Best Stress Relief Apps: Ways to De-Stress on the Go

by Kathleen on March 19, 2013

By Lisa Birnesser


“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down” ~Lily Tomlin

Looking for stress relief on the go? You can find ways to control your stress with the very thing you have in your hand—a smartphone. One of the things I love to do is find new ways to kick stress to the curb quickly. I started to search for smartphone apps that you can use immediately to break the cycle of stress. 

Here’s a list of my favorite apps for stress relief:

GPS for the Soul is my new favorite stress relief app that stops the fight or flight response in its tracks. This app measures your heart rate variability by placing your finger over the lens of your smartphone camera. The app rates your stress and directs you to solutions to deal with your stress with breathing exercises, music, pictures and more. It’s totally customizable, following Depak Chopra’s personal GPS guide. The program will help you break the downward spiral of stress and start your day brand new. Watch this video by Ariana Huffington to learn more.

Stress Tracker is a free app that helps you pinpoint the cause of your anxiety and manage your stress. This app allows you to identify your stress level, reason, symptoms in real time. Over time, you can trend over days, weeks and months what is contributing to your stress. This app is easy to use and can be customized by adding stressors specific to you. Stress tracker was developed by a team of leading psychologists using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness principles. I like the fact that you can view stress trends to bring greater awareness to your stress response. 

Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite is a great app where you can combine different nature sounds to create a unique outdoor experience. Whether you want to relax or you are preparing to meditate or sleep, this app is perfect. Add relaxing music and you have created your own private Zen experience. You can save your favorite mixes for future use. The app also has a timer so you can even relax on a break at work or set for sleep at night.

Relax Melodies: Sleep and Yoga is another app that you can mix music and sounds. Named one of Amazon’s Top Best Apps of 2012, Relax Melodies has 46 different ambient sounds to mix. You can easily save your favorites or use the premixed sounds for total relaxation. This is available for both IPhone and Android.

Try these apps and tell me about your favorite to help with stress relief. You can also download free relaxation techniques here.

Lisa-BirnesserLisa Birnesser is a Stress Management Coach at Stress Relief Solutions. She helps entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed with stress. When clients work with Lisa they learn how to relax, get focused, and deal with the effects of stress naturally.

In her 26 years as an occupational therapist, Lisa has conducted stress management, coping skills and assertiveness training classes in her career. Recognizing the value of stress reduction, Lisa has devoted the last eight years of her professional life to her massage therapy practice.

Lisa received a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1985. She graduated from the Center of Rehabilitation Education massage program in Knoxville in 2005. She currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kathleen Cleary is a Caregiver Coach and Consultant helping Professional Women find the answers they need to continue living their best life while caring for aging parents. As a Certified Senior Advisor, she offers Seniors and their adult children customized plans of care as well as resources and information to help them navigate the challenges of aging.

Skype: kathleen.cleary12


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If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed … or confused and afraid of the journey ahead, I can help! Let’s chat.

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