Your phone can be counter-productive sometimes—it may itself be a source of stress, but here’s how it can also help you de-stress. By Shweta Gandhi
Finding time for your self can be a tad bit difficult in this busy lifestyle. However, if you’re up to turn your phone into a personal relaxation coach, here are some simple apps that can help in your journey to inner peace.
This app provides simple guided meditations, with each session lasting for around 10 minutes. All you have to do it sit back on a chair and close your eyes, and listen. It will make you unwind, clear your mind, make your body feel light and provide positive affirmations to promote well being. The app has a free 10-day trial period. That’s a good number of days to see if it works for you. You can then subscribe to the service. The app is available on iOS and Android.
Calm is another guided mindfulness meditation app. Again, 10 seems to be the magic number as the app takes you through 10 minutes of focussed meditation. However, unlike Headspace, Calm gives you different background options like an ocean, forest or beach to look at, helping creative visualisation. You start with a few deep breaths and follow the soft voice to a world far away from stress and disquiet. The app also has the option for background sounds like rain or ocean waves. It is free to try for a few days before it asks you to subscribe. It is available on iOS and Android.
Stop, Breathe and Think
Apart from offering guided meditations, this app also offers focussed sessions on falling asleep or mindful breathing. It also explains how stress affects your body and mind, and the benefits calmness brings. The app asks you to check in about how you’re mentally, physically and emotionally, and then guides you to customised recommended meditations. Seems like a good way to monitor and look after your mental well-being. You buy packages as per your requirement. It is available on both iOs and Android.
GPS for the Soul
GPS for the Soul is based on two simple facts: One, within all of us is a centred place of peace and harmony; two, we keep veering from that place again and again. The app created by Arianna Huffington and Deepak Chopra, uses a built-in sensor to measure your heart rate. It then asks you your age, weight and gender, and uses it to calculate your stress level; this is shown along a colour spectrum that corresponds to an emotional state. The app then offers you ways to lower stress, which could be through peaceful music, viewing relaxing photos, etc. It’s available on both iOS and Android, and is free to download.
This is an app that acts as a stress management tool. It guides you through the process of calming down using a stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. The app teaches you how to practice and master this skill with tips, videos and other tools. Inhale and exhale your way through all the stressful events in your life, and the best part is that the app can also be used in the airplane mode. Breathe2Relax is available on both iOS and Android, and is free to download.