That’s why I was so happy to learn that both Headspace and Calm apps offer discounted subscriptions specifically for college students to help them navigate an anxiety-filled and sometimes lonely time.
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We’ve long praised meditation for helping us and our kids slow down our brains and relax for a few minutes a day, a week, or even just whenever we can fit it into our routine. Meditation apps, mindfulness podcasts for kids, and even screen-free devices like Zenimals give kids of all ages the tools to make meditation a regular activity.
And with these two leading apps making it more affordable for students to download, I hope our kids can handle the stress of college a little better on their own. However, each offer is slightly different, so keep reading to see which makes the most sense for your student.
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Headspace Student Plan for students
The Headspace Student Plan offers a flat annual rate to college students for just $9.99 a year (that’s 85% off!) that provides full access to Headspace’s deep library of meditations and resources, including sleep casts and exercise videos to help slow down our kids – and pull back up.
Headspace has also released a Back to School collection for young adult students, featuring tips from leading experts on topics such as fearing the future, leaving the house, dealing with distractions, navigating change, and not letting your brain take over. FOMO.
I just sent my second child off to college and I know that all of these challenges can become much bigger problems if not addressed early in the semester.
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I find the Headspace interface very nice and easy to follow, and I know that my current senior student has been enjoying her college student subscription for four years. Even if her “meditation” is completed as she walks from her off-campus apartment to her first morning class, taking that mental break has been helpful.
Rest for Amazon Prime Students
If your students have their own Amazon Prime Student account (you know, to order all the necessities of college life, like snacks), they can also take advantage of a special deal from Calm, one of the apps that make our life easier. editor Liz have changed .
Amazon Prime students located in the US can redeem a three-month free trial for Calm Premium that automatically renews for just $8.99 per year (!!) as long as they are an Amazon Prime Student member.
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In addition to guided meditations of varying lengths, Calm also offers a Daily Move stretch to get the blood flowing, sleep stories to help them rest even when roommates are up late, and soundscapes filled with music to help drown out ambient noise while studying. l
love that they can browse meditations by length of time, whether your student has just a few minutes — or a whole hour — to zoom out. They can even search for different goals like better sleep or improved focus, making it quite easy to navigate through a pretty robust app.
Make sure you read the fine print regarding automatic renewals on both plans… er, we mean, make sure your student reads the fine print regarding automatic renewals and make the necessary cancellations at the right time to avoid unwanted charges to prevent. We always recommend setting a phone alert a day or two before the auto-renewal date as a reminder to cancel (or not).