Relieving your stress is now at your finger tips

How often have you been away from home when you experience an anxiety attack? You are running errands and the normal things that help calm you down are at home. Anxiety attacks and panic attacks always seem to strike when you’re comforting aids are out of reach. It would be extremely useful to always have something on hand in case you experienced an anxiety attack away from home. Well, lucky you! There are 8 apps that you can download that are at your finger tips when an anxiety attack hits. Thanks to technology advances you can download either one of these apps and have access to them at a moment’s notice.

#1. Calm

Calm is considered the best app for meditation and sleep. This app allows you to experience lower stress and anxiety through the use of guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Another feature this app has to offer is its timed breathing exercises. You can set a timer for however long you want and the app will help guide you through your breathing. To help you relax at night, this app provides sleep stories and music. When an attack hits while you’re away from home, you can access the breathing exercises and the relaxing sounds to help calm you down.

#2. Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is an on-the-go stress management app. When you feel anxious or stressed, you can access this app’s breathing exercises to help calm you. This app will tell you exactly when to inhale and exhale to get your breathing under control. Not only does this app provide breathing exercises, but it also helps you better understand the negative effects of stress. This app provides a stress scale where you can rate your stress level for the day. You can also sync this app with your Apple Watch, giving it access to your heart rate.

#3. Self-Help for Anxiety Management

This app gives you all of the tools to manage your anxiety on your own. There are multiple self-help options to choose from when you feel like your anxiety is out of control. This app also provides an anxiety tracker. Another feature of this app is the ability to list what things trigger your anxiety.

#4. Headspace: Meditation

Headspace is a meditation app in your pocket. With this app, you start off with a free trial and then you have the option to pay for premium content. This app gives you access to a mindfulness coach, daily meditation and mindfulness exercises, and help with relaxing before bed. Their basic course teaches you the correct techniques for meditation and mindfulness. With the payment, you have the option of participating in guided meditations on sleep and stress, and on anxiety.

#5. Worry Watch

This app is one of the few that is specifically for Apple devices. One downfall of this app is the $2.99 cost, but it is worth the payment. One unique feature of this app is its ability to help you track and identify the situations that cause your anxiety and stress. There is also a password protected journal where you can write down the situations, circumstances, and people that cause you the most stress and anxiety. With this app you can also put your types of worry into different categories and write down your anxiety level at the time. When writing down your different triggers, you can also figure out what strategies help you cope with your anxiety at that specific time.

#6. MindShift

MindShift is one of the best apps to help you overcome your anxiety. Not only does it help you with coping, but is also helps you figure out ways to help deal with your anxiety. This app helps you figure out these coping strategies through learning exercises, meditations, and tools. These different strategies help you prevent your anxiety from controlling you.

#7. Pacifica

This app takes the most important tool in aiding anxeity, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), and puts it into an app. CBT has been an aid in dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression for a long time. Pacifica takes all of the helpful CBT tools and partners them with meditations, mindfulness exercises, and more. This app also allows you to keep a private journal where you can log your thoughts and trigger situations. One unique feature of this app is the CBT-based analytical tools. These tools can help you break the habits that cause your stress, anxiety, or depression. Another helpful feature of this app is the ability to join a community of others where you can share stories, tips, and advice. This app is free to download and use, but some parts of the app are only available through a paid subscription of $8.99 per month.

#8. Panic Relief Free

This app provides four animated tutorials that talk you through techniques to help lower your symptoms of an anxiety attack. Panic Relief Free is super easy to use which makes it a great app to have when an attack hits. The best feature of this app is the option of emergency support when you need it the most. This emergency support helps you slow your breathing and help you overcome the attack.

Written by: Megan Williams

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