Are you making full use of your phone’s relaxing potential? A lot of us could afford to have more ways to wind down, especially in light of current world events. And it turns out that, with a little creativity, there are a lot of ways you can use your phone to relax. Here are some tricks you can try to get the most out of your phone as a relaxation tool.

1 – Try out some relaxing games

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There are plenty of mobile games made specifically to relax you. They tend to be colorful, follow a smooth flow, and be very forgiving of mistakes — games you can open and quickly lose yourself into, letting your worries slowly melt away. The soundtrack in those games tend to be wonderfully calming as well, so keep an eye out for that.

Good examples of relaxing games include Viridi, Penguin Isle, Alto’s Odyssey, hocus., I Love Hue, Infinity Loop, Mekorama, and Shadowmatic. Most of them are either puzzle or platform games. Although, of course, some prefer playing more action-packed games to cool down after a long day. Whatever works for you, just have two or three games ready and set aside in a neat corner of your screen, so you can bring them up whenever you have free time and need to get rid of some stress.

2 – Enjoy some relaxing sounds

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Sensory input can have a direct effect on your body’s emotional response. This means that listening to sounds you find relaxing can actively help you calm down, reducing your heart-rate and the amount of stress hormones in your bloodstream.

The bad news is that there are no universally relaxing sounds. Plenty of people enjoy the sound of the ocean crashing against the rocks, but if you happen to have almost drowned at any point in your life, that sound might be quite stressful for you.

The good news is that there are plenty of free audio resources to try out there. Look for calming music online. Lo-fi and chillstep mixes have become quite popular as a way to help people relax and focus. Classical music is often calming for people as well, especially soft piano music. You can also find white-noise videos online containing hours of soothing background noise, including the sound of  springs, rain, coffee shops, and even spaceship engines and other forms of sci-fi white noise.

3 – Quiet your mind and relax

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There are many ways your phone can help you empty your mind to enjoy a few minutes or hours of relaxation, the main one being meditation.

Not only are there videos available to guide you through the basic mindful meditation process and help you clear your mind, but there are also apps that can do the same thing. Both of these give you easy access to this relaxation method on your phone.

It’s worth a try. The positive effects that meditation has on anxiety, stress, depression, and even overall cognitive function have been well documented. And if you need some extra help calming yourself down to a meditative state, try placing CBD tincture under your tongue five minutes before you sit down to meditate. If you never heard of CBD tinctures, check out this guide.

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