Monday, July 11, 2011

My Top 3 Stress Reducing Apps on iPhone

People talk about how stressful it is having so much information at your fingertips all day everyday. They mention that there is no way to step back and decompress. I guess that's true to a point, but I also believe that you can use technology to reduce your stress. Here are my top stress reducing apps for the iPhone:

1. Sleep Machine Lite

This is one of my favourite apps. It's basically a white noise maker to help you sleep. I liked it so much I bought the full version of the app. You can choose up to three sounds to overlap. The sounds are meant to block out other noises and help you to relax. In the full version, you can layer your own sound combinations and you can also set a timer or an alarm. This is great, it even helps my kids to fall asleep when they are wound up!

2. Calendar App

The iPhone has a calendar app right on the home screen. This helps me to reduce stress because I share my calendar with my husband through an exchange server. Any time either one of us books something, we invite the other to the event so that we can both see at a glance when we're busy. This helps to prevent double booking and helps us to juggle our single vehicle.

3. Bubble Wrap

Ever had one of those days when you just want to take out your stress on a sheet of bubble wrap? This app lets you do that! I used to work in a large format retail store and one of the managers came back into the receiving area, grabbed a piece of bubble wrap, threw it on the floor and then jumped up and down on it. My co-workers and I were so surprised, because he was quite mild mannered, but taking out his frustrations on the bubble wrap was a great way to calm down and make us all laugh. This isn't quite as fun, but you get to tap bubbles to your hearts content.

What are your favourite stress reducing iPhone Apps? Let me know, I'm always looking for apps that can help me out.