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Stressbusters: the 5 best health apps

Shweta Sengar | Updated on: 17 August 2015, 12:19 IST

Life is full of ironies. On the one hand, research suggests that smartphones add stress to your life because they blur the lines between life and work. On the other hand, since life will likely become even more stressful if you give up the convenience of your smartphone, the device could actually save your life. Because there are apps for everything - including stressbusting.

Here are five of the best stressbusting apps to download now.

Happify

Platforms: iOS, Android

Happify claims it can train you to keep yourself happy. Answer a few basic questions when you sign up, and then plunge into games and activities. Check out Serenity Scene, where you look at a picture of a beach, and Shine On, where you listen to three things for which you were grateful on that particular day. The app is packed with scientifically researched games to help rid you of the stress.

Dreamweaver

Platforms: iOS, Android

When you open Dreamweaver's Trip To The Forest, you are instantly transported to nature's lap with the sound of chirping birds, raindrops, and slight thunder. Just close your eyes and listen to this music and you'll be relaxed at once.

Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation

Platforms: iTunes, Android

A form of Chinese meditation, Qi Gong involves coordinated body posture, breathing and movement techniques. The app helps you practice this form of relaxation via videos and instructions. You can also read articles on anxiety and meditation to cope with issues related to the mind and body.

Breathe2Relax

Platforms: iOS, Android

This app has guided breathing exercises to help reduce the symptoms of an anxiety attack. Deep breaths can calm you when you're anxious, so when you find yourself stressed, just step into a quiet room and open this app. Follow the guidelines and with each breath, you will start to feel calmer.

Relax Melodies

Platforms: iOS, Android

Anxiety and stress disrupt sleep. Lack of sleep adds to anxiety and stress. This is a vicious circle that needs to be broken. Relax Melodies creates a calm environment that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Select a sound among the 50 available on the app and set the timer to turn off the music once you are asleep. You can also set an alarm to wake up in the morning.

First published: 17 August 2015, 12:22 IST
 
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