|Headspace||By Headspace Inc|
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What does the app do?
Users are guided through a short tutorial on how to use the app and a ‘basics’ section with 10 short audio files to be listened to over 10 days. After this users select themes such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘regret’ and each theme contains a series of guided meditation sessions. Users can set up meditation reminders and turn on daily mindfulness messages. The app also allows users to keep track of their meditation sessions. The free trial includes 1 meditation session from each theme. Users can subscribe monthly or yearly for full content (including a children’s section). For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play(external link) or iTunes(external link) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Easy to use (users are run through a simple easy tutorial on first use)
✔ Paid version includes meditations for children
✔ Users can set up meditation reminders
✔ Visually appealing
✔ Meditations can be downloaded for use offline (only for paid subscriptions)
✘ Full content only available with paid subscription
Privacy and security
Date of review: November 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 3.2.0
Download size: 29.63 MB
Mani M, Kavanagh DJ, Hides L, Stoyanov SR. Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps(external link). JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Aug 19;3(3):e82.
Coulon SM, Monroe CM, West DS. A Systematic, Multi-domain Review of Mobile Smartphone Apps for Evidence-Based Stress Management.(external link) Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):95-105.
Other useful resources
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
- Headspace – A professional review(external link) One Mind PsyberGuide
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Mental health conditions
Depression | Mate pāpouri
Anxiety | Mate māharahara
Stress | Mate māharahara
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