Anyone who works in IT can tell you that it’s a stressful job. IT Managers are often overworked, with tight budgets causing them to put in long hours, handle problems that seem to come from all directions, and make sure that one of the most important departments runs smoothly. Many people working in information technology love what they do, but are still susceptible to stress and burn outs. And rightly so. It’s a tough job.
Happily, there are plenty of tricks and tools that can help stressed-out IT Managers cool down and catch their breath. Good mobile device management can handle the practical aspect of working in IT, while a few good mobile apps can help with the mental aspects. We’ve put together a list of 11 mobile apps for IT managers that can help you chill out, refocus, and handle the everyday stress of working in IT. Take a look, and remember to keep an open mind — even if meditation isn’t quite your thing, one of these apps for IT managers just might be exactly what you need.
Think coloring is just for kids? Think again. Coloring books for adults are flying off the shelves these days, and are said to be therapeutic for stressed out grown-ups. Colorfy, a coloring app for adults, lets you get the calming benefits without actually having to buy art supplies. The app offers a variety of free images (famous painting, mandalas, or even cats), all you have to do is select a color, tap to fill in the space, and zone out.
Centered aims to help you manage stress and include meditation in your daily routines. The app offers a variety of “meditation sessions” that are based on clinical research so that you can clear your mind and de-stress. Centered is available for Apple Watch and integrates with Health app, with handy features like personalized daily steps, weekly goals, and schedule reminders based on iCalendar.
Calm is a meditation app that doesn’t come with any mystical mumbo-jumbo. It’s perfect for stressed out IT managers who need a little help clearing their mind. The app comes with three options: 7-21 days guided meditation programs, unguided sessions, and 25+ short guided sessions.
Sometimes we need reminders that life is indeed good. If you aren’t big on journaling but would still like to remember those happy moments, check out Little Memory. Unlike other journal apps, Little Memory restricts your word count so there’s no pressure to actually write. Just write a few words about what made you smile that day, and it’s there for you to read later when you’re feeling down.
It can be tough to stay positive when you work in IT. Happify is a positive thinking app that just might help you lose the negativity. It has tons of different “tracks” for you to choose from, depending on what your goals are, such as conquering negative thoughts, coping better with stress, or fueling your career success. Each track has small activities, quizzes, and games that nudge you to start thinking more positively.
Headspace is a meditation app designed for busy people. It offers Take10, a program that teaches you how to clear your mind in just 10 minutes a day. The app also has progress stats, the option to buddy up with a friend, and Apple Watch availability.
Ever get the feeling of white-hot rage bubbling up inside you as your devices ping incessantly and your tasks pile up? Give Pause a try. This minimalistic app designed by the creators of the beautiful Monument Valley can help calm you down in mere seconds. Its approach is simple: place your finger on a colorful little blob, and it grows in size as you slowly move it. It might sound pointless, but it has helped many people prone to anxiety regain focus and take a breather from their hectic environment.
Unlike the other apps on our list, the popular newsreader Feedly isn’t specifically designed for chilling out zen-style. But that doesn’t mean it can’t help! Use the app to create non-work related feeds for whatever interests you, and have a quick browse whenever you feel stress coming on.
Pacifica is designed for people coping with anxiety, depression, and daily stress. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the app gives you a series of tools to help you deal in stressful times, such as a daily mood tracker, relaxation audio, health tracker, and daily challenges. It even has a “thought analysis” tool, which prompts you to record your thoughts out loud while talking you through it, helping you identify negative issues.
Never underestimate the power of ambient noise. If you work in an office, have trouble concentrating, or just want a little peace and quiet, Noisli might be your sanity-saver. Drown out your co-workers and stay focused on your task at hand with this ambient noise generator. You can mix sounds to create your perfect background ambience, taking your pick from thunderstorms, white noise, seaside, and many more.
If fast-paced, rage-inducing mobile games aren’t your cup of tea, you might be interested in Auralux. This popular PC game turned mobile game is designed to be relaxing, with no reflex tests or frantic music. Strategy is key. The game’s minimalistic design, floaty space feel, and ambient music will help you chill out rather than rage quit.
Will you be using any of these apps or games to chill out from the stress of working in IT? Let us know in the comments, or share one of your own favorite anxiety-busting apps.