Is your work load well, weighing you down? Always worrying about the bills that need to be paid? Tired of the long daily commute? While there are no instant solutions to slay all those concerns, there is an insta-way to de-stress! All you need is your smart phone and some ingenious apps. Scroll down to find the tech saviors that’ll help you relax and zone out.
Don’t have the space at home for an actual Zen garden? Make a virtual one with the use of your phone! Zen Space by Ci&T lets you create your own patch of relaxing greens by drawing paths through the sand with different rakes and designing it with real-looking rocks and leaves. The app also features soothing music that you can play as you create your own space of tranquility. Zen Space is free and only available for Apple users and requires iOS 5.1 or later.
Drown out your surroundings and enjoy calming sounds with this app. Serenity by Unlimited Code Works offers a list of nature sounds you can listen to while studying, battling traffic, or getting ready for bed. Serenity is free and only available for Android users.
Learn the how-to’s of meditation and mindfulness techniques to train your brain for a healthier and happier life. Headspace offers free access to Take10 and Level 1 of the Foundation Course where you learn the 10 x 10 minute meditations. It also tracks your personal progress, and allows you to download sessions on a range of topics such stress, happiness and appreciation, so you can view them offline. Headspace is available on Android and in the App store; requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
When stressed, smile. Smiling Mind is an Australian company that has developed programs formed by renowned organizational psychologists to create effective online mindfulness meditation training for the workplace. This free app in particular offers a program that helps you get into a mindful meditation with the aid of modules and practices. Smiling Mind is available for Android and Apple users, and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
Relax Melodies: Sleep and Yoga
Tossing and turning in bed at night? If counting sheep is not helping, this app might just do the trick. Relax Melodies features 50 high quality ambient sounds and 6 beats made for brainwave entertainment—mix ’em for more calming sound combos that’ll put you to sleep in minutes. Available for Android and Apple users.
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