We hear people recommending meditation for all problems these days, as stress, pressure to perform well and restlessness are some of the major issues that adults and children face. For children, the stress and pressure are more towards doing well in exams, getting good grades in class tests, managing peers and so on, while it is doing well at work, better business outcomes, etc. for adults.
To help people with these problems and to enable them to ‘relax’ and destress, teachers can recommend the ‘Headspace’ app to children and their colleagues.
Headspace is an app which makes meditation simple and accessible to everyone. It offers guided mindfulness and meditation training on the smart device in just few minutes a day.
Termed as the ‘personal meditation guide right in the pocket’, this app acts as a personal guide to health and happiness, helping users acknowledge their own thoughts and emotions. Headspace takes a step-by-step approach by starting with the basics. It has a guided beginners’ course which helps build a solid foundation to practice later.
What does the app do?
Headspace helps let go of stress to get a better night’s sleep. With sessions spanning for just few minutes a day, it brings calmness balance in life in an effective way. It helps children, especially the distractive and reactive ones, to focus on the right things.
The app has exercises on various topic ranging from managing anxiety, stress relief and breathing to happiness and focus. There is also a sleep meditation and sleep sounds section for the restless sleepers. In these sections, to help the cause, the scree in usually darker and the buttons are easier to find. These exercises help those who face trouble falling asleep, especially during exams, competitions or interviews.
Under the meditation section for kids, the app offers 5 themes like calm, focus, kindness, sleep and wake up. There are other themes for users with various concerns, such as meditation for work, meditation on focus, meditation on stress and meditation on anxiety. The app is very easy to use with a user-friendly interface. With colourful and interesting animations, the app is likable by users of all age groups.
Headspace is available on both Google Play and Apple Store and is free to download. This self-help meditation app is a must-have for teachers and children alike.
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of June, 2019.