Christmas stressing you out? Here's four VR apps to help you chill

Virtual reality has made quite a comeback in 2016. Thanks to Oculus, HTC and Sony, consumer friendly VR is finally rolling out and now everyone and their grandma has tried a roller coaster ride on a smartphone strapped to their face.

But VR can do more. Much more. 

As VR can cut us out from boring ol' reality and immerse us in something we can control (and desire), it is the perfect tool to help us overcome stress, among other issues like anxiety, fears and psychological trauma.

So if walking just won’t cut it for you, then here are a few VR apps which can take you to your happy place in an instant…

Quick note - You will require a VR device to run these. Most of the apps below are compatible with Google Cardboard, HTC Vive, Samsung GearVR and Oculus Rift.

Google offers many VR viewers, which all include instructions on how to assemble one yourself if you are in the mood for some weekend DIYing.

1. ExVRience

So we can’t install pleasant memories into our heads Total Recall style just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try a virtual vacation today.

ExVRience transports you to a range of beautiful virtual Australian locales including beaches, waterfall and lagoons, complete with a magical sunrise, birds and butterflies.

2. Zen Zone

How we feel has a lot to do with how we breathe, which is why the Zen Zone app has two guided meditation exercises which help you visualize breathing properly. Available for Android, the app puts you in a serene, picturesque Zen garden with a pond and exotic plants. 

You can move around in VR to find a spot that’s most comforting to you.

3. Guided Meditation VR

A high res app, Guided Meditation VR takes you on a trip thru scenic forest trails, mountains, beaches and a Japanese garden.

The app works like a personal trainer for your mind, recommending exercises and locations that are a perfect fit for you. The guides can also be customized to ensure you have the best experience possible.

The app is available on GearVR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

4. Lumen

While most of the apps here will put you in a nice, pleasant place on good ol’ Earth, Lumen takes you straight to the shimmering, bio-luminescent forests of Pandora from Avatar (sort of).

Like other apps discussed here, Lumen too uses guided meditation to help you explore the environment, and put you in a state of deep relaxation. You can also change the hue of the space around you by focusing your gaze on the aurora borealis above too.

Now by no means are these supposed to be a substitute for the real thing. Physically going to a relaxing place, exercising and spending some quality time with your family and friends always was and always will be the best way to beat stress.

However, if you are ever in need for a quick fix of paradise, then the apps given above should help you out.

Have any other suggestions you found helpful?

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