Friends: I don’t know if it’s possible for me to express how grateful I am for your responses to last week’s post about my new slow breathing experiment. Adding up the comments and emails, I have already received more than 150 replies and counting. I normally reply to every single one, but I have been totally overwhelmed by it (in a good way). Please know that I have read them and, along with the help of my friend Dayle, have made a list of all your recommendations and resources. And if you ever feel like you’re suffering from anxiety, I would encourage you to read the comment section of that post. One thing I have been reminded of this week is that we are certainly not alone in this world.
There are so many things I want to update you on. I want to tell you about the best decision I could have made last Wednesday, just a few hours after publishing that post. I want to tell you about the two books I have devoured, since then, as well as the few podcast episodes I’ve found meaningful. And I want to tell you about how different I feel today compared to a week ago. I’m not cured or going to proclaim that I have found some magic solution that gets rid of anxiety. But I will tell you this: I have meditated at least once every day for the past seven days, and it is making a noticeable difference in my life. And to thank you for being such an incredible community of friends, I want to give this gift to one of you.
I am currently testing a few of the different meditation apps out there, but one that I continually go back to is Calm. I’ve been using Calm since the early days, and would sometimes just open up the website to turn on a soft, soothing background noise while I worked. I had a subscription for a year in 2015/16 and used it to help me stay grounded in my first six months of self-employment. Then, for some reason or another, I stopped meditating regularly. Eventually, I stopped altogether. But when I realized how bad my anxiety had gotten, I knew meditation was going to be one of the tools that would help me settle it – and the first thing I did was re-download the Calm app.
One of the things I love most about the app is how many of the features are free. On top of their “7 Days of Calm” program, there are a handful of guided meditations that are free. And my new favourite thing about the app is their “Sleep Stories” series, four of which are also free! If you want to try Calm and see how you like it, I would encourage you to download the app and play around with it. Then, if you think it’s something you’d like to incorporate into your daily life, please feel free to enter this giveaway. :)
1-Year Subscription for Calm (Value: $59.99 USD)
With the subscription to Calm, you will get:
- a new “daily calm” every day
- dozens of guided meditations
- relaxing “sleep stories” to help you fall asleep
- multi-day programs for anxiety, stress, sleep and more
To enter this giveaway, you can:
- subscribe to my mailing list (2 entries)
- visit my Facebook page (2 entries)
- follow me on Instagram (2 entries)
- follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
- tweet about it (1 entry)
- leave a comment on this post that answers the question listed (1 entry)
You can also do all of these things for a total of 10 entries.
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This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It starts on Wednesday, April 12th at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on Sunday, April 16th at 12:00 a.m. PST. The winner will be announced in my blog post on Monday, April 17th.
Good luck, friends! :)