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Chill Out For Free — LA County Residents Can Get Headspace Plus Meditation Subscriptions For $0

A screenshot from the Headspace signup page for L.A. County residents.
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Has your mind had a lot on it lately? You know, because you're a human, who's aware of the world and the struggles we're all going through right now?

Well, if you live in Los Angeles County, help may have arrived. The L.A. County Department of Mental Health announced a partnership this week with local company Headspace to give free premium access to the popular meditation/mindfulness app for the rest of the year.

But it's only for L.A. County residents, and when you sign up, the website will be checking your location to make sure you qualify. You can sign up at

It's part of the County Mental Health Department's response to coronavirus.

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"Managing radical change over a short period of time can be difficult and may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression," the department said in a press release. "Taking the time to care for your physical and mental health is especially important right now."

The County notes that you'll be able to get your ohmmmms on with hundreds of guided meditations in both English and Spanish. Headspace Plus also had mindful workouts and sleep exercises meant to help with stress and anxiety.

"The world is an increasingly stressful place these days, and amid the uncertainty of this public health crisis, it’s crucial to provide support and equip people with the tools to help decrease stress, anxiety and loneliness," Headspace's chief science officer said in a press release.

If you've already got a Headspace Plus subscription... you don't qualify. Sorry if that adds to the stress you're using that subscription to address.

But if you're outside L.A. County, Headspace also has a free collection in the app with meditations meant to help deal with the current coronavirus crisis, called "Weathering the Storm." They're also offering free access to health care workers in public health, K-12 teachers, and other school support staff.

So find somewhere comfortable to sit for a few minutes and take some deep, socially distanced breaths — right after you sign up. You can also find more resources from the Mental Health Department to help cope with coronavirus-related stress here.

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