If You’re Reading This, Take a Deep Breath

Alaina Stanisci


November 3, 2021

Nowadays with such cutting-edge technology, there are so many great apps for stress management available for our generation to utilize every single day. Whether it be a digital art platform, quick meditation, entertainment, or inspirational app, there’s something out there for everyone. However, there’s nothing out there that effectively sums it all up in one except Promly, which is coming to the app store in early 2022. Until then, take advantage of the apps listed below to just take a moment for yourself and relax!

With so many different stress management apps out there, it can be difficult to find what’s best for you, especially if you don’t want to spend hours looking through the app store to find the perfect fit. That’s what I did for you! Below, I’ve summed up some of the benefits of all of my favorite apps so you don’t have to go looking through the app store on a treasure hunt to find the best ones. Here they are!

If you’re reading this, go to the app store, find a relaxation app, take a deep breath, and relax. After all, you deserve it.

What's Up is a free app that helps users cope with depression, anxiety, anger and stress through therapy methods and tools like a diary and a tracker for both positive and negative habits. The app also has forums to connect with others, guides on staying grounded and calming breathing techniques.

Happify is one case where playing games on a smartphone can serve a meaningful purpose. The app, free with in-app purchase options, has different tracks –-from parenting to anxiety to confidence –-that are coached by trained professionals. Choose tracks and then play games and activities to progress.

Be Okay is your personal comfort zone. With Be Okay, help is always available through calming techniques that help you cope with anxiety and panic attacks.

• Regain control of your breathing with selected deep breathing exercises

• Listen to nature sounds in a calming and relaxing atmosphere

• Quickly call a loved one when you need them the most

• Import photos that make you smile

• Keep records of anxiety and panic attacks to better deal with possible future occurrences and identify possible triggers

Simple Habit is an app that offers short meditations to fit into your busy schedule. • Only 5-minutes per day to improve your life through stress relief and improved focus • New meditation guides by the world’s best teachers, from mindfulness experts at Google to former monks

• Perfect for busy lifestyles - meditate with Simple Habit's On-the-Go feature to quickly calm your nerves and/or anxiety to achieve a sense of mindfulness

• Guided meditations for specific symptoms (sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, and more) • Guided meditations for specific life situations to help you relax and calm down (wake-up, commute, tough day at work, and more)

Calm is an app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Experience less anxiety and better sleep with guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress. Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule, and various topics offered all the way from sleep to mindfulness at college to self-esteem and so much more.

Headspace is another simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. Get more from your day through mindfulness, be less distracted and reactive, and focus on the things that matter most to you. Train your mind with guided meditations on everything from stress to sleep, and anxiety to relationships. Bring more awareness to daily activities through on-the-go exercises, and use SOS sessions to skillfully manage moments of panic or anxiety.

Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address stress, anxiety, and depression based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking. Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused by an ongoing cycle of negative thoughts. Thoughts cause physical feelings and emotions which cause actions. Pacifica helps break this cycle using tools that target each of its components. Day-by-day, you'll learn to manage stress, anxiety and depression at your own pace. We’re not about quick-fixes or false promises. We are about real progress, a day at a time.

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Alaina Stanisci

Laina (she/her/hers) is a senior in high school. In her spare time, you can find her on the soccer field, skiing and eating belgium waffles, or going on hikes with her dog Ella. As somebody with mental health experience, Laina wants to someday help others become the most authentic, happy, and genuine versions of themselves.