It’s a tradeoff we all have to make, but that doesn’t mean we like it: our smartphones sometimes load us down with stress even as they make our lives easier. The nature of the modern workplace is such that it’s usually a challenge to completely “disconnect” and spend some time recharging your mood. If you’re pressed for a way to relax and feel your sanity starting to slip, ward off Nurse Ratched by checking out some of these mobile stress-busters. Let your phone help you relax, for a change!
Designed to “guide you down into a deep state of physical and mental relaxation,” this app generates an audio program that helps you relax with gentle background sounds. Thanks to our remote ancestry, we humans are evolved to feel a bit uneasy in total silence; if your mind is racing when you go to bed, Infinite Relaxation may help you tune out some of your stresses and drift away to a good night’s rest. (Infinite Relaxation review)
Stress Free with Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, for those who don’t know him, is this generation’s New Age star. Whether or not his claims about the spiritual power of quantum particles hold any water is irrelevant here: the question is, will his app relax you? Described as “thorough” and “inventive” by CNET, Stress Free with Deepak Chopra offers a six-part course of meditation, exercises, and questionnaires to help custom tailor a relaxation package to your needs.
Massage Map 3D
Sometimes background noises and meditation just don’t go far enough. In cases like these, a massage might just do the trick. Massage Map 3D Free offers a virtual accupressure map of the human anatomy. The transparent example allows the user to easily pinpoint the location of pressure points in relation to the skeleton. Even without massage experience, you’ll be able to find the physical centers of your stresses and get rid of them one by one. It may be a good idea to consult with a professional before you set your friends to prodding at you, but then again, your mileage may vary.
You spend your whole life breathing, but you weren’t thinking about doing it until you read this sentence. Doctors think there may be some benefit in it for you if you learn to think about it, however, and that’s where Breath Pacer comes in. This app trains you to control your breathing, relaxing you, avoiding anger, and improving your overall physiological condition. Features include animated lungs with a background soundtrack that condition you to learn the app’s breathing techniques for use in your daily life. Taking slower, deeper breaths is an easy key to a healthier mind and body, and Breath Pacer can help make that dream a reality. (Breath Pacer review)
Another app to help you handle stress by breathing, SweetBeat takes a slightly different approach. Connect SweetBeat to any of several compatible heart monitors and the app will recognize when your getting stressed and remind you to breath. The app measures heart rate variability (that’s HRV to you fitness enthusiasts), which research has shown to be an indicator of true stress. This unique system for real-time stress management can be an incredibly useful tool — especially for anyone looking to make lifestyle changes. Understanding your personal stress triggers is key to defusing them and getting on the path towards a being more relaxed long term.
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations
Meditation can do many things for you: physically, it lowers your heart rate and respiration; mentally, it focuses your thoughts and removes stressful extraneous concerns. Motivating yourself to sit down in a silent room and think about nothing for twenty minutes, however, is not always an easy task. Relax & Rest Guided Meditations allows you to pick out a meditation program that will fit whatever amount of time you have to spare. With three default programs ranging from five minutes to nearly half an hour, you’ll be on the path to a more relaxed life in no time. (Relax & Rest Guided Meditations review)
Relax – Stress and Anxiety Relief
Stress and Anxiety Relief — Doesn’t that sound like something everyone could use? This app gets right to the solution: you won’t find lengthy lectures or complex meditation plans here, just soothing noises and a selection of breathing techniques to help you shed the stress before it brings down your quality of life. Stress and Anxiety Relief offers a quick start mode or a more advanced program select option, and is suggested for headache sufferers as an additional way to manage symptoms.