Earlier this fall, Headspace, a global leader for mindfulness and meditation, launched a student pricing plan for college and graduate students. At just $9.99 per year, the new pricing plan was developed to help students around the country reduce stress and improve focus in an increasingly stressful campus environment.
Headspace, a guided meditation app, was launched in 2010 and its main goal is to make meditation accessible to everyone. It does this through a smartphone app full of guided meditations lead by co-founder Andy Puddicombe. Prior to launching the app, Andy spent years as a buddhist monk training in meditation all across the world and was eventually ordained at a Tibetan monastery in the Indian Himalayas. After completing his monastic commitment, Andy returned to the UK with the goal of teaching meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible. Andy set up a mediation consultancy and began working with politicians, athletes, and business leaders. Along the way, he came across a man by the name of Rich Pierson who needed help with the stress of the advertising world. The two men instantly connected and before long, headspace was born.
Headspace has scientifically been proven to reduce stress and improve focus. In a study conducted with medical school students at the University of Southern California, 60 days of daily Headspace resulted in a 17% reduction in stress. In other published studies, four weeks of Headspace resulted in a 14% increase in focus. “We have heard directly from students around the country that they feel overwhelmed by heavy coursework, internship demands, and social pressure,” said Headspace’s CEO Rich Pierson. “At the same time, we know that mediation can help them with stress, feeling overwhelmed, and finding focus. That’s why we developed our new student pricing plan to offer an affordable and accessible tool for combatting stress and improving focus.”
I personally have been using Headspace for about a year and a half now and I only have great things to say about it. It has helped me stay focused and motivated despite the chaos that college life can be sometimes. It most importantly helps me be present in the moment and more self aware. It is easy to get stuck in a routine and then every day seems the same. That personally does not work for me as it causes me to get into somewhat of a rut. Mediating helps me approach each day with a fresh mind, free of distractions. Now, I have to admit that I am not perfect by any means. There are days and sometimes weeks that go by where I don’t meditate. But when I do, I am always reminded how much better I feel when I take the time to do it. I think it is important for college students and all people for that matter to take care of their mental health and realize when to seek help if they need it. Mental health is always a tough topic to talk about because most people are insecure about their own troubles. I have had friends who were too stubborn to seek help and they only felt worse. Headspace is an app that helps you sort through your negative thoughts and emotions and helps you clear your mind. All it takes is 10 minutes out of your day to focus on yourself and how you feel. Everybody could use some headspace, the world would be a much better place if more people used it.