When I find a product I love, I want everyone to know about it! That's why today I'm sharing my favorite apps for mental health. Now, generally I encourage reducing screen time (for many reasons, more on that later this week!) but there are a few useful apps that I believe are great for teens and adults alike. One caveat- these apps are a great supplement to counseling and mental healthcare, not a substitute.
- My Smiling Mind (App Store and Google Play)
- Trying to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? This app can help you launch into a regular practice of mindfulness meditations. There are several programs, broken down by age group (ranging from age 7 to adult). It tracks how often you are meditating and provides guided practices as well.
- Mindshift (App Store and Google Play)
- I love this app. It's focus is anxiety management- both for help in the moment as well as practicing during calm times. It offers specific techniques for handling perfectionism, test anxiety (great for teens and college students!), panic attacks, and more. My favorite part is the "Chill Out Tools" section- the app guides you through relaxation and visualization exercises. Another great part of this app is the "Take Active Steps" section- it is full of coping suggestions and real-life ways to handle anxiety in the moment.
- Moment (App Store)
- A fairly simple app, Moment tracks how much time you spend on your phone each day. It is easy to spend a ton of time on your phone without even realizing it- from checking emails to scrolling through social media, to texting and making calls- you might be surprised to see how many minutes (hours?) of your day is spent looking at your phone. Moment is not technically a mental health app, but research shows a strong correlation between heavy smartphone use and mental health issues including stress, depression, and anxiety (here and here).
- WhatsMyM3 (App Store and Google Play)
- This is a great screening tool for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While this is not a diagnostic tool, elevated scores on the checklists are a good indicator that you could benefit from counseling.
I would love to hear what you think- comment below with your favorite mental health app!
Maybe you've been managing anxiety with iPhone apps for awhile now, and you're thinking it might be time to go deeper and make a counseling appointment. Anxiety does not have to rule your life. Take the next step and schedule your first appointment today.