Do you constantly feel like you’re running on low energy — exhausted at the end of the day, even if you didn’t have that much going on? When you think of your job, is it with a lot of cynicism or negativity? Do you feel like you’re not as productive as you used to be?
These can all be signs of burnout, according to the World Health Organization, which defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” If you were able to answer yes to one or all of the questions above, just know you aren’t alone. Stress and burnout have always been a problem in the workplace, but it’s now happening at increasingly higher levels than before, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trick to managing feelings of stress and burnout is to recognize your triggers and find strategies that can help you manage your workload and mental health effectively. Most people turn to apps to help them prioritize their wellbeing. Below are eight of the best apps for helping with stress and burnout.
There’s a reason why Headspace is an award-winning app with millions of followers. According to one study, four sessions of Headspace can reduce burnout by 14%, and using the app for 30+ days can lower stress levels by 32 percent. They offer hundreds of meditations for you to do, with some only one-minute long. It’s free for the basic plan, but you can upgrade for $12.99/month or $69.99 for the year.
2. Stand Up!
Sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on our bodies, but also our minds as well. Apps like Stand Up! act as work break timers that you can set to fit your schedule. When the timer goes off, it’s a reminder to stand up and get yourself moving.
Calm features a number of videos from sleep stories to meditation to guided stretching. It’s free to users, and even won Apple’s ‘Best of 2018’ award.
4. Ten Percent Happier
Let’s be honest, we all usually dread mundane tasks. However, Ten Percent Happier can help alter our mindsets through guided meditations and practical teachings that are available whenever you need them through your smartphone. When we feel better, we can look forward to checking things off of our to-do lists.
Sometimes all we need after a long day is to vent. If you usually call your significant other, best friend, or sibling to vent about everything that annoyed you that day, try MyMindPal instead. This app lets users write down a list of their triggers so they can get them off their chests and move on with their days.
Stoic’s mission is to help users become happier, less emotionally reactive, kinder, and better at resolving their conflicts. You can track your mood, journal, and even meditate using Stoic, which is free to everyone.
Everyone de-stresses differently. Some people find that coloring helps them to relax. If that’s you, the Colorfy app is a perfect choice. It features hundreds of free designs that users can download and color from their smartphones or tablets.
8. Relax Melodies
Relax Melodies has a huge selection of meditative music and relaxing tunes to listen to. You can enjoy these songs while you work, but they can also help promote better sleep as well.
Do any of these apps grab your attention? Download as many as you want to try out and start using them regularly to see how they help your mental health.