Methods to Help De-Stress

Apps to help manage stress and learn relaxation techniques.

By on April 24, 2013

It’s National Stress Awareness Month, and the Health Resource Network is encouraging people to learn more about the condition, including its dangers and successful coping strategies. 

According to the Stress in America survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), 35 percent of adults feel more stressed this year than last. Of the participants surveyed, more than half say they received little to no support for their worry.

The APA suggests Americans practice healthy habits such as meditation and taking technology breaks to reduce stress. While occasionally disconnecting is a good step to relax, for those times when you do have your wireless device on, there are several apps to help manage stress and learn relaxation techniques. Here are few that can help.

To practice mediation, the Tactical Breather app can be used to gain control and help manage negative physiological responses to stress. The app features tactical breathing training to control heart rate, emotions, concentration and other natural responses.

The Breathe 2 Relax app is another option to help control breathing. It includes instructions and practice exercises to teach stress management through diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have proven to help with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management. 

One of the best ways to avoid stress is to get a good night’s sleep. To take a complete break from technology when catching those Z’s, try the No Disturb app, similar to the “Do Not Disturb” service built into iOS 6 phones. The app mutes incoming notifications, calls, texts and other intrusions.

Take a look at the Top 10 Most Stressful Cities in America per Sperling’s Best Places.