5 iPhone Apps That Can Help You Relieve From Stress
Stress is a normal part of our existence. It’s what motivates us to keep going, so in a way it’s a good thing. Even so, too many of us deal with unhealthy levels of stress.
According to WebMD, 75 to 95 percent of all doctor’s visits are because of health problems that occur because of stress. These include conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, heart problems, anxiety, and depression. So avoid the health problems associated with stress and find ways to relax and stay focused with these smartphone apps.
1. Yoga Relax
One of the best ways to release tension is through exercise. This fully customizable program allows you get some exercise in while focusing on breathing. Whether during a lunch break or coffee break, you can take a few minutes to clear your mind and release any thoughts causing anxiety or stress.
Developed by psychotherapist Ronit Herzfeld, this app helps you become more aware of what you are feeling and help increase your emotional intelligence. What you are feeling can affect your stress levels greatly; with this app, you can take a moment and think about whether the feeling you have is the feeling you want to have. Many have found it to be a life changing tool.
Whether you’re looking for something to help you meditate, help you sleep or just block out other things around you causing you stress, this app is a wonderful tool for creating ambient background sounds that can help you reach a zenlike existence. Another similar app that is wonderful for this as well is Relax Melodies Premium.
4. iZen Garden
There are a lot of apps out there that can give you something somewhat mindless to do. These apps let you relax the mind and can be used as a tool for meditation. iZen Garden is one of the best with lots of options including the depth and width of the rake, the shape and size of the rocks, and more. Other similar apps include Koi Pond, iFish Pond, ZenBound, and iBonsai.
According to a New York Times article published in November 2011 entitled, “A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day,” studies have found that gratitude can actually help you to be happier. One study done by the University of California, Davis found that keeping a simple gratitude journal where you write down five things each day that you’re grateful for helped participants in the study to be more optimistic. The app called Gratitude Journal is made to do just that, and it’s an easy way to track what you’re grateful for each day and to look back on previous entries to see all the good in your life.
These are just some of the many apps out there that can help you to get rid of some of your stress to be healthier and happier. What apps do you use to reach a zen place?
Author: Emily Green is a freelance writer and a lover of technology. From tablets, to notebooks, to prepaid smartphones, Emily has covered it all. When she’s not geeking out on technology, she’s busy reading, biking and taking her dog to the park.
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