As college students, life can be more stressful than necessary. You might be drowning in a sea of tough homework assignments, commuting far distances or having to maintain a job on top of your school load.
With these responsibilities (#adulting), it is totally necessary to find some activities that can help you lower your stress levels.
One of the simplest ways to combat stress and anxiety is through meditating. Meditation has many health benefits and can be done virtually anywhere. All it takes is a couple of minutes out of your day to relax, and good news, there are plenty of apps to help guide you! Whether you are looking for breathing exercises or just want to hear some soothing voices to calm you down, we’ve rounded up the simplest, most effective free apps to help you relax. Take a deep breath and keep reading on.
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If you’re on a time crunch and need a quick resource to help you relax, Simple Habit has a library of five-minute meditations from 75 world-class teachers. The app is easy to use and allows you to personalize your meditation sessions by asking a couple of questions about your interests, sleeping habits and stress levels.
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Sleeping is so important when it comes to being stressed, but sometimes falling asleep can be a daunting task itself. With Rain Rain, you can choose from a variety of high-quality, soothing sounds such as ocean waves, forest rain, wind in pine trees and more to help you catch some z’s. With the timer feature, you can set the duration of each sound and it will fade out after a set time, so there are no worries about draining your phone battery.
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SELF Magazine, Forbes, Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon are just the few to rave about this app. Headspace is geared toward beginners and helps you begin a meditation routine by tracking your personal progress. It has a simple and adorable interface, featuring the cutest animations that will bring a smile to your face. We love that this app lets you choose quick meditation sessions to do after small activities like brushing your teeth or taking a shower!
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With Calm, you can choose unique goals including learning to meditate, building self-esteem and developing gratitude. Calm offers audio classes led by stress experts, calming music, guided meditation sessions and white noise. All you could ever need to clear your mind is included in this handy little app!