Relax With These Five Smartphone Apps

If your phone is always buzzing with emails, texts and other forms of bother, you might be ready to toss it out the window. But hold it. There are lots of ways to use smartphone apps to lessen the stress in your life. Here are five of them.

1. Calm
Calm focuses on meditation that helps you slow down. Customize your own blend of nature scenes and music to create an experience that works for you. If you’re on the go, you can limit that experience to just two minutes, and when you have more time, stretch it out to 30 minutes.

2. Noisli
Do you struggle to focus when it’s completely quiet? Noisli creates anything from white noise to the bustling sounds of a cafe to mimic an environment that boosts your productivity. You can also save your previously played sounds and reuse them whenever you like.

3. Stop, Breathe & Think
If it seems like too much work to make one of these smartphone apps work for you, Stop, Breathe & Think could be the answer. It takes five minutes to get into this one, and there are self-assessment and survey tools to help you gauge if this app is working for you or not.

4. Thunderspace 5K
Surprisingly, the sounds of a thunderstorm can be pretty calming. Thunderspace takes advantage of that by reproducing the sounds of a thunderstorm. You can add in visuals with lightning flashes, too.

5. Tibetan Bowl Sound Relaxation
Inspired by a Tibetan bowl, an item associated with relaxation and mental well-being, this app is another meditation-focused one. You can use it to create a sound-based peaceful midday oasis. Or you can use its combination of soothing sounds of traditional Tibetan instruments to help you drift off to sleep. It even has a built-in timer that slowly turns the volume down based on how long it usually takes you to fall asleep.

Which app will you try? Sound off in the comments below!

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