From family to work to worrisome world events, there are countless things running through and weighing down our minds all day. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 80% of us feel physically or psychologically stressed out on a regular basis. While we can’t eliminate the stressors, we can better deal with stress and anxiety as they come. If escaping to a secluded beach getaway isn’t an option then you should consider a new wave of mobile apps that is making it easier than ever to cope with our countless concerns, worries, and hangups.
Breathe2Relax (Free): Stress seems like such a hard thing to overcome because of the mental weight bearing down on you when you’re stressed out but there are actually very simple ways to deal with it. Breathe2Relax is as simple as they come, harnessing the power of breathing exercises to stop those stressed or anxious short and rapid breaths and help you relax. Simply set up the length of the inhale and exhale that you feel comfortable with and take some deep breaths to release all of that pent up stress.
Anxiety Coach ($4.99): The Mayo Clinic’s Anxiety Coach app is a great self help tool that helps you tackle the challenges you fear or are stressed out by most. Developed by two Mayo Clinic psychologists who specialize in anxiety, the app helps you identify your most anxiety inducing activities, create a plan and road map to target individual worries, and uses strategies based on decades of cognitive behavior therapy to help you knock them out one by one. It’s a great way to try to get just a little more control of your life, especially if you regularly deal with general anxiety, panic attacks, specific fears, compulsions, or social anxiety.
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations ($0.99): There is no getting around it, meditation is one of the most effective ways to combat stress and anxiety. Relax & Rest offers three meditations of varying lengths so you can relax whether you have 25 minutes or just five. The app offers a breath awareness guided meditation, deep rest guided meditation, and a full body guided meditation. The guidance is perfect for someone new to meditation and you can even add music and nature sounds.
Unroll.me / Mailbox (both Free): For many of us, email is one of the biggest stressors in our lives. The best way to stop it is to turn off the automatic notifications on your phone or tablet and only check email at specific times of the day rather than every two minutes. Apps like Mailbox and Unroll.me help you eliminate the unnecessary unimportant emails so your inbox is instantly far less overwhelming.
While we recognize that our mobile devices can often be the source of our stress and anxiety, these apps can help turn them from being stress inducers to stress relievers.