“I’m not stressed, just very, very alert.” Top Four Stress-Busting Apps

Are you a stressed out? Do you worry too much? Are you overwhelmed? Are your shoulders as tight as rocks? Most of us have some sort of stress in our lives and if you are anything like me, there is a lot of it! (Pay the bills, get the kids to school on time, go to work, pick up the kids, go to the grocery store, go home and make dinner, and don’t forget the laundry! Then it starts all over again the next day!)

What? You don’t have time to go to a yoga session at the gym? How about doing it at home with an instructor right on your very own phone! Or, you could take five minutes to yourself and meditate while deep breathing to relax. We found many different apps for relaxation and listed here are our top four. As always, there are many more in your app store, so if you don’t find one that you like here, go to the app store and find one that you are comfortable with. It’s important to keep trying apps until you find one that you like so that you will stick with it!

Now, take a deep breath inlet it out slowlyrelax and take a look at our top four relaxation apps…

1. Long Deep Breathing ($.99) iPhone

Relax and calm yourself now with Long Deep Breathing. This app offers a simple way to learn and practice the Long Deep Breathing technique. Practice a few minutes a day and it will make a major contribution to your health, longevity and happiness. According to the ancient yogis, Long Deep Breathing will calm the mind, balance the emotions, and harmonize body, mind and spirit. Long Deep Breathing can be used everyday when you want to be in control of your emotions and think clearly and effectively. Long Deep Breathing is also used in meditation and in yoga. Long Deep Breathing is a fast way to trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, and induce a relaxed state in your body and mind so the body can heal and repair itself. Long Deep Breathing also releases endorphins into the circulation system. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers. This can help relieve general aches and pains, as well as help to lower blood pressure. This application contains two bonus features: Using Long Deep Breathing to Help Overcome Insomnia. Using Long Deep Breathing As A guided Meditation for Self-Healing.

2. Relax and Rest Guided Meditations ($.99) iPhone & Android

This app is rated for newbies, novice, and advanced meditation users. There are three meditations of varying lengths allow you to relax deeply regardless of how much time you have available. Also, there are written Meditation Tips to help support your experience with the guided meditations. “No previous meditation experience is required.”

  •   Breath Awareness Guided Meditation (5 min) – to get centered and relaxed when you only have a short amount of time.
  •   Deep Rest Guided Meditation (13 min) – allows you to sink into a deeply restful state. Great for falling asleep.
  •   Whole Body Guided Relaxation (24 min) – Relax totally and completely with this meditation which helps you locate tension in     every part of the body, and let it go.

There are controls on the meditations, so you can choose to listen to them with music or nature sounds or without. There are also separate volume controls to adjust the mix of music-to-voice ratio to suit your preference. You can even listen to the music alone.

3. Yoga Relax ($.99) iPhone

Yoga Relax is the sequel to the popular app Yoga Stretch. Yoga Relax is designed to calm the body while improving strength, balance, posture and flexibility. 
Yoga Relax is your own personal Yoga instructor that takes you through a full Session including audio commentary, images and music. This session caters to a gentler morning or night session and benefits all levels. Yoga Stretch is a focused mind and body workout.

4. AntiStress – ($.99) iPhone & Android

Shake your stress away with AntiStress. Shaking your iPhone just might be what some people need to fight the stress. If you are a person that likes to “get physical” when your emotions are high, this is a good app for you. (Just be sure you don’t accidentally throw or drop your phone!)

With AntiStress you can also:

  • Calm yourself before you have a bad reaction
  • Calm yourself for a panic attack
  • Calm anxieties and worries
  • Refresh yourself when you feel exhausted
  • Calm down your phobia

Click here to take a stress test: http://www.stressTest.com

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Top Four Intellectual Wellness Apps: Train Your Brain While Playing Games

A man went in for a brain transplant operation and the surgeon offered the man a choice of two brains. He could choose either an architect’s brain for $10,000, or a politician’s brain for $100,000. “Does that mean that the politician’s brain is much smarter than the architect’s?” exclaimed the clearly puzzled man. “Not exactly” replied the surgeon, “The politician’s brain just hasn’t been used.”

Don’t let your brain go soft! Your brain needs exercise just like the rest of your body. So, we found four different and fun apps that can help keep your brain challenged. These apps have fun, challenging games made specifically to exorcise different areas of your brain by solving problems and answering questions. Play these games a few minutes each day and you could give your brain a ‘tune-up’ or even an ‘upgrade’. Challenge yourself, your friends and your kids while playing games and having fun.

1. Brain Trainer by Lumosity (FREE) iPhone

Brain Trainer has 10 brain games designed to enhance your cognitive abilities: including memory, processing speed, attention, flexibility, and problem solving. To achieve the best results, you should play brain games a few minutes each day. Over 14 million users have trained their brain using Brain Trainer and they reported the following benefits:

• Improved memory

• Enhanced mood

• Better problem solving skills

• Ability to think more quickly

Start improving your brain NOW!

2. Words With Friends (FREE) iPhone & Android

Do you have a large vocabulary? Test your vocabulary knowledge with Words With Friends. This app brings the joys of Scrabble to your smart phone. You can sign in to Words with Friends through your Facebook account to find friendly opponents with ease and when you prevail you can post your victory.

3. Clockwork Game (FREE) iPhone

Discover a series of ingenious mini-games especially created to test various cognitive abilities such as visual, spatial, logic, language, arithmetic, and memory. Train your brain and challenge yourself with Clockwork Brain!

[INCLUDED FREE MINI-GAMES]

★ Scrolling Silhouettes: Trains Visual/Spatial Ability

★ Anagrams: Trains Language Processing

★ Missing Tiles: Trains Arithmetic

★ Chase the Numbers: Trains Memory

★ Size Matters (Unlockable Bonus): Trains Visual/Spatial Ability

[PREMIUM MINI-GAMES]

★Word Length: Trains Language Processing

★Sculpt Away: Trains Memory

★Directions: Trains Visual/Spatial Ability

★Points of View: Trains Logic

★Label It: Trains Language Processing

★What Changed: Trains Memory

4. Sudoku(FREE) iPhone & Android

Sudoku free has unique handcrafted puzzles across four different skill levels, and is a great introduction to the fun and puzzle solving challenge of Sudoku.

Sudoku Features:

• Multiple color schemes
                 • ALL puzzles are solvable WITHOUT guessing

• Unique handcrafted puzzles
        • 4 color schemes

• Four different skill levels
              • Challenge a friend

• “ALL notes”: tap the “All notes” button on to show possible answers for each square. Tap the “All notes” button off to remove the notes

• Pause the game at any time and resume where you left off

• Best times, progress statistics, and much more

• Hints: shows the answer for the selected square or a random square when one is not selected