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BY ELLA RIVERA
Spend your idle time with these stress-relieving apps and games.
It seems like stress is now a perpetual state or feeling for most. As we continue to live in this strange new world, facing our current reality and constantly consuming media can feel strenuous — and while it’s important to stay off our mobile devices, it’s realistically impossible to do so. We can, however, utilize our phones to something more relaxing and productive, instead of mindlessly scrolling for hours on end.
Since we can’t enjoy outdoor activities like we used to, we can turn to helpful and stress-relieving apps to fill up the time instead. While there’s plenty to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to apps that can also make use of valuable life skills like meditating, drawing, and thinking. If you’re looking for more productive ways to spend time and relieve stress, then here are apps that might just do the trick.
New York Times Crossword
Trivia nerds, here’s a challenge for you. What better way to get yourself preoccupied than by giving your brain a little exercise? Take inspiration from the brainy Amy Santiago and practice your crossword skills with the NYT’s Crossword puzzles. The app offers a 7-day free trial for access to all its features, including the latest packs. If you’re not planning to subscribe, you can always opt for The Daily Mini, and with enough practice and patience, maybe you can solve one soon.
Sometimes, the best way to relieve stress is to literally, actually breathe — but mindfully, though. Headspace, a beloved meditation app, helps you practice mindfulness at any given moment, complete with interesting and varied programs to choose from. You can improve on your weak points and set reminders to develop a habit with the chance of increasing your happiness. Yes, that’s right — Headspace claims that meditation can increase your happiness by 16% in just 10 days! What’s giving away 10-15 minutes of your time in exchange for some peace of mind and serotonin?
It’s no news that ASMR has been on the rise for the past few years. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s now a genre of its own, paving the way for countless ASMR apps and content to help us sleep and relax for a short or extended amount of time. Crazy Lab’s ASMR slicing is one of many, but makes itself distinct as a simulator cutting game, offering various objects to cut including kinetic sand, jelly, and more. It also has smooth haptic feedback and soothing ASMR sound to give you a full, relaxing experience.
Get your creative juices flowing and develop your drawing skills with this cool sketching app! Its versatile features make it an ideal app for beginners, as it gives you an opportunity to find a medium that works for you. Tayasui Sketches’ toolbox includes pen, oil pastel, watercolor, dry and wet brushes, acrylic brush, to name a few. You can also share your own creation and get tons of inspiration from fellow users within the Sketches Community, so if you have a flair for art, then give this app a try.
It doesn’t matter if you are a green thumb or not, Viridi is here to help you become better at taking care of succulents. Just like in real life, they grow in real-time! You can name your favorite plants and give them special care for a chance to get a flower. You just have to make sure that you water them regularly so they don’t die on your watch. Its beautiful design and interface allow you to have your very own zen garden, making virtual gardening cool as ever.