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Mental Health Apps

Okay so this might be a little different than the normal blog posts I do.  I’ve recently discovered how amazing self-help apps can be.  I’m not a huge app person, but after being recommended a few, they’ve been extremely helpful for me!

The great thing about apps is that they can be used at any point, as most of us have our phones on us at all times.  They are literally at our fingertips. 

My top mental health related apps:

Moody Me

This app allows me to enter my moods as I’m feeling them.  I use it when I wake up in the morning, any time my mood changes during the day, and before I go to bed.  It also gives me the option to make notes.  So I can give specifics on maybe why I’m feeling great or not so great at that time.  This app has been helpful to me recently, as I’m weaning off a medication.  It allows me to keep track of how I’m feeling throughout the day and see whether there’s a pattern or if I’m flying off track.  It’s also interesting to see if my moods line up with days I didn’t exercise, my menstrual cycle and other factors.

I remember when I was first diagnosed, 7 years ago.  Smart phones had just started to come out and apps weren’t really in existence.  I used to keep a massive journal and pen in my purse….LOL.  Needless to say, I’m loving the app thing now.

Headspace

I LOVE this app!  My therapist recommended it to me about 6 months ago and I try to use it as much as possible.  It is a meditation app.  It’s only 10 minutes and it guides you through a meditation session.  It has really helped me with mindfulness and during stressful times.  Being that it’s only 10 minutes, it can be done at any time.  Work, school, home….anywhere, really.  It is recommended that you try to do it at the same place and time every day, but that is not a must.

SAM – Self Help for Anxiety Management

This is a fabulous app to track anxiety.  It allows you to record your anxiety and the different things that trigger it.  It also provides options for the symptoms of anxiety – both physical and mental – and the user can create their own “toolkit” with the options that work best for them.

 

Well, these are my top three! What are your favorites?