental health through meditation. Headspace is a immensely well designed, elegantly gamified meditation regimen that’s designed to guide you through the process of attaining and sustaining a healthier, clearer, and more peaceful mental state. Think of it as massage therapy for your brain.



Now, I’ve heard a lot of great things about meditation… but being the immature and skeptical person I am, I’ve always found it a little weird and fatuous to sit in one spot, doing nothing for minutes on end, staring blankly into the distance. Come to think of it, I’ve never really even attempted to practice meditation in real life, despite all of its supposedly awesome benefits.



Headspace is a really cool app to try if you’re serious about starting a meditation regimen and for those who are ready to dedicate time towards improving your overall mental health. If you’re even considering meditation as something you might wanna try, I highly recommend you start with Headspace. Besides, Emma Watson seems to like it.. so it must be magical! (..see what I did there?)



The app itself is very well designed and the UI looks amazing. To be totally honest, in the beginning, I only tried the app because I really liked the overall style and design of the app.



Delving deeper, I discovered that the meditation programs were intuitively designed to walk you through each individual session and the instructor had a really calming voice. He’s also british.. and a monk...and he’s also named Andy!



The moments after I downloaded the Headspace app was the first time ever that I’ve tried meditating. I put on the 10 minute program and sat on the floor of my apartment, staring blankly into the distance. For a whole 10 minutes.. Did it work? To be honest I don’t feel any different..  Although I would recommend turning the TV off before you start… I eventually ended up just sitting on the floor, watching silent TV for 10 minutes while the program was playing. So fail..



In summary, Headspace puts a playful twist on meditation by making it a daily, progressing journey, and is designed to guide the user through the process of learning how to effectively meditate. Although meditation might not be for everyone… for those of you who do have the patience, getting into a consistent and efficacious meditation routine may just prove to be a life changing experience. After all, who doesn’t need some extra zen and clarity in their lives? Hey, maybe I’ll give it another shot, one day when there’s a power outage and there’s no TV or internet..



That’s it for this week. I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and don’t forget to subscribe to our Wechat account and follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with our latest blog posts. Have a great weekend and see y’all next week!