Fighting stress is something you have to keep on top off to avoid total burn out or breakdown. Whilst tech can contribute to stress and you really do need some screen-free time, you can also download any of these top five apps to enjoy an instant escape from reality and a little holiday for your mind.
You can thank us later.
One of the most popular mindfulness and meditation apps out there with celebrity fans in Emma Watson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Headspace has a former Buddhist monk behind its development. it is a brilliant introduction to mindfulness techniques and more. It is packed with 10-minute guided meditation sessions made for beginners and you can track your progress as you go.
Happify asks you how happy you are and how you want to improve on that level of happiness. Their own statistics find that 86% of their users are happier within two months of using the app. It combines inspiring tracks to listen to, games and quizzes which are all designed to improve emotional wellbeing. As well as offering stress relief, Happify provides guidance on career success and the power of positive thinking.
If you’re more a doer than a thinker, then Stigma allows you to take a positive action each day in the form of journaling your thoughts and feelings. It has been designed as a simple daily journal that allows you to offload any thoughts or stresses in 200 characters. It is designed to help you recognise, reflect and visualise your mood, and with the mood calendar element you can also track your overall emotional wellbeing and stress levels.
With a suitably hippy-ish name, Omvana is all about those meditation tracks. When you sign up you get access to 25 free tracks straight away. These include everything from sleep tracks to inspirational speeches for mind, body, lifestyle and relationship wellbeing. You can also sign up for more via a monthly subscription and this gives you access to thousands more tracks and the option to create your own playlists. You can also mix it up so the background music and the vocals can be played together or separately, or you can swap out background music which you don’t like.
Make like Buddha and get seriously committed to your meditation sessions. With a single up-front fee, you can access the full Buddhify meditation library. Their meditations are all straight-forwarded and guided in style with a focus on being able to be listened to and engaged with anywhere from going to sleep at night to travelling or being at your desk in the office. The tracks are designed to alleviate stress and give you the headspace you need to focus and improve.