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Compiled by Jenny Goldade

 

Everyone is susceptible to stress. However, some people may be more prone to it depending on their day-to-day schedule — like funeral directors.

 

Funeral directors are constantly putting the needs of their families first every single day. Whether it’s funeral planning, comforting a grieving family, or organizing a community event, you’re constantly busy. And as you know, death calls don’t come during the standard 9-to-5 workday. So your unpredictable schedule also can add to the stress of the day.

 

Even though your schedule is busy and unpredictable, it’s still important to schedule some time for self-care. Remember, you can’t take care of your families unless you take care of yourself. Practicing self-care can relieve stress and prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and even vicarious trauma.

 

One easy and convenient way to do this is by downloading a stress-relieving app. They make apps for tracking your stress levels, doing breathing exercises, practicing yoga, and many other activities. You can find the best fit for you.

 

Below is a list of some of the top de-stressing apps that you can download on your smartphone or tablet.

 

Breathe2Relax

Through various breathing exercises, this app helps you relieve stress, relax, reduce anxiety, boost energy, and improve your overall mood and health. It includes step-by-step guides for breathing techniques, videos to help you through breathing exercises, and an adjustable stress level scale.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars in App Store and 4 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

Happify

This app helps you create new habits to improve your overall happiness. Through simple activities and games, you can learn ways to relieve stress and anxiety and track your overall happiness.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars in App Store and 3.6 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

Headspace

Learn how to meditate and relieve stress with this easy-to-use app. Through hundreds of themed sessions — including short sessions for those who are busy — meditation can become a regular part of your routine and help you relax.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars in App Store and 4.6 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

Pacifica

Relieve stress and relax through the various features available within this app. Through relaxation techniques, a mood and health tracker, goal setting, and other activities, you can find ways to de-stress and relax after a long day.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars in App Store and 4.4 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

Pocket Yoga

With this app, you can learn how to de-stress through yoga. There are 27 different sessions to choose from that vary in difficulty and time length so you can start at your comfort level and work your way up.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars in App Store and 4.4 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: $2.99

Smiling Mind

With meditation activities, this app helps improve mindfulness and relieve stress. The guided mindfulness meditation programs are designed to help people cope with their daily pressures, stressors, and challenges.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars in App Store and 3.8 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

The Mindfulness App

This app improves your overall mental health and wellbeing through meditation. With guided meditation activities for different skill levels and time lengths, you can learn meditation techniques at your own pace and track your progress.

  • Availability: iOS and Android
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars in App Store and 4.3 out of 5 stars in Google Play Store
  • Cost: Free

What are your favorite de-stressing apps? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!

 

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