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Tech on Tuesday: Apps That Are Good for Your Soul

It’s no secret life can be hard. Work and home stress can pile up, making you feel weighed down.

But there are steps you can take to help you cope with the everyday stresses of life.

In this week’s Tech on Tuesday, we’re taking a look at some apps that are good for your soul.

Developed by two clinical psychologists, Anxiety Coach is a comprehensive self-help tool for reducing a variety of fears and worries. The app helps you make a list of feared activities and guides you through mastering them one by one. Anxiety Coach utilizes strategies based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Breathe2Relax is a simple and intuitive app designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to help you learn breathing techniques to manage stress. You can personalize the app to a pace your find relaxing. This free app includes a video demo, reading materials and charts to map personal progress.

Headspace is a great app for anyone looking to learn meditation to reduce anxiety and stress and improve attention and awareness. Headspace teaches skills like mindfulness and cognitive diffusion, breathing exercises and meditation. The app is extremely user-friendly, and the first 10 sessions are free. After that you’ll need to sign up for a subscription.

Designed for teens and young adults, Mindshift aims to help you cope with anxiety. Mindshift can help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking and identify active steps to help you take charge of your anxiety. The app includes specific tools to tackle issues such as test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, panic and conflict.

Digital Detox

Technology offers endless options to help you relax, but sometimes the best option is just to disconnect from your digital life. Turning off your phone and stepping away from screens can help. If you think you and your family could benefit from a digital detox, there’s a device you may want to check out. It’s called . Circle works with your home Wi-Fi and lets you manage all connected devices on your home network, both wireless and wired, without having to install any software. Circle lets you set screen time limits, automatically disconnects devices from Wi-Fi at scheduled times, and even offers the ability to pause Wi-Fi on all of your devices at once.

For a list of more mental health apps, .

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