The current COVID-19 pandemic has us all a little scared, stressed and uncertain. We all have our own way of dealing with stress and different things work for different people. In these digital times, technology has the potential to have a positive influence on managing our stress. Here are just a few apps that might help you during these unusual times.
Yoga with Evy - Yoga and meditation for beginners
Discover yoga when and where you want, at your own pace. In the Yoga with Evy app you will find video lessons with Dutch instructions to master the basics of yoga, as well as numerous yoga styles for an active workout or a relaxing moment of rest. The teaching packages (including packages with Evy Gruyaert, Hilde De Baerdemaeker and Claudia Van Avermaet) include breathing exercises and meditation moments in a me-time moment of 15 to 30 minutes per lesson.
The app contains both free teaching packages and packages that are purchased once at € 6.99 - € 8.99.
Headspace - Meditation & Relaxation exercises for beginners
Founder Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, has created a unique blend of timeless meditation lessons and an incredibly user-friendly interface. The amazingly successful meditation app has the perfect journey for beginners and regular meditators alike!
Download the app and try the 7-day free trial, which will take you on your own personal meditation journey.
Pro tip: designate the same time every day for your meditation.
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Stop, Breathe & Think - Meditation & Breathing techniques
Stop, Breathe & Think offers a unique approach to meditation. Once in the app, you are first asked to identify your current emotions and then meditation practices are offered to you based on this.
So overcome your anxiety, reduce your stress, improve your breathing or even your sleep with the short-guided meditations and other content. You can even track your mood and progress over time!
Pzizz - For relaxation and a better sleep quality
Sleep is fast becoming the superpower of high performers. Research is now establishing the fact that good sleep is crucial for good performance.
But how can you improve your sleep? The app Pzizz offers clinically validated ‘dreamscapes’ – calculated sound sequences – that the CEO, Rockwell Shah, says are designed to:
- Boost somatic awareness
- Relax muscles
- Target issues with heart rate variability and breathing
Even J.K. Rowling has endorsed the app – find it in your app store for some magical sleep!
7 Cups: To reduce anxiety & stress through chats with trained experts
For those of you who prefer real human interaction instead of a pre-recorded voice, 7 Cups is a fantastic app that lets you chat with a trained listener or therapist for free, anonymously and in your own time.
- You are even able to choose your listener based on their life experience, background, language or country, resulting in a more personalised ‘safe space’.
- Further to that, there are support groups for all kinds of categories. From ’35 & Over Community’ to ‘Healthy Living Support’, you’re sure to find the support that you need.
- It can sometimes be daunting to try therapy, but 7 Cups helps you experience the benefits of therapy in a low-risk and safe environment.
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Colorify – Reduce anxiety & stress through colouring
Did you know that colouring has the ability to relax the fear centre of your brain, the amygdala?
In fact, colouring induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless and busy mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work.
Colorify is a free app with tonnes of content that you can colour to your heart’s desire! Check it out on your app store.
Dare to unplug
While we strongly believe that technology can be a useful tool, there are times when unplugging completely is even better. It can be a good idea to consider setting a timer while browsing the internet and a screen time limit for your apps on your mobile phone, as constant updates can be overwhelming. This will help you be more mindful and help you consider if they are really adding value.