5 Apps to Help Your Mental Health
Our mental health and well-being is something that all of us should take care of, especially in these trying moments. While we believe mental health therapy is something that a person with mental health issues can benefit from, it’s also a matter that not everyone has access to due to lack of resources, time, and so on. Enter mental health apps — these apps aren’t something that can replace therapy entirely; rather, they are a form of support that can help a person manage their anxiety, stress, panic, and depression. We’ve listed five of these apps that feature Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) strategies, meditation, mood tracking, and more. Check them out.
MindShift is an app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help users relax, learn, and develop ways to manage anxiety. Developed by the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia, MindShift CBT comes with a host of features such as Check-In to keep track of anxiety and moods, Quick Relief that gives users easy tools to ground themselves, Thought Journal to input thoughts and identify issues, Belief Experiments that lets users test out the sources of their anxiety, Coping Cards that help individuals re-adjust their thinking through helpful coping statements, and more. MindShift CBT also provides tips such as setting up healthy habits to take care of one’s self. MindShift is free to use and download.
Tracking daily moods and feelings can help a lot in managing one’s mental health, and that’s what Daylio is for. In Daylio, users can input their day to day moods and activities, and the app will then turn these entries into statistics and trends to help the user understand their moods. The app also has a PIN lock feature to keep the entries private, lets users create goals, build habits and collect rewards, create memories, customize the moods and colors, see their moods in Year in Pixels, and more.
In Happify, users can relieve their stress and anxieties through a series of CBT-based games and activities. A lot of the features are free, but a premium subscription is also available should users wish to make use of Happify to its full potential. Happify also contains a happiness tracker, guided meditation, and relaxation features.
Paced Breathing / Breathe+
Breathing apps are useful tools in helping one calm down whenever they’re feeling anxious or panicked. Paced Breathing is an app available on Android that does exactly that; it helps users do slow, calming breathing exercises with the use of visual, audio, and haptic cues. While Paced Breathing isn’t on iOS, an app called Breathe+ has similar functions to it.
Previously named Pacifica, Sanvello is a mindfulness app that helps relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. It offers CBT-based videos, audio exercises, activities, and more to help cope with anxiety. The app also has a daily mood tracker and offers guides and tools to the user depending on their mood for the day. Sanvello also has an assessment tool to help the user understand their moods and emotions. Sanvello is free to download and use, but a premium version is also available.
We hope that these apps may provide support and mental health management for those who are in need. Additionally, please always remember to take care of yourselves and if you or someone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to contact any of the mental health services we have in the Philippines.