Technology sometimes gets a really bad reputation for being bad for society and our mental health with reports of photographic social media platforms affecting the way we look at our own bodies and lowering our self-esteem. Although this may be the case technology gives huge capability for improved mental health and in this blog post we are going to discuss just some of the apps that we recommend you try for improved health.
Stop, breathe and think is an app that helps you identify how you are feeling by paying attention to the feelings and descriptions of those feelings to then give you specific meditations to help you relax and find peace. Regular use of this app will help you pay attention to your feelings and then let those feelings go through meditation. I , the founder of Battle of Mind have used this app regularly and do find it really help when things feel a little heavy in life. The meditations are short enough to not interrupt with your life’s other stresses and strains too! Overall it is a really good app worth exploring.
Panic shield is a great little app for those who suffer with anxiety or panic attacks on regular basis, There are several tools within this app. One is a breathing tool to help you regulate your breathes and get them back to normal, another is an area where you identify your fears and mark them on a scale of 1 to 100 on how scary it is to you. Then they suggest that you slowly expose yourself to these fears (probably starting with the least scary and work your way up). Exposure therapy works by showing you that the thing you once thought was scary was not quite as bad as first seemed. When we are anxious we tend to think of the worst case scenario but our worse fear never, 99.9% of the time, ever happens!.
Worth a download if you do suffer with anxiety, social anxiety or regular panic attacks.
I have mentioned previously about the importance of writing a diary or journal when recovering from severe depression . This app allows you to keep a virtual journey that you can customize with photos and even the journal cover. A great little tool for those who prefer to write digitally.The benefit of using penzu over traditional notebooks or journals is that the app has a code that only you know so if you don’t want any prying eyes to look over your journey you can keep it to yourself.
Sleeping well and regularly is so important on the journey to recovery from depression. We sleep in 90 minute cycles and so there is optimum times for us to either go to sleep or get up to not feel tired in the morning. It’s a clever little idea and as of today I am going to test it out and I will create a little youtube review on how it has affected me negatively or positively in a couple of weeks time.
Sometimes when our minds are full of thoughts we just need a distraction. ThisIsSand is one of those apps that can help you to become distracted and become chilled out and even a little bit creative.
Pacifica is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and meditation. It contains daily tools for managing stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community. The tools include guided self-help paths, mood/health tracking, challenges to help you reach your long-term goals, relaxation techniques and a peer-support community. It allows you to see your progress over time, make connections, and recognise patters that you might fall into which in turn, will allow you to make changes.
As you may already know, I am a huge advocate for the use of meditation for a balanced and happy life. Omvana is an app that provides meditations for different purposes. TO focus, to sleep , for peace and many more options.
MoodTools contains six evidence-based tools to aid against clinical depression and negative moods. It contains information on depression, a depression test, videos, a thought diary, activities, and a safety plan.
Moodfit is a companion to help you achieve your goals. Track your mood, to see what can cause it to lift and drop. Understand how sleep and exercise affect you, practice gratitude, get your zen on, and understand medications and therapy.
Insight Timer is a meditation app, containing 4500 free guided meditations, 750 meditation music tracks, and 35 meditation playlists. It also has 4300 groups where people can come and discuss topics ranging from humour and compassion to spirituality and support.
This app allows you to rate ourselves on lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and sleep, which can begin to show you any patterns in things that might influence your mood.
I hope you have found this list of apps beneficial, if you think there are any others that you personally have found useful please comment in the box below and I will gladly add it to the list. In the near future I will be creating videos of some of these apps in use , reviewing them and showing how they work for a clearer understanding of the usefulness of each app and don’t forget, we also use technology for the betterment of health with Seek A Thereapy , a directory of over 1000+ therapists, check it out!