Free £50 Headspace meditation app subscription for furloughed, unemployed, or self-employed workers with no work

Free for one year from the date you apply

Being without work, or furloughed can be stressful enough, and when you add on the stress of a world-wide pandemic, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Meditation might help you, and what better way to try it than for free?

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Mindfulness and meditation app Headspace is offering one year's free Headspace Plus membership (usually £49.99 a year) to furloughed, unemployed, or self-employed workers with no work due to the pandemic.

Sign up at Headspace, providing the details it asks for to verify your employment status (eg, name of most recent employer), and then you should be able to use the app for free for one year.

Headspace told us it will use the information you supply to verify your employment status, so only those who qualify can take up this offer. If you have any difficulties signing up, or if you already have a subscription and are now struggling to pay, you can email It also confirmed the offer applies to self-employed workers with no work, even though they're not directly mentioned in the T&Cs.

Not unemployed but want free access to some Headspace content?

You can access some Headspace content free, including a collection called Weathering the Storm, which includes meditations, sleep and movement exercises. It's available on the app (for iPhone or Android), or you can access some of the content via the Headspace website.

There are also other similar apps with free content – see paid for things they've made free for other apps and freebies.

Not unemployed but work for the NHS? You can get Headspace free until 31 Dec

Sign up online at Headspace using your NHS email account to get a free Headspace Plus subscription valid until Thursday 31 December. You'll be asked to choose from three types of role, all of which are eligible for this offer: 'Clinical professionals' (eg, Doctors, Nurses, etc), 'Non-clinical professionals' (eg, administrative functions), or 'Wellbeing lead' (eg, the person responsible for staff wellbeing). See the Headspace help pages for more information.

See NHS staff freebies and discounts for more offers for NHS staff.

Have you used Headspace? Do you recommend it? What are your other favourite free ways to relax? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter.