Whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not, there have always been mental issues. People experience anxiety or that are struggling to be mindful. And while these are common occurrences, finding methods to soothe them over no matter how frequent they are is important.
We can all afford to be more mindful and considerate of others. Not to mention handle our own anxiety if need be. There are many ways for us to achieve that, but one of the best is through various apps. Below, I cover some of those apps and what they can do for you.
The first app is headspace. Available on Apple and Android devices, the idea with headspace is to help you feel happier through meditation practices. They have various beats for various needs namely general meditation, sleeping and waking up and stress and anxiety management.
They also have a focus mode to help those working from home or at an office and need some music for concentration.
MyLife is another strong app to help with stress removal, finding calmness, and providing short mindfulness activities. All of these tools are designed to help you stay tuned to your emotions. What’s nice about this app is that it recommends activities that are right for you based on what information you provide the app with. With a library of over 400 activities, you won’t be running out of activities.
Calm was ranked one of the best Apple apps of 2018, and 2017 as well as Google top choice in 2018 in this category. Even the Center for Human Technology has named it “the world’s happiest app.” This app has a lot of clout to it though in terms of features it offers pretty much the same kind of services you’d expect.
This app is designed to help with sleep, mindfulness and relaxation and has various ways to pro-vide that. Things like yoga, stretches and music. The one unique aspect worth noting is the Masterclass aspect which brings in mindfulness experts to help guide you.
While we think of colouring as something only kids do, it’s actually still worth doing it when we are older. For one, people have adult colouring books and some of that has moved to apps. The app I’ll be focusing on this time offers exactly that.
This is great for kids as it helps with motor skills, eye coordination and more. For adults it can provide calming and relaxing aspects as we access the creative side of our brain for these tasks.
Another meditation app that has been getting traction is Let’s Meditate. This app provides guided meditations designed for sleeping as well as general mindfulness. The overall design of the app is simple and straightforward and offers plenty of options to choose from. The meditations can revolve around body scanning, healing, sleep and offer a range of short meditations that take 5 minutes while others can last for over 40 minutes.
Winner of the 2019 app of the day, Simple Habit is one of the top recommended sleep and well-ness app by mental health experts. It’s free to join and provides a good mixture of activities. Where it branches off from the other apps mentioned before this is they have a tracker to keep you motivated and note your progress. This is huge as it can be easy for people to use an app and then stop using it after a few weeks.
Meditation & Relaxation
For those starting off in this area, a good beginner app is the Meditation & Relaxation app. It teaches you how to meditate and achieve better results through relaxing, calming yourself and focusing.
Over the span of a week, the app will teach you how to make the most out of meditating while providing effective and simple meditation techniques. You can also tailor these programs to spe-cific things like self-esteem, stress relief, general meditation, and more.
InsightTimer is a mixture of Calm and many of the other apps that provide meditation, stress relief, improving anxiety and mindfulness. I say that as this app is free to use and brings in the talent of celebrities and other experts in mindfulness to help you with various things. These things entail sleeping better, calming music, and insightful talks.
The final app to cover is SuperBetter which revolves around resilience training. Don’t worry, the training isn’t that intense. It’s actually all fueled by games that are backed by science. The whole idea is setting goals, and tackling challenges. All the while these goals are designed to help you deal with anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, and more. Best of all, this app is free to use.