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6 apps to help you manage stress

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6 Apps to Manage Stress  - Live Great  - Great Eastern Life

Sometimes you need a little help to relax and manage the stresses of the day. Here is our pick of the best apps that take the stresses and strains away. And, best of all, nearly all of them are free.

1. White Noise Lite: relax. sleep, better

After a busy day in the office there's nothing worse than not being able to get to sleep. Being overtired starts the day on a stressful note.

To help you relax into your bedroom routine, try this white noise app. Ten looped sounds drown out distractions and help you get a satisfying slumber. Choose from air travel, the crash of waves on a beach or the sound of a thunderstorm. Sleep deprived parents will be pleased to hear it's also been known to calm crying babies.

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

2. Breathe2Relax
It might sound simple, but when you’re stressed it’s important to just take a breath. This portable stress management tool encourages you to learn a skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Wise up and help decrease the stress response in your body.

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

3. Nature Sounds Relax And Sleep
Living in urban environments, it’s hard to get back to nature and have the space to relax. If green space isn’t easily at hand then let nature come to you. Enjoy a range of nature-inspired sounds to lull you to sleep. Best of all you can do it in the comfort of the air con – without the risk of bug bites!

Platform: Android
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

4. Worry Box
Based on the premise of writing your worries on a piece of paper and locking them away, this virtual box is a cognitive diary. It allows you to put your anxieties away at the end of the day and leave them there, making for a relaxed and worry-free evening.

Platform: Android
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

5. Calm On

First one in the office? Take time for a few minutes to yourself with these relaxation sessions. Whether you’ve got two minutes to spare or 20, this will work for you. The site promises to take you on a voyage of guided calm, complete with soothing scenes of nature and relaxing music. Simply type the website address in your browser and you’re minutes away from feeling rejuvenated. While calming music plays, a gentle voice guides you through a relaxation journey. After a few minutes you’ll be refreshed and raring to go.

Platform: Internet
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

6. Talking Tom Cat
Laughter is the best antidote to stress, and you can’t get much funnier than a virtual cat. Some 190 million people have downloaded this on to their iPhone – so comedy cats must do the trick. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help you relax. Responding to everything you say with a funny feline voice, this is one pet that you won’t want to leave at home.

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Available: Malaysia and Singapore

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