Stress Relief for Caregivers: Free Mobile App Helps You Relax Fast

This mobile app helps you quickly get away from caregiving thoughts and worries so you can relax

Sometimes caregivers need help to relax

Taking short breaks is a great way to reduce caregiver stress, improve health and well-being, and help you stay calm and patient.

The challenge is that when you get a few minutes to yourself, it can be difficult to truly relax and stop thinking and worrying about your older adult.

We found something perfect for stress relief for caregivers – a mobile app with free relaxation programs that help you step away from caregiving thoughts and worries and into the relaxation zone.

We explain how the Calm app works and share our favorite free programs.

 

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Calm is a free app that helps you de-stress

The Calm mobile app is perfect for quick stress reduction breaks anywhere, anytime – even if you’re hiding in the bathroom to get a moment of peace.

The app is simple to use and sign-up is optional.

The Calm mobile app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. (In the screenshots below, we’re using this app on an iPhone.)

 

The app’s basics are free to use

Calm has helpful basics that are completely free to use. And, they’re fast and effective at relieving stress.

The majority of the programs do require a paid subscription, but feel free to ignore them and stick with the free stuff. The paid programs are marked with a small lock icon in the corner.

 

This mobile app helps you quickly get away from caregiving thoughts and worries so you can relax
Calm home screen

How to use the Calm mobile app

When you first download the app, there will be a few setup screens asking you to create an account and subscribe to the Premium (paid) service.

This is optional – skip these screens by tapping the “X” at the top corner.

If you’d like to save your favorite programs for easy access or track how often you meditate or use other programs, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. 

You don’t have to decide anything right away – give the app a try first to see if you like it.

If you decide that you’d like to sign up for an account to save your progress, use the menu along the bottom to go to your Profile.

When you open the app, you’ll see a peaceful nature scene, hear soothing background sounds, and see a menu along the bottom – Home, Discover, Profile, and Premium.

Just above that bottom menu, you’ll see buttons with labels like “Meditation,” “Sleep,” “Music,” and more. Scroll this area right and left to see all the options.

Here, we’ll explain how to use the free features.

 

This mobile app helps you quickly get away from caregiving thoughts and worries so you can relax
Meditation section

Meditation
Tapping the Meditation button takes you to a variety of meditation programs.

Our favorite helpful free programs include:

  • How to Meditate – find it in the For Beginners section
  • 7 Days of Calm – find it in the For Beginners section
  • 7 Days of Sleep – find it in the Sleep Better section
  • 7 Days of Calming Anxiety – find it in the Coping With Anxiety section
  • Take a Deep Breath (breathing exercises) – find it in the Quick & Easy section
  • Timed Meditation (1 min meditation with soothing nature sounds) – find it in the Quick & Easy section

Browse the various sections to find additional free meditation programs, the selection changes over time.

 

This mobile app helps you quickly get away from caregiving thoughts and worries so you can relax
Check-Ins section

Check-Ins
Scroll the button area to find the Check-Ins button.

If you create a free account to track progress, you can use this section to track your feelings and mood over time.

 

This mobile app helps you quickly get away from caregiving thoughts and worries so you can relax
Breathe section

Breathe
Scroll the button area to find the Breathe button.

The Relax exercise guides you through a timed breathing exercise that’s designed to help you relax and find your calm.

 

Next Step  Get the free Calm mobile app for iPhone or Android

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply August 28, 2019

    Dee

    Is the Calm app available for the computer? Not everyone owns a cell phone, I don’t. Does “Aromatherapy” work for someone with anosmia [total loss of sense of smell]?

    • Reply August 28, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Yes, Calm is also available via computer at Calm.com

      Unfortunately, aromatherapy would only work for someone who has a sense of smell.

  • Reply January 25, 2019

    Deborah

    I can not get the Calm App for free. Only 7 days and then 69.99/year.
    How to get it for free??

    • Reply February 1, 2019

      DailyCaring

      There are many parts of the Calm app that are free. Anything that doesn’t have a lock icon in the upper right corner or ask you to subscribe to Calm Premium is free to use.

      For example, under the “Meditate” menu, you’ll see many options with no lock icons like 7 Days of Calm, 7 Days of Sleep, Timed Meditation, Open-Ended Meditation, and more.

      In the other menu sections, like Sleep or Music, you’ll also see options that have no lock icon — those are free to use without buying Calm Premium.

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