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The most staggering job losses this country has seen in a decade may feel like the most crushing blow to our economy, but a closer look shows it is the weight of anxiety, depression, isolation and worry that is making Americans feel so fragile. We are searching for any way to make sense of the world around us during Covid-19.
Did you know there’s an app for that? Seriously. Headspace is an app designed to help people cope with stress through guided meditation and mindfulness programs. Today, Headspace announced that people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic can now have access to 1200 hours of meditation programs for free for one year. A sign-up form on the site asks you to enter the name of your former employer, what your former job was, as well as a few other details. The subscription is free for one year from the date you enter those details.
Research shows that as far back as 2006, 47% of Americans’ said they were concerned about their stress levels. Compare that with 2020 and you can see the gravity of the issue. With losses of people and jobs and freedoms nearly impossible to imagine, many of us have found our minds wandering or ruminating in a sort of ‘stuck-ness’ that can leave us unhappy. Headspace offers a way to let go or step back from problems and look at them without judgement, instead of trying to control them (It’s a delicate balance that takes practice, even for those who do it often. Skeptics often get that part wrong, saying—oh, I can’t stop my thoughts and focus. I can’t meditate, co-founder Andy Puddicombe says in his Ted Talk.)
Do Nothing, Achieve Something
Giving people the tools to do nothing is a genius move. If genius and nothing don’t seem to naturally fit together, that may because you need to know more about meditation and its effects. Meditation is essentially the practice of finding space in your mind to manage discomfort and painful feelings including anxiety, fear and uncertainty. “When is the last time you did nothing?” asks Puddicombe. And he means nothing: no eating, reading , chatting or even reminiscing. “The mind is our most valuable resource and we rely on it to be stable and happy, kind and thoughtful, creative and spontaneous,” he says. And yet even with that job description, we pay it no mind most of the time.
Unboxing instead of Cancelling
When you are cut from the team or lose a huge amount of business, it can feel as though you personally have been cancelled. That’s when really low feelings and depression kick in. Meditation is a way of reframing your situation. It’s not a cure-all, but meditation can provide a way to unbox your feelings and find new options for work and life and most importantly, balance. Meditation is a way to be kind to your mind.
Most research has found that a regular practice of mindfulness is a valuable tool for managing mental health. It’s not, however, scientifically proven to Marie Kondo the space between your ears. (Her motto is tidy your space, change your life.) As Americans move away from junky, expensive self-help fixes to more realistic healthy routines, meditation’s popularity has grown. The number of adults who have used meditation has increased significantly (jumping from 4 percent to 14.2 percent between 2012 and 2017. About 5% of kids aged 4 to 17 have also tried it. There is no one type of meditation, which is why the app offers so many options. But the basics are the same: finding a quiet place to focus on a word, an object or your breath and letting your thoughts and any distractions float past you instead of hanging out and repeated irritating your mood.
Sitting With A Problem, Not ‘Sitting Around’
People with ADHD will relate to how important this is. I often say that before I meditate it feels like my brain is a washing machine on its last cycle—spinning and spinning, squeezing the last drop of energy out of me. Post meditation, I’m more of the clothes dryer-type. Thoughts float effortless in a warm bubble of safety.
To skeptics I say, the world is changing and what worked before may not work now. The new rules of job hunting, networking and cold calling won’t get you far in a world where no one’s manning the phone and no one’s at the bar. When the pace of change becomes really frantic, as it has in this pandemic, we forget to invest in our minds. When that happens? We become less and less resilient by the day. The future of business demands resiliency. Find some Headspace or try any of the apps on your smartphone to get a practice started. One last tip: If any of them pronounces that they are a cure-all, swipe left.