Let’s be honest. You’re probably on your phone a few minutes after you wake up and check it over 100 times through out the day. You’re even probably on your phone right before falling asleep. This has become normal for us since our phones keep us connected to the world through social media, websites, texting, etc.
So why not use this same device to help you with your mental health? The following are some of the phone apps I recommend to clients. Most of them are for both ios and Android devices, but you’ll have to check when downloading them. These are just a few apps. I recommend you search on the app store “depression”, or “worry”, or whatever mood you are feelings. There are so many apps and even games that can help you cope with those symptoms.
Healthy Minds– This is one of my favorite apps to recommend to clients. You put in what mood you’re in, and depending on your mood, it gives you pages of coping skills to try, with the instructions. It even has a section where you can journal about what happened that made you feel the way you are feelings.
Moodtrack– This app is a good way to keep track of your moods and what is affecting them. This is a nice complement to attending therapy because you can go back and report exactly when you had certain moods. It even tracks your mood on a graph so you can see when you’re having certain feelings.
I am– I really like affirmations. Affirmations are a statement or saying you tell yourself that reminds you of your goal, or to stay focused. “This too shall pass” or “I am making changes in my life”, are examples of an affirmation. I am sends you push notifications throughout the day, with positive affirmations. You pick an area you want to work on, like self-esteem, and set up how often you want an affirmation to be sent.
Mindshift– This app helps you shift your thinking when feeling anxious. It also gives you exercises to practice.
Relax app– This is more of a game. It plays soothing music while the screen turns into stars on a black background. It looks like the Universe. Then when you move your fingers on the screen, the stars move and change. I like to play with it to relax.
CBT-i Coach– This app was made for Veterans but anyone can use it. This app also compliments therapy. It keeps track of your sleep patterns. It also gives you exercises, such as guided meditations, to help you sleep.
TaoMix– This app lets you customize relaxing sounds. You can add sounds of birds, ocean waves, a river stream, or so many other soothing sounds. You customize the sounds you like, then use it as background noise to help you sleep, or while doing work, or meditating.
Take a Break– Don’t have a whole lot of time to relax? Take a Break gives you short guided meditations to give you a break. In as little of 7 minutes, you can gather yourself and give yourself a break. If you DON’T have 7 minutes, then you REALLY need this!
Breath2Relax– This is another app where you’re guided during breathing exercises. For some people, having a voice guide them helps them focus better than if they tried to do breathing exercises on their own.
Happify– Another one of my favorites. This app focuses on the positives in your life through different activities. It asks you to do a check-in to see how happy you feel. It also gives you fun games that focus on gratitude and optimism. I love the positive videos that are on the app. You can even give encouragement to others in the Happify community. It is free but you can buy it to unlock more tracks.
“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” -Christian Lous Lange
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About Liza J Alvarado, MS, LPC
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, young adults, and Spanish speaking families in the Bethlehem, PA area.