It’s said there’s an app for everything – technology can even help you wind down, relax and de-stress just as much as switching off the your devices!
We’ve got the top picks for technological relaxants – so switch on to help switch off…
1. Pocket Yoga
Keep up with your yoga practice at your own pace with this handy app! Practice in the comfort of your own home and to your own schedule, with three different difficulty levels, practices and durations. The voice and visual instruction will guide you through every pose and the app will keep an ongoing log to track your progress.
A tool for increasing your awareness in life, the app sends you reminders to meditate at times and days you set, or when you arrive or leave a certain place you’ve programmed using the inbuilt map. Includes guided and silent meditations and the ability to design your own meditation timing.
What’s more peaceful than whale song? Not much, that’s for sure. Plug in your iPod, lay back and listen to the soothing sounds of nature’s biggest creatures.
4. Anxiety Free
The side-effects of stress and anxiety are well-documented and very unhealthy. Struggle with meditation? Take the relaxation a step further and try self-hypnosis using this app. The method connects to the subconscious and alleviates deep-seated troubles.
Each day the app will send you a notification of a new inspirational or motivational quote so you’re provided with a brief moment to reflect, improving positivity and your outlook on the day.
6. Daily Yoga
With over 45 different sessions, more than 300 poses in the library and 18 different choices of background music, this app has got all your yoga needs covered. There’s also a social yogi community where you can share ideas and be inspired, chat with friends and even compare points earned from daily yoga practice!
Calling itself a ‘gym membership for the mind’, the Headspace program teaches meditation techniques and provides daily programs to help users calm their minds, increase creativity and improve relationships. Already a popular program, the app now allows you to find your Headspace whenever and wherever you need it.
Not a fan of whale song? Try Calm Ocean, Thunderstorm, Mountain Stream or any of the other options available in the Custom Sounds of Nature app.
It’s widely acknowledged that making the effort to feel gratitude each day can do wonders for your mental health, and this app aims to make that process streamlined and simple! Make a journal entry for anything you feel thankful for, add a photo, rate your day and look back over bulleted lists to remember what has made you grateful in the past.
10. GPS for the Soul
This app measures your heart rate using the phone’s camera lens and displays the stress reading before setting you on a course-correction guide of music, poetry, breathing exercise and photos of your loved ones to help you calm down. The activity feed also allows you to see how your friends are feeling and what guides resonate with them.
11. Ekhart Yoga
Who needs to attend a class when there are hundreds of YouTube videos to watch in the privacy of your home? Ekhart Yoga has video tutorials for beginners to advanced, often focusing on particular body areas or poses to break down the practice. Whip out your mat, open your laptop and you’re good to go.
Providing information on the effects of stress on the body, Breate2Relax offers instructions and practice exercises to help users learn diaphragmatic breathing, which can help with mood stabilisation, anger control and anxiety management.
13. The Worry Box
Help control worry and relieve anxiety with this app. The ‘worry cognitive diary’ will help you cope with anxieties by mapping the steps to take if the worry is controllable, but if not, there are lists of coping statements to help you turn your thinking around anyway. You can also read articles about using cognitive-behavioural therapy to manage worry.
14. White Noise
Have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep? Your new baby is waking often in the middle of the night? Travelling on a plane sometime soon? This app can help you sleep by blocking distractions and unwanted background noises. White Noise generates sound over a wide range of frequencies to mask noise interruptions which can help with headaches, fussy babies and ringing in the ears, so you get a good night’s sleep and wake up rested and refreshed.
This app has over 1000 inspirational and motivational quotes that you can browse and share on Facebook or Twitter – so spread the passion and inspire friends and family too!
Become an acupressure expert with this easy to use app – follow the illustrated instructions on the ancient healing art of acupressure and start to self-relieve headaches, lower blood pressure, stop addictions and ease pain with just the touch of a finger.
17. Stress Check
Answer questions to determine your overall level of stress and then deepen your insight by closely examining the areas that stress affects you the most. Results are then paired with actionable recommendations to help you effectively target factors to reduce stress.
18. Sleep Time
Sleep with your phone under your pillow to allow the app to map your sleeping patterns and phases to set off your morning alarm at the perfect moment. You won’t wake from a deep, REM sleep by a blaring alarm clock ever again.
The “mindfulness app for your modern life”, Buddhify has dozens of custom meditations for 14 different parts of your day, including when you’re travelling, online, at work or going to sleep. There’s also over 100 tips to help optimise your mindfulness practice, so download and get meditating.
20. Smiling Mind
It’s not just the busy adults who suffer from stress and anxiety – kids and teenagers do too. Smiling Mind is an app tailored specifically for younger people to help provide a sense of clarity, calm and contentment in their lives.