Technology

Manage Your Stress With Apps

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The fast pace of modern life can easily stress people out, with technological advancements and industry change at every turn. But it’s not all bad – there are a whole host of apps dedicated to helping you and destress when you feel like everything’s too overwhelming. Some of them are aimed at improving your mental health through mediation or self-reflection, while others are simply about providing a calming soundtrack to your hectic day. Either way, each of these apps are centred around making sure you have the best, stress-free life you can:

Balanced

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Balanced does exactly what it says, as it helps you balance the time you spend exercising, sleeping, and sitting in one place. The last is especially important, since too much time spent sitting down can lead to more than just creaky limbs- it’s been shown to have an impact on your mental health. The app’s ability to track the time you spent sitting down, whether it’s at work or at home, becomes even more important for keeping your stress levels under control. It also works with Fitbit, to help track the exercising component.

Price: Free

Availability: iOS and Android

 

Rainy Mood

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If you’re starting to feel stressed, choose the right white noise to quieten your chaotic mind. The sound of rain has historically created a calm and peaceful ambiance – just cast your mind back to all those cozy rainy nights, comfortable in a duvet with a book and a cup of your favourite hot drink. Listening to the sound of rain might just evoke that feeling, sorely needed during times of great stress and concentration. You can choose from a whole host of sounds, including thunder claps, ocean waves, and different textures of rain – such as rain on grass, a tin roof, leaves, and rocks.

Price: $4.49

Availability: iOS and Android

 

Daylio

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Self-reflection and reflecting on your life are helpful for keeping things in perspective and recognising that there’s a silver lining to your stress-filled life, while having great benefits on your mental health. As a diary app that doubles up as a mood tracker, Daylio can help you think about the good and bad of life. It also has the ability to track your average mood, and give you regular statistics about how you generally felt that week or month.

Price: Free (in-app purchases available)

Availability: iOS and Android

 

ReachOut Breathe

Although the app comes from the youth mental health and wellbeing service, ReachOut, the reminder to breathe deeply and calmly is one all ages can benefit from. With a simple layout in a comfortable shade of blue, the app helps you alleviate the physical symptoms of stress by encouraging you to inhale, exhale, and breathe slowly.

Price: Free

Availability: iOS

 

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

One potential result of being too stressed is that sleep might become difficult or even impossible. If you’re struggling to get to sleep, Andrew Johnson’s app will help cure insomnia and any struggles you might have with sleep due to stress with a guided mediation to listen to just before you head off to sleep. It also has a reminder function which gives you short reminders to pause and take a deep breath throughout the day.

Price: $4.49

Availability: iOS and Android

 

7cups

If you need to talk to someone, but you’re hesitant to talk to a loved one or colleague, or to a mental health professional, 7cups is a good choice for those times when you just need a good rant. Let out your frustrations with work, family and friends, or just the world at large to a complete stranger trained in listening, no strings attached. The simple but effective concept even won the app the Stanford MedX prize for health systems design, so you know your cup of tea is in good hands.

Price: Free (in-app purchases available)

Availability: iOS and Android

 

Headspace

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No matter what stress you’re facing, taking a break out of your day for any one of Headspace’s variety of meditation sessions will help. From tiny, one minute Breathe sessions to longer sessions for destressing or pain management, there’s something for every lifestyle or problem. There are even ones for unique situations, such as the Fear of Flying session or the Headspace for Sport pack to get you in the right mindset for physical activity.

Price: Free (in-app purchases available)

Availability: iOS and Android

 

Daily Water

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The most important way to manage your health – and your stress, along with it – is by making sure to drink the recommended amount of water. If you’re the type to forget, the Daily Water app is a helpful little reminder to hydrate that includes the ability to plan a hydration schedule, a histogram of your daily water-drinking habits, and supports data transfer to the Health app.

Price: Free

Availability: iOS and Android

(All logo and preview images via the App Store; feature image via Gilles Lambert)
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