1. For dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression, try Pacifica.
This is an awesome app for individuals with anxiety because you get to see every day the difference between your expectations and reality. I use this app every day and it has definitely helped me become more self-aware and subsequently change my mindset into a more positive one.
Pacifica also has some great cognitive behavioral therapy activities, such as one feature that allows you to write down your negative thoughts and, step by step, rework them into positive ones.
2. For an extremely accessible introduction to meditation, try Calm.
Calm offers a different set of meditations for different needs, including self-esteem, calming anxiety, managing stress, focus, gratitude, happiness, and even sleep! Some of the meditations are specifically for when you are on a commute, some are guided – others are just for breathing or are as short as 3 minutes. So there’s something for everyone!
3. To keep your life and work on track when it’s a down day, try Pomodoro.
Pomodoro may not seem like an app for your mental health. But it is.
This is a great way to keep yourself focused on days when you don’t have energy, as it allows for scheduled breaks and provides you with a cute little tomato every time you complete a portion of work (which is oddly psychologically satisfying). I like to use this when my friends and I are working – we use the scheduled breaks as opportunities to talk to other.
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4. For journaling thoughts and feelings simply, try At Ease.
At Ease is an app for journaling your thoughts and feelings. It teaches you how to journal effectively during moments of anxiety and guides you step-by-step through the process.
If you go to therapy regularly, this is great to use so that you can easily, and in detail, remember and reference events in life during your session.
5. For help shutting up your brain so you can fall asleep, try iSleep Easy.
iSleep offers various guided meditations to listen to as you fall asleep, for those of us who have trouble sleeping due to anxiety or anything else.
What makes this app special is the individualized nature of the meditations: you have options available, which includes customizing the volume, number of meditations, and which ones you want to listen to back to back. You can even choose how long the music or sounds last after the affirmations portion of the meditation is over.
6. For effectively tackling the physical parts of a panic attack, try Panic Relief.
Panic Relief addresses the physical aspects of a panic attack, focusing on four separate key areas (chest, breathing, arms, and full body). It provides instructions on how to relax your body during a heightened state of panic, as well as imagery to lead you to a place of physical calm.
This app is important primarily because panic often needs to be addressed physically before any kind of productive mental reasoning can take place.
7. For moments when you need to alert your friends and family about a situation, try Code Blue.
Many people struggle to put their feelings and needs into words, making it difficult for their loved ones to know how to respond. With Code Blue, you can simply notify or ping your loved ones in times of need and your location will be sent out to chosen friends and family.
These apps might help you, but they’re not a replacement for professional help, so always make sure to consult with your doctor about your personal health and wellness.