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It is no longer necessary to explain to anyone that stress is a widespread phenomenon in our society. It is all the more important to counteract this omnipresent problem. There are various ways of doing this - reducing or at least structuring the workload, renouncing procrastination, pursuing a hobby, social contacts, and a lot more. However, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the withdrawal into their own four walls, which many have inevitably practiced, other possibilities are also on the upswing, such as meditation. For example, offers guided meditations and sleep aid Headspace, my Pick of the week of calendar week 32 in 2021.
When looking for apps for mindfulness, meditation or generally a quiet break from everyday life, you come across various well-known offers: Calm, 7Mind, Balloon and so on. And then there is headspace. I chose the offer as the pick of the week because it offers a well-rounded overall offer for my taste: it is not only visually appealing, but also convincing narrative and aurally.
Instead of just offering guided meditations, the respective topic or exercise is explained. As a user, one is led to a goal and can achieve this step by step by means of the selected type of meditation. There is always a hint that you can't do anything wrong, and tips are given in case your thoughts drift away during the exercise (which, by the way, is quite normal).
What I really like about it is that there is no excessive auditory design or other disruptive factors. Where some guided meditations unnecessarily rely on a gong or other annoying signal tone at the beginning and end of a session, with Headspace the exercise is slowly started with an appropriate announcement; and at the end you get time to detach yourself from meditation.
The sleep aids are similarly calming and well thought-out, but I don't use them that much because I can actually fall asleep quite easily. I came to appreciate Headspace for meditation last month when planning and executing my move. Because of the many tasks running in parallel, the whole thing was quite stressful and I needed some compensation.
Although there is a headspace app for the iPhone, I haven't downloaded it. Because the free trial period is only seven days. And that is by far not enough to really internalize the individual exercises and use them to reduce stress. But since I didn't want to take out another subscription either, I simply got the Headspace offer from Netflix. You can find the links to the series in the list above.
I noticed the whole thing by accident. The algorithm washed it into my suggestions and I thought "Why not?" And once you get rid of the New Age thought that sometimes resonates with meditation, yoga and the like, then you can get involved. This is exactly what I recommend to you if you are under stress, want to get rid of grief or just want to try something unexcited on Netflix.
I personally watch or hear the Netflix content in the original English, but there is also synchronization in German, French, Russian and Turkish. There are also corresponding subtitles. Which language do you choose or which offers for meditation, sleep aid and mindfulness do you use? Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion and your experiences :)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.