Life can be overwhelming. Owning a business can be very chaotic. Here are some ways your iPhone can help you handle stress and get through the tough patches.
Ways To Handle Stress With Your iPhone
Eliminate stress found inside your iPhone
I’ll be honest – our phones are the worst. They’re the portal to social media, to a million voices crowding our brain and sucking out our inner peace. When you need a break, just tap the “Do Not Disturb” moon and it will silence your notifications (I have been tapping that bad boy all the time lately).
I also encourage you to seriously go through your apps in your iPhone’s settings and disable all the apps whose notifications are not absolutely necessary to your well-being (basically all of them :P).
You can also go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and set up a schedule for when your phone will not interrupt you with notifications, texts, and calls. This is an important adjustment to consider especially at night when rest is your #1 priority.
The next time you are stressed and reach for your phone (except to do the following tips below), seriously think twice. You may come across something that will just make you feel even worse. #speakingfromexperience
Use Pandora, Spotify, or whatever music app you enjoy to stream channels of music that induce relaxation. In Pandora, I use terms like Meditation, Yoga, Relax, & Nature Sounds to create channels that help bring back my calm.
I hear that meditation is so awesome. I keep trying and trying and have still not been able to find success with it (but that’s my problem obviously, as meditation is helping millions of people handle stress). Headspace and Calm are two meditation apps with great reviews. You can also search for guided meditations in the YouTube app.
There’s an app for everything and now there are apps for counseling. I am one tap away from trying out Talkspace which has licensed therapists you can basically chat with whenever needed. There is a weekly charge of $29.99 which compared to in-person therapy is a very decent price. If you’re like me as an introvert and get weirded out at times with face-to-face counseling, this might be just what the doctor ordered.
7 Cups Anxiety app provides trained listeners. It’s a great app to consider if you’re looking for a safe, supportive place to share your struggles.
Instead of listening to stressful news in the car, make it an opportunity to listen to a podcast or Audible book on self help that will give you new tips on living your best life and winning against stress. The Anxiety Coaches Podcast was a real help to me during a period where I was battling some serious anxiety. They also have a Facebook support group. Keep in mind that it is more for anxiety sufferers than dealing with everyday stress.
Mood Enhancer Apps
I have the weirdest addiction to the sound of rain. It can literally wash my stress away instantly. Rain may not be your destresser sound but there are plenty of them out there to choose from and help you start feeling better right away. I’ve tried a bunch. Rain, Rain and Noisli (also has Chrome extension) are my faves right now but I’ve also used Ambiance and Calm (which also provides meditation).
Ever since Facebook became popular, people are using it in the place of a private journal (my guilty hand is raised on this one). We’ve joked about this for quite some time but this blasting of our feelings and opinions for anyone and everyone to read is really starting to take a toll on all of us. Consider journaling those thoughts first. After a day or two you may realize that was all you needed to flush out your frustrations.
I am using the Day One app because I can sync it with my iPhone and my Mac (Mac app is not cheap). I personally love journaling from my iPhone because I know whenever I need to express myself or share a memory, I can do it in the moment (because my iPhone is always with me of course!).
Lately life has become a little overwhelming for me and I’ve let exercise slip. We all know what a great tool exercise can be to handle stress and now with apps, we can get it done in our living rooms in less than ten minutes. My favorite app is Sworkit but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the 7 Minute Workout app.
Lock Screen Wall Papers
Are you a sticky note encouragement type person with messages of positive affirmation all over your mirrors to help you throughout the day? You should seriously consider your lock screen on your phone as a place to add a “sticky note” of encouragement. Here’s one you can add right now. Just go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper and make sure to add it to your lock screen.
You can find more at my Pinterest board of Inspirational Smartphone Wallpapers. And you can always make your own with apps like Adobe Spark Post, Phonto, Canva, PicLab Studio, etc.
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