Apps are used for everything in this digital generation. From shopping to entertainment and travel, apps are a part of our lives and are useful for many of us. There are so many apps available on your smartphone that should be utilized more, especially ones claiming to look after your mental health and well-being.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 48.3 million adults in the United States are faced with a mental health condition each year, and 9.8 million of those are serious conditions that limit the activities of everyday life. Among U.S. adults aged 18–44, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are now the third most common reason for hospitalizations.
With all of this in mind, it is important to look after your mental health on a daily basis; it’s even more important to get help from apps that can aid you in your path to mental wellness. The following is a list of the top 5 apps that provide mental health and mindfulness support on the go:
This app focuses on the four key areas of meditation, breathing, sleep, and relaxation, with the aim of bringing joy, clarity, and peace to your daily life. The app delivers meditations that can help you to destress, as well as breathing programs, music, and sounds from nature to relax your mind and body and promote better sleep.
Calm is the perfect app if you are new to meditation, but it also offers programs for more advanced users. Meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3–25 minutes, to fit in with individuals who have busy schedules.
This app is a case where playing games on a smartphone can serve a meaningful purpose. The app, free with in-app purchase options, has different tracks, from parenting to anxiety to confidence, that are coached by trained professionals. Choose tracks and then play games and activities to progress. About 86 percent of the app’s users report feeling better about their lives after 2 months of using it.
Happify employs techniques and evidence-based interventions in the areas of CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness to help you break old and unhealthful patterns and form new, healthy habits.
Whether you need to build healthier relationships, find some inner peace, keep your mind fit, or reduce stress, Headspace has hundreds of themed mindfulness and meditation sessions to support you. The app reports that meditation reduces daily stress and improves focus and attention. Furthermore, using Headspace is suggested to enhance compassionate behavior toward others in just 3 weeks. Try it out today and see how it goes for the next month!
4. Insight Timer (Website)
This app offers nearly 10,000 free guided meditations to choose from. Users can modify the meditation to what they need at the moment, choosing from options ranging from ambient sounds to the sounds of bells.
Insight Timer also has more than 3,000 discussion groups and local meet-ups run by users. See how the app goes for you!
This app is a mental health go-to. Whether you are going through a rough patch or have concerns about your mental health, the app’s goal is to support you through the difficult times and guide you out the other side.
Moodpath asks daily questions in order to evaluate your well-being and screen for symptoms of depression. The screening progress aims to increase your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. After about 2 weeks, the app generates an electronic document that you can discuss with a healthcare professional. Over 150 videos and psychological exercises are available to help you understand your mood and strengthen your mental health.
It’s essential to explore and touch up on apps that can be a valuable network of support. So, whenever you feel like your mental health needs some evaluation or guidance, try out these handy apps and discover how they can benefit your well-being.
Disclaimer: Overland IOP is not in any way affiliated with the mentioned apps.