Now your source of calming relaxation could be coming from one of the things causing you the most anxiety in the first place: your phone.
Andy Puddicombe was not about to put ten years of training as a Buddhist monk to waste. After a difficult early 20s, in which he was on the periphery of three deaths very close to him, he headed to the Himalayas to dedicate his life to peace of mind.
He initially planned to be a monk "for life," but according to CNN, he decided his talent was in sharing his practice.
"There were so many people ... who wanted to learn how to feel less stressed, but who were not necessarily interested in the Buddhist tradition," he said.
Best advice ever received: “Be present, be patient, be gentle, be kind…everything else will take care of itself” –… https://t.co/SeCeeNIL8P— Andy Puddicombe (@Andy Puddicombe)1527114657.0
Now, for $12.99 a month, you can have all the wisdom and mindfulness of this ex-Buddhist Monk on your iPhone with the app 'Headspace.'
Meditation has helped me so much, man. Try the app @headspace if you’re new to it. 10 minutes in the morning has ch… https://t.co/gy5eCOEJgD— Khary Payton (@Khary Payton)1536015092.0
I've been using the @Headspace app to meditate for quite some time, and have loved the results I've seen in my own… https://t.co/ztxkLUnTFc— Whitney Johnson (@Whitney Johnson)1536343321.0
I use the #HeadSpace app for those who are curious! It provides guided meditation. Super easy to follow, the guys v… https://t.co/FTE3iuxt9B— Amber Johnson (@Amber Johnson)1536366920.0
When Puddicombe left the monastery 2004, he met Rich Pierson, an advertising executive, through mutual friends. They founded Headspace in London in 2010. The app has since attracted 31 million users throughout 190 countries.
Can’t wait to get that headspace app on later, pure head swiper.— tony hattersley (@tony hattersley)1536341755.0
Headspace is high-key an 11/10 app, would recommend— Blaj (@Blaj)1536187389.0
I recommend this app to everybody - it has helped me through so much and improved many things too @Headspace https://t.co/61DrgJklTZ— Adrian Ciesielski (@Adrian Ciesielski)1536008138.0
Enabled Mindful Moments in the @Headspace app. Have been surprised how much of a positive effect they've had on my… https://t.co/qZNzlq0zXK— Nathan (@Nathan)1535929313.0
"There's a lot of stuff going on right now that is hard to make sense of," Puddicombe said, on why 'Headspace' has been so popular in recent years. "Especially if you think about the digital chatter in our lives ... For most people, it's left them feeling burnt out."
"My hope is we've taken something that most people think is quite a complex idea, and served it up in a very simple and easy-to-use way."
Ryan Reynolds has gone on record saying that he uses the app to cope with anxiety.
Love that Ryan Reynolds also uses the headspace app! #Anxiety #Mindfulness https://t.co/mrSvIRD1rc— Susan Wilkie (@Susan Wilkie)1526587829.0
If your mind is feeling a bit cluttered, don't be afraid to give 'Headspace' a try. It can work wonders.