Midterm Stress Relief

Midterms are upon us, and this time of the year always comes with an unfortunate side effect: obscene amounts of stress from getting all the projects, tests, and assignments done. A small amount of stress is healthy and can act as a motivator to complete tasks, but too much stress isn’t good for anyone and can even inhibit your efforts.

Here are 3 apps that can help you control and minimize your stress:

1. Pacifica

Have you ever felt like your head was going to explode from the sheer amount of work you had before you? Being overwhelmed like this can crowd your mind, and it helps to organize your thoughts every once in a while. Pacifica is an app that takes you through guided meditations with soothing sounds, pictures, and instructions to help clear your mind. This app also features mood tracker and minigames that can help you keep your mood up. Pacifica is available for both Android and IOS.

2. Breathe2Relax

Similar to the previous app, this app guides you through controlling your stress. Breathe2Relax, however, focuses on respiratory exercises and diaphragmatic breathing to reduce stress. This app is helpful for reminding yourself that you need to slow down and breathe every once in a while. Set aside a couple of minutes each day to try to relax.

3. Zen Koi

While playing games on your phone may seem counterproductive when you are trying to do work, playing the right games can actually improve your focus. Zen Koi is a calming, lovely game featuring soothing water sounds, swishing fish, and beautiful imagery, and it is sure to limit any stress you have.

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Landshark Games

After playing a calming game like this, you are actually more likely to be more focused; playing a game requires you to be focused on a goal, so your brain is more able to be focused after playing. Just make sure you make the shift to being focused on your academic goals after playing!

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