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9 Mental Health Apps I Can't Live Without!





These apps have helped me meet goals, overcome addictions and have greater overall mental health


Mental health and social media are usually in the same sentence when talking about their negative effect on us. The hours we spend checking our phone, the consequences of Instagram on self-esteem, cyber-bullying, are some of the things that are pointed out when talking about the use of technology and mental stability. Although none of the above is a myth, the truth is there are many ways to take advantage of your smartphone and social media to build strong mental health.

I'm not going to lie to you, I can spend all day watching Tik-Tok videos or Instagram stories, so I'm not here to tell you to throw away your phones because they’re hurting your health. I just learned to find a balance between entertainment apps and apps that will really benefit me.

There are hundreds of free and paid apps that can help you strengthen or work on different aspects of your mental health, whether it's building a new habit, regulating your emotions, or sleeping better. The reason they are not so popular, it may be because they do not have cat videos or memes as Twitter or Facebook do, maybe they do not have such large marketing teams, who knows. The important thing is that they are there and a good set of apps can make your day to day much easier and healthier.


Below I bring you a list of all the apps that I have installed on my phone that will help you with your mental health. They range from how to deal with a mental disorder, to some that will help you learn a new skill. Check out the following list and give them a try!

Talkspace

This app is like Tinder, but instead of finding someone for Netflix and chill, you find a certified mental health professional for therapy. You can receive advice by text messages, videos, calls, audio, whatever you prefer, and it is available 24 hours a day.


It is a bit expensive for an app, but it is perfect to receive help without leaving your home, especially in times of confinement.


Calm

This is basically the biggest mental health app right now. It is perfect for everyone who wants to start with guided meditation. Calm provides you with relaxing music, breathing exercises, and narrated stories so you can reach a maximum level of relaxation. It has a free version that works quite well.

MindShift CBT

A Canadian based CBT App. This app has helped me a lot with anxiety, although it is promoted as an app for teenagers and young adults, I don't see why it cannot be useful to anyone. Uses techniques based on cognitive behavioral therapy so that you can understand more about your anxiety, its causes and how to control panic attacks. Activities, relaxation exercises and pictures, all to help you have a peaceful mind.

The Fabulous

We are already very deep in 2021, how are your New Year's resolutions going? I see, you are one of those who find it difficult to maintain their goals, do not despair, there is an app for that! Fabulous helps you develop new habits, keep track of your goals, monitor progress, and keep you motivated to continue.

Whether what you want to achieve is stick to a diet, exercise more, stop drinking or smoking, get more sleep. This app will help you achieve what you propose with small daily goals.

Omada

This app is made for those with eating disorders, I personally have not suffered from them, but I know how dangerous they are. Anorexia and bulimia have a very high mortality rate, so it is important that we are all aware of these types of apps, maybe someone you know needs it.


Omada helps you weekly with exercises to maintain a healthy relationship with food, and also keeps you connected with a community of nutritionists, therapists and other people in the same situation. Together it is easier to find support and motivation.

Easy Mood Diary

This looks like an ordinary diary app, but it's far from it! Easy Mood Diary allows you to keep track of everything that happens to you during the day, like a journal. But in addition to that, you can keep track of sleep cycles, medications you need to take, mood swings, symptoms, and their triggers. With all this information, you will have a total record of managing your emotions throughout the day, helping you to better analyze your mood, stress and anxiety.

The Mighty

Do you like Twitter but are overwhelmed by all the toxicity, drama, and nonstop fighting? I also. That is why we need The Mighty, it is in essence a social network like any other, but this is intended to unite people in communities in favor of mental health.


In this app you can find groups of people who are going through struggles like yours. Be it addiction, grief, mental illness, at The Mighty you can read their stories and tell your own. You can also create your own community

Deep Meditate

This can also look like an app you already have on your phone. Insight Timer is ... that, a timer. But what makes it special? You can create timers with personalized music or stories told by relaxing voices that will help you with what you propose to do in that time. Let's say you set out to meditate for 10 minutes, set the Deep Meditate App to guide you through the process, or just help you with music.

It is also very useful if you want to take a break from work. Set the timer for a few minutes and let yourself go with its functions to relieve tension, stress and to be able to fall asleep.

Simple DBT Skills Diary Card

Dialectic behavioral therapy is popular for treating mental disorders. This app will help you develop new skills, establish goals, remind you to spend time with it, and provide activities and techniques to learn a new skill. It is like an app to exercise, but it is useful for whatever you need. It is especially effective for balanced mental health skills, such as overcoming an addiction or controlling your emotions.

Some of these apps I use every day, others I only used for 2 weeks and I already got what I needed from them. Not all of these should work the same for you as they did for me, but you definitely have to keep an eye on them.

There are many alternatives to these apps in the iOS and Android app stores, take the time to research which ones might be the best fit for you.

Our phones should be more than touch screens that cause us anxiety. They are literal supercomputers in our pockets, we can take advantage of them to have a better emotional balance.

If these apps can help us build and maintain better mental health, why not give it a try?


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