The 17 Best Anxiety iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
Mobile Help for Your Anxiety
Anxiety is a natural occurrence during stressful times in your life. Frequent episodes may be linked to an anxiety disorder, which you should evaluate with a doctor. Anxiety disorders may be treated with a combination of medications, behavior therapies, and relaxation techniques, but you might need some extra help at home. Consider the top rated apps for 2013 to help you feel less anxious.
Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker
iPhone – 5 stars with 14 ratings – $4.99
Newbie and veteran meditation pros alike can benefit from this app made for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker works by timing each meditation session. As a bonus, a light gong will ring to help you track the timing within each sitting. Meditation is one of the most commonly used tools for relaxation. The benefits can be tremendous when considering anxiety relief. Over time, this handy app will also tally up the amount of time you spend meditating. It will also provide an easy-to-read pie chart so you’ll know where your equanimity stands.
Sleep deprivation is a common cause of anxiety because your body is not rested enough to handle daily stresses. The National Health Interview Survey found that almost 30 percent of adults get less than six hours of sleep a night. With these kinds of numbers it’s no wonder that so many patients suffer from anxiety disorders. The problem can be exacerbated because anxiety can make it difficult to fall asleep. If you suffer from both sleep deprivation and difficulty falling asleep, then you may consider the relaxing powers of the Relax Melodies app. Made for both Apple and Android products, Relax Melodies lures you to sleep with the help of 46 different tunes.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 273 ratings – Free
Alternative practitioners rely on something more than meditation when considering anxiety and stress: hypnosis. Unlike typical meditation, hypnosis works by sending signals to the brain that can transform your state of mind. Anxiety Free is a program that provides 30 minutes of audio used to place your mind in an ultimate relaxed state. This Apple app is free, and you may see results in your everyday stress levels by completing the sessions three times per week. Before getting started, make sure you’re at home in a safe spot in case you get too relaxed.
When you’re stressed, the old adage says “to take a deep breath.” Battling anxiety requires more than just pausing for a breath. The makers of Breathe2Relax took this fact into consideration when they developed this app. If you feel an attack coming on, simply open the app on your smartphone and let the interactive menu guide you through diaphragmatic breathing exercises. Such breathing techniques are known for interrupting stress receptors in the body. This is why this app is recommended for anxiety, anger management, and mood stabilization.
Acupressure: Treat Yourself
Acupressure is considered an ancient practice that utilizes specific pressure points in the body to relieve pain and stress. At the same time, the pressure helps to increase blood flow, which automatically relieves body stress. Acupressure: Treat Yourself can teach you how to perform these exercises from your smartphone from anywhere you are. The Acupressure app is available on both Apple and Android devices for a small fee. If anxiety causes you to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and emotional eating, Acupressure can also give you basic tips for relief.
Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation
Android – 4.3 stars with 366 ratings – Free
Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation is an Android app that utilizes a series of short videos to unclutter the mind and de-stress the body. Developed by renowned psychologist Dr. Monica Frank, this free app can take your mind off of all the stresses of the world in just a few minutes. With titles like “Mountain Cabin,” “Rainbow Emotions,” and “Sunrise on the Beach,” these videos can be used as a part of other forms of meditation you use to manage anxiety symptoms. Each video is equipped with soothing audio, breathing instructions, and recommendations for muscle relaxation.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Android – 4.4 stars with 6,864 ratings – Free
Ever take a walk in nature and found yourself completely relaxed? The problem is, nature is either too far out of reach, or you don’t have time to take walks in the woods every day. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep makes it possible to reap the de-stressing benefits of nature, minus the sunburn and bug bites. With a wide selection of nature-inspired sounds like waterfalls and ocean waves, this free Android app takes your focus away from anxious behaviors and lures you into a calm sleep.
Calming Music to Simplicity
Android – 4.3 stars with 300 ratings – Free
Calming Music to Simplicity is another type of free Android music app that is designed to relieve stress and encourage sleep. Unlike nature sounds, however, this calming retreat is powered by ancient balancing tai chi practices through related Chinese music. There are nine selections in all, and the easy selection chart also allows you to set a timer. This app will have you fighting to stay awake in no time.
Worry Box---Anxiety Self-Help
Android – 4.5 stars with 358 ratings – Free
Don’t you just wish you could throw all your worries away? While you can’t make all your troubles disappear, you can put them in a “box.” With the Worry Box---Anxiety Self-Help app, you can have your own virtual box to contain your worries in. This free Android app works similarly to a diary, but it also asks you questions pertaining to your concerns. Questions include whether the worry is controllable and whether it is important. This interactive tool gives you techniques needed to control anxiety in the long-term. It also helps you let go of stress today. As a bonus, you also receive free advice on worry management.
Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help
Android – 4.5 stars with 651 ratings – Free
One way to control anxiety is to stop it in its tracks. Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help is an app that can help you accomplish this. With a vast library of informative articles to help you prevent panic attacks and control daily stress, this is a one-stop app for what you want to know about anxiety management. A daily diary allows you to jot down important moments that caused you anxiety so you can reference them in the future. This free Android app also includes audio bites for emotion training, panic assistance, and relaxation when you need an extra helping hand.
Respiroguide Pro by Vital-EQ
Breathing is key to any relaxation program. But how do you know if you’re doing it right? The Respiroguide Pro app is your official guide to breathing techniques. Based on neurological research from the National Centre for Stress Management in the Netherlands, this program guides you through breathing exercises that help you slow down your heart rate while reducing stress. This app is a must-have for anxiety management. It can also be used as part of ADHD treatment.
Sleep Time by Azumio Inc.
Estimating rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycles is made easy with the Sleep Time app. Made for both Android and Apple users, this is app is an alarm clock dedicated to sleeping cycles. You can set a desired time for falling asleep in addition to your normal wake up alarm clock. While you sleep, the program detects light sleep from deep REM cycles to help you gain a better understanding of your nighttime habits. The Sleep Time app also notes how often you wake up. Better quality of sleep is essential to anxiety management, and this program can also help you understand how stress affects your ability to fall and stay asleep.
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations by Meditation Oasis
The problem with guided mediation classes for anxiety patients is that you may not want to deal with the stress of traveling to get there. Made with busy people in mind, the Relax and Rest Meditations app can guide you through effective meditations from the comfort of home. You can choose from three classes to suit your schedule: Breath Awareness Guided Meditation, Deep Rested Guided Meditation, and Whole Body Guided Relaxation. They are each 5, 13, and 24 minutes long, respectively. This app even allows you the option for music along with the audio guide during each session. Choose the class that best suits your schedule and look forward to a more relaxed day.
I Can Be Fearless by Human Progress
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 624 ratings – Free
Common worries and stress over inabilities can lead to general anxiety. Let the anxiety melt away with the motivational I Can Be Fearless app. Whether you’re worried about being unhealthy, poor in relationships, or unproductive at work, this program can help you feel less stressed through a series of hypnotic audio recordings. You can take these motivational and stress-relieving tools anywhere on your iPad or iPhone.
Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite by Red Hammer Software
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 69 ratings – Free
Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite brings the soothing sounds of the natural world right to your smartphone. This is ideal for anyone looking to relax. It’s especially useful if you can’t escape to the beach or mountains as often as you’d like. You can choose from 22 individual sounds, or mix them up to create your own nature soundtrack. Take a listen for a quick way to relieve stress, or to help you fall asleep. This is a free app that works for both iPhones and iPads.
Universal Breathing by Saagara
iPhone – 4 stars with 17 ratings – Free
If you’re in need for some breathing room, Universal Breathing is a useful app for you. Made for beginners, this app teaches you how to breathe deeply and to retain your breath at intervals for concentrated control. You’ll instantly feel relaxed for better anxiety management. Over time, you can perform the exercises for longer intervals and potentially gain more effective control over oncoming attacks. As a bonus, this free iTunes app keeps track of your progress as you move into deeper breathing exercises.
Relax Ocean Waves Sleep by Moz
Android – 3.8 stars with 406 ratings – Free
Can’t make it to a relaxing beach retreat this year? You can still reap the relaxing benefits of the sounds of the sea from the Android Relax Ocean Waves Sleep app. Whether you feel a panic attack creeping up, or you can’t concentrate on sleep, this app will help bring you back to a relaxed state of mind. Unlike other nature-inspired audio apps available, Relax Ocean Waves Sleep is created with real sound recordings. A headphone is required to play this anxiety-free app – after all, you don’t want the outside world to interfere with your ocean-inspired state.
Tackle Anxiety With Confidence
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults deal with anxiety every year. The symptoms can be unbearable and rule your life when left alone. With the guidance of your doctor, you can manage stress and anxiety and lead a better quality of life. Use these apps to help enhance the medical care being provided, and remember that you’re not alone in this fight against anxiety.
We selected these anxiety apps based on their potential to aid people suffering anxiety disorders in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to anxiety needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make anxiety more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
- Anxiety Disorders. (n.d.). National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
- Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic. (2013, March 14). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/index.html