If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because anxiety isn’t something we pay attention to- it just creeps up on us gradually, or just plain assaults us. So what do you do? Many people have found success by using medication and therapy.
Medication and therapy have their place.But, in addition to those very important treatments, the age of the internet has spawned anxiety apps!
This post will tell you about some of the new anxiety apps, and why I love them.
5 Reasons To Love The New Anxiety Apps
1. You can use them any time
You can only see a psychiatrist or a therapist at certain times, by appointment.
But you can pull your smartphone out any time!
2. They walk you through the learning process
I’ve been learning about and teaching cognitive behavior and mindfulness for years.
But it’s taken me that long to become comfortable teaching it to my clients.
Anxiety and other mental health apps make complex ideas simple.
They walk you, step-by-step, through the learning and practice process.
3. They can help you build powerful habits outside of therapy
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." ~ Lao Tzu
If you’re already attending counseling or therapy, you learn a lot during the session.
But how easy is it to translate everything you learned in that session into your life?
Apps are great not only at teaching, but reinforcing learning.
And once you’ve learned a positive habit, it becomes part of your character that improves your quality of life.
4. They decrease stigma
Let’s face it: mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, are still viewed differently from other medical conditions.
We can unconsciously absorb negative views of mental health conditions.
When we’re ashamed of those conditions, we may deny that we have that condition, or avoid getting help.
Reviews I’ve read say it seems to be aimed more at kids, teens, and young adults.
But I’ve found that materials written for younger audiences make concepts easier to understand.
MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and find active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle:
Think of MindShift as your portable coach helping you face challenging situations and take charge of your life.
This app is said to be targeted to older teens and adults, but it seems to be as easily understood as MindShift.
The app was designed in collaboration with the University of the West of England and MyOxygen in Bristol, England.
Working With SAM (how to use it)
Help for anxiety NOW (working through a panic attack)
How’s my anxiety right now (rating your anxiety helps you gain self-awareness)
Self-help with SAM (information about anxiety, thinking and anxiety, how to relax, how to take care of your health, and small steps to manage your anxiety)
Things that make me anxious (identifying your triggers)
My anxiety toolkit (you can take notes about different resources and techniques that particularly help you manage your anxiety)
Anxiety tracker (keep track of your anxiety over time)
Social cloud (here is where other users post their ideas for managing anxiety)
Cost: SAM is available for free on both iOS and Android devices
A simple, intuitive, and attractive mobile app designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to teach breathing techniques to manage stress. The skills taught may be applied to those with anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD.
This app can be personalized to an individual’s pace that the user finds relaxing; includes a video demo, reading materials, and charts to map personal progress. Helpful for self-starters or those working with a therapist to include breathing techniques in their overall treatment.
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