There are many different ways to find stress relief. In an earlier post, we have talked about stress relief through exercise, laughter, diet, art, and many other ways. Technology is making managing stress and life as a mother much easier and since most of us have personal or business purpose cell phones we will talk about some of the best stress relief apps.
There are apps now for all kinds of stress therapy from meditation to yoga. I have put together a list of six apps that are useful for helping improve your mind and give you needed access to stress relief tips. I have included links to the store so you can easily check them out or download them.
1. ColorMe – Coloring Book Free
You like adult coloring books, you know they can reduce stress, but you don’t want to buy a paperback book. Why not try the ColorMe App?Enjoy 100 pictures of animals, birds, butterflies and other mandala coloring pages right from your phone. Even your children will enjoy it!
Best thing is you don’t need an internet connection so you can enjoy this app anywhere, anytime! The controls are as simple as tapping and pinching and when you are finished you can share your pictures on Facebook, Instagram, or other social accounts.
This is one of my favorite apps and I can use it with my daughter.
2. Meditation Music – Relax, Yoga
★ Soft Piano
★ Peaceful Lake
★ Gentle Morning
★ Heaven Sounds
★ Perfect Rain
★ Inspiration Melodies
★ Nature Forest Melodies
★ Convent Sounds
★ Seaside Relaxation
★ Temple in the Hills Sounds
★ Mystic Temple Music
Breathe 2 relax is a stress management tool that provides breathing exercises. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.
Here is what some of the users have said.
“Great stress reducer This is a very great app for breathing and reducing stress it helps me and for all the features including guided help I love it. The screen timeout feature will not work right and the phone locks in the middle sessions.”
“Helpful calming and I like using this app when I feel a bit anxious, helps calm things down. Would be nice for option for pauses between the inhale/exhale cycles”
Pacifica is an app that provides guided deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises, daily anti-anxiety experiments, and tools including a mood tracker. It is free to use and download but Pacifica Full Access allows for unlimited use of the suite of tools and is available through an auto-renewing subscription. There are two options:
1 month: $5.99 and 1 year: $35.99
These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on your country’s residence.
Get studio-like yoga experience in the comfort of your home with this app. You never run out of content because every time you finish a sequence a new vinyasa sequence is created for you. Here is what some of the users are saying.
“This is an amazing app! As a momma with an 8-week old baby and two other kids, leaving the house to practice yoga is impossible. This is saving my body, mind, and soul. Thank you!”
“This is the best yoga app I have come across on the App Store. I’ve downloaded a ton of apps, and this one blows them away.”
A brain-training app developed by a scientist based on research of interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades showing that some types of activity can help you combat negativity, anxiety and stress while fostering positive traits like gratitude and empathy.
Reduce stress through guided relaxation and meditation. Train your brain to overcome negative thoughts.
These are just a few of the best stress relief apps that I found to be useful but there are much more apps available. I am really into the coloring book apps because I can take them with me when I go to my doctor’s appointments and they keep me preoccupied as I wait. If you are into yoga, the Down Dog app is great because you can learn the poses from home and also teach your children.
If you know of any stress relief app that you find useful please feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you found this list useful.