Mental Health

Apps to help with anxiety.

Today on Technology for good we are looking at apps that can help manage anxiety.

‘Is there an app for that?’ there is indeed! Whether it is to manage your finances, plan a work out, spend on a shopping spree or even track your period, the world of apps has grown and has become an integral part of our lives.

Although there are many articles about reducing screen time to improve your mental health, there are application developers out there who have found ways of improving it whilst still using a device. There will never be a substitute for seeking help from a GP or making meaningful changes to your daily routine. However technology can still go a long way towards helping levels anxiety and mental health as a whole. And, the truth is, some mental-health and mindfulness apps can aid towards helping people make those changes.

Here are 4 of my favourite apps, to help with anxiety which are available on IOS and Android, which have helped me slow down, take a breath and work through some of my own struggles.

Calm – The #1 app for meditation and sleep.

The company boasts of being the number 1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation and claims to have over 50 million downloads and over 700,000 5-star reviews. On top of that they have won a few awards including being named by the Centre for Humane Technology as “the world’s happiest app”

Calm offers skills for meditation, aids for better sleep and scenes of nature to enable relaxation. In addition, there are videos that provide lessons in mindful body movements and masterclasses on mindfulness.

Cost: You can download for free and use up to 30 days. Calm currently costs around £60 a year.

Headspace – Live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life.

I used to make excuses for not meditating, I still do (Lack of time being my biggest obstacle). Headspace offers a rather good solution. The app includes “mindful moments” to keep you present throughout the day, as well as mini meditation exercises for a quick mental reset.

The basic course, which is free, offers beginner-level instructions to help you think more mindfully about everything from eating to social situations right through to sleeping.

Cost: You can download and use for free for a basic package. To unlock more features, it will cost £9.99 a month.

Rain Rain – Sleep great – like you used to.

There are many fantastic reviews about this app. Rain Rain is designed for peace to help you sink into a deep, calming sleep. From realistic sounds of rain on a tent, to the chirps of seagulls flying by the ocean. The continuous and repetitive sounds are created to put the brain into a mellow
rhythm and to ease you into relaxation.

With a recent upgrade, the categories have been extended to include cats purring, music and white noise. According to Rain Rain this helps ease the brain into a deeper sleep and by drowning in non-threatening noise.

Cost: You can download the app for free and use the basic package. To unlock more features there will be a cost.

What’s Up – Your well being put in your peoples pockets

What’s up? – A personal new find. This app uses techniques from both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ABT) to help users cope with mental-health issues like anxiety, depression, and anger.

Among other things, the app offers a diary feature with a scale for rating your emotions, to help you put problems in perspective, breathing techniques, and an interactive question game to keep you feeling grounded during stressful moments. It also serves as an answer forum, provide positive quotes, and kind metaphors to simply help you focus on feeling good.

Cost: Free.

Mental ill health is extremely common however can be a disruptive experience. It doesn’t come in one form or is visible like a broken leg.

Where one person could suffer from panic attacks from Anxiety another could be struggling with OCD. It is important to remember great
strength, success and empowerment comes from those who have their struggles.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of the apps mentioned here and have they helped reduce anxiety for you? We would love for you to get in touch about apps you recommend.

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