Download an App for Your Mental Health
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
Acupressure involves focusing therapy on certain points of the body to relieve physical and mental symptoms of stress. Unlike acupuncture, there are no needles involved, just massage. Acupressure: Heal Yourself guides you to the various pressure points that you can self-massage to get the relief you need from your anxiety, as well as from pain, addiction, and other common disorders. Using illustrations, the app shows you exactly what points are best for your symptoms, and how to massage them for the best results possible.
High stress levels can worsen the symptoms of anxiety – that’s why stress management techniques like meditation are often recommended for people with anxiety. The Anxiety Free app uses self-hypnosis techniques to help lessen stress and quell feelings of anxiousness. The guided lessons developed by Donald Mackinnon are each 90 minutes long.
Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature
Relaxing sounds have a way of helping us tune out the stress of the day. And when you suffer from anxiety and panic, the need for such relaxation is even more pressing. The Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature app features 25 soothing nature sounds, plus another 35 sounds that you can use to craft your own relaxation soundtrack. Use it as an alarm or to help you drift off at the end of the day. You can also use it whenever you feel your stress and anxiety levels rising.
This “gym membership for your mind” features meditation and mindfulness techniques to help manage stress and anxiety, improve well-being, and become happier overall. The series of guided meditations is designed to train your brain in just 10 minutes a day, with the ability to track and reward yourself for progress, along with a buddy system so that you can stay motivated and help others do the same.
When you suffer from anxiety, you can feel tied down by your constant thoughts of worry and dread. HelloMind attempts to help users loosen these constraints. It does this with guided relaxation audios. The guided exercises focus on anxiety, fears and phobias, and confidence, among other things. You can even earn points for listening, and journal your feelings in a log.
This app is designed to accompany the Inner Balance Sensor, which hooks to your earlobe and your iOS device. Then, the app monitors your heart rhythms and encourages you to control your physical response to stress and anxiety. By learning how to manage your heart rhythms, the makers of Inner Balance say you can reduce fatigue, improve concentration and focus, and quickly find calmness in the midst of stressful situations.
Learning how to manage anxiety first requires you to know how to recognize it. With this mood tracking app, simply enter how you’re feeling at any time of day, and use these inputs to track and identify patterns. We like the uncluttered simplicity of this app. It’s a stripped down winner for mood tracking and nothing else.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
When you suffer from anxiety, relaxation can be difficult. When you can’t relax, your anxiety can worsen, creating a vicious cycle. The Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep app was made to help lull you into a calm, soothed state. The different options include waterfall, night in the jungle, bird sounds, and thunder. You can also use the app as an alarm.
Relax and Rest Meditations
Slowing down can seem impossible, especially when you regularly operate under the pressure of anxiety. What we like about the Relax and Rest Medications app is the brevity of the featured meditations — meaning lack of time is no excuse. Whenever you have a few minutes to spare, slow down and relax with a five, 13, or 24-minute guided meditation.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management
Learning how to relax can help you manage anxiety symptoms, but it’s far from a cure-all. We like the Self-Help for Anxiety Management app because it takes more of a holistic view of anxiety treatment. In it, you’ll find an anxiety tracking tool, relaxation instruction, anxiety treatment guidance, and a community to interact with. There are also interactive relaxation features you can use to learn how to better manage your emotions and physical reactions to them.
A good night’s sleep can mean the difference between having a good day or a bad day. This is especially true for people who suffer from anxiety disorders. Sleep Time lets you fall asleep to ambient, relaxing sounds and wake to the same. It also tracks your sleep patterns and provides feedback on the quality and quantity of shut-eye you’re getting. Because your quality of sleep is also influenced by things you do when you’re awake, the app features a premium upgrade including a workout plan.