Our smartphones, whether an iPhone or a Droid, can be extremely helpful in organizing our lives.  They offer quick methods of communication, calendars, and reminders of events to attend.  In the hustle and bustle of the season, your iPhone or iPad can be used, not only for those reminders, but to assist in creating a stress-free environment.  The amount of de-stressing assistance on your electronic device may surprise you.

The options in the Play Store are almost endless, from a personal wellness coach, to exercise apps, to dieting assistance.  In addition to improving health, apps also exist for planning or tracking purposes.  Use a budgeting app to increase your financial stability, and use a calendar app to plan your busy week.  Create checklists and monitor when you complete various tasks.

One activity that has recently become more popular is Yoga.  Search for apps that assist in monitoring breathing, or specific yoga poses that release stress.  Your electronic device can increase or decrease stress, depending on how you use it.  Taking a little time away from your cell phone and electronics is beneficial as well – remember to take a break, spend time with family, live in the moment, and disconnect to practice stress relief.

Did You Know?

  • Stress can be negative or positive.
  • People feel stress in different ways. Some people may experience physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, and others may experience mental symptoms, such as mood swings and anger.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, there are 5 things that influence stress: Attitude, Diet, Physical Activity, Support Systems, and Relaxation.

5 Suggested Applications to Help You De-Stress

  1. Stress Tracker – know the source of the stress so you can control it! Helps you find your own triggers.
  2. Simply Being – for beginners in meditation. Includes nature sounds and a soothing voice to help you through the steps of meditating.
  3. Ambiance – allows you to customize soothing sounds for any desired activity.
  4. Universal Healing – a guide to breathing that can last only five minutes to an hour.
  5. Relax Melodies – choose from 46 different lulling sounds, from nature, to wind chimes.

Sources: Huffington Post, National Institutes of Health (NIH).  LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.