What is Headspace?
Why do I now use meditating?
I started with the 3 minutes a day mediation. If I have more time, I do more than one, if I miss it, I just join in with my kids at bedtime (see below). I now have my husband hooked too. After reading more about Headspace and meditating, I learned that there are research backed, proven benefits. Research has shown Headspace to positively impact: stress, focus, mood, compassion, aggression, self comparison, work, anxiety and depression. I make a lot of excuses to skip things that are for “me” and focus so much (or all) of my time for my family. But there is no way I can say no to spending 3 minutes a day when there are so many benefits.
How do I use Headspace with my kids?
I was sold on Headspace when I started using it for myself but after starting to use it with my kids…. I was 100% hooked. Right now we use it at night. I find it’s a good time to add it into our daily life but would like to use it more. Here’s an example of how it’s helping. Bedtime had taken a serious turn for the worse in our house lately with the big kids. We can be all settled down, books read, ready for bed and they seem to go nuts (especially 1 of them). So it turned into me yelling at them every single night. There was lots of yelling back and forth, wild kids, much later bedtimes followed by kids not wanting to wake up for school in the AM. Now… once they start getting nutty, they lay down in their beds and I turn on Headspace. I stay there with them most of the time, because honestly it relaxes me too. We do the bedtime meditation and usually one more. They really like it. Sometimes someone even falls asleep before it’s over. If for some reason they don’t calm down/ look almost asleep, we do one more. I can tell you that as a parent I feel a whole lot better turning on “one more mediation” before bed vs yelling at my kids. We will be traveling for a month this summer and I am honestly really happy I can bring Headspace along with me.
My favorite part of the day was learning about how (in a study done) Headspace users showed more compassion in situations.
What did I learn by meeting the co-founder of Headspace?
Well first off, I met the man behind the voice of Headspace! I love listening to my meditations and have thought before “I wonder what Andy looks like” ha. Well now I’ve met Andy and he’s a wonderful person. He’s also a dad. It was really interesting to listen to him talk about parenting and life with toddlers. He’s a very relatable person and now I find the mediations to be even MORE meaningful – they’re coming straight from a person living life with young children too.
I also learned his story about mediation. After a really traumatic experience in college with some friends passing away, he sought mediation. It lead him to a Buddhist monostary where became a monk for 10 years. Read more about his story – it’s interesting and enlightening.
What did Andy share about Mindful Parenting?
Headspace Coupon Code:
- Over 30 packs of themed meditations on specific topics like stress and sleep
- Dozens of one-off exercises designed to add more mindfulness to your day
- Super-short mini meditations you can do anytime. Great for busy schedules
- Sleep Sounds that help ease the mind into a truly restful night’s sleep
- Animations that guide you through essential meditation techniques and bring to life traditional stories like the Very Impatient Yogi
- Continued guidance from former monk, and Headspace co-founder, Andy Puddicombe
Have a happy, mindful summer everyone!