Headspace Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

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For years, people of all ages have benefited from Headspace in their continual quest to be more mindful and in control of their emotions. While users initially flocked to Headspace for content, such as guided meditation scripts, the platform has recently expanded to offer more products and services catered to a range of specific needs.

In this article, I provide you with a complete review of Headspace, including pros and cons, key features, and pricing packages.

What is Headspace?

Headspace is a mindfulness company with one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. What most people don’t know is that Headspace first started as an events company that offered interactive conferences in the London area. The two founders, Richard Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, used these gatherings as a way to educate people on mindfulness techniques.

The duo later developed a wide range of content that evolved from the experience that co-founder Andy gained during the 10 years he lived as a monk and studied meditation across Asia. During these early years, Andy used meditation as a way to cope with several heartbreaking tragedies he experienced in just a short period of time. He wanted to make it his duty to demystify the art of meditation and make it more readily available for use by the general public.

Based on the ever-growing versions and features that Headspace has released since they were founded in 2010, this company has already impacted millions of people across the world.

Meditation for everyone

The main feature of Headspace is a free daily 10-minute meditation for users who wish to establish a practice and reap the physical and emotional benefits that are associated with regular meditation sessions.

Paid subscription features include single sessions intended for use while eating (with your senses), traveling, falling back to sleep after having a nightmare, experiencing pain at night, walking in the city, commuting, early morning relaxing, workouts, having a rough day, and much more.

Meditation for sleep

Have trouble sleeping? Headspace offers single meditation that includes “sleep radio” with options for individuals who enjoy soothing sounds while sleeping, including rain, nighttime life, ocean, birds chirping, piano, meadow, white noise, and more. What really sets this platform apart is the variety they offer. You can certainly find similar background noise for sleep through YouTube or other free channels; however, Headspace offers 13 specific ocean-themed sounds along with various other options within each category.

Unique and accessible mindfulness packages

One of the most convenient features of Headspace is the availability of its content through an app and desktop version. This allows individuals to access mobile features such as session timers, progress tracking, community forums, and video infographics on the go.

In terms of packages, Headspace offers sets geared toward health, courage, happiness, work and performance, students, athletes/sports, professionals, and overall performance. There are also packages catered to children under 5 that cover topics such as appreciation, rest and relaxation, settling down, sleep, calmness, kindness, paying attention/focus, cooling off, and starting the morning.

Their initial hallmark feature of guided meditation has expanded to now offer semi-guided and unguided options for the more skilled users.

The Headspace community and blog 

Headspace offers additional features that enhance their ability to provide users with a community, such as an interactive, group meditation with individuals who are currently participating across the nation.

Headspace also has blog content on their website that educates the general public on the benefits of meditation, habit formation, meditation at work, breathing exercises, group meditation, mindfulness, couples meditation, and more. This content is intended to enhance the experience of users and provide reliable, expert advice on meditation and related topics. You can find blog content here and more detailed information on the science behind meditation here.

Headspace and COVID-19

To encourage improved self-care for vulnerable groups struggling with the effects of COVID-19, Headspace now offers free access to Headspace Plus for healthcare professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, they’ve extended free memberships to those unemployed, K-12 teachers, school administrators, and educational support staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

You can find more information on eligibility for free Headspace Plus here.

Is Headspace right for you? 

Pros

  • They have several promotions that provide free or heavily discounted memberships (see other features and pricing).
  • Yearly subscriptions offer significant savings ($69.99 annually, coming out to $5.83/month). 
  • There is a range of information and content on their website that is available to everyone, regardless of their membership status.
  • Each of their platforms offers basic meditation recordings for free.
  • Apps are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.

Cons

  • Monthly subscriptions are somewhat pricey at $12.99 per month.
  • They have a somewhat limited selection of content for children.

How much does Headspace cost?

Headspace offers free trials of Headspace Plus, which vary based on whether you pay monthly or yearly.

Headspace Plus cost

If you opt for the monthly payment, it costs $12.99 per month with the first 1 week free. If you choose to pay annually, you will be charged $69.99 per year with the first 2 weeks free. Comparatively, the annual subscription is a significant saving, at $5.83 per month.

Headspace family plan cost

Headspace also offers a family plan that includes access to 6 accounts for $99.99 per year. This type of membership is not restricted to relatives and can be used for roommates, teammates, coworkers, and other groups.

Headspace student plan cost

The student plan costs $9.99 per year and is available to students who can provide proof of their attendance at a participating university in the United States. Their website also mentions a limited time deal providing a discounted membership to students who also have a paid Spotify Premium subscription.

My personal experience using Headspace

As an occupational therapist specializing in mental health, I am a big fan of meditation. Not only do I use this as a treatment method (both group and individual) with clients from all walks of life, but it is part of my daily self-care routine. 

However, meditation never came easy to me, and I struggled to use it consistently and correctly when I first discovered it. This caused me to stop my meditation practice altogether for several years. After trying to pick it back up several times, having the same result, and ending with frustration rather than calmness, I can proudly say that it got easier for me over time. I was practicing using materials from YouTube and other free online sources for some time. However, I recently took advantage of the free Headspace Plus membership for healthcare providers, which has only deepened my practice!

I find that it is now much easier to keep track of meditation tolerance, experiment with variations of guided, semi-guided, and unguided meditation, tally up how my experience went afterward, and understand the true impact that meditation has on my mental and physical health. I have found that Headspace is not only easy to use but offers such a wide variety that I am prompted to try more and more each day, even if I am feeling off or that I want to skip a day. As a nature enthusiast, I am personally a big fan of Pigeon Radio, Singing Pines, and Cabin Downpour.

Headspace is continually adding new features and content that always keeps me coming back for more. What is even better is that I regularly hear wonderful feedback from my clients who have begun a more dedicated meditation practice by getting a Headspace membership.

Final thoughts

At this point, there are many meditation apps readily available to the public. Headspace appears to be leading the pack in terms of features and educational background to supplement the services they are providing.

Headspace provides a wide range of options for busy professionals, stay-at-home moms, children, therapists, and more who have experience levels from beginner to expert.

By using Headspace, you are not only supporting your own mental and physical wellness by reaping the benefits of meditation, but you are joining an online community that allows you to engage with others who are doing the same.

What are your thoughts on Headspace? Share your feedback in the comments below?

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Summary

Headspace is leading the mindfulness pack in terms of features and educational background to supplement the services they are providing. It provides a wide range of content options and is very accessible at an affordable price.

Pros

  • They have several promotions that provide free or heavily discounted memberships (see other features and pricing).
  • Yearly subscriptions offer significant savings ($69.99 annually, coming out to $5.83/month). 
  • There is a range of information and content on their website that is available to everyone, regardless of their membership status.
  • Each of their platforms offers basic meditation recordings for free.
  • Apps are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.

Cons

  • Monthly subscriptions are somewhat pricey at $12.99 per month.
  • They have a somewhat limited selection of content for children.
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Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT
Brittany Ferri is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with clinical experience in mental health, cognitive rehab, and complementary health. She is the founder of Simplicity of Health, LLC where she provides wellness education, consulting, health writing, program development, and teletherapy for children and adults. Brittany is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention for all, which has led her to publish several books educating others about wellness. She has authored a textbook called "Effective Occupational Therapy Documentation", a children's book called "Why is there a person in my computer?" that educates kids about teletherapy, and "Complementary Health Approaches for OTs", which is coming in the fall of 2020. She is also a PhD candidate in Integrative Mental Health from Saybrook University, as well as an adjunct professor at Nazareth College. Check out her website at https://www.simplicityofhealth.com

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