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We all need a little head space

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Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

“Andy puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.”
Alex Williams, New York Times.

Head Space is an app for meditation that has been around for sometime now and there are others like Calm and Stop, Breather  & Think that are also popular. We have written quite a lot about healthy living and mindfulness in our blogs. If you find it hard to keep on track with this, we’ve found the perfect app for you. In the past we’ve shared a great TED talk by Andy Puddicome about mindfulness (you know the one where an ex-Monk juggles through the talk!) Head Space is an app designed by Andy which, as the title says, helps you to find head space.

Having used this app for the past few year we agree with the above quote from the New York Times; Andy is revolutionising the world of meditation and taking it mainstream – from something only monks or very spiritual people do, to the business man sat on the bus, the mum walking her kids to school and the entrepreneur trying to juggle family, accounts, sales, and the VAT man all at the same time!

Getting started with Head Space

There is a free ten-day trail for the program so you can try before you buy. Once you sign up, either monthly, annually or for a lifetime, you get access to all sorts of different directions in which to take your mind. Despite the annual cost of £79, we can’t recommend this app enough for changing your mental attitude and thought processes towards becoming calmer, more productive and frankly, nicer to be around.

Visualising a calmer mind

The first ten days consist of just ten minutes a day and Andy recommends you do this at the same time every day, preferably in the morning. His soothing English voice guides you through how to empty your mind for your ten minutes and how to guide you back when your mind wanders. This is much harder than it seems, but Andy keeps you on track by helping you to visualise the people that will benefit from your calmer mind. When you move onto the higher levels you can choose different areas that you want to work on such as stress, relationships, productivity, and many more. My particular favourite has been ‘the walking meditation’ – something you can do walking the dog or on the way to the bus stop.

Andy says…

“Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind”

There are numerous benefits of taking time out for yourself, but you can expect to see great changes in the following areas especially:

– Stress Less

– Sleep Better

– Have happier, healthier relationships

– Manage anxiety

– Sharpen Concentration

image from headspace app - headspace.com

 

A couple of years  down the line…

I’ve been working with this app on and off for over 2 years now.  At first I feared I was going to think it was all a bit silly and too bohemian for a city girl like me, but I can honestly say it has completely brought my mind back on track. I had become a real hypothetical worrier – give me a real problem and I could handle it and solve it, but my mind was full of “What if”s that were taking over. Working with Head Space has given me the opportunity to evaluate these, determine what’s important to me and as a result, I am now a habitual Head Spacer.

Stop exercising your worry muscle

Andy has helped me to understand that the brain is a muscle and the more you add stress and worry, the stronger the cortex muscle (which is basically your worry muscle) gets until eventually it is all encompassing. Using Head Space has helped me to stop exercising my worry muscle, and switch to making my positive muscle stronger and more in focus.

That simple lesson was a light bulb moment for me and completely changed my way of thinking – turning me back in to the positive, happy person I have always been in the past. Go and try it – and please share how you get on!

 

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Does the power of the coworking community mean coworking has become more normal today than the ‘regular’ workplace? With over 11,000 coworking spaces popping up across the world and reports of 1.18 million people working in this way last year, it seems it could be on its way.

At their core, coworking spaces in Manchester like Workplace seek to create strong communities and foster professional relationships, adding value to everyone that works there. What’s more, the dynamic energy and unique work culture found in these spaces help reduce the sense of isolation that more mature entrepreneurs experience when launching and growing a business.

Most coworking professionals relish in this power of collaboration, cooperation, mutual support and social connection. But do others know what they are missing?

Here’s 5 reasons the coworking community is a powerful force:

1. The coworking community nurtures personal interactions

Coworking communities thrive when members make the effort to get to know each other in their workplace. The frequency and value of these interactions between members of the community is also crucial.

Most shared workspaces offer regular events, both social and work-related, to foster these interactions. It brings coworking people together, not only for work purposes, but for shared interests and developing long term, meaningful personal relationships too.

2. There’s a shared identity

In a shared workplace, members share a common identity—that of entrepreneur, small business or start-up. Many of these members, whilst working towards different business goals, have similar purposes which develop a powerful sense of community.

This sense of purpose and common identity allows coworking members to form strong alliances and support networks. They help each other through shared knowledge, collaboration and also offering services to help each others’ businesses grow.

3. It boosts smaller, independent communities

Coworking spaces give more power to smaller business, providing them with a voice and a platform to grow.

Within coworking communities, discussions held by influencers are rarely about billion dollar investments. More frequently, they are about personal success stories and the social impact of the people and small businesses they care deeply about.

4. Coworking increases productivity

64% of coworking members report that they are able to complete tasks more effectively and efficiently in a coworking space.

Surrounding themselves by like minded coworking community members enable members to focus better, helping to increase motivation and aid productivity flow. With the ability to work on projects and tasks at their own pace, those working in coworking spaces can divide their time between projects, work and social activities more effectively.

5. A coworking community combats personal loneliness

Unfortunately, starting a new business or personal venture can be as lonely a job as it is rewarding.

Coworking communities gives new entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet new people, and be individual without feeling isolated. Even better, members can be themselves without the need to build a work persona, they can simply be themselves. The coworking community allows members to get involved in social activities when they want to, but also gives them the option to work privately when needed, without pressure to be ‘always on’.

Find out how Workplace in Manchester is the perfect base to join and nurture your fellow coworking community. It’s a shared space for collaboration, building businesses and sharing stories.

 

 

Workplace is a 5 star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester and is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers great flexibility with  day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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