The stresses a high schooler faces on a day to day basis can seem pretty untamable. I, a junior, am going through considerably the toughest year of my high school career, so I am one who can share that testament. From AP classes, to sports, to trying to manage a social life besides what’s on the inside of our eyelids, being a high schooler is awfully demanding.
However, there are tons of options to help cope with these stressful days that turn into long nights;Whether, it be taking a 10 minute mindfulness break or going to a yoga class on a Sunday morning when you finally have a second to catch your breath.
So that’s why I am here writing this blog. To teach, talk, and tutor those that want to learn to be at peace even though the world around them is anything but that.
In lieu of a traditional blog, I will cover app reviews that promote mindfulness, my own experiences with mindfulness meditation, and other opportunities here in Asheville to explore meditation, yoga, etc.
Finding a free, mobile way to create a sense of mindfulness can be tough in the bustling media-frenzied world that we live in today. Which is why I suggest Headspace, a free app, that helps teach you how to build mindfulness in your own day to day. Along with being an app, the creators of Headspace have a web-accessible version that offers more options to help you pursue your inner peace. Even though the mobile version is more convenient for listening on the go, the online version offers more options to connect to.
Compared to most apps claiming to teach you meditation, costing somewhere around $1.99 to $3.99, Headspace is free (unless you want to unlock specific features).
Personally I have used the app and wow. Honestly is the first thing that comes to mind. It is kind of crazy how quickly it can shift my daily routine. Every morning starting this past Saturday I have been following the path of 10 minute mindfulness whether it’s at 5:30 am when I get up during the school week or before church, Headspace is my new jam. It’s strange how something can be adopted as a habit so quickly, but unlike most, it’s not bad for me. Led by a soft spoken guy named Andy, every morning has become full of his British wisdom.
He encourages the listener to explore finding peace in your own world as you keep up with your day to day. Following his lead, I hope to find inner peace in the best ways and reduce my own stressors. From AP English and Psych, to just trying to pass Chemistry Honors, my days can get awfully stressful. So hopefully, using this app will influence me in a positive, less anxious way!