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#COSMOMentalHealth: 7 Free Apps to Help Manage Your Mental Health

They might not cure everything, but they could help.

Mental health hasn’t been something that is actively pursued until recently with the rise of suicide due to depression. Not unless we have come through a major ordeal and then decide to take some time out to tend to the after-effects. We should, in all honesty, be taking much better care with our ourselves.

7 Free Apps To Help Manage Your Mental Health

Taking the conscientious steps towards setting time aside to attend to the fatigue, and sometimes the trauma of our lived experience is no easy feat. Facing up to your challenges and being honest with yourself is often one of the hardest things to do because it means facing up – and owning your truth.

Wellness means different things to different people, those who have the right financial footing can indulge in spa treatments or getaways to recuperate. The reality for others is in stark contrast to this, and let’s be honest, care can be expensive.

The digital revolution and technology continue to bridge the gap between traditional methods of healing with new-age methods of facilitating this process. All of this at the click of a button.

While a little bit of stress can be a good motivator, too much can be detrimental. To help you navigate your way to wellness, there are myriad apps that can provide meaningful interventions. The upside is that they are free and available on both iOS and Android.

The Apps

  1. Calm has guided meditations to help you manage your anxiety and to assist with a better sleep pattern. It has been dubbed by Apple as it’s #1 app for meditation and sleep.
  2. Happify helps with stress and worry. Whether you may be dealing with negative thoughts or projections of yourself – this is your go-to for guided relaxation.
  3. Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) provides guidance on putting self-help into practice through 25 self-help options covering information about anxiety and methods of thinking of and dealing with anxiety.
  4. What’s Up has a rating system to track each day and it utilises powerful cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance commitment therapy to help users cope with depression and anger.
  5. Mind Shift gives you tips and coping mechanisms for dealing with stressors and varying emotions. It works great as a health navigation tool as it allows you to select how you’re feeling to better moderate your situation.
  6. Breathe2Relax is a great reminder of the ‘whoosah’ effect. Through the management skill called diaphragmatic breathing, users are reminded that sometimes all you should do is take a moment and breathe.
  7. Omvana uses music as a meditative tool to encourage the mindfulness of your emotions, therefore, enhancing your well-being and increasing your awareness of your mood.

Note that these are tools to ease the day to day stressors which threaten to take over. The first bet would be to consult with a therapist who can monitor your mental health and advise accordingly.

These methods are a great way of ensuring that anxiety and depression don’t interfere with your quality of life. It affords everyone an opportunity to actively pursue the help that they need in order to journey towards self-actualisation. Beyond anything, it is also to deal with how critical we (and by extension others) often are of ourselves.

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