Listed below are some readily available app’s that can assist people to develop their skills in slow, calm breathing. We have listed some of the benefits of each of the app’s so you can make up your mind which one might be best for you. All of the app’s are available in the App and Google Play Stores.
Free to download
Provides a way to help visualise your breathing
Visual cue is a coloured pattern flowing up and down screen
Set your own breath cycle (how long to inhale, hold, exhale)
Provides different colour options and 1 music option.
Music option syncs with breathing in and out so you can easily continue with your eyes closed. Can set to vibrate but I did not find this option relaxing
Free to download, simple tutorial helps you get started.
Provides a way to help visualise your breathing.
Visual cue is an image of a coloured ball expanding and contracting
Set your own breath cycle
Options to set colour, display written instructions, choose a range of relaxing background music
Provides some brief instruction of what to aim for in breathing
Free to download but you need to login in and create an account
Check-in feature to record how you’re feeling
Has a range of CBT techniques to help manage feelings of anxiety
Chill Zone – has breathing tools.
Calm Breathing – 2 min audio guided exercise, quite a slow breath rate, may be challenging for beginners
Mindful Breathing – 3 min audio guided exercise to focus on breath without getting caught up in thoughts
Stop Breath & Think Kids
Free to download, but has parental controls to login and can register multiple kids
Aimed for children aged 5-10 years. Recommends parent support
Has a range of different ‘missions’ or activities for kids to help with relaxation and mindfulness
Has audio and associated animation to guide through activities with associated animated video
Can search the range of missions to find what might suit you e.g., Quiet, Meltdown, Sleep etc or app will suggest some missions based on how kid is feeling
Breathing exercises – includes a range of different breathing exercises appropriate for kids with really helpful ways to explaining and guiding kids to try the exercise
Free to download
Records your pulse rate (easy using your smart phone’s camera feature). Is a really interesting and helpful feature
Provides a way to help visualise your breath rate. Also requires you to place thumb on screen when breathing in and remove when breathing out. I found this helped to keep focus but also became a little tedious. Or can use a vibrate option instead
Can set your own breath cycle
Can set reminders to encourage you to practice throughout the day
Provides helpful information about breathing and contact details for emergency mental health services
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