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I don’t know where it comes from, maybe a childhood scar, perhaps an imprint of our consumption driven society, or possibly energy blockages in my solar plexus. Whatever the cause, the truth is that I often feel like I’m not enough.
I doubt I’m the only one who experiences moments of feeling like I didn’t hit the mark. When I find myself in these situations I’m left trying to figure out how to effectively maneuver the oscillations of my thoughts while remaining rooted in the fact that, I Am Enough.
In times of tension and stress it comes peeking out from behind my stream of consciousness. It is a little voice that grows louder and louder until it has created a frenzy among my thoughts, intruding so deeply that without mindful intervention I would be absorbed in self doubt and emotional drama.
Welcome to the Winter 2014 Stress Less Week blog series! Learn more about how to host a Stress Less event on your campus.
Lately, I’ve become a big fan of relaxation apps. Whether I’m taking a 10 minute stress break at the national office, commuting home on the metro or walking my dog, I love stealing a few moments to unwind and re-center.
Mindfulness and meditation apps are very in right now, so this list is by no means exhaustive. Here are my four favorite relaxation apps — I challenge you to try them (or download others!) and prioritize self-care during the stressful season of finals.
Happy relaxing, friends!
1. Stop, Breathe & Think
This one is my favorite. You start by doing a doing a 10-second relaxation check-in: the screen dims and you’re prompted to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and think about how your body and mind feel.
You then answer a few questions on how you’re feeling mentally and physically. The app gives you several dozen adjectives to choose from — are you feeling fulfilled? Relieved? Open-hearted? Disconnected? Conflicted? Powerless? Pessimistic? — so it forces you to really examine what’s going on in your head and heart.