There are countless traditional ways to help you take the edge off—like taking a walk or doing some stretches. Suggesting someone spend screen time to de-stress seems counterintuitive (that's where your e-mail lives!), but there are indeed apps that will help you relax a bit. So kick back, cue up YourClassical's Relax stream, and download one of these free apps to occupy your mind.
"Buddha" embodies all things peaceful and wise. It sounds cheesy, and maybe it is, but taking time pondering Siddhartha's sage reflections in Buddha Quotes might shed some light on a specific problem you're dealing with. "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned" is a good reminder when you're stewing over something your coworker said to you. Quotes are played in a slideshow format (or as a quote of the day) and accompanied with "beautiful and peaceful" pictures.
Writing down all your feels is one way to work through them. If you feel lost when presented with a blank page, try Grid Diary. With prompts like "What did I get done today?" and "How can I make tomorrow better?", you've got a starting point to get writing, and you might even find some good when you're feeling the opposite.
Maybe the reason you're feeling stressed is because you're dealing with a massive to-do list not only at work, but at home too. While there are many apps for managing your time and tasks, Swipes is designed to consolidate all your tasks in one place and prioritize them, encouraging you to work on one thing at a time. At the end of a productive day—with chaos and stress at bay—you'll feel like you've earned that extra scoop of ice cream.
Brain games have a way of stealing you away from your reality. The concepts are simple, but with the right level of challenge, your attention is on the game and nothing else but the game.
The goal of 2048 is to combine like-numbered cubes together until you make the number 2048. Bonus: You don't have to be a numbers person to feel compelled to hit "new game."
Connect matching dots together without crossing the path of another color, and don't forget to fill in all the tiles in Hexic Link. Now, can you do it in one go?
For those who love word searches, there's WordBubbles! (Exclamation point included.) Find all words on the board by swiping not only up and down, but across too.
The game Two Dots is the sequel to, you guessed it, Dots. The puzzle's aesthetically pleasing design might be sufficient reason to play all 435 levels.
Morgan Halaska is the assistant editor of Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine.