We’ve been thinking a lot lately, about the media attention surrounding our smartphones and our wellbeing. We published the following tweet:
Turning off the alerts on your phone can free up headspace – allowing you to check in when YOU want to, taking back some control.
— The Blurt Foundation (@BlurtAlerts) August 17, 2015
Which prompted many of you to switch off notifications and/or the answering service on your mobile phones.
It got us thinking…how can we get technology to work WITH us and not be a source of anxiety or stress?
And so we asked our community which apps they find the most useful.
There are apps in this list, like Headspace and Calm, which we’re really familiar with – you’ll find them on our phones. Others, such as Dosecast and Moodscope, were a real treat for us to discover.
1. Buddhify – iOS and Android
This award-winning mindfulness app has over 80 guided meditations custom-made for wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – traveling, at work, at home, going to sleep and much more.
2. Calm – iOS and Android
Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax and much more. By downloading this app, you’ll discover how meditation can improve your mood – and your life.
3. Dosecast – iOS and Android
Janine Kasischke Dosecast helps me to remember to take my medication, what dosages, what time of day and what my meds look like. it saves a record of when I’ve skipped doses or if I’ve taken things late as well so I can show a record to my doctor.
To help you remember to take your medication. You can enter basic information about the medication you take, such as the name, dosage, and how and when you take it. You can then set-up reminders to help you remember to take your medication.
As you take doses, Dosecast tracks remaining quantities, sends refill reminders, and logs medication adherence.
4. Flowy – iOS and Android
— Gregory Fallica (@gregoryfallica) August 17, 2015
A game designed to combat panic attacks. Being very anxious can feel like a heavy weight. Sometimes you can feel like it’s all that you think about. Flowy helps you to feel more calm but it’s also got a sea god, a magic boat, new lands to discover and treasures to find!
5. Headspace – iOS and Android
Cathy Samantha headspace is good 🙂 xxx Nicola Foyle Headspace. Only 10 minutes long and I like his voice.
Headspace is meditation made simple, a way of treating your head right. Using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques we’ll show you how to train your mind for a healthier, happier, more enjoyable life.
6. How are you Feeling? – iOS and Android
How Are You App is a beautiful and easy tool for mood tracking in the form of a personal journal. Developed to help people who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, mood swings and OCD.
How Are You App was developed in response to still rising number of people who suffer from depression and mood disorders. Unique features like deep analysis, buddy encouragement and gratitude diary along with exercises and hints from positive psychology create a comprehensive and highly efficient tool for self-improvement and better mental health. For example, by tracking how do you feel at given times, places and situations you will not only enhance your mood a bit, but also you will gain the upper hand over your emotions and feelings.
How Are You App analysis will help you identify hidden correlations between the outside world and your inner emotional conditions. No matter if you are facing a tough time in your life or just want to get some in-depth knowledge about your mood fitness, How Are You is for you!
Our solution is targeted at adult audiences who want to either work on themselves, or make their therapy treatment more effective.
7. Mindfulness Daily – iOS
Carlyn Crum Mindfulness daily – mindfulness reminders, sleep cycle – help with sleeping/waking up, power thought cards louise hay – affirmations
Being mindful is often out of reach when we need it most. Mindfulness Daily helps you build a practice with just a few minutes sprinkled throughout your busy day.
8. Moodkit – iOS
MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life. With four integrated tools, MoodKit helps you to engage in mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, rate and chart mood across time, and create journal entries using custom templates designed to promote well-being. Developed by two clinical psychologists, MoodKit draws upon the principles and techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), one of the most effective and scientifically-supported methods of psychotherapy. MoodKit’s innovative design enables it to be used on its own or to enhance professional treatment.
9. MoodPanda – iOS and Android
MoodPanda is your Interactive Mood Diary MoodPanda helps you track how you’re feeling, with personal analysis, visualisations and interpretations of your mood, and a lovely, friendly and anonymous community of people there to support you if you need them.
10. Moodscope – iOS
Debbie Christine Simms Moodscope is good for logging how you are getting on and you can get daily emails where people share their story, offer advice etc. Recommended during CBT getselfhelp has anything from help and stop cards to leaflets on all sorts of topics x
Moodscope enables people to accurately measure and track their mood every day so they’re able to learn what causes their ups and downs. The online service also provides a facility to automatically share scores with a small number of others, who might be friends, family members, a therapist or health professional, enabling them to offer help to the user without needing to be asked. Research suggests that the very act of tracking and sharing may in and of itself lift mood.
11. Pinterest – iOS and Android
Sarah Myers Pinterest. Good for distraction
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. Use Pinterest to make meals, plan travel, carry out DIY projects and much more. Psst! We’re on Pinterest, come and have a look at our boards (from self-care to gardening).
12. Productive – iOS
Jemma Berry Productive.. It’s great for setting small tasks/goals and reminders 🙂
Build good habits. Organize your life. Productive has all the tools you need to build a routine of positive, life changing habits. Productive gives you:
A way to plan your day – Schedule habits for morning, afternoon, evening, or any time of the day. You can also schedule habits for more than once a day, or only for weekdays, or just for the start of the month, or just on Mondays, or many other convenient choices.
Motivating streaks – Build motivating chains of done habits and perfect days. The longer your chain of done habits, the more likely you will stick at the habit.
A way to focus – You’re only shown what’s due for the current time of day. This helps you better manage your time, and prevents stress about what is still left to do.
Powerful reminders – Productive lets you know what’s due for each time period, plus you can set reminders for each habit, or get a big push from Boost Mode.
Lots more awesome stuff – Like calendars of your progress, detailed stats, notes, a passcode lock, and the beautiful Floodlight theme.
13. Pzizz – iOS and Android
Carol Ann Cheah Oh, and on occasion I use pzizz for power naps in my uni newspaper office. I’ll also use it to send me to sleep on insomniac nights by putting it on my charging/speaker dock and using the appropriate module (although remember no cellular device should be nowhere near where you sleep, tech can be bad for circadian rhythms hehe :P)
Get to sleep quicker and de-stress faster! Whether you’re using pzizz to sleep at night or power nap during the day, with pzizz you will wake up feeling fantastic!
14. Relax Melodies – iOS and Android
Abbie Robson Relax Melodies is really good – loads of different sounds that you can layer at different volumes to make your own meditation/relaxation/sleep aid music/sounds.
Relax Melodies and its many features such as high quality white noise sounds, music melodies and complete customizable mixes will help you sleep like never before! Here’s how it works : 1. Create a sleep mix by selecting sounds and music that you like. 2. Slip naturally into a relaxed state or a deep sleep…! 3. Awake, feel refreshed and happier 4. Do it again, anytime! Use it also in many other situation such as while exercising, during your yoga meditation sessions, while massaging, during a quick nap or even to help your baby fall asleep faster!
15. Relax+ with Andrew Johnson – iOS and Android
Keira Cole Relax+ with Andrew Johnson. It’s a hypnosis app that really chills me out. xxx
We all need to slow down sometimes, to relax, to unwind – yet after a hectic day at work, a terrible commute, or a nightmare shopping trip it may seem impossible. The vast majority of people have never had any relaxation training and therefore find it difficult to switch off and be still. To be able to de-stress and fully relax is vital for your health and well being. Your stress can affect not only you but also the loved ones around you, as you feel unable to give them the time they deserve. Use Relax Plus and feel the world slow down. This app is the perfect way to unwind and de-stress, and it also has had great success in therapeutic settings.
16. SAMapp – iOS and Android
SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.
The key features of SAM are:
• Clearly laid out menus • User guidance • External links • Self-monitoring of anxiety with graphical display • 25 self-help options covering: Information about anxiety, Thinking and anxiety, Physical relaxation, Mental relaxation, Health and Anxiety • Guidance on putting self-help into practice • Closed social network of SAM users
17. Sorted – iOS
Janine Kasischke I love sorted for organisation – it’s for people with ADHD but anyone can use it.
Improve your day-to-day organisation by using Sorted: The daily organiser, a simple task-setting orientated app. Quickly and easily create, categorise and prioritise daily tasks. Motivate yourself to get more organised by setting a personal goal, which you collect points towards as you create and complete your daily tasks.
18. Stop, Breathe and Think – iOS and Android
Phil Swales I use Stop, Breathe & Think. It has lots of different meditations to choose from. You can even put in your current mood and feelings, and it will tailor a specific meditation to how you’re currently feeling!
A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
19. Stress and Anxiety Companion – iOS
Keira Cole Stress & Anxiety Companion is another one, and Moodkit. Both focus on using CBT techniques. xx
The Stress & Anxiety Companion app gives you the tools you need to manage anxious feelings and identify their triggers so they won’t trip you up in the future. It can help build your mental muscles to make you stronger and happier.
20. Virtual Hope Box – iOS and Android
Nicola Foyle Virtual hope box – free. It has distractions like puzzles music breathing exercises and make your own hope cards.
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smartphone according to the patient’s specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed. Patients can use the VHB to store a variety of rich multimedia content that they find personally supportive in times of need. For example, a patient can include family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, inspirational quotes, music they find especially soothing, reminders of previous successes, positive life experiences and future aspirations, and affirmations of their worth in their VHB. A patient can also collaborate with their provider to create coping cards to use in response to personal problem areas they experience. Finally, the VHB provides the patient with positive activity planning, distraction tools, and interactive relaxation exercises including guided imagery, controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.
21. Wunderlist – iOS and Android
Stuart Middleton I use wunderlist for keeping on top of things Carol Ann Cheah Another vote for Wunderlist! I’ve got my friend also as another “collaborative” user on our Shared lists so we can help stay on top of each others’ things. Sometimes it’s good to have a buddy to remind you of your stuff, and vice versa where you remind them 🙂 It means if I’m having an off day she can look at what I need to do and help me reorganize; ditto in her case as well!
Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere.