Try These Apps for Instant Relief from Stress
Wouldn’t it be nice if eliminating stress was as easy as pushing a button? Sometimes, it can be. Having a toolbox at your side filled with the tools you need to stay energized and upbeat during the day can make it easier to bounce back from stressful moments. Consider downloading one or two of these smartphone apps to help you manage stress.
Originally created for military personnel to help them learn how to stay calm during combat, Breathe2Relax provides guided exercises for deep breathing. It can be customized for your personal breathing rhythm and done just about anywhere. It’s free and can reduce stress in just a few minutes.
Calling itself a “gym membership for your mind,” Headspace offers a free 10-day trial and then subscriptions for guided meditations designed for different phases of life. Users can choose the duration of time for each meditation and listen through headphones. Use this app when you can lie or sit quietly and be mindful for five to ten minutes.
When you need to step away from the craziness of your day and do something fun, check out Happify, a free app that engages you in games that are designed to increase positive emotions and confidence, as well as reduce stress. Happify can be used on your phone, tablet, or desktop, so stress relief (and happiness!) can be just a click away.
My Mood Tracker
Every change begins with awareness, and MyMoodTracker provides a way for you to track your moods, look for patterns, and ultimately begin to change them. The app is $9.99 to download and promises to help you understand what your moods mean and get you back on the path to feeling good.
Pay It Forward
Serving others is a proven stress reliever, and this app includes a list of suggestions and a connection to others who are out making a difference in the world around them. Taking positive action is a great step towards not only relieving your own stress, but helping others feel good, too.
Stress isn’t going away anytime soon, but practicing daily habits of resilience, positive thinking, and proactive good deeds can make it easier to manage. Reach for your phone instead of a snack the next time you feel stressed out, and click into relief.
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– HEATHER FUSELIER, CHWC, CFP, TTS
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