Relax... Take a deep breath..

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I don't need to tell anyone that relaxing, slowing down & taking some alone time are all good for you and important in maintaining your sanity. Lately everything is fast paced and we are bombarded with information more than ever before thanks to the development of the internet, social media and the accessibility of those at arms reach. This non stop activity makes our brains go into overdrive and the results are stress, anxiety and just a general feeling of tension and discomfort.

Personally I am a huge fan of "de-stressing" products - I pretty much own every single item in the This Works Stress Less line. Today I wanted to share a couple of more "techy" discoveries I made last year when I was struggling with a lot of stress. About a year ago I introduced "guided meditation" into my weekly routine. And by that I don't mean attending classes or inviting a yoga guru to live with me, I literally downloaded some apps. If you are able to meditate just by yourself - amazing! I find that whenever I try, my thoughts just intensify and I end up thinking of the things that stress me most, hence the guided form of meditation (which only means that there is someone speaking to you in a lovely soft voice and making sure you can concentrate on your breathing).

Without further ado here are the two apps that have helped me and that I use all the time:

Simply Being (€0.98 from the App Store)Simply Being App This is a very simple app that offers 5, 10, 15 or 20 min meditations sessions that you can listen to with or without music. I like this for night time relaxation and I turn it on before bed, even just for 5 minutes if I know there is something on my mind and I won't be able to go to sleep easily.Simply Being App

Headspace (free from the App Store)Headspace App This one is slightly different. When you download this app you get free access to a 10 day course of unique guided meditation. This app contains bite-sized techniques to help you sleep better, focus more and get some relief from a busy mind. I would say this is a good one for when you actually want to commit to meditation a little bit more and invest more time in tracking your progress and learning new techniques.Headspace AppMeditation takes on a lot of forms - you can do it just sitting down on your couch, the floor, lying down on your bed or even going for a walk. The important thing is to be able to carve out a few minutes a day to have some quiet time only for yourself.

How do you like to de-stress? Let me know, I'd love to hear about it!

A. x

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