Apple Offering T-Shirt Reward in New Mindfulness Monthly Challenge for Employees

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Apple has a new employee challenge kicking off this month, this one focused on mindfulness and meditation. Apple is said to have partnered with the app 10% Happier [Direct Link] for the challenge, tasking employees to meditate for a specific amount of time per day for 25 days (via MacGeneration).

While the challenge is focused on 10% Happier, employees can also use any mindfulness app that ties into Apple's Health app on iOS. One of the areas that Health measures is mindfulness, showing you how many "Mindful Minutes" you've accumulated over the past day, week, month, and year. This information can be filled by mindfulness apps like Headspace, Aura, Calm, 10% Happier, and Apple's own Breathe app for Apple Watch.

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Employees who complete the challenge will be awarded with a T-shirt that displays the Breathe app's blue and green logo. Apple has held similar internal challenges for its employees in the past, although they have mostly focused on physical exercise of some kind.

In April 2017, employees who completed the stand, movement, and exercise rings on the Apple Watch each day for a month received an Activity rings pin in gold, silver, or bronze, based on how many days in the month they achieved 100% ring completion. Another competition like this was held earlier this year, but the prize was an exclusive Apple Watch band.

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macbeth1026

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Lots of hard research showing many benefits of mindfulness meditation. People like to make fun of the Breathe app, but if it can actually prompt people to be more mindful that’s a good thing.
True story. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and when I feel an attack coming on, my go to is the breathe app. Unfortunately it doesn't work every time, but it can more often than not.
 

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I’ve never been able to meditate and doing the breathing exercises on the Apple Watch just makes me agitated and more fidgety. My husband swears by the breathe app for helping him lower stress and keep his blood pressure in check. I envy those of you who can benefit from these things.

I’m religious but even so, I can’t pray for more than a few seconds at a time. I joke that my prayers are more like Tweets to God. I’m not ADHD so far as I know. I can focus on most other kinds of tasks where I can see with my eyes something getting finished.

With the breathe app I kind of panic midway through wondering when it is going to end. :(

Edit to add I guess I did okay with the breathing App on the Fitbit. I still don’t think I got out of it what people are supposed to get out of it, but at least I could look at the sparkles on it and not get so twitchy.
 
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Gotta say, as a total skeptic, I’ve been converted to a mindfulness meditator, although just a novice still, and the 10% Happier app has been my introduction. I surprised myself because I’m the last person you’d think would buy in to mediation at all. What appeals to me is that it strips away spiritualism and focuses on practical brain science. Turns out, patience, kindness, and even happiness are skills, not just “the way you are,” that can be developed with exercise. Since that turns out to be true, why not work on that? People don’t scoff at gym workouts, and the interpersonal and even longevity benefits of mindfulness training look like they’re greater. The whole approach is that you can’t screw up meditating. We’re imperfect; if our mind wanders, as it will, just begin again. In the app, Dan Harris is an engaging host and Joseph Goldstein is just wonderful. I love even watching him in an interview. So insightful, unflappable, and even humerous. I’d love to be that serene when life’s crap gets thrown my way.

I like Apple’s recent focus on health, and am happy/impressed that they’re focusing on health of the mind as well as the body.

I’ve never been able to meditate and doing the breathing exercises on the Apple Watch just makes me agitated and more fidgety. My husband swears by the breathe app for helping him lower stress and keep his blood pressure in check. I envy those of you who can benefit from these things.

I’m religious but even so, I can’t pray for more than a few seconds at a time. I joke that my prayers are more like Tweets to God. I’m not ADHD so far as I know. I can focus on most other kinds of tasks where I can see with my eyes something getting finished.

With the breathe app I kind of panic midway through wondering when it is going to end. :(

Edit to add I guess I did okay with the breathing App on the Fitbit. I still don’t think I got out of it what people are supposed to get out of it, but at least I could look at the sparkles on it and not get so twitchy.
You sound like just the kind of person mindfulness mediation could benefit. I suggest you give one of those apps a shot. You can’t fail.
 
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tl01

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Wish we could participate and pay for the shirt or watch band etc.
 

GrumpyMom

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I meditated once and now I can see the future and have telepathy.
Lol, I’ve actually had weird flashes of precognition and those crazy moments where I just blurt out something that somebody else was about to say, word for word as they were going to say it, and I get that wild eyed stare from them. But I can’t meditate to save my life, at least not with the methods I’ve tried so far.

I can’t visualize anything. I can’t clear my mind, ever. Trying to breathe along with the app on the watch fills me with anxiety, which I normally do NOT suffer from.

The time I feel most at peace is working with my hands on something I can see while letting my brain think about whatever it’s going to think about, even if it’s planning a menu or something equally tedious. And with that being said I’m now going out to the garden and pull weeds. That’s about as close to meditative peace as I can get. I have to know I’m getting something done that I can see in front of me.
 
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Defthand

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Companies don’t explore stress-reduction gimmicks unless there’s evidence that chronic stress is present in the workplace. You’re telling me that Apple’s spaceship isn’t a Utopian work environment? Is it possible that it’s just another corporate machine? Do tell.
 

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Companies don’t explore stress-reduction gimmicks unless there’s evidence that chronic stress is present in the workplace. You’re telling me that Apple’s spaceship isn’t a Utopian work environment? Is it possible that it’s just another corporate machine? Do tell.
There isn't plenty of stress to go around outside of any workplace?
 
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Lol, I’ve actually had weird flashes of precognition and those crazy moments where I just blurt out something that somebody else was about to say, word for word as they were going to say it, and I get that wild eyed stare from them. But I can’t meditate to save my life, at least not with the methods I’ve tried so far.

I can’t visualize anything. I can’t clear my mind, ever. Trying to breathe along with the app on the watch fills me with anxiety, which I normally do NOT suffer from.

The time I feel most at peace is working with my hands on something I can see while letting my brain think about whatever it’s going to think about, even if it’s planning a menu or something equally tedious. And with that being said I’m now going out to the garden and pull weeds. That’s about as close to meditative peace as I can get. I have to know I’m getting something done that I can see in front of me.
Oh gawd. You sound like my partner. She has an overactive mind and can’t sit still. She couldn’t watch a movie to the end for many years. The faintest light or noise can wake her. Her idea of meditation is picking up sticks, or sorting thousands of prints into albums.
 
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Oh gawd. You sound like my partner. She has an overactive mind and can’t sit still. She couldn’t watch a movie to the end for many years. The faintest light or noise can wake her. Her idea of meditation is picking up sticks, or sorting thousands of prints into albums.
Oh yes, she sounds like me. I can watch a movie to the end if I watch it on my phone and can go back over to the parts I missed while my mind wandered, which is often. I also put captioning on, not because I am hard of hearing, but it helps me focus on the dialogue. I did well in school and I can focus to read or work on an art piece. So I don’t think I have an attention deficit disorder. I just have trouble sitting and not doing something. Even when I’m posting here it’s a safe bet I’ve got something else I’m doing. Right now I’m just giving my injured shoulder a break from gardening.
 

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Hi GrumpyMom: Try some yoga first - then you might be better equipped to try meditation.
 

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Hi GrumpyMom: Try some yoga first - then you might be better equipped to try meditation.
That I would definitely like to try. I need to get an MRI out of the way first for a neck/shoulder injury, which thankfully already seems much better.

Lol, I wish I could try goat yoga. That looks amusing!
 
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Defthand

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Oh yes, she sounds like me. I can watch a movie to the end if I watch it on my phone and can go back over to the parts I missed while my mind wandered, which is often. I also put captioning on, not because I am hard of hearing, but it helps me focus on the dialogue. I did well in school and I can focus to read or work on an art piece. So I don’t think I have an attention deficit disorder. I just have trouble sitting and not doing something. Even when I’m posting here it’s a safe bet I’ve got something else I’m doing. Right now I’m just giving my injured shoulder a break from gardening.
I was curious if cannabis would help. Any experience with it?
 

GrumpyMom

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I was curious if cannabis would help. Any experience with it?
No experience with cannabis in any form. Are you talking about it for the neck/shoulder or so I could meditate? The shoulder/neck thing I want to fix. I actually am okay being hyper. It isn’t really easy to relax around kids and teens anyway. Maybe when I’m an empty nester.
 

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I'm hoping this is a joke. It guides you through deep breathing. That's not the same as normal breathing.
You need an app to tell you to breathe?
You both should take a deep breath prior to being upset of a feature no one is forced to use.
Apple should couple this with elevated heart rate feature :)

Waiting for the Nike S4... One AppleWatch Series 0, Two AppleWatch Series 0, Three...
 
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