One of my new year's resolutions was to try a meditation or reflection app to try to release stress and be more productive. Headspace had gotten many positive reviews and it had 10 10 minute free sessions so I decided gave it a try.
Overall, I like the app. The narrator, Andy Puddicombe, has an extremely soothing voice that makes you feel really relaxed. My only problem is that as a tired student I always tried to do my sessions before going to bed and I always found myself falling asleep instead of focusing on myself and my surroundings. There are probably minutes at a time where there isn't any sound and you're supposed to focus on your breath or reflect on your day and the combination of deep breathing, silence, and closed eyes is definitely sleep inducing. I think if I was less tired this app would work a lot better for me and I ultimately stopped after the first 6 days (which I didn't even do in a row) but I decided to give i ta second go during spring break, plus the sleep sessions were released for free for the rest of this month.
The first night I tried using the sleep session I think I fell asleep almost immediately. I don't really remember anything past taking a few deep breaths and closing my eyes. I guess that means it worked in helping me falling asleep quickly but then again I usually have no need at all for help falling asleep so I am not sure if it helped me.
I decided that I should try again while fully awake in order to fully experience the session. This time, it was around noon and thus much easier to stay awake. It was really nice how the session included a reflection on the day from morning to night since I typically do not have time or even think about everything I accomplished in a day. Reflection is imperative because it really helped me be more productive. Without reflection, it's hard to see how much you are accomplishing.
I really enjoyed the Headspace sessions and I'm going to try and continue because reflecting on your today has such a large impact on how you live your tomorrows.