Many of us experience different levels of anxiety from time to time, whether it’s dealing with a stressful job, new social settings or personal matters at home. Often times, these high levels of stress and anxiety can leave us feeling unbalanced and unmotivated both physically and emotionally. And because we live in a digital age, we are so use to functioning on an on-the-go mentality that we can forget to take care of ourselves properly, especially when we are experiencing negative people and situations. Fortunately, there are a plethora of apps that focus on better sleep, meditation, self-help, and more. Here are the 7 best apps we use to help ease our anxiety, stay motivated and keep the positive vibes every day.
One of the ways anxiety can wreck havoc in our lives is by disrupting our sleeping patterns. The less sleep we get the less motivation (or energy) to keep our goals. A lack of sleep can also cause us to feel more anxious, which is never a good thing. Research has found that by creating a calming ambiance at night may aid in better sleep. This is where the Relax Melodies app comes in.
Relax Melodies is a simple sleep aid app that has over 40 sounds to chose from. All you do is pick a sound or sounds based on your preference, and create a mix. You can then lie back and listen to your customized mix as you get ready to sleep. The soothing sounds are great for setting up the perfect ambiance for a healthier, deeper sleep.
If you’re like us and want to take an active role when dealing with anxiety, look no further than MindShift. This all-in-one app offers answers on common questions about anxiety, “chill out tools” to dial down your anxiety and stress, and a space to input and track your own stressful situations. We love how easy it is to navigate through the different features, but the best part is that it keeps us accountable and taking charge of our anxiety.
Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM)
It can often be hard to find ways to ease our anxiety, which is why the Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) app is great to have on our phone. Developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users, this easy to use app offers a range of self-help tools and methods for people looking to manage their anxiety.
One of the features we love about this app is the Thinking and anxiety tab, which focus on the way we think about a stress situation, and teaches us how to rewire the way we approach it. Another great feature is the “Social Cloud” where you can connect with other SAM users and help encourage each other.
Instar Affirmation Writer
For those who enjoy using affirmatives when dealing with their stress and anxiety, will find the Instar Affirmation Writer app very useful. This minimalistic app allows us to write our customized affirmations, and therefore keep tabs of them. Sounds basic but can be effective in learning more about our thinking patterns.
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Anxiety can often leave us feeling unmotivated. This is when creating a bucket list is a great way to get out of that static mode we can often fall into from time to time. We love using iWish for setting goals, whether it’s simple ones like making our aunt’s favorite casserole or bigger ones like backpacking through Indonesia for a month. The app lets you write in your own goals where you can come back to them once you’ve checked them off your bucket list. One of the great features in this app is the Ideas tab, which offers an extensive list of goal ideas you can add to your own iWish list. And trust us, there is something satisfactory when you head to your iDid tab and see all the goals you’ve accomplished.
We love using Audible to listen to some of our favorite Self-help authors talk about various issues such as body image, positive thinking, meditation and more. Audible is great for those on the go days when we’re driving to work or need to be handsfree, but still want to start your day right. To note: the app is free to download, but you do have to pay to listen to the complete audiobook on audible.com (not through app). However, you do have the option to listen to a sample before you decide to purchase.
Cost: 30-day free trial, $14.95 monthly fee afterwards
Dealing with stress and anxiety alone can be a scary thing, which is why finding others who have gone through or are going through similar situations can be a great way to find a positive solution. This is when the Meetup app is very handy. An extension of Meetup.com, the app helps us find groups of people who share our similar interests. And you best believe there are a tons of anxiety groups to check out and find the right community for you.