Whether it’s something happening in your daily life or an unexpected event, we all experience stress and anxiety. You may not think it, but if you have an Apple Watch, it’s a handy tool on your wrist to find some peace and quiet. Follow 4 ways to reduce stress and relax with Apple Watch.
Much of the focus of the Apple Watch as a healthy device falls on features such as a heart rate sensor, ECG app, heart rate notifications, and activity tracking. But the Apple Watch is useful for relaxing in several ways. Let’s discuss some native options as well as some third-party apps to relax with Apple Watch, even when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation.
The Mind app is integrated into watchOS. Previously the Breathe app, the Mind app includes two options: Think and Breathe. It’s a simple but well-made app that uses proven techniques to reduce stress and help you relax.
Breathing sessions use good haptics to indicate when to breathe in and out, and it also records your heart rate. And in the Reflect Sessions use the question to help you develop your energy with a good visualizer.
By changing the rate and pattern of breathing, we can activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system and trigger a calming response, lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension.
The Mind app on the Apple Watch has an icon with a blue circle over it. In that lacinia mauris.
To customize the app, head to the watch app on your iPhone to set up settings, haptic feedback options, and more. You can adjust the duration of the session, the icon in the three dots in the right corner of the app.
Meditate with Apple Watch
Moving forward with that in mind, there are some great ideas for the Apple Watch. Two of the most polished and robust are Headspace and Tranquilla.
Both feature free content with limited subscriptions to unlock everything.
One really cool feature in the Headspace Apple Watch app is the three-minute “Sense Overwhelm” SOS program that you can quickly activate anytime you need it.
Headspace and calm are free downloads from the App Store.
Yoga or exercise
If you want to incorporate some full-body movement to find some peace (and not have something memorized), you can access yoga right on your wrist. Daily Yoga is a good option that offers free and paid plans.
Of course, you can also use the native Exercises app on the Apple Watch to track a yoga or Mind & Body workout and do a series of self-directed stretches/poses (or don’t track at all).
Or you can opt for a more active exercise like running, biking, HIIT, or anything else that helps you focus away from stress and help you feel better as endorphins flow.
Music, background, sounds, comedy.
If none of the above seems appropriate at any time, don’t forget the power of music or background sounds.
Use your Apple Watch to play a song or album you love. It’s amazing how you associate listening to a song with positive emotions, you quickly align yourself with them and de-stress.
If the music doesn’t feel right, maybe listen to one of your favorite comedians or some background noise to change how you feel.