4 Apps that Help You Relax
Have you had your fill of eggnog-drinking, cocktail-partying, present-wrapping, relative-visiting and other holiday merriment! It’s easy to feel completely exhausted after a busy holiday season. That’s why now is a great time to download some apps that will help you chill out and relax. We’ve got you covered with some of our favorites.
Sleep Pillow Sounds ($1.99 for full version, available on iOS)
If you need a little white noise to decompress, check out Sleep Pillow Sounds. The full version ($1.99) contains over 50 relaxing sounds. They’ve got everything from waterfalls to the hum of a hair dryer to baby lullabies to wind chimes to music you’d hear playing in the background of a spa. There are nice sleep timer and alarm features, and a “mix” feature that lets you combine three different sounds into one mix that plays for the desired amount of time. The app continues to play sound even if you’re using other applications on your phone (although really, if you’re trying to relax, just set the phone down already!).
Serenity ($1.99, available on iOS)
Serenity combines rich visuals with relaxing music to create a quiet, soothing environment. There are more than 30 visual windows to watch that include both abstract designs and nature scenes. I did find some of the music more creepy than relaxing, but for folks who might be opposed to trying traditional meditation techniques, this is a nice alternative. Serenity is Airplay compliant and also has a sleep timer.
Bubbles ($.99, available on iOS and Android
This is a simple app designed for children, but it can be a good zone-out tool for adults, too. Drag to create streams of bubbles on the screen, tap the bubbles to pop them. You can purchase additional image packs that include balloons, leaves, dandelions and more.
ILuvMozart (free, available on iOS)
This app isn’t marketed as a relaxation app – it’s touted as a productivity app, since listening to classical music has been linked to higher IQ and productivity. But I find listening to classical music to be pretty relaxing. The name is misleading, since the app includes famous works by Bach, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, and Chopin. About 10 pieces come free with the app; you can download others at a cost. Similar apps on Android include Mozart Sounds and the Mozart Classical Piano series.
I’m getting calm and sleepy just thinking about all of these great apps. What types of apps do you use to relax?
Photo Credit: Flickr [Tomas Sobek]