Other than politics, religion, and your boss (not necessarily in that order), what cause more stress than your iPhone? Some researchers think smartphones are a major cause of stress, and their impact on society can only get worse.
So, if Apple caused the mobile device revolution and that causes a stressed-out humanity, then Apple to the rescue. Screen Time might help us reduce usage and improve focus, but instead of relying on Apple maybe we should turn the iPhone itself into a stress-reducing device. How?
Stress Less Apps
Many of the Apple-oriented websites we visit these days have special deals for readers. Such deals are ubiquitous among popular sites including Cult of Mac, MacObserver, MacWorld, et al, because they promote a specific product and get a cut or commission if someone buys the product.
We don’t do that at Mac360 but we admit there are some good deals to be had. One I found recently on Cult of Mac interested me because is was a deal for an app that helps you cope with stress via meditation.
I checked it out and found my stress level went even higher thanks to a $60 annual subscription fee. The premium version of Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep was even more; but free to try. Over 7,000 reviews and a five star average on the iPhone App Store should be an indicator of value, right?
You can’t put a price tag on quality, can you? Yes.
But when it comes to stress and health the price goes up. It took little effort to search the iPhone App Store and come up with similar stress relief apps for a few dollars, but those had dozens or a few hundred four and five-star reviews, while the apps with thousands of reviews and similar ratings all had higher price tags.
Here’s an example.
Simple Habit – Meditation: Free to try, more than 36,000 reviews with an average of almost five stars, in-app purchases pushed the price tag to $96 for a premium version.
Who knew so many people were willing to spend so much just to relieve stress.
Pacifica for Stress & Anxiety – Free to try, more than 1,600 reviews with a 4.7 star average, $36 annually, or $200 for a lifetime subscription. Hey, it’s less expensive than most divorces and what cause more stress than marriage?
Kick the Buddy – Also free to try, almost 700,000 ratings with a 4.7 star average, but you pay to use it. Kick the Buddy is an old fashioned method of stress reduction– blow something up; use your bosses face or your wife’s face or just call it a digital punching bag, but it’s likely to reduce stress as much as drinking but for much less.
Breethe – Meditation & Music: Free to try, more than 9,000 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 stars, and $90 a year for an annual membership. That’s less money than drowning your troubles at a nearby watering hole a few times a week, less expensive than a divorce, too. Turning off the news and taking a walk might help reduce stress.
Stress comes from many directions and one that seems to be growing is how much stress we accumulate from iPhone usage; too much news, too many text messages, too much email, then the added stress of news without end. We could always turn iPhone off, but why not switch it up and use the iPhone to help reduce the stress that it helps us to accumulate.
It looks as if there are many apps available to do just that and since the price tags are well beyond free (except to try), then maybe there’s something to all that feel-good background music and sounds and meditation.