5 Popular Apps for Stress Relief

April 5, 2017
Kerry Lengyel

Need a breather? A break? A little time to de-stress? Who doesn’t? Download one of these 5 popular stress relief apps, and you may find yourself feeling more clarity, joy, and peace in your daily life.

Credit: www.headspace.com


Price: Free for limited content. $12.99 per month, $94.99 per year, or $399.99 lifetime subscription for premium content.

If you’re new to the idea of meditation, Headspace wants to be your go-to app. It takes you through a course of 10-minute daily meditations to get you more comfortable with and acclimated to a meditation routine. The app also offers select courses aimed to help you recover in a hurry from a meltdown or panic attack.

Review: “After trying several other meditation apps, this is the one I’ve been able to stick with—59 straight days and counting. I really look forward to my Headspace time every day.”

Credit: www.happify.com


Price: Free for limited content; $11.99 per month, $49.99 per 6 months, or $59.99 per year for premium content.

Refocus all your panicked and stressed-out energy into this app’s activities and games to take control of your emotional well-being. Happify features science-based activities and games that aim to elevate your happiness, reduce stress and anxiety, and train your brain to overcome negative thoughts.

Review: “When I am stressed, it’s a great place for me to get a break and center back into calm and focus. This app is really helping me. I am noticing a big difference and it’s also fun!”

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Stop, Breathe & Think

Price: Free for limited content; $6.99 per month or $84 per year for premium content.

Rewire your brain for the better with this app that zeroes in on helping you make progress with meditation. Let the app curate a few meditation choices after letting it know where you are mentally and what emotions you are feeling. Stop, Breathe & Think claims to help you feel more balanced and ready to take on your biggest dreams and goals after just a few weeks.

Review: “I use this app every day. Being able to pause and check in with my emotions has become very valuable to me. This app creates a nice balance between direction and individual flexibility.”

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Price: Free for limited content; $9.99 per month, $59.99 per year, or $149.99 lifetime for premium content.

Welzen offers mindfulness meditation on the go with 5-minute sessions. Try out the app’s 5 days of Welzen series to start on your path to a meditation routine, and then discover more intricate coaching sessions and guided meditations as you continue. The app offers micro-meditations for workday stress that focus on helping you disconnect for a few minutes to make the rest of your work day better.

Review: “I wanted to commit to meditating for a long time but could not find the right app or book to draw me in. I love Welzen. They explain the process and purpose of each meditation and definitely make it easy to stick with.”

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Price: Free for limited content; $12.99 per month, $59.99 per year, or $299.99 lifetime for premium content.

Millions of people use the aptly named Calm app to experience the benefits of mindfulness and meditation: reduced anxiety, better sleep, and improved well-being. This simple meditation app aims to help you do 4 specific things: mediate, breathe, sleep, and relax.

Review: “This app has changed my life. From the first day I used it, I felt the depression, rage, and frustration I was feeling melt away. Things don’t always go as planned with friends, family, the world, and in life, but this app has helped me navigate frustrations and really live in the moment.”