Headspace launches free meditation course to help New Yorkers ease anxiety

To help people ease the negative emotions of fear, loneliness, and despair during the COVID-19 epidemic, Headspace recently reached out to the New York governor’s office, offering local residents a resource for meditation at home. In addition, the site offers a large amount of free audio content, including courses of varying length and exclusive content for children. Users can click directly and access dozens of technical articles on sleep, anxiety, meditation, and more.

Headspace launches free meditation course to help New Yorkers ease anxiety

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Guidance for meditators covers the basics of helping in the face of stress, the need to focus, or when you rest.

Longer courses include a 45-minute “sleep experience” that uses background sounds such as music to relieve stress.

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The study explores the potential psychological and physiological benefits associated with meditation, including lowering blood pressure, improving sleep quality, and self-reporting that helps reduce depression or anxiety.

Earlier this year, for example, a study by researchers from several universities found that daily mindfulness meditation can help people escape learning fear responses associated with specific triggers.