One of the ways we achieve optimization is through cognitive enhancement. The purpose of optimization is to promote cognitive function and longevity. How do we achieve optimization? Through biochemical ingestibles, physical wearables, or behavioral programs. I want to focus on behavioral programs because of the role that meditation plays in many lives.
Meditation is a mindfulness-based way to reduce stress. I have watched my friends and myself reap the benefits of meditation over the past year and a half by using an app called Headspace. Not only do I enjoy Headspace because of its cognitive enhancement tools, but also because its user interface is aesthetically pleasing.
In terms of cognitive enhancement benefits, Headspace has been a critical part of my life. My friend introduced me to it when I was very stressed. He started using it himself when he found himself facing difficult times. It turned him around and helped his mental health immensely, so of course, he suggested it. The important part of meditation is that it really needs to become a habit in order to work its magic. You have to buy into its benefits and trust that it will work if you put in the effort. For a while, I used it every day. However, I eventually found myself pushing it to the side when life got busy and overwhelming. I did not think I had the time to put towards Headspace. The issue was that I had to find a way to have time because it was good for me.
Additionally, Headspace’s interface is very user-friendly and makes me want to spend time browsing. I often get stuck browsing all of its beautifully designed options and libraries. Its color scheme is light, yet colorful with fun animated characters. There is now also a sleep page on the app that has meditations dedicated to helping users wind down and fall asleep at night. The design and color scheme are perfect for nighttime too. The designers made this app beautifully for users. When I open Headspace, I am immediately intrigued, relaxed, and excited to explore all of the lovely options available.