Stress and anxiety has been our constant enemy in this modern and fast-paced lifestyle. Recent statistics show that ten in one hundred teens and forty in one hundred adults suffer from stress and anxiety. Stress levels in each generation have dramatically increased — Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials have reported stress levels of 4.3, 5.8, and 6.0 respectively. But did you know that there are also modern ways to manage, if not to eliminate them?

The following are mobile apps that can effectively help you manage your stress and anxiety levels. Check them out and see which one will perfectly suit you.

Breathe2Relax

 

The Breathe2Relax app is a free app available for the iOS and Android platforms. This app draws from a documented stress-control method that involves exercises and instructions in diaphragmatic breathing. The Breath2Relax app also comes with details on the effects that stress has on the body.

Focusing on and controlling your breathing can calm you down. Breathing from your stomach, technically called diaphragmatic breathing is a proven stress management technique. Breath2Relax was created for soldiers and their families, to teach them how to use stress-relieving techniques.

When life gets in the way and leaves you feeling stressed, use this app to get the anxiety down a notch by practicing stress relieving techniques. This app brings out the soldier in you.

GPS for the Soul

 

GPS for the Soul is a free iOS app from emotional well-being advocates – Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington. The app uses biofeedback to help you find your stress level and then manage it using meditation tools. The tools include calming music and pictures.

The app serves to connect you with your “guides.” Your guides are a combination of elements like breathing exercises, pictures of nature, yoga, music, and meditation.

While the app offers you a variety of guides, you can create yours by uploading pictures and adding your quotes or music. Once you’ve uploaded and launched your guide, you can use a breathing pacer to measure your breathing.

The app also comes with a feed to help you see what your friends are feeling and what’s working for them as well. GPS for the Soul enables you to put things in perspective and remember things you can be grateful for.

Personal Zen

 

Personal Zen is free and available only on iOS. This app contains a series of games drawn from clinical research on methods used in lowering anxiety levels. The app was developed by a professor of psychology and neurosciences using attention-bias modification training (ABMT), an emerging cognitive treatment for anxiety.

So if you want a gamified way of relieving your stress, Personal Zen is an app you want to try. The game design is simple. It starts with two faces – one angry and the other happy – drop to the ground in a garden. The happy face makes a grass trail you’d have to trace with your finger quickly.

The game design makes you more attuned to look for the happy face and not the angry one, and the game has a soothing background music to go with it. A study by the Clinical Psychological Science journal says you can start reaping the benefits of this game in only twenty-five minutes of play-time.

Self-Help Anxiety Management

 

Self-Help Anxiety Management (or SAM) is available for free on the iOS and Android platforms. The app is a product from a university team of student users, psychologists, and computer scientists. SAM helps you figure out what’s causing your stress and then gives you steps to combat it.

The app is a resource for information on anxiety and solutions you can use. SAM gives users both mental and physical relaxation techniques. The app also guides you putting the methods to work. With time, you’ll see your anxiety graph and you can self-monitor your progress.

The Worry Box

 

The Worry Box is an Android app that has an iOS alternative called Worry Watch. The app is free.

The premise of this app is to put all your worries in a box and then leave them there. The Worry Box lets you vent out and record all your concerns into a virtual box. It’s a “letting go” process. The app then enables you to think the worries through. If the anxiety is controllable, the app guides you to come up with steps to manage it.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6:20:21 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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