Stress management is pretty essential in today’s 24/7 world. But how can you manage stress & anxiety when life is already so busy?
For the lucky few, episodes of stress are less common and manageable, but for the rest of us, coping with the stress of life seems to be an everyday occurrence.
If you don’t keep tabs on your stress levels, it may well turn into anxiety, so it’s really important to have a good self-care routine and an awareness of your stress ‘red flags’.
Thankfully we can enlist the help of technology when it comes to fighting stress. Tech gets a bad rap and can be stressful (particularly social media) but if it’s used mindfully, with purpose, it can be a fantastic stress management tool in your pocket!
Here are 7 apps that will help you manage stress:
1: Insight Timer
Insight Timer is an award-winning app for sleep and anxiety. There are a wide range of meditations, nature sounds and music from practitioners all around the world.
Rated 4.8 stars, you can see why this app gets such great reviews with its comprehensive search filters and quality of material.
Not only that, but you can also reach out to other people who’ve meditated at the same time as you and ‘friend’ people to start conversations. If you’d prefer to keep your activity anonymous, you can easily adjust your privacy settings.
Browse popular topics such as sleep deeply, dealing with anxiety, self-love and compassion, better relationships and many more.
2: Stop, Breathe & Think
This is a 4.8 star rated guided meditation and mindfulness app that helps you to “rewire your brain for the better”.
There are lots of free sessions to help you to reduce stress, sleep better, feel calm, be kinder, be more focused and more. Daily check-ins encourage you to track how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. You then get recommendations to help you improve as you’re guided through your chosen course of action.
According to the app, 46% of users says their anxiety is reduced, and 78% of users report an increase in positive feeling after the first sessions, so this app can really help you to manage stress and anxiety.
3: Happify: for Stress & Worry
Reduce stress, anxiety and negative thoughts through guided relaxation, meditation and games.
Happify state that 86% of regular users saw happiness improvements in 2 months.
It provides you with quick, actionable science-based activities and games to combat stress, help you focus on the positives and increase your happiness.
You can track your progress over time to gain insights into your emotional well-being and see the improvements you make through use of the app.
This app gets a 4.4 star rating
4: Breethe: Sleep & Meditation
Created by from Lynne Goldberg, the renowned meditation expert and mindfulness coach, this app has been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes and Cosmopolitan and has been rated 4.7 stars by its users.
De-stress anywhere by listening to meditations, soothing music, nature sounds and more.
The app features 100’s of guided meditations for calmness, health and success, and has hours of soothing music to unwind to, or help you focus on your work.
Trouble sleeping? You’ll love the bedtime stories and meditations.
The app is free for 14 days, after which there’s a monthly fee.
5: The Tapping Solution
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping is a proven way to release stress and feel calmer by using your fingers (tapping) to put pressure on the body’s meridian points.
This app is free to download and includes courses to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, eliminate negative thinking, get motivated, sleep better and more. Some of the sessions are free; others will need a paid upgrade.
Rated 4.6 by users it’s a must-try app if you want to add another tool to your stress-busting toolkit.
Tapping is one of the most directed and powerful ways to peel away those layers of chronic stress. It’s very effective for difficult problems.Mark Hyman, M.D. | drhyman.com
6: My Water Balance
Did you know you only have to be 2% dehydrated for it to affect your stress levels? Roughly 70% of your body is made of water, so keeping hydrated is essential to good health.
This app will help you calculate how much water you should be drinking each day. You’ll get reminders to keep up and track your fluid intake each day to ensure you stay properly hydrated and give yourself the best chance of keeping on top of your stress levels.
You can track water, coffee and tea intake with the free version, plus loads more other fluids like smoothies and fruit juices with the paid version.
Eating healthily and taking regular exercise are both proven to help fight stress.
By staying physically healthy, you’ll reduce your stress levels and be more able to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Rated 4.7 by users, this app enables you to track your food intake and exercise activities so you can aim for optimum health. Become more mindful of what you’re eating and track your nutrients for each of your meals. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can also monitor your calorie intake.
Change your habits and live a happier, healthier life.
Some other apps you might find useful:
- Headspace – User rating 4.8: Learn to relax with guided meditation and mindfulness techniques.
- Mindfulness Bell – User rating 4.3: Let the sound of this beautiful bell bring you back to your true centre.
- Calm – User rating 4.7: Meditation, relaxation and sleep.
- ReachOut Worrytime – User rating 4.0: Deal with your worries once a day, rather than carrying them around with you 24/7.
- Panic Relief Free – User rating 5.0: Instant support, wherever you are.
Do you use any health apps to help you manage stress and anxiety? Feel free to comment below with your personal recommendations.