We won’t sugar-coat things: with all the coronavirus anxiety, lockdowns, people losing their jobs, the situation is quite challenging. Our daily routine has entirely changed. Let’s admit it, all of us have had a hard time adjusting and adapting to the disrupted routines while soaking in depressing news updates and coping with the loss of loved ones. In such tough times, it is hard to take care of your mental health and remain calm.
Many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. While we are glued to our smartphones the entire time, whether for scrolling news feeds or staying in touch with our loved ones, our phones can be much more than just a source of endless anxiety. Fortunately, there are now several apps that can help numerous people suffering from any mental health issue especially at a time when face-to-face assistance of a professional is not available. Though these apps can provide limited help but with advanced in play, mental health apps are now much more intelligent and empathetic.
Being on the top of the group of mental health apps, it is free to download with an annual subscription for an individual costing $69.99. This apps revolves primarily around meditation. Calm is a relaxation app containing guidelines regarding meditation, sleep-inducing music, and mindful tips and stories. Opening the app greets you with the calming sound of waves. The app offers a 10 minute “Daily Calm” meditation. With generally positive reviews, Calm makes it to the top of our list.
Similar to its main competitor, Calm, Headspace offers meditation and calming stories and tutorials to help you clear your head of negativity. Headspace was co-founded by a former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. The app helps you to get to sleep faster. Headspace’s more structured guidelines can assist you in developing an effective meditation habit. Like Calm, Headspace is free to download with $69 for an annual individual subscription. That includes premium content.
Sanevello is one of the most comprehensive apps out there to cater to depression, anxiety, and stress. This app is based on the principles of behavioral cognitive therapy Sanvello allows its users to access coaching sessions, anonymous discussion boards, and tools such as meditation and mood tracking. Sanvello revolves more around promoting self-care. Like other applications, this is free to download with annual subscription plans ranging from $29.99 to $53.99.
Moodpath helps in keeping track of your moods and watch out for symptoms if one is suffering from depression. The app asks for three simple questions to the user three times a day. These questions are about the user’s well-being. After a span of 14 days, the app gives an evaluation and recommend whether the person needs to see a therapist or a doctor. In addition to this free assessment, the application also offers a library of meditation and wellbeing courses.
Happify has a completely different approach to the well-being of a person. It uses a more gamified approach while focusing on six skills including; healthy living, gratitude empathy. It uses interactive games to destroy negative thoughts one might have. With the help of the app’s AI assistant, Anna. the apps “Why it Works?” helps you in making the most out of the app.
6. The Bottom Line
While these apps have helped a lot of people during this pandemic, still they cannot replace the need for a mental health advisor. These apps have helped people during the time of lockdown to take care of their mental health and help them focus more on self-care. While an app won’t help in ending this pandemic, but it can surely help in fortifying mental health while building resilience during this challenging time.