Stress Relief: These Apps Will Help You Relax & Recharge

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While stress and anxiety, to some degree, are parts of everyday life it's important to take time out to just relax. These apps will help you do just that.

In today's world, relaxation can be elusive. There are always more things to do and more decisions for us to make, leaving us with the feeling that no matter how much we’re doing, it's still just not enough.

Many of us hardly ever unplug, reboot, and just relax. It's as if we’ve forgotten how. 

Thankfully, portable devices, such as smart phones and tablets now offer an ideal platform for stress relief. Thank you, technology.

There are apps out there for just about any kind of stress therapy — be it relaxation techniques, meditation, coloring, or mindful breathing.

Check out these six awesome apps that have been uniquely designed to improve your mental health.

1. Headspace

This inclusive meditation app offers both unguided and guided meditations that will help you through any and all phases of your life. The app offers a free basics pack that includes 10 sessions, and if you love it, you can subscribe for more. Once you do, you will have access to hundreds of meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to focus and sleep.

2. Relax VR

This app uses 360-degree nature videos, music inside a VR headset, and guided meditations to help reduce anxiety and stress. You can experience beautiful outdoor environments, including sandy beaches, grassy hills, and other serene locations without ever having to leave the comforts of your home.

The Relax VR website states, "Relax VR is aimed at improving the emotional health and well-being of people around the world, particularly those living in cities." So to all the city dwellers, we hope this helps.

3. HelloMind

This app that’s beautifully designed by hypnotherapist Jacob Strachotta is user-friendly and will give everyone the chance anywhere and anytime to feel the benefits of hypnosis by using his Result Driven Hypnosis technique.

"The core of the RDH theory is that if you are able to consciously define a problem, your subconscious can find the solution," the HelloMind website noted. "When you open the HelloMind app and answer the simple questions that lead you to a treatment, you’re defining the problem in a conscious and analytical process at the same time. The treatment has already begun when you decide which problem to work on."

The app has a free version and offers in-app “Boosters” for users to purchase. The hypnosis sessions last between 10 and 30 minutes, and it’s suggested to complete a 30-day program for the most successful outcome.

4. Yoga Wakeup

Are mornings rough for you? Do the anxieties of a new day cancel out the good night's sleep you had? This app could be just what you need. 

The app wakes you up out of your sleep lightly and delivers yoga audio sequences you can do straight from your bed. Beginning your morning with some stretching and doing away with negativity sounds like a great way to start out the day.

5. Breathe2Relax

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Do you find yourself holding your breath throughout the day? With this app, tranquility is just a few breaths away. This app is a portable stress management tool that will provide you with detailed information about the effects of stress on your body, as well as instruction and practice exercises to help you learn the stress management skill called diagrammatic breathing

6. Colorfy

 

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Who doesn’t like to color? Coloring can be an effective stress reliever, and now the mindfulness coloring book is available in digital form. This great app allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by coloring relaxing and flowing patterns. 

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