Stressed? There’s an app for thatThese are stressful days. Some of us were living under tough circumstances in the best of times, and nowadays the daily news just ratchets it up.
These are stressful days. Some of us were living under tough circumstances in the best of times, and nowadays the daily news just ratchets it up.
There are two Department of Veterans Affairs smartphone apps that might be of help to you.
Tactical Breathing Trainer, or Tactical Breather: Created by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the phone app can teach you to get control over your responses to stress, both psychological or physiological. While initially created for soldiers in combat, the breathing exercises will allow you to stay in the moment, to relax and find peace. It includes exercises, practice and charts of your progress.
Telehealth Mood Tracker, or T2 Mood Tracker: This app is for anyone with anxiety, PTSD, brain injury or stress. Use it to monitor your moods and track them over time. Record medications and treatments, daily events -- anything that can alter your mood. The information can be saved to help your medical professional help you, or just for your own knowledge to see how you’re doing.