Looking for instant acess to stress relief? The answer might be in the palm of your hand. Seriously. In today's blog post, summer intern Echo spotlights three apps designed to deliver peace of mind.
Stress is a part of life. By now, you probably know firsthand that it tags right along with school worries, friend drama, family pressures, and most significant life events. But just because stress is unavoidable, doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to fight back. Even if you don’t have the option of a professional massage, daily yoga class, or the power to freeze time, there are still tools available to help you relieve the overwhelming feelings of anxiety or nervousness that often come with stress.
In fact, it turns out there are solutions you can download into your smartphones or access with your laptop. Read below to find three stress-reducing apps that are beautifully designed, effective, and absolutely free!
1. The Thoughts Room
In a nutshell: Serenity in your pocket
Description: Faced with a backdrop of a beautiful evening sky, you receive instructions to type away your worries, then watch your words literally fall, disappear and transform into stars. The combination of soothing music and the visual treat of your worries literally falling away is a beautiful process, and a great way to vent without fear of judgment or the need to make sense.
I want it! Visit the website or download in the app store!
2. Emotional Bag Check
In a nutshell: Your personal, musical support group
Description: “Emotional Bag Check” gives you the option to “check” or “carry” an emotional bag. “Checking” a bag merely involves writing down whatever’s burdening you. “Carrying” an emotional bag invites you to respond to someone else’s baggage, primarily by recommending a song to them, with an attached message as a voluntary option. By making the primary form of encouragement through the sharing of music, “Emotional Bag Check,” avoids a lot of the awkwardness and helplessness that comes with not really knowing what to say to a struggling person. It’s also pretty cool to be going through something, check your e-mail, and see that someone has “carried your bag,” and has a song recommendation to help lift your spirits.
I want it! Visit http://emotionalbaggagecheck.com/
In a nutshell: Motivation for both the organized and the procrastinators
Description: We all need reminders to finish our latest assignment, to remember to smile, to drink water more than once a week. However, the boring “ping” of your calendar often adds to your stress rather than diminishes it. Bloom, however, allows you to add a motivational picture and song to every reminder, which reminds not only to “do” the assigned task, but hopefully motivates you to remember “why” you decided to do it in the first place. After all, what’s more motivational than a reminder to be more positive, accompanied with “Walking on Sunshine,” and the picture of an adorable kitten?
I want it! Download “Bloom*” in the app store.
I’ve only included these three apps here, but there are many more out there. So if you’re feeling a little (or a lot) stressed, I really encourage you to check them out! After all, I’m sure we could all use a little bit less stress in our lives. Got a question or story about dealing with stress? Share it the ReachOut Forums You can also check out the Stress fact sheet.