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Happy Apps: 6 Downloads to Keep You Cool, Calm, and Collected

Taking little moments throughout the day to either reset your emotions or recharge your energy can do wonders for your mind and body, but it can be hard to figure out how that time fits into a busy daily routine. That’s where these six downloads come into play – it’s like having a personal assistant reminding you to be, well, mindful.

  1. The Mindfulness App. Consider this an intro to meditation: Gentle bells sound throughout the day to encourage finding inner peace.
  2. Breathe2Relax. Research has shown that slow and controlled breathing exercises — like the ones used in this app — can lower blood pressure and manage stress levels.
  3. Stop, Breathe, and Think. When you check in, you’re asked to select your current state of mind. Then, meditations are suggested based on your mood.
  4. Take a Break! Step aside from your hectic schedule for 7- or 13-minute meditations set to certain music like rainforest sounds or lulling tranquil backgrounds.
  5. Anti-Stress Quotes! Daily words of wisdom to improve your mental health. For example: “Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”
  6. Happify. Based on the science of thinking positively, this app asks you to engage in a range of mood-boosting activities and games.

Maximize results by using the apps during regular designated times throughout the day like morning and/or evening commutes, at night before bed, or over the lunch break. Another tip: Put your phone on airplane mode during sessions so you aren’t interrupted with incoming texts or calls

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