Stressed? Use these 5 free apps to help you de-stress anytime anywhere

With standards of living consistently on the rise, workloads getting heavier at the workplace, it is no wonder the modern Singaporean is feeling more stressed out and at the risk of burnout these days.

If you are constantly feeling stressed at home or at work, some of the typical ways of de-stressing you may have considered probably includes exercise, massages, counselling and more…

But if you need a more convenient method for stress relief that allows you to de-stress anytime and anywhere, then perhaps you can try out our suggested list of stress therapy apps. These various apps provide stress therapy across a wide range from meditation, mindfulness breathing, cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation techniques, coloring in, or online therapy chat services – Pick one or a few that suits you and begin your journey to a less stressed out life!

Happify

Happify utilizes science-based activities and games developed by leading scientists and experts who’ve been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.

Reviews from users

“Happify totally changed my perspective. The games and activities seem very simple at first, but after a few days I started noticing I’m feeling less stressed and have a much more positive view on things. Highly recommended – it simply works.”

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Recolor

Coloring therapy is real. I mean look at all the adult coloring books that are popping up in the book stores these days. On a serious note, coloring is said to calm the amygdala, the part of the brain related to the fear/stress response while stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for creativity and logic.

What Recolor provides is the same therapy but on your phone instead of in a physical book, so you can color anywhere and everywhere without lugging your coloring supplies around. How convenient!

Reviews from users

“I think this is a good app. It relieves my stress and it’s a has really cool pictures”

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Calm

Calm is a beautifully designed app that focuses solely on meditation techniques and the practice of mindfulness through guided programmes. Meditation is highly recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts help with you de-stress.

If you are so stressed you get insomnia, this app has a useful feature called “Sleep Stories” where tales read by well known voices help people unwind and fall into a deep sleep each evening.

Reviews from users

“I don’t know what it is about the sleep stories, but they put me right to sleep. I never make it through a whole story. I think they give my mind something to concentrate on so that I am not thinking too much about everyday stuff to go to sleep.”

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Headspace

Very similar to Calm, Headspace also is an app that focuses heavily on meditation techniques and the practice of mindfulness through guided programmes

It is like having a personal meditation guide right in your pocket.

In fact they even have SOS exercises in case of any sudden meltdowns you might experience outside.

Reviews from users

“I look forward to doing these exercises everyday, even multiple times in a day if I can. I’m completely obsessed!

A++, I really hope the creator reads this because you have truly changed my life. Thank you! I feel free again”

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7Cups

If playing games, coloring and meditation is not your cup of tea, check out 7Cups an online therapy platform. This amazing platform provides free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counselors at your convenience. They have helped conduct over 16 million conversations so far.

Whether you are going through a challenging time or just want to talk to someone, give them a try!

Reviews from users

“The kindness of talking to strangers on 7 Cups Of Tea has helped me deal with the stresses and strains of life, just be having someone listen to my problems and help offload some overthinking or see things in a new light.”

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