Life is stressful in general, but college students face high levels of stress compounded with newfound independence. Its no wonder the pressure is too much. Today’s infographic takes a look at stressed-out students and what they can do to enhance their mental health.
According to the infographic, meditating, participating in hobbies, sleeping, and spending time with friends can ward off the negative impact of stress. Sure, these activities are obvious, but they are also items that don’t make the cut when schedules are tight. Another key tip is knowing when to ask for help. Most colleges have counselors or programs if the stress does become overbearing.
Stress Response: Savior to Killer
Clip from the National Geographic film “Stress: Portrait of a Killer. The film focuses on the work of Stanford University’s Robert Sapolsky, a neurobiologist who has spent his life studying how stress impacts the brain. Warning – there is a stressful couple of seconds involving a baby Zebra in this clip. Do not watch if you are stressed today. Spoiler – the baby Zebra is just fine.
Apps to De-Stress
(1) GPS for the Soul
GPS for the Soul is a killer app for better living. The app is based on two truths: that we all have within us a centered place of harmony and balance, and that we all veer away from that place again and again.
GPS for the Soul measures your heart rate and heart rate variability, which taken together are a proxy for stress, and then connects you with the things that help you course-correct — from music and poetry to breathing exercises and pictures of your loved ones.
Using your phone’s camera lens to measure your stress level, GPS for the Soul will display your stress reading on your iPhone 4, 4S and 5. The App then invites you to launch a guide.
A guide is a collection of the things that help you course-correct — from music and poetry to breathing exercises and pictures of your loved ones. GPS for the Soul lets you play one of the guides we have assembled for you, or create your own.
GPS for the Soul’s activity feed lets you see how your friends are feeling and what guides resonate with them. You can “favorite” a friend’s guide, share one that resonates with you, or leave a comment.
The Internet and the rise of social media have given us amazing tools to connect, and to bring about change in the world. At the same time, our 24/7 connection to the digital world often disconnects us from the real world around us — from our physical surroundings, from our loved ones, and especially from ourselves. We see the effects of this in every aspect of our lives. And the consequences can be really damaging, in terms of our health, our jobs, and our relationships. That’s why HuffPost, along with our mobile development partners bLife and HeartMath, have created GPS for the Soul.
We hope GPS for the Soul will be just the beginning of a journey to help you reconnect with your creativity, your intuition, your peace and your wisdom.
What’s New in Version 1.0.2
Enhanced instructions for accessing optimal BPM reading
Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep
Naturespace is the ultimate headphone experience! Astounding 3D recordings from the most beautiful places on earth relax and rejuvenate like nothing else. It truly must be experienced to be believed, which is why this app is free. 6 free sounds, no ads, and a vast catalog to choose from make it easy to find out what millions of others have discovered; the amazing world of holographic sound! (Read our reviews!!!)
Featured as an Apple “Staff Favorite”!
TUAW – “There are other apps that play loops of recorded sounds, but I think the Naturespace sounds have superior recording technology and quality. You can almost reach out and touch the birds and feel the wind on your face.”
Mac|Life – “Audio-based sleep and relaxation aids aren’t uncommon on the App Store, but Naturespace stands out for its promise of “3D sound” over stereo headphones, which helps better convey a sense of being amidst nature… Awesome.”
San Francisco Chronicle – “The best way to unwind…”
Touch My Apps – “The superb sound quality gives a sense of presence I have not experienced in any other similar app I’ve tested…”
Macworld – “With 3D audio, you get the feeling of sounds coming from all around you, rather than just from your two earbuds…”
Appple’N’Apps – “The app provides total immersion into the audio like no other app, and it’s just such a great way to transport yourself away for a few minutes or longer.”
iPad Envy – “Naturespace produces sound output that is simply phenomenal…”
It’s not just about nature’s sound, it’s about nature’s space. All 3 dimensions (including height) are accurately reproduced, providing the listener with a true “being there” experience. The sonic accuracy of Naturespace’s proprietary recordings are so convincingly real, they create an immediate positive impact on the listener’s state of mind. The 3-D experience quickly triggers a lasting physiological sense of safety, peace, and tranquility. Our holographic ambiences transport the listener like nothing else on the planet. It is a truly profound new way of listening.
Whether you take a 5 minute vacation to a Hawaiian morning sunrise, or an extended stay underneath a powerful thunderstorm, Naturespace provides the brain with the sense of openness and vastness that is so important to a balanced state of well-being. Naturespace is a spectacular catalyst for creative visualization and imaginative exploration. Just put on your headphones, and close your eyes. You’ll see.
Our vast catalog includes many diverse categories and you only purchase what you want to hear.
Do you know of somewhere great we should record? Do you have a feature request? Join the Naturespace community by visiting us on Facebook/Naturespace to tell us about it! Thanks for using the reviews below to share your positive experiences about Naturespace. For other questions, comments and quick support please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the FAQ page inside the app. Thank you for listening to Naturespace.
What’s New in Version 4.02
• Phone 5 optimized
• Enhanced the user interface to allow better organization of your library
• Bug fixes
Want to feel calm, in control, and joyful – all while reducing the risk of developing stress-related diseases?
The Stress Meditations app, created by Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, offers eight effective, easy-to-use guided meditations. Whether you are new to meditation or experienced, they can enhance health, confidence, or even love and kindness.
(1) Relax Completely
“The Ultimate in Self Help… The high quality recordings entertain, relax, entrance and help get results rapidly” Yoga Magazine
“I was aware of more clarity, better mental organisation and breaking with past thought processes in a very easy and effortless way. I’m amazed that remote hypnotherapy can be so successful.” J. Feinmann, Award Winning Medical Journalist
Look out for more videos and audios in our comprehensive range of apps.
*The powerful hypnosis meditation audio session Relax Completely.
* A choice of beautiful, relaxing video animations to run with the audio program
* Video interviews to help you understand and feel comfortable with the process and to simulate as closely as possible what its like to see Darren in person.
* Additional tips for relaxation and reducing stress
Download now and relax completely today!
(Important Note: This free app does not read phone calls or browser history as some reviewers have mentioned. The previous build accidently included those permissions, which were of course never used or accessed. This was corrected within 24hrs. any queries please feel free contact us via the website link.)
(2) Relax Lite
Why Download this app?
1) Saagara apps have been downloaded over 150,000 times worldwide on mobile devices across all platforms since we have started in the digital health and wellness field . Our reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
2) Over a 25% of our users still use our apps regularly after 1 year, due to their effectiveness and simplicity. Most apps are used by less than 5% of users after 20 days.
Purposes of App
1) Rest and relaxation
2) Improve Focus and reduce Anxiety to aid students study
3) Daily stress reduction
4) Help with insomnia, and aid better sleep to wake up refreshed
5) The quick start feature enables you to effectively manage Panic attacks
6) Improve fitness by improving breathing technique and optimize usage of your lung capacity
7) Slow deep breathing techniques are useful in pain reduction.
8) Useful in managing Headaches and Migraine.
9) This breathing app is useful for teaching Pranayama for Yoga.
10) Great way to begin meditation and mindfulness practices
**More free apps are available for the PC and Mac as well**