Updated: Mar 8
Taking Control of Your Mental Health
Every day we spend countless minutes scrolling on our phones, most of the time, just to keep ourselves busy. It is known that although social media is a beautiful thing, it also is a contributor to depression, especially in young teens. With our phones being attached to us at every moment during the day, how about we utilize all of our phones’ capabilities and work on our mental health…
Here are 7 great apps to help get your mind right:
Calm is a highly acclaimed app for mindfulness and meditation. This app offers breathing exercises, sleep support, and guided meditation. This app is subscription based, but the first week is a free trial with 10-minute meditation programs. You do have the option for 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minute meditations as well. This app does track your progress and sends reminders to make sure you get your meditation goals met daily. Meditation is proven to reduce stress, decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, help with deeper sleep, improve self-esteem, mental health, and much more.
Headspace is another guided meditation app which is also very highly rated. They are known for their “mini” sessions which consist of 2-3 minute meditations which are great for taking a break through a busy work day. What I love about this app is their “SOS” meditations which are for those who suffer panic attacks, extreme anxiety, or severe depression. This app will help you build better habits and slow down your over active mind which ultimately improves your mental health and allows a sense of clarity.
I actually just found Moodnotes recently and it is something that I am definitely going to be downloading. This app is a daily mood tracker and the importance of tracking your moods is to understand your general moods and your triggers. You can see how you typically feel most days. On bad days, you can start to identify what is causing you misery or sadness and begin to eliminate those triggers or negative influences in your life. This is actually something that I am currently working on in my mental health journey and it is a good gauge at how your mood truly affects every aspect of your day, your habits, your experiences, etc. Once you are able to identify the weight of that, it can help you shift your mindset towards a healthier sense of being.
Pacifica is kind of all of these apps integrated into one. This app provides tools for those who suffer from stress, depression, and or anxiety. This app includes mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a community of likeminded people. You are also able to track your moods and health, in addition to setting daily goals and challenges to help improve your thinking processes. Within this app you can also locate therapists nearby to further assist your healing process. This app is highly recommended.
Happily is an app that helps you take control of your own thoughts and feelings. By using games and activities, this app allows you to start to change bad mental habits and create good mental habits to promote happiness and positivity in your life. With this app you are encouraged to find gratitude in every day moments which, with time, becomes a habit that you no longer have to think about, it just comes naturally.
I wish this app was around when I needed it, guys. Talkspace is your online portal to a therapist. After going through a consultation, Talkspace will identify your needs and concerns and pair you with a therapist that best suits your mental health needs. Once you are a member, you are able to take part in their secure chat rooms and speak with a therapist instantly. This app is a great way to speak to someone as often as you need and at less cost than your normal therapy sessions in office with a professional.
7 Cups is similar to Talkspace in the sense that this app also provides 24/7 emotional support through chat. In addition to that feature, you can take part in mindfulness exercises, mood boosting activities, self-help videos and more. All of their “listeners” are licensed professionals and also provide guided discussions and support in their community forum.
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