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Applications For Relaxation And Anxiety

Headspace

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Headspace is a cutely designed guided meditation app and so much more. With targeted meditations led by a former monk on sleep, happiness, productivity, mindful use of technology, and dozens of other topics, Headspace can help bring balance and peace across all aspects of daily life. A consistent mindfulness practice with Headspace can help you develop better focus, decrease your stress, and become less reactive to your anxiety triggers. Use the app to track your time in mindfulness training and invite friends to join in with you.

Rootd

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.1 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Downloading Rootd means you can work on improving your panic and anxious mood while supporting a female-led app. In addition to mindfulness exercises and step-by-step guides to tactics such as deep breathing, the app features an emergency contact button that makes it simple to call a loved one or hotline when you’re in distress. The Personal Stats Page is another source of encouragement, as it tracks the number of panic attacks you’ve overcome and the number of in-app lessons you’ve completed.

Acupressure: Heal Yourself

iPhone rating: 3.3 stars

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: $1.99

Acupressure is the art of relieving pain and tension through pressure point massage, a practice with roots in Chinese medicine dating back over 2,000 years. Because it uses your fingertips, it’s safe to do on yourself or others. This app is an illustrated guide to locating the pressure points that can help relieve many symptoms of anxiety, such as muscle tension, headache, and indigestion. Search for your symptom and the app will direct you to the pressure points you can target for relief.

Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free

Panic attacks can be intense. This self-help app reminds you of your strengths and ability to cope when panic is triggered. A diary within the app is built to help you notice and challenge the thinking that leads to panic. The app also features audio content and reading that empowers you with the cognitive behavioral therapy-based techniques that can help shut panic attacks down. Panic Assistance audio is your voice of reason mid-panic attack, while the Emotional Training track helps you reconfigure your thoughts and associations to bring more calm into your life.

Sleep Time

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.1 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Sleep has a huge impact on your mood and emotional regulation. Make the most of it with the Sleep Time app, a sleep analysis app complete with a toolbox full of gentle soundscapes, an alarm clock, and wake-up algorithm. Just by placing your phone on your bed, you can track your sleep time and cycles. When used consistently, the app’s automated analysis charts make it easy to notice trends in when you get the most restful sleep and what tends to keep you up

Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $1.99

Meditation is a practice recommended by many therapists for its stress-relieving benefits. This app walks you through meditations that focus on the breath, the body, and deep relaxation. Depending on your practice, you can choose from a 5-, 13-, or 24-minute session. No prior experience is necessary, as the audio meditations walk you through step by step. Plus, extra reading will teach you more about meditation and how to bring about the best results.

Calm

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Sleep, meditation, and relaxation are in your hands with Calm, another popular mindfulness app. These guided meditations are perfect for complete novices through seasoned practitioners, and you have your pick when it comes to how long you can dedicate to the app each day. Sleep is important for managing stress, but it’s also one of the first things to become problematic when you’re anxious. In addition to an assortment of daily meditations, Calm features nature sounds and sleep stories — yes, an effective concept taken from childhood — to help lull you into relaxed sleep.

Stop, Breathe, and Think

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Stop, Breathe, and Think is your daily mindfulness app that also prompts you to input how you’re feeling. Select your mood when you open the app and it will suggest the meditations, yoga sequences, or acupressure that could serve you best in that moment, from deep breathing exercises to body scans to visualizations. The check-in feature also allows you to track your moods and progress, so you can examine what you feel most and focus on taming or understanding those anxieties better.

Colorfy

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Colorfy is an adult coloring book brought into the digital realm. With a selection of images and mandalas to choose from, or the option to upload your own sketches to color, you can spend hours in a flow state or focused meditation through this app. Pouring your attention into the beautiful designs can distract from your anxious thoughts and help calm you down. Self-critique is out the window, too, as the simple click-to-fill function of the app means you’ll never stray outside the lines.

Dare — Break Free From Anxiety

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Dare to face your fears, whether you’re dealing with anxiety, panic, worry, or insomnia. The Dare app can walk you through audio recordings to help you sit comfortably with your anxiety rather than avoiding it, a tactic that can just make anxiety worse. On-screen guides give you something to focus on while you breathe deeply, and plenty of additional helpful content is available behind the subscription.

Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Racing thoughts and ruminations are hallmarks of anxiety, but you can slow down, breathe deeply, and clear your thoughts with the gentle sounds and sights of nature in this app. From thunder and rain to crackling fires to bird sounds and more, there’s something for everyone. Set the app timer to listen while you gently drift off to sleep, or set one of the tracks as your morning alarm so you can start your day with something less anxiety-inducing than the standard beeping.

Nap Time Flow

It will be flows, stretches, meditations and yin classes as you move through  pregnancy…and I thought it might be something you may want to check out or share. it may be a nice outlet.

Check out the link below. You just need to subscribe and click the bell icon to get updates…you can also follow me @NapTimeFlow on instagram. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUHK63NTFMyYeGzEQOS__g

Simply Being

iOS rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $1.99

Simply Being is a solid, affordable app that features voice-guided meditations as well as relaxing nature sounds. Unlike some of the pricier meditation apps, there isn’t much choice in meditation themes or voices. But the app’s relative simplicity could be a virtue: More elaborate apps can be overwhelming and even distracting.

Omvana

iOS rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Omvana offers a wider range of guided and music-only options like an iTunes of meditations. It claims to have “the largest library” of guided meditations and self-hypnosis tracks online. While some tracks are available at no cost, most tracks cost a few dollars each. It’s worth noting the self-hypnosis tracks, which claim to help you lose weight, find love, or acquire wealth, are not based on neuroscience and are of dubious value.

WhiteNoise

iOS rating: 5.0 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

As its name suggests, this app uses white noise to mask distracting sounds during meditation and to promote relaxation. You can also use WhiteNoise to help with sleep. It comes with 40 pre-recorded white noise sounds, such as falling rain, a bubbling brook, or ocean waves. You can loop these samples, or even mix them together to create your own soothing sounds. What’s more, you can record and loop your own favorite sounds.

Equanimity

iOS rating: 4.0 stars

Price: $4.99

This app could be your favorite if you’re an established meditator looking for a timer you can customize. No guided meditations, no music or nature sounds. Equanimity allows you to set unobtrusive gongs, bells, or chimes to signal the end of your session. The elegant timer shows you how much time is left in your meditation without distracting you. Also included are a meditation journal and a way to log meditations so you can track and monitor your practice. A comparable option for Android is Bodhi Timer.

Insight Timer

iOS rating: 5.0 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

To maximize your options, Insight Timer is a popular choice. It features 3,000 free guided meditations as well as several hundred free music tracks to play while you’re meditating. You can also use a variety of timer options, such as those found in Equanimity and Bodhi Timer. If you don’t value music or voice guidance, this app is likely to be overkill for you.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by 10% Happier

iOS rating: 5.0 stars

Price: Free

Here’s training for meditation skeptics by meditation advocate Dan Harris. This app’s content is firmly based in neuroscience and omits the spiritual components present in many other apps.

Buddhify

iOS rating: 5.0 stars

Price: $4.99

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $2.99

First of all, despite the name this app has no apparent relation to Buddhist meditation. Its 11 hours of guided meditations are customized for activities such as walking in the city, taking a break at work, waiting around, and going to sleep. These situation-based meditations help to make buddhify compatible with busy, urban lifestyles. There are also meditations that aim to reduce anxiety and take your mind off pain.
For a single, relatively low payment, buddhify offers many of the features of much costlier meditation apps. Some users do have minor quibbles with this app, such as the fact it 300+ MB of storage and can’t be transferred to an SD card on Android devices. Some user reviews also mention the meditation guide speaks faster than they prefer.

Stop, Breathe & Think

iOS rating: 4.0 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Stop, Breathe & Think combines a library of guided meditations with the mood tracking features of apps such as My Mood Tracker (13). It even “curates” suggested meditations based on your mood. With its goal-oriented tracking focus, it is something like a meditation Fitbit.

Headspace Guided Meditation

iOS rating: 5.0 stars

Android: rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Like Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Headspace teaches less spiritual, more science-based meditation techniques, beginning with a free introductory course. You purchase a subscription to gain access to additional courses, as well as guided meditations. Headspace includes mood tracking features as well, and you can download guided meditations for offline use.

Gratitude Journal

iOS: rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $3.99,

This is not a meditation app as such. Instead, this app makes it easy to take time out of each day to note what you’re grateful for. You can personalize your journal to give it a distinct look and feel, and can even add photos or audio to your journal entries. Another feature is the ability to set reminders so you don’t forget to take time out of your day to be thankful. An attractive alternative for Android is Attitudes for Gratitude.

SimpleMind+

iOS: rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

This isn’t a meditation app, either, but it’s useful if you find a “brain dump” useful to clear your mind for meditation. SimpleMind+ is a free mind mapping tool that helps you clear your head of clutter. An Android alternative, which is also free, is SharpMindMap.

My Mood Tracker

iOS: rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $9.99

Here’s another app that isn’t for meditation, but may help you center and find the peace you need. My Mood Tracker encourages you to monitor and track your mental and emotional well-being. A reminder system asks you how you feel at various points of the day, so you can track your mood over time. This can promote relaxation and contentment by helping you to identify and mitigate stressors. A free alternative for Android and iOS is T2 Mood Tracker, which is highly customizable but a little clunky.

Breathe2Relax

iOS: rating: 4.5 stars

Android: rating: 4.0 stars

Price: Free

Breathe2Relax by National Center for Telehealth and Technology helps you relax and relieve stress through exercises such as diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing.” It is completely free.

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