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With a growing number of apps devoted to de-stressing the uptight and anxious, you can use technology to help not harm. Here’s some suggestions.
Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better
Featured in the New York Times, this app offers guided or unstructured meditations designed to reduce anxiety and stress, improve your quality of life, and help you sleep better. Seven days of calm teaches you mindfulness meditation basics and then you can sign up for $7.49 a month for a year.
It’s 3am and you’re awake, your brain endlessly processing the day’s stressful events. No problem. Tap into any one of 25 free, high quality, sounds, from a thunderstorm to the sound of the seaside, to lull you into a peaceful sleep. More than three million people have used this app to help them overcome stress-related insomnia.
This app helps you practise positive qualities such as kindness and mindfulness with specific tips, games or visualisations. Think of it as training for your brain that will ultimately result in you being more stress-resistant. You can even track your progress with an overall happiness score.
Even medical experts agree that proper breathing is at the centre of all relaxation practices. This app, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology in the United States, offers diaphragmatic, belly breathing exercises designed to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response and help you reduce anxiety and anger.
The Worry Box
Worry Box is a virtual box where you can record all the things you’re stressing about. You then have a choice to let it go or get help. If it’s help you’re after, you can select from a list of coping statements to help you approach whatever is making you uptight from a different angle.
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
Acupressure is an ancient healing art where you use your fingers to apply pressure to points on the surface of your skin to stimulate the body’s natural, healing ability. The app itself helps you locate the pressure points to alleviate specific symptoms.
No matter what level yogi you are, this free app will let you find your om and release your inner uptightness by creating new Vinyasa yoga sequences each time you want to exercise. You choose the pace and time of the workout and each sequence comes with clear instructions and accompanying music.