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7 Soothing Self-Help Apps for Easing Stress and Anxiety

 Stress and anxiety are fundamental parts of our daily life. Nearly one fifth of Americans suffer from anxiety - 20% of whom endure severe anxiety – whereas, every single one of us experiences stress. Stress is, after all, part of what makes us human: those intense feelings are our body’s way of telling us to react to a stressful situation. But stress and anxiety confuse our minds, making us rush, worry, and put ourselves under undue pressure. 
 
Mercifully, the following cell phone apps have been designed to manage the stress and anxiety that dog our lives. Here are 7 of the very best anxiety and stress busting apps for Android and iOS.
 
1. Calm
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With several special programs designed to meet your requirements, Calm promises to help you ‘reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier’. It’s a terrific app for people who can’t go to a regular meditation class every day. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes a day, this app will provide you with great concentration techniques and help you understand how to live in the present moment.
Calm is free for iOS and Android
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Happify is an app that utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology, in the form of activities and fun games. The app is intended to help you adopt positive thinking patterns and build up your immunity to negative thoughts. In short, by using this app you are making your first steps in the science of happiness. 
Happify is free for iOS and Android
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Another industry leading app that offers daily meditation techniques is Headspace. Its painstakingly designed exercises are geared towards training your mind to support a better and healthier being. All you need to help achieve this spiritual goal is a mere 10 minutes per day. If you think about it, you can always grab an extra 10 minutes before you get up or go to bed, or while you go to the restroom during the day time.
Headspace is free for iOS and Android
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All day we ask people and are asked by them “how are you?” Yet, how often do we honestly answer this question? It’s so easy to respond, “I’m fine”, without really thinking about it. The true answer, however, is left lying deep within us. These unspoken worries cause anxiety and stress. How Are You say that their app has caused an improvement in the average mood of its users by some 18%, simply by teaching them to track and recognize their emotions. It’s well worth a try!
How Are You is free for Android
 
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Based on the result driven hypothesis developed by Jacob Strachotta, HelloMind allows you to select one area of your worries you need to work on, e.g. low-confidence, fear, or negativity. For each of these worries a specific hypnotherapy session will be suggested for you to help prove that you can control your emotions. Just imagine, prolonged use this app could even teach you to think of anxiety, fear and lack of sleep as things you need not suffer from anymore.
HelloMind is free for iOS and Android
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Lantern’s motto is ‘become your strongest self’. Their app offers a personalized experience to help you do this. Lantern assesses your strengths and weaknesses and uses its assessment to match you with a coach to lead your daily exercises. These self-development programs were designed by researchers from Stanford, Penn State, and Washington University. This is an app you can rely on.
Lantern is free for iOS
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Moodnotes is based around the well-known fact that journaling your thoughts and feelings allows you to acknowledge them, showing you that your issues are solvable. This easy-to-use app, by asking you to capture your feelings and mood, teaches you to become more self-aware, which is vital for helping you take the fight to your stress and anxiety. Once you’ve developed healthier thinking patterns, you’ll be able to improve your mood - and never look back.
Moodnotes is available on iOS for $2.99 


H/T: learning-mind.com

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