The battle against mental health goes on, and thanks to digital innovations, there are a range of applications designed to influence your mood and mindset for the better.
With the instant access to everyone and everything at our fingertips, whether it be social media or various forms of entertainment, it is encouraged to get outside more and embrace nature and inhale the fresh air. However, our mobile phones can play a positive role in our mental wellbeing, thanks to the digital apps we can download.
World Mental Health Day happens each year, but in reality, everyday should be World Mental Health Day.
Whether it’s a routine you’re looking for, a positive mood or some advice, digital apps are available to support you. We’ll take a look at some of the most recommended apps to enlighten your day.
One of the main reasons why Moodft is so popular, is because of the amount of customizable tools available to users to help them decide what works best for them.
Moodfit, available on the App Store and Google Play, is designed for “a better mood.” There are daily tools and insights which involve: daily goals & selfcare, daily reminders, a mood journal, regular assessments, breathing exercises and more.
One of the app’s main features includes a questionnaire on your current symptoms, as well as many articles and audio files that can help you better understand what you’re experiencing. You can also track your moods; over time gaining a better understanding of your feelings – such as sleep, exercise and meditation and how those elements affect your mood. Moodfit for companies is also available, if you want a mindful working experience.
A key benefit for users of Talkspace is that it connects them to a network of vastly-experienced health professionals, however, unlike Moodfit, it is not free to use.
Talkspace’s subscription service has already been used by over 1 million people. According to Talkspace, 98% find their service more convenient than traditional therapy.
Users are able to receive therapy from mental health professionals, via their mobile, computer or tablet. You can send health professionals video, text and audio messages, and they will send you a response in a few days. Messages can be exchanged up to five times per week. For those who may be worried about confidentiality, all conversations carry over from one device to another and the app uses banking-grade encryption to keep dialogue safe and private.
Calm’s mission is “to make the world happier and healthier”.
The ‘Calm’ app is seen by reviewers, as one of the most effective applications when it comes to managing and overcoming anxiety. Whether you’re looking to improve the quality of sleep, reduce anxiety or improve focus, this application does just that.
Calm has been rated as the number one app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. New users can benefit from a free 7-day trial, where they can enjoy and learn about the “life-changing skill of meditation” and exclusive music to help them relax – before paying for a subscription.
One of the major pros of Calm is that it is simple to follow and offers more individual exercises; while the considered negative is that users must pay to use long term, compared to other apps. However, if you’re looking for an app that is not structured and easy to use, give Calm a go.
Happify includes science-backed games which help you reduce stress, build resilience and overcome negative thoughts. Just like the name suggests, Happify is perhaps one of the more ‘fun’ mental health apps out there. If you’re someone who enjoys playing games, then this app would be very suitable. Whilst the main goal is to make you happier, it lets you decide which track you would like to work on. These include:
There are many benefits users can find to using this application, which includes access to coaches and therapists and gaining a better understanding of your moods and emotions. However, the free version of the app is limited to what it can offer. Users may benefit from a paid plan, offering access to all resources.
The creators of Happify report that 86% of people who use the app, feel better about their lives in just two months. Just like most apps, Happify can be accesses via your phone, tablet and computer.
Different to the other apps we have mentioned, Shine is a female-focused, self-care app with the aim of “helping users grow through difficulty”. It could also be considered as a social media community, where users can connect with other existing members at any time – offering community support.
Topics Shine address include everyday worries such as stress, anxiety, burnout, acceptance, creativity, productivity, mindfulness, forgiveness, and work frustrations. Users also get access to a gratitude journal and daily mood tracker. Shine report that their tools are science-backed, so the information provided is scientifically proven to work.
One of the app’s best elements is the audio files. They are short, so very convenient to listen to whether you’re brushing your teeth or commuting to work. If you’re feeling anxious, you might reach for a meditation that can help you in the moment. Or, if you’re struggling to feel good, you might start a 7-day challenge that boosts your mood throughout a period of time.
Unlike a few of the other apps, Shine does not offer access to professional support and it is not designed for more serious health conditions. However, with access to a support community and calming tools for difficult moments, it’s one of the popular options.
Digital is certainly playing it’s part in tackling mental health issues; and various applications are providing us with the tools we need to take care of our mental well-being. Whether you’re trying to find a routine, seeking some comfort in a supportive community or something fun and interactive to improve your mood, these apps do just that!