Top 24 Stress-Busting Apps
Life constantly bombards us with problems, and sometimes it’s the small things that have a tendency to pile up and lead to a lot of stress. Luckily, there are tons of apps out there designed to help you manage the everyday tasks that can seem overwhelming at times.
Here are 24 of our favorites:
Being organized is a great way to cut back on stress, and ColorNote makes managing your life a breeze! You can color-code all the little things in your life and get reminders for important events. According to Mijae Kim, co-founder of ColorNote:
ColorNote is a simple yet powerful notepad app that enables you to easily manage your life on the go. You can create notes, lists and calendar events, and also put them on your home screen. It has been downloaded by over 99 million users in the Google Play store.
EasilyDo helps you track shipments, stay up-to-date on flights, update contact lists, receive reminders about upcoming events and more. If something is happening in your life, EasilyDo can help you stay in the loop. Hetal Pandya, co-founder and VP of Marketing for EasilyDo explains how the app integrates with popular services:
EasilyDo streamlines your tasks by connecting to apps & services you care about. Connect and manage your email accounts and calendars from Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange and IMAP accounts, and other services like LinkedIn, Evernote and Facebook.
You know what feels great? Saving money. Unfortunately in our stressful daily lives, we don’t always have time to find the best deal. Well, here’s what GasBuddy Petroleum Analyst & Director of Public Relations Allison Mac had to say:
GasBuddy is a free app that helps you save money every time you fill up. The app shows you all the nearby gas stations and their real prices so you never overpay at the pump again.
There’s nothing more stressful than keeping track of all of your expenses. Whether you’re filling out an expense report for business or doing taxes, all those receipts can really pile up. That’s when Expensify comes in handy. According to Ryan Schaffer over at Expensify:
Expensify takes pictures of your receipts and automatically does your expense report for you so you don’t need to carry around a bunch of receipts or worry about getting reimbursed while on a business trip.
This science-based approach to emotional well-being helps sufferers of stress and anxiety cope while developing new and healthier habits. The app provides helpful games and activities to help users improve their lives and cut back on the stress. The folks at Happifysay it’s the only app of its kind:
Happify is the only app that integrates the scientific research in positive psychology and neuroscience into activities, exercises and games to help people become happier, more fulfilled, less anxious and stressed.
Having a bad day? Inner Balance uses your iPhone and a peripheral attachment that monitors your activity in order to offer a personalized approach to emotional well-being.
Your individual apps are great at what they do, but what could they accomplish if they all worked together? IFTTT– If This, Then That – allows you to create automatic functions, or “recipes,” between apps. Set one app to interact with another automatically and let IFTTT do the work for you! Jane Stecyk of IFTTT had this to say about the app:
IFTTT empowers you to make new connections with confidence between the apps, services, and devices you use every day. Over 300 companies are on the platform, including Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Gmail, Nest, Fitbit, and Slack. IFTTT lets you combine them in new and creative ways with statements called Recipes. These Recipes allow you to control your world in ways both large and small, from automating simple tasks to transforming how you experience and manage your health, homes and habits.
Do you find it difficult to drift off to dreamland? Meet the Sandman’s sidekick: Relax Melodies. This app enables you to customize your own relaxing playlists, play mixes others have shared and learn ways to achieve a better sleep night after night. After a restful night of sleep, a member of the Relax Melodies team said this about the app:
Relax Melodies gives you the unique ability to create your own ambiance and add a guided meditation over it. With over 100 sounds to choose from, you can recreate almost any environment that relaxes you.
Meditation is all about inner reflection and tranquility, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself. Simply Being, from the expert team at Meditation Oasis guides users to a state of enhanced relaxation. Meditation-seekers of all levels can enjoy this app. Mary Maddux, creator of the guided meditations, explains it this way:
The Simply Being app makes meditation easy for anyone. With its clean interface, you can customize your meditation experience with choice of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes of guided meditation and various selections of music or nature sounds for the background.
Keeping track of spending is often a major source of stress. Simplify the way you manage your money with this innovative personal budgeting app. See and pay your bills, set financial goals, and even track your credit score through Mint. Holly Perez, Mint Senior Manager, explains the benefits:
The beauty of Mint is that you can see all of your financial accounts in one place including banking information, student loans and mortgage. With Mint, you can see how and where you’re spending, create budgets, set goals and check your credit score to help you make smart and informed financial choices. Mint is free and available on iOS, Android and the web.
Games are often a way to escape stress, but what if they could actually reduce it? Personal Zen aims to do just that. By playing a simple yet fun game, users stimulate their brains to lower stress and anxiety without even knowing it. Founder of Personal Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, says:
Personal Zen is a scientifically-validated mobile application for reducing stress and anxiety. Based on 20 years of brain training and anxiety-reduction research, it effectively boosts stress resilience and decreases anxiety when used only a few minutes a day, a few days a week.
Take the stress out of collaboration with Quip. If communication and collaboration are keys to successful teamwork in the workplace, consider Quip the key ring. This essential office app cuts time spent on tasks like sharing and finding files, communicating ideas and planning meetings. Patrick Morgan, Chief Customer Officer of Quip:
Quip is a simple place for work teams to create living documents. It combines chat, docs, task lists, and spreadsheets in one product experience — making collaboration fast and easy. Skip the endless chain of emails, meetings, chats and document versions by working simpler and faster with Quip on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone and Android. Watch your team and your work come alive.
There’s a world of knowledge out there, but it can be stressful trying to figure out where to find it. Quizlet connects students and teachers alike to flashcards, study sessions, educational games and other learning tools from all over the world. Find user-generated study sets for every subject, and upload your own to share your knowledge with eager learners near and far. Quizlet founder and CTO, Andrew Sutherland:
Quizlet is the world’s largest platform for user generated study content and digital learning tools used by tens of millions of students and teachers every day in 196 countries around the world. Its curriculum agnostic and teachers, parents and students who lack resources can use Quizlet to complement any existing educational system or ability level.
Stop, Breathe, & Think
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle, but taking time out for yourself is important. Stop, Breathe & Think is perfect for taking a short break from your busy day and giving your body and mind the peaceful meditation it needs. Founder and president of Stop, Breathe & Think, Jamie Price said this:
The Stop, Breathe and Think app is a free mindfulness, meditation and compassion-building tool that is simple, fun and easy to use. Check in to how you are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide you to recommended meditations.
Positive Activity Jackpot and Breathe2Relax
Positive Activity Jackpot helps you find something healthy and enjoyable to take part in. Combine that with Breathe2Relax, a handheld resource for breathing exercises and stress reduction, and you have two very powerful, stress-busting tools. Here’s what Dr. David Cooper, Psy.D, psychologist and Mobile Applications Program Lead at the National Center of Telehealth & Technology, had to say:
The free Breathe2Relax and Positive Activity Jackpot apps, produced by the U. S. Department of Defense, stand out because they are based on psychological health research and designed by experts in mobile health and psychology.
Pacifica is designed to help people manage stress and anxiety. There are five core activities that help the user gradually deal with stress and worry while promoting overall wellness and relaxation. According to Designer & Co-Founder Chris Goettel:
Pacifica offers daily activities for stress & anxiety alongside a supportive community.
With White Noise, you’ll be able to relax, sleep better and, overall, feel better about the day. The app features a wealth of sounds, a gradual alarm and you can even record your own sounds. Founder & CEO of TMSOFT Todd Moore had this to say:
White Noise by TMSOFT plays perfectly-looped ambient noises to help you relax during the day and sleep great at night. Download hundreds of new sounds for free from the online market, or record your own.
There’s so much to do in a day and not nearly enough hours. You need a way to make the most of your time and that’s where 24me comes in. It helps you schedule tasks and keep up with events. Liat Mordechay Hertanu, Co-Founder and CMO:
24me provides one place to manage your schedule – Calendars, Tasks, Notes and Personal Accounts. What sets 24me apart from other apps is that it automatically completes tasks and errands.
The aptly-named WorkFlowy is the quintessential app for managing your workflow of ideas and notes. Here’s why the folks behind WorkFlowy love it:
We use WorkFlowy for everything, including product planning, bug tracking, software implementation, and meeting notes. It has made us better thinkers and doers.
You can plan for just about anything and receive important reminders when something needs to be done. You can also share your lists with others and collaborate. According to Wunderlist Product Marketing Manager Simon Chan:
Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists & get stuff done.
Sometimes a situation isn’t as bad as you think, but you get all worked up about it anyway. Sometimes all the what-ifs of life can drive you to inaction. That’s where Worry Watch can help by offering journaling functionality as well as view patterns and trends in your documented anxiety. Alan over at Worry Watch had this to share:
Often we ruminate, worry and get stressed about every day stuff with the presumption that things will always go wrong. Worry Watch app helps us realize that our worries are mostly unfounded based on our own statistics.
Have an idea you need to jot down on paper? Is there a thought nagging you and causing stress? Evernote is a great way to take notes on your mobile device and review them across multiple platforms, including computers. Here’s what Evernote VP Azmat Ali had to say:
Evernote works on your computer, your phone, and on the web, so you can capture new thoughts anywhere – no matter how big or small – and find them quickly whenever you need them. Add in the ability to clip web pages right into Evernote, and no idea will get lost ever again.
Headspace is an app that encourages users to meditate for a few minutes every day with guided and non-guided exercises ranging from two minutes to one hour. Users can choose from different areas of focus including health, performance, relationships, and more as well as track progress and get rewards as they go. The app is free, but users can subscribe for a fee to unlock hundreds of hours of content.