A Few Apps for Relaxing

There seems to be an app out there for everything. This blog post is dedicated to a variety of apps aimed to help you relax.  I’ve tried out some of the highest rated apps to see what works and what needs improvement. Below are a variety of apps that range from zenful games to guided relaxation techniques.

1. Pocket Pond 2

This is a cute relaxing game that’s easy to interact with.  When starting out, the app does provide guided instructions on how to play with and maintain your koi pond. I enjoyed the water sounds and graphics; however, it seems that not all parts the app are working correctly.  For instance, the social section that looks for your friends who may also be playing this game times out.  Because of that, I don’t have the option to visit other ponds and trade fish. Overall it’s a good concept and is easy to use and play.

2. Calm

Calm is absolutely lovely. Upon opening the app you are greeted with leaves being shaken by a gentle rain.  Very relaxing.  This is followed by a three minute breathing exercise diving you right into a more clamed state of mind. If you don’t like the rain, that’s ok.  There are multiple scene options to choose from that you don’t have to “unlock” like with other apps. Depending on what you would like to focus on which ranges from your sleep, happiness, focus, or self-esteem, this app offers multiple day courses to help you mediate on these areas. Don’t worry about remembering to do these meditation exercises everyday, the app will remind you.

3. Down Dog

This is a great app for the cost, free. If you are a yoga beginner like me, this app helps.  This is a great way to practice at home with a yoga studio like feel. Each time you open it, the yoga experience is different so you aren’t doing the same sequence each time.  The music and voice guided instructions are soothing; however, I personally would rather have video instruction rather than pictures. That’s the only downside I’ve found with the app.

4. Zen Sand

If you are looking for a relaxing logic game, this would be a good choice. The idea is to figure out how to guide sand into various jars using bamboo sticks. It definitely stretches the mind and the atmosphere  is complimented nicely by seasons, graphics, and zen like music. This is a good game to get sucked into.

Although these are just a few of the relaxation apps out there, there are plenty more to explore. Play around with what works for you. Do you have a great app on your phone that helps you de-stress?  If so, please share it below.

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About Leah Taboada

Hello and welcome to my blog that is a personal journey through self managing stress and finding relaxation. Between my first tax season as a tax accountant and finishing my Masters in Accountancy, I'll be exploring techniques and sharing my experiences. I encourage you to try them as well and comment on how they've word for you.
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