App Review: Breathe 2 Relax

Today’s mental health app was developed by the Defense Health Agency: Breathe 2 Relax. I love that there seems to be no shortage of apps to teach coping skills, deep breathing, and mindfulness – you can try them all out and see which one is the best fit, which one uses language that you resonate with most, and the aesthetic you enjoy.

Breathe 2 Relax home screen

There are some helpful videos to teach users about stress and the benefits of breathing exercises.

Diaphramatic breathing, education about stress, practice breathing sessions

The breathing exercises on the app all start with rating your stress level. Instead of ranking your stress on a numbered scale, there is a slider from “Relaxed” to “Stressed.” Although I personally find numbers helpful, I have noticed that some have trouble choosing which number best represents their stress level, and this simplifies the process.

After documenting your stress level, the app takes you through a deep breathing activity with some lovely visuals. You can tailor how long the inhales and exhales are, making this app more customizable than other breathing apps I have reviewed before. You can determine the breath length that works best for your body.

Rate your stress

After the exercise, you are again prompted to rate your stress level. Over time, the app graphs your response to using the relaxation exercises. You get to see a visualization of how the breathing exercises reduce your stress level.

This is another great app to reinforce relaxation and coping skills anywhere, any time. What are your favorite mental health apps? Tell me so I can share them!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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