At the moment I am going through the process of house hunting which is a well established stress factor. With this in mind, I wanted to get ahead of my stresses instead of trying to deal with the fallout after I have a nervous breakdown! I have had issues with anxiety for many years and have previously suffered from depression. I like to be proactive and have found out over the years what things are more likely to affect me more than others. Finding a house and the pressure (that I put on my self) to choose the right location, house, etc. is definitely something that has already started to cause me anxiety and something I want to control.
So, with my Samsung Galaxy Note 9, I have a free trial of the Calm app. Here are my thoughts…
- I have tried mindful meditation before, I didn’t keep up with it, so I felt no long term benefit. This will only be successful with long term usage and creating a daily routine
- The app has amazing guided exercises. This is my first experience of using an app with guided meditation. Previously, I have used books and my own research to guide my own thoughts which was more difficult. Using this app has made the process easier.
- There are other apps out there which do similar things, find out which works best for you by using free trials. I tried Headspace and did not enjoy it as much as using Calm.
- It has a 21 day program for general wellbeing, which I am less likely to stick with, but it also has many individual sessions which are ideal for when you need a bit of focused help. I like the sleep program which is 1 week long. There’s something for everyone.
- It is aesthetically pleasing. The developers have clearly thought about the sounds and every aspect of the user interface to create a calming experience overall.
When my free trial is over, I will definitely be renewing and paying for a subscription. My mental health is far too important to me to put a price on, and I think paying approximately £50 annually is well worth it, especially as I can easily spend that on a single meal at a restaurant.
Have you tried any form of meditation? What has/hasn’t worked for you?