5 Must-Have Free Mental Health Apps
By: Ria Shah
Self-care is more than just taking walks and face masks. It’s taking the time out of your day to do a check-in on your mental health. However, when you are always on the go or don’t have the financial means for therapy, it can be challenging to find alternative solutions that won’t break the bank. Here are five must-have and free mental health apps everyone should download on their phone.
If you’re into meditation or are not sure how to get started, then this app is what you might be looking for. Headspace educates you on how to breathe through extensive exercises to decrease stress and anxiety levels. There are different meditation classes that you can listen to depending on what your particular need is.
Therapy is often viewed as a luxury when in actuality it should be seen as a necessity. Unfortunately, treatment isn’t affordable for everyone. 7 Cups is an online therapy and free counseling site and app that makes tough processing moments much safer and secure on the wallet. You enter a chat room anonymously to talk about the sea of emotions that you are going through to an anonymous.
If you have trouble falling asleep due to anxiety and stress, Calm is the app for you.Do you remember, when you were younger, having your parents read you a bedtime story before you went to sleep? This app is the adult version of just that.Calm is a mindfulness app that will soothe you to sleep with a 20-30 minute recording of sleep stories to help ease you into nightly slumber. This app is known for being Apple’s “2017 App of the Year”, “Best of 2018 Award Winner” and “Happiest App in the World” by the Center for Humane Technology.
Sanity & Self is an app that describes itself as “the self-care that women deserve.” It serves as a platform for women to discuss issues that are important to them in terms of their mental and emotional health. Sometimes it's best to voice one’s feelings to strangers full knowing that they have gone through a similar situation. It is a community that prides itself as a safe space for women to reach out support when they need it most.
Journaling can be a great practice to integrate into your self-care routine. Some of us, don’t know where to begin in fear we “might be doing it wrong.” In actuality, there is no right or wrong way to journal. Everyone has their way of putting their thoughts down on paper, whether it's through poetry, song lyrics, or a universal favorite, the word vomit. It's possible to either forget to take the time out of our day to write down our thoughts into a notebook or journal. With Jour, you can create daily journals full of reflections while promoting personal growth and development. This app has been named one of “Apple’s New Apps We Love.”People can have different goals when it comes to journaling. Jour offers many options from Daily Reflections, where it asks you 5-9 questions on how you are feeling, what you are grateful for, and how to make your day better.
Intense emotions can affect how we interact with the world on a day-to-day basis. Often, however, those same emotions can be challenging to process. HappyNotPerfect is a possible solution.This app helps identify what those emotions are, and through a series of mental and emotional workouts helps control your breathing and figure out why you are having these particular emotions while also maintaining positive thoughts.