Relaxation has to play an important part of our busy and hectic lives. If you don’t find a way to relax on a regular basis, you’ll suffer from stress, and overload. Fortunately there are a number of apps available for both iOS and Android smartphones to help you relax in the best way possible. Take a look at the pick of the bunch below.
This relaxation Android app is exactly what you need if you have trouble getting off to sleep at night. It will play 18 different sounds to help you count sheep, such as rainforest noises, cat purring, rain and thunder, and fireplace sounds. You’ll have to download the app to try the others, but they are all great. You can set the timer in the app to how long you want the sound to play before it stop, or you can just leave it playing all night.
It runs in the background, and has low battery usage, and you can even use it offline. This is a perfect way to end your stressful day, and get a good night’s sleep, which is essential to reduce your bodies anxiety and tension levels. It’s also great to use with meditation and relaxation sessions, and is perfect if you have a mindfulness group that come together to help share coping strategies. The app is free to use.
The Moodtrack app is the Android tool you need if you want to take charge of your emotional and physical wellbeing.
The app uses well known mental well being approach of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and principles of Mindfulness. Its an all in one personal stress management tool that allows you to track and identify your main periods of stress and relaxation throughout your working day.
It allows you to track your stress levels, moods as well as your sources of stress and behaviours in real time with just a few simple clicks. When you track your moods you have to choose from a range of emotional words with 60 in total, about how your feeling, with such examples as happy, hungry, nervous, and cool. You can track all your progress in the virtual diary and also get feedback statistics on which activities are your greatest stress drivers.
Squeeze and Shake Stress Relief
The Squeeze and Shake Stress Relief app for iOS is the perfect companion when you have one of those really stressful moments during the day, and can’t get a hold of a stress ball.
Instead of a stress ball you can vent your anger on your form, and with toy rubber duck that is featured on the screen. If you want to let it all out, just squeeze your iPhone, and listen to the rubber duck squeak with a rubber duck noise, something that will instantly bring a smile to your face. The faster you squeeze the screen, the faster the noise will play, so you can really vent your anger out quickly.
You can even shake your mobile while you squeeze the screen, and you get a vibrational hand massage. This is a fun little app that you might find you use on a regular basis if you have kids or a stressful life, and give a new and fun way to manage that stress.
Breathe2relax is your portable stress management solution for Android and iOS, to taking the time during your day, and practising hands on deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises to relieve stress. Breathing plays a massively important role in helping our body detox itself from stress, and anxiety, as well as anger. Breathe2relax uses state of the art graphics to support your breathing, and indicate how long you should inhale and exhale for.
There is also a relaxation focus screen that helps you focus on the various parts of your body that you need to spend time relaxing, such as your muscles, stomach, and skin. It allows you to record your stress level, and then take another stress reading after you finish the breathing exercises, so you can chart and look back on how much better your stress levels are becoming over time. The app offers narration so you can use it in a quiet room with headphones, and also videos to deliver a relaxing and immersive experience.