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Best free apps for stress relief

There are a variety of apps that have been marketed for stress and anxiety relief; some of them are very valuable. As you would expect, some of the apps available have been extremely hyped up, are not at all worth it, and will take up space on your phone.

When you begin searching for an app to help you with stress, you must understand what you are looking for, whether stress management tips, exercises, meditation techniques, or other skill sets. This will help you separate the apps that are worth it and the ones that are simply overhyped and not what you are looking for.

We have collated a range of apps that we believe are worth the hype and can help stress relief in various ways.

Meditation apps

Once an individual learns how to meditate effectively, they can completely transform their whole mindset toward the element of stress. Meditation can build up resilience to stress that individuals face on a day-to-day basis and with sporadic stresses. Meditation will teach individuals healthy ways of responding to life’s stressors.

Practicing meditation regularly is vital for it to become effective. The following apps we have listed will not only teach you the most effective ways to medicate but furthermore help you maintain the habit.


The app Calm promises to take you on a journey that will result in you developing a calmer mind with various ways to get you there—guided meditation, relaxation techniques, exercises, and bedtime stories to help promote healthy sleep.

The Mindfulness app

The Mindfulness app has been designed and developed to help its users increase their level of mindfulness and improve their life satisfaction through meditation. The app has over 300 options for users to practice and learn vital meditation techniques starting from beginners and going up to individuals who are of an advanced status.

Relaxing Rhythms

Relaxing Rhythms 15-Step Guided Meditation App helps you relax your mind and body by relieving stress and enabling you to gain balance and control over your busy life. Relaxing Rhythms by Unyte gives you the art and science of balanced living.

Stress Relief Apps

The following stress relief apps can help you learn viral stress management techniques and work them into your everyday lives. When you learn vital skills to help manage your stress levels, individuals will often see:

  • A complete shift in their thinking patterns
  • A more positive mind-frame overall toward life
  • Individuals will find themselves naturally becoming more active
  • Mental health and physical health become healthier

The following apps listed below are what we would recommend learning essential stress management techniques and skill sets that are workable in our daily lives.


“A place to feel better wherever you go.” This app provides a range of breathing exercises that have been seen to help individuals de-stress quickly along with tracking the individual’s mood, which helps measure the state of mind the individual has had throughout the day. The app can track what affects you most in life; an additional skillset has been developed into the app based on studied cognitive behavior therapy. A range of insurance plans also covers the app.

Anxiety apps

Anxiety affects each of us; some experience the mental health condition extremely brutally, while others experience anxiety less intensely.

One of the best apps we recommend to help lower anxiety levels when they begin to rise is the app colorfy.


Colorfy is an app that allows adults to engage in the digital realm of coloring as a form of relaxation. Individuals can choose a range of images ranging from easy to complex, or they can upload their digital sketches to further color in.

A study conducted in 2020 states that adults who begin coloring are seen to have a lowered level of anxiety within a few minutes of starting the activity.

How to choose?

The process can seem daunting and somewhat overwhelming when figuring out what app would be most effective for you. People will always benefit from different apps for different reasons. While you may be experiencing the say mental health symptoms as your friend or loved one, it does not mean that the same solution will work for both of you. Individuals will benefit from each app differently, so there will be a lot of trial and error for a couple of weeks until you find what works best for you.

Most apps will come with a free trial; different apps come with a different length of the trial, so ensure you understand the terms and conditions, so you don’t get charged. When you do begin shopping around, be sure to consider the following factors:

  • What do you want out of the app, such as:
  • Guided meditation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • What type of activities do you feel comfortable doing
  • How much time do you have to put aside to integrate this app into your life
  • Do you want the ability to record details

Writing down the key factors you would like to get out of these apps is vital to finding the perfect one for you.

Know when to talk to a medical professional

Knowing when to talk to a medical professional is vital to ensure any mental health issue does not get worse and lead to additional health complications.

If you begin experiencing the following constant symptoms, we would advise you to contact a medical professional for an examination:

  • Extreme mood swings
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Socially withdrawing
  • Ongoing irritability
  • Constant sadness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling constantly anxious
  • Regular panic attacks
  • Anxiety that has begun to affect your day-to-day life
  • Changes in eating habits

Please do remember that you are never alone when it comes to mental health. Millions of Americans suffer from mental health issues, so there is nothing to be ashamed of. While the apps we have recommended help deal with stress and low-level mental health issues, it is in no way a substitute for seeing medical or mental health professionals.

Keep on top of your mental health

Mental health is such an essential factor in our lives, and we must make time to ensure it is kept healthy. Life can become highly stressful for several reasons; however, putting breakers in place to help manage stress is vital to maintaining healthy mental health.

There is a range of apps out there, and while we have recommended the ones that we have seen work with patients, we would always recommend you research each of these apps to see what would be most beneficial. An app that helps one individual manage their stress level and learn critical skills will possibly not work for another person.

If you find yourself struggling with your mental health and every prevention you have put in place is not helping, we recommend checking to see a medical professional for a check-up. No one should ever worry or be ashamed that they are taking care of themselves.

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