Are you’re looking for a convenient tool that might help you to manage your anxiety? Here are some apps you can use on your mobile or tablet. I have included the Google Play Store reviews. It’s always handy to see what other users think of the apps.
Are you interested in meditating or mindfulness? Headspace will guide you through the basics. It’s a free course for beginners who want to learn meditation techniques. You get one session a day of between 5 and 15 minutes, for 10 days.
After the ten days, Headspace invites you to subscribe to a monthly or annual payment. Subscribers can then have guided or unguided meditation or mindfulness sessions. These include breathing exercises, visualisation and a mental body scan.
Reviews in the Google Play Store are very good, but a lot of people are unhappy that there aren’t more free options.
WellMind is a free NHS app to help people with anxiety, depression and stress. It provides self-help guides and a diary section for you to record your day and how you felt. There are tips to help you reduce stress and anxiety and three audio tracks for relaxation.
It also features a game with a snake to use as a distraction technique. When you begin any negative thinking, or you feel anxious you can play it. Google Play reviews are mixed. It has a 3-star rating. But it seems that people either love it or hate it.
As it’s free it is worth giving it a try because you might find it’s useful.
Self-Help Anxiety Management (SAM)
SAM was developed at the University of Bristol. It’s designed to help with anxiety. There are exercises you can do to help keep you calm. You can also monitor your thoughts throughout the day. This might help you to find out what triggers your moods.
There’s also a closed SAM community network. You can share your experiences privately with other community members.
The reviews in the Google Play Store are mostly positive and it has a 4-star rating.
Moodpath, as the name suggests is an app to help you track and monitor your moods. It is especially useful if you are receiving professional therapy. You can use the app to remind yourself of how you felt throughout the week. Then, you can talk about it during your therapy session.
Even if you’re not seeing anyone for therapy sessions, the app may still help you. You may be able to see what pinpoints the triggers that bring on negative thinking.
Google Play reviews are encouraging. It has a 4.5-star rating.
Sanvello is free to download. You can then use some of the content free of charge. But, if you want to take advantage of all the content you will need to make a monthly or annual payment.
It’s got audio relaxation sessions, mindfulness exercises and CBT self-help activities. It also has a mood tracker, daily challenges and a community group.
Sanvello has a 4 and bit star rating, and some very positive reviews.