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Apps and Services for Mental Health – Headspace (Part Five)


Working remotely often brings its own set of hurdles to overcome. For many people, especially those working from home for the first time, one such hurdle is remaining focused and motivated while surrounded by the potential distractions of home – Personal items, gadgets, TV… even children and pets.


There are a few possible solutions. Since this is not a one-size-fits-all scenario, though, not every solution will work for every person or situation; it’s important to try a variety of methods, and find out which suits you best and under what circumstances.


One possibility is the tools contained in the Focus section of the Headpsace app.


Music and Soundscapes

Just like sleep, music or sounds can be incredibly useful for some people in trying to maintain focus. Some people find that nature sounds or more nondescript white noise helps them to concentrate because it blocks out background noise. Others find that the steady beat of music helps them to keep on track – but there are even differences of opinion within these people, with some preferring classical music and other preferring more contemporary styles such as lo-fi or lounge music. With or without lyrics is another sticking point – some find the lyrics distracting depending on what they’re trying to do, while others find them helpful. Whatever your preferred style, there are a variety of sounds and types of music available on Headspace. This variety also makes it great for discovery – if you like what you hear, there are always music services such as Spotify or YouTube you can turn to for a larger library and wider variety of similar sounds and music. Who knows, you might discover a style or artist you find particularly useful.

Included in this are a selection of immersive experiences called “mindful earth” from BBC earth –10-minute videos from many different natural places on earth, designed to refresh, calm and inspire.


Focus Exercises and Energy Shots

Meditation is an art that seems pretty useful for everything – focus is no exception. Energy Shots are very short tips from experts to help you to refocus when you feel yourself slipping, to help to fight procrastination and increase confidence, and also how to listen to your body and mind to know when you need a break.

Refocus with meditation exercises that help to improve your concentration, overcome anxiety for things like presentations, increase productivity and creativity – or find a few peaceful minutes in the middle of a busy day to help you feel calm, rebalanced and better able to deal with what the rest of the day throws your way.


Need help with hardware or software to keep your team focused and productive while working remotely? We can help! Give us a call on 0121 312 1500 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk.
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