Tracy Skaer, a pharmacotherapy professor at Washington State University Spokane, knows that our fast-moving, constantly-changing world can stress us out. That includes the smartphones that many of us carry around constantly. A trained mindfulness practitioner, Skaer suggests using those same smartphones to give our minds a break from the stresses of daily life.

Skaer recommends some of the following smartphone apps to help with mindfulness exercises:


Insight Timer 



Mindfulness Meditation

Stress & Anxiety (Pacifica)

Relax Meditation

Relax Melodies

Read more about mindfulness and stress, and some new ideas on the neurological roots of stress.

You can find other tips and ideas on Skaer’s wellness blog.

Learn more about mindfulness at the UMass Center for Mindfulness and at Palouse Mindfulness.