5 of Our Favourite Apps for Mental Health
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and with mental health problems on the rise, it’s more important than ever to talk about and destigmatize this topic. An estimated 1 in 6 adults suffer from a common mental disorder and according to the Mental Health Foundation’s 2018 study, 74% of people have felt so stressed they’ve been overwhelmed or unable to cope.
It’s a well known fact that social media can have detrimental effects on our mental health, such as anxiety and low self esteem. However, used in the right way, technology can also be an amazing and useful tool. We’ve selected 5 apps that have helped us look after our most precious assets, our minds:
Headspace is a popular guided meditation and mindfulness app that aims to simplify the sometimes intimidating world of meditation. (Emma Watson is among its many fans.) The app has hundreds of themed sessions ranging from stress and anxiety to focus and sleep so there really is something for everyone. There are even ‘SOS’ sessions that come to the rescue in the case of a sudden meltdown.
In this modern world full of technology, most of us are pretty addicted to our iPhones and iPads. Moment tracks how much you’re using your phone each day. Warning: the number of hours might come as a shock! It then helps you manage your screen time by allowing you to set a daily limit and notifying you when you go over. The app also gives useful tips and tricks on cutting down your screen time.
3. Happy Not Perfect
Happy Not Perfect is a mindfulness app that helps users combat stress and anxiety by using seven simple steps known as the Happiness Workout. This includes belly breathing techniques and a gratitude journal. We particularly love the part where you write down something that’s making you anxious before you ‘set fire’ to the page. Many of the app’s meditations are only 3-5 minutes long so can be done almost anywhere at anytime.
4. Aloe Bud
Aloe Bud is a self-care companion that aims to bring awareness back to important self-care routines that often get lost among other priorities. It uses activity cards and scheduled notifications to remind you about everything from filling up your water bottle and taking screen breaks to getting in touch with friends and making a gratitude journal.
5. Yoga Studio
Although it’s not strictly a mental health app, we love Yoga Studio for its effect on both mind and body. The benefits of yoga practice for our mental health should not be underestimated. Yoga can help you feel more relaxed and refreshed during stressful times, while having the added benefit of being good for your body. The app has many options to choose from, including quick 15 minute flows or specific ‘Yoga for Mental Health’ classes.
What are your favourite apps to help with mental health?
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