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Take control of your stress - on the iPhone!

New iPhone app empowers individuals to reduce their stress, which is the cause of 70% of all illness, both physical and mental, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Southampton, NY (September 17, 2010) - Mental Workout, a company designing self-help apps for mobile devices, and Stephan Bodian, the bestselling author of Meditation For Dummies" and an expert in stress management and positive psychology, today announce the release of the "Freedom From Stress" iPhone app.

Everyone is undoubtedly familiar with the amount of stress Americans experience, especially in these uncertain economic times:

  • "57% of Americans say they're under personal stress as a result of the country's economic crisis. One in four say they feel "serious" stress." - ABC/Washington Post

  • "75% of the general population experiences at least "some stress" every two weeks. Half of those experience moderate or high levels of stress during the same two-week period." - National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

  • "54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives." - American Psychological Association (APA)

The "Freedom From Stress" iPhone app offers five effective, scientifically-proven strategies for eliminating stress and enhancing overall well-being. Users can apply the strategies in sequence, each building on the next, or they can begin where they feel inclined and stick with the strategies that work best for them to build their own personalized stress-management program.

The app includes a video introduction to stress, tips for dealing with stressful situations, suggestions for lifestyle changes, and a total of 18 guided exercises and meditations.

"With Mental Workout's focus on helping people reach their greatest potential, we are thrilled to be launching the Freedom From Stress iPhone app - an app aimed at combatting one of the most pervasive barriers to happiness and personal well-being", says Mickey Beyer-Clausen, Founder and CEO of Mental Workout. "Our best-in-class stress-management iPhone app is such a natural and exciting fit in the Mental Workout roster. It is a simple and powerful tool that empowers people to combat and manage their exposure to the epidemic of stress in our society."

The creator and narrator of the program, Stephan Bodian, is an internationally celebrated author and meditation teacher and a licensed psychotherapist specializing in helping people lead happier, healthier, and more stress-free lives.

"I see this as a wonderful opportunity to help people reduce their stress and discover greater peace of mind," says Stephan Bodian. "This has been the primary motivation of my work for the last 30 years. By teaming up with Mental Workout, we can offer a state-of-the-art program that is accessible and easy to use."

In addition to Freedom From Stress, an update to Mental Workout"s popular Mindfulness Meditation app is also being released today. Scientific studies have clearly demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the reduction of stress. This app includes 6 different-length guided mindfulness meditations also written and narrated by Stephan Bodian.

Freedom From Stress is available for $4.99 on the App Store. For more information, please visit the app's product page. Freedom From Stress is also available as a web-based program, and as a corporate program for businesses concerned about the impact stress is having on their employees. Mindfulness Meditation is available for $1.99 on the App Store.