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They say the only constant in life is change. Well, if you’re a Pres student there’s a second one, stress.

 

Stress fills the hallways of Presentation all year long; perhaps that’s why there are so many clumps of hair strewn about. But I digress.

 

The problem with this stress, besides the obvious, is that many students don’t know how to deal with it. Many turn to the apps on their phones or iPads for relief.

 

Funny enough, the apps that provide the most relief are the ones many might not have. Here are a few select apps I have reviewed in hopes of lessening your stress and anxiety.

 

1. Stop, Breathe and Think by Tools for Peace

Source: https://play.google.com/store

Source: https://play.google.com/store

Rating: ????

Available for both iPhone and iPad

 

The goal of this free app is that it makes users more mindful and less stressed through meditation. When you open the app, it’ll ask you to stop, breathe and think for 10 seconds. Afterwards, it asks how you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally. Based on how you are feeling, the app will generate  three different types of meditations for you to perform.

 

I meditated close to a half hour while testing out the app. I’ve tried meditation before and it’s never gone well, I get restless and my mind starts to wander. This time around though, it all went really well. Each meditation has an audio track with a voice that gives you advice and asks you to do some reflection. The advice given is actually helpful and the points of reflection are interesting.

 

The app also accommodates those who are in a rush but still want to meditate. There is a quick pick section where users can select meditations ranging from three to 10 minutes. Unfortunately, some of the quick meditations require payment.

 

Overall I found this app to be very helpful and I believe it’s a great tool for first time meditators.

 

2. Mindshift by Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia

Source: https://www.apptweak.com/

Source: https://www.apptweak.com/

Rating: ????

Available for both iPhone and iPad

 

This app is designed to teach users how to deal with stress instead of avoiding it. And teach it does. The app has a section where users can get a better understanding of anxiety and how they can overcome it. I found this very helpful because when you have a strong understanding of the problem you’re dealing with, it becomes a lot easier to identify what is working and what isn’t in your situation.

 

Speaking of situations, another cool feature is that users can chose a situation they need help with and the app will generate steps to manage it. Whether it be coping with test anxiety or letting go of perfectionism, Mindshift will help you out.

 

And if you’re in the mood for some relaxation exercises, you’re in luck. This app has a lot more options than Stop, Breathe and Think. That might overwhelm some people but I found it struck a good balance between just enough and too much.

 

The more frequently you use this app, the better your understanding of your stress and anxiety will be. Heavy textually and informationally but without sacrificing the number of calming exercises, this free app is a necessity for anyone looking to de-stress.

 

3. Take a Chill – Stressed Teens By Channel Capital, LLC

Source: http://www.stressedteens.com/

Source: http://www.stressedteens.com/

Rating: ??

Available for both iPhone and iPad

 

Take a Chill is an action filled introduction to mindfulness. This app is great for people who have never tried to control and relax their breathing before because it offers easy instructions on how to do so.

 

It also provides daily activities to be more mindful. Each activity basically makes you take inventory of something whether it be stress, emotions, or appreciation. Taking inventory involves you writing a  list or answering question and then reflecting on it all.

 

The app comes with two audio tracks which are just verbal regurgitations of the activities mentioned above. You can get additional audio tracks but you have to pay for them. Although the app was helpful in some ways, I found it to be a little hokey, such as when it asked me to visualize a stop sign in order to calm down. Or when it asked me to picture ease and peace coming into my body as stress was exiting.

 

With an initial cost of two dollars, boring clip art photos, and instructions that were often unhelpful, this app is a pass for me.

 

4. Headspace By Headspace Meditation Limited

Source: http://www.amazon.com

Source: http://www.amazon.com

Rating: ???

iPhone Only

 

Once you’ve created an account with this free app, an introductory and informational video about the app plays. The cute animations in the video get you ready for the 10 minute meditation session that plays directly after. There are 10 sessions, 10 minutes each, which are meant to be used over a, you guessed it, 10 day period. The voice on the audio track is calming, informative, and very supportive. The sessions provides users with simple breathing techniques and ways relax their minds.

 

After the 10 sessions have been completed, the only way you can continue to use the app is by paying. You can have unlimited access to the app for a year if you are willing to pay eight dollars a month. This access includes more meditation sessions ranging from flight anxiety to sleeping. The paid version also allows users to keep track of and improve their physical, emotional, and mental health as well as their personal skills and relationships.

 

Although the app is highly rated I really did not want to spend money so I didn’t become a subscriber. The free portion of this app put me at ease and really did lessen my stress and anxiety levels.

 

If you are really committed to kicking stress out of your life then I’d really recommend buying a subscription. If you don’t feel like spending money then try out the free 10 day session plan, you won’t regret it!

 

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