Looking after your mental health is very important and even more so today having just experienced the effects of the pandemic, the stress of a job and the current rise in costs. Stress seems to be at an all-time high so regulating that with the use of mental health apps is a great way to counter balance your life. With males more likely to struggle with their mental health it is important to stay on top. If you are wanting to create some more balance in your lifestyle then read more below.
Which ones should you be trying?
Sleep, meditation, and relaxation are in your hands with Calm, another popular mindfulness app. These guided meditations are perfect for complete novices through seasoned practitioners, and you have your pick when it comes to how long you can dedicate to the app each day. Sleep is important for managing stress, but it’s also one of the first things to become problematic when you’re anxious. In addition to an assortment of daily meditations, as Calm combines nature sounds and sleep stories to help you drift off into slumber land.
Possibly the best meditation app out there and one that is very popular with people of all ages. The app helps with relaxation methods and how to meditate properly. With the addition of medical professionals, and the choice of several different voices to listen to, they help guide you through each session so that you feel calmer, more relaxed and able to see the world with a different mindset from just small sessions.
Moodnotes is a great way to write down all your thoughts and feelings or even taking a picture of how you look when you feel anxious or stressed, this app will help you with anxiety no matter what form you feel or exhibit it. Built on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and positive thinking, this app lets you understand and take control over the entire experience of anxiety. There is also plenty of educational reading materials that help you get out of the cycle of “thinking traps” that can keep you feeling anxious, there’s a wide range of techniques to choose from.
The Breathwrk app builds on breathing exercises, that you may have tried or learnt about and channels it into a tailored package for you depending on your goal. That might be that you want to feel more relaxed, you want to sleep better or fall asleep quicker, feel more energised or generally feel less stressed. The app helps you through how to do each exercise and can send you daily reminders to remember to breathe.
The Dare app can walk you through audio recordings to help you sit comfortably with your anxiety. The aim of the app is to face the fear of anxiety rather than avoiding it, which can only make your mental health worse. On-screen guides give you something to focus on while you breathe deeply, and plenty of additional helpful content that you do not have to pay for.