The holiday season can be one of the most joyful, but also one of the most stressful times of the year. In fact, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of people said their stress level increases during the holidays. Whether you’re stressed out because of the upcoming holiday season, if you’re experiencing depression, going through a rough patch, or just feeling extra anxious these days, consider downloading one of the many apps available today for anxiety and mental health. While these apps are great for anyone in need of a little relaxation and self-help, or as extra support for those in therapy, they should never take the place of professional treatment or mental health services.
here are five apps to download now
Developed by two clinical psychologists recognized as experts in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Anxiety Coach is a self-help app from the Mayo Clinic that helps reduce a wide range of fears and worries—from shyness to obsessions. It allows users to make a list of feared activities and then the app guides the users through mastering them. Users can also browse a library of more than 500 activities that other people have found help for; track their anxiety; record and view their progress; and learn about when anxiety becomes a problem and how to seek treatment
Breathing is an important part of treating anxiety, and Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to help manage stress. Users can use a helpful chart to view personal progress, and the app can even be used with an Apple Watch device to measure heart rate throughout breathing exercises.
Calm helps users reduce anxiety, improve sleep and feel happier. It focuses on meditation, breathing, sleep and relaxation, and includes meditations, breathing programs, nature scene and sounds, lessons on mindful movement and stretching, and more.
Headspace is guided meditation made simple. It is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to meditate to reduce anxiety and stress, and it teaches mindfulness, breathing exercises, tips for increased relaxation, and articles and videos that help users along on their meditation journey.
Developed by two clinical psychologists, MoodKit is designed to help users apply effective strategies of professional psychology to their everyday life, such as taking action to improve their life and feeling better by changing how they think. Users can also rate and chart their mood to monitor progress; and develop self-awareness and healthy attitudes.
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