I awoke last night from a abominable nightmare, anxious, horrified and severely disturbed. I felt the knots twisting in my belly; the tightness in my chest. My pillow drenched in sweat. The urge to stay frozen to my bed and take a sleeping pill crept in. It was in that moment I thought, what could I use right now (besides a pill) to soothe me? It was then when I reached for my phone, grabbed my headphones, and tapped open my Anxiety Release app.
Within minutes after listening to the soothing tones and voice of the app, I felt like someone was consoling me in a loving, kind way. I immediately felt the knots in my stomach untwist, and my breathing mellow. I calmed myself in a natural way, and was able to fall into a restful sleep for the rest of the night. “There’s an app for that” is a platitudinal phrase nowadays, but its’ becoming more certifiable every day. The following wellness, health, and mental health apps are of the highest caliber and offer amazing education, resources, and coping tools for day to day living.
1. Anxiety Release based on EMDR
Who is it for? Anyone who wants an amazing way to reduce Anxiety and Stress
Want to drastically reduce your anxiety? But not only reduce it, but learn to tolerate it in general? Life is stressful. And stress produces anxiety. Given the nature of stress being inevitable, it’s an amazing skill to learn how to sit with and regulate your anxiety. Using Bi-Lateral stimulation, based on EMDR therapy, this app will help you process disturbing thoughts, feelings, and images. Remember to use headphones so you receive the Bi-Lateral Stimulation from the app!
Who is it for? Anyone who wants to find more Balance in their life
Do you need more Balance? This app helps you choose daily activities such as going on a walk, playing an instrument, drinking water, and much more to help you stay Balanced throughout your day. It also sends reminders to help you stay on track.
3. The Work
Who is it for? Anyone who wants to change the way they Think and Feel
The Work walks you through Byron Katie’s powerful approach to challenging and ultimately changing your stressful thoughts.
Who is it for? Anyone who wants Anxiety to stop controlling their life
Do you struggle with Anxiety? MindShift teaches you about Anxiety, keeps track of your life stressors (important to be aware of), journal and track your anxiety, how to shift your thinking, provides inspiration, as well as “chill out tools” to deal.
5. PTSD Coach
Who is it for? Trauma survivors
This app helps you by teaching you about PTSD, how to manage your symptoms, provides a Self Assessment, and helps you find local support and resources.
What wellness apps have you tried? Have you found an app that you absolutely love? What do you look for in an app? Is there anything you struggle with in using apps? Let me know in the comments below.