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Five Free Apps For Mental Health And Well-Being

It is normal to be stressed, it is ok to feel worried and anxious, because it is just life. Isn’t this what we all sometimes say? Life is busy, and life is stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be like this. Stress has long-term and irreversible mental and physical impact, and it is very important to have an honest conversation about this.

What is Stress?

Stress is a physical response. It is important to understand that it is our body’s natural mechanism to deal with challenging situations, where we are required to make decisions and respond promptly. So, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Through the release of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, we prepare ourselves to react to dangerous situations. That heart pounding, fast breathing sensation is the adrenaline; as well as a boost of energy, it enables us to focus our attention so we can quickly respond to the situation. In the modern world, the ‘fight or flight’ mode can still help us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes.

However, when we are continually in such a heightened state, then stress becomes dangerous. The results of having elevated cortisol levels can cause fight, flight or freeze responses. Our brain function is minimised. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives.

There are several ways that we can manage stress and overwhelm, with some top tips here.

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Here are the top 5 free apps recommendations that can also help with stress and anxiety.

1. Headspace  is a free app that is rooted in the science of meditation. It has series of guided and unguided meditations, and plenty of other relevant content to listen in your own time and at your own pace.


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