The 18 Best Anxiety iPhone & Android Apps of 2014

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  • Carry Anxiety Relief with You

    Carry Anxiety Relief with You

    Anxiety can be irritating and debilitating. It may make you stay awake at night or fear leaving the house. No matter your anxiety issue, getting help is important. Finding ways to feel more relaxed will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life.

    Medical treatment and lifestyle treatments can often help. These apps aren’t the only form of treatment you may need, but they might help reduce anxiety and restore peace and serenity in your life.

  • Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker

    Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 123 ratings – $4.99

    Meditation is one way you can cope with the symptoms and side effects of anxiety. People who meditate can eventually train themselves to stay calm when feeling stressed or anxious.

    Equanimity – Meditation Timer & Tracker is simple and straightforward. Time each session and watch for visual light cues to let you know how long you’ve been meditating. Take notes about each session, and watch your progress as you learn to manage your stress and anxiety.

  • Relax Melodies

    Relax Melodies

    iPhone – 4 stars with 33,968 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 46,905 ratings – Free

    Anxiety can disrupt healthy sleep patterns in more than one way. First, people who don’t  get enough sleep tend to feel more anxious. Then, people who are more anxious have a difficult time sleeping. Creating a calming environment may help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

    Relax to one of this app’s 50 sounds. Need the music to stop once you’re asleep? Set a timer, and it will stop playing. Set an alarm when you need to be awake. Then, enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep, free from anxiety.

  • Anxiety Free

    Anxiety Free

    iPhone – 4 stars with 543 ratings – Free

    Meditation requires mindfulness and a sense of presence in your thoughts. Hypnosis is one step beyond meditation. It works by sending signals to your brain and transforming it almost unknowingly.

    The creators of this app say that its “audio recordings contain subliminal signals that speak to the subconscious with powerful effect.” Hypnosis, like meditation, requires practice, and the goal is to get each user to a place where self-hypnosis is possible in order to reduce anxiety.

  • Breathe2Relax

    Breathe2Relax

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 286 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 246 ratings – Free

    Your breathing has a profound effect on your body. You’ll know this fact to be true if you’ve ever taken deep breaths to calm yourself down when you were upset. That  exercise can often make you feel more centered, and it’s proof that breathing is powerful.

    The Breathe2Relax app uses guided breathing exercises to help reduce symptoms of an anxiety attack. If an attack is coming or the symptoms are unbearable, slip away into a quiet room, open your app, and let the worry and stress slip away with each breath.

  • Acupressure: Heal Yourself

    Acupressure: Heal Yourself

    iPhone – 3 stars with 26 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 4.2 stars with 224 ratings – $1.99

    Acupressure  is a natural healing strategy in which you target specific areas of the body in order to alleviate pain or unwanted symptoms. Acupressure can also increase blood flow, which can boost your mood and your health.

    This app helps you find your body’s acupressure points. Apply pressure on those points when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and receive the positive, calming benefits. 

  • Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation

    Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation

    Android – 4.2 stars with 757 ratings – Free

    Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese health system that brings together posture, breathing, and the mind to reduce anxiety. This Android app connects users with a library of relaxation videos that contain instructions for relaxing and clearing the mind. The videos are created by Dr. Monica Frank, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to viewing Dr. Frank’s videos, you can read a variety of articles related to anxiety, meditation, and stress management.

  • Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

    Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

    Android – 4.4 stars with 21,610 ratings – Free

    If you find yourself longing for the sound of the ocean to help you relax, the Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep app is for you. Open this app whenever you’re feeling anxious or stressed. You can select locations or sounds like the jungle, ocean, or thunder and slip away into a place of relaxation and comfort. If the sounds make you feel sleepy, even better. Use the app to doze off into a relaxing slumber.

  • Calming Music to Simplicity

    Calming Music to Simplicity

    Android – 4.2 stars with 397 ratings – Free

    Nature sounds aren’t the only relaxing tunes in smartphone apps. Music, especially some traditional Chinese music, can be relaxing and soothing. The Calming Music to Simplicity app contains nine traditional Chinese music selections. Press play and let your worries melt away.

  • Worry Box – Anxiety Self-Help

    Worry Box – Anxiety Self-Help

    Android – 4.2 stars with 606 ratings – Free

    Have you ever wished you could put all your worries in a box, leave them there, and walk away? The Worry Box app may let you do just that. The app functions a lot like a journal: Write down your thoughts, anxieties, and worries, and let the app help you think them through. It will ask questions, give specific anxiety-reducing help, and can even direct you to help you reduce your worries and anxiety. It is all password protected, so you can feel safe sharing the details of your stresses.

  • Stop Panic & Anxiety Help

    Stop Panic & Anxiety Help

    Android – 4.4 stars with 1,012 ratings – Free

    If panic and anxiety attacks have a grip on your life, this app might help you let them go. The Stop Panic & Anxiety Help Android app uses emotion and relaxation training audio tracks to help you fight your fears and find a state of calm. When you’ve overcome the attack, use the app’s journal to record what caused the attack and how you were able to get through it. Then use this journal to learn from your experiences and prepare for the future.

  • Sleep Time – Alarm Clock

    Sleep Time – Alarm Clock

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 2,922 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 13,944 ratings – Free

    Restorative sleep is essential to reducing stress and symptoms of anxiety. Using the sensitive accelerometer in your smartphone, this app tells you how quickly you fall to sleep, when you enter each phase of sleep, and how efficient each sleep cycle is. When it’s time to rise and shine, the app gently wakes you up at the right time, not in the middle of a deep slumber. This app may just help you make sure that what sleep you do get is helpful and healing.

  • Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

    Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 524 ratings – $0.99

    Android – 4.4 stars with 262 ratings – $0.99

    While group meetings and discussions are always an option, some people find relaxation more easily on their own. This app lets you relax in the space of your own home or office with three guided meditations. Breath Awareness Guided Meditation (5 minutes), Deep Rested Guided Meditation (13 minutes), and Whole Body Guided Relaxation (24 minutes) are designed specifically to help you relax and sink into a peaceful meditation moment.

  • I Can Be Fearless by Human Progress

    I Can Be Fearless by Human Progress

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 7,074 ratings – Free

    When you were younger, your parents might have told you that you could do anything you put your mind to. This app might not help you be an astronaut or a world famous actress, but it can help you break through your anxiety, fears, and worries to a place of calm and confidence.

    Open your Apple device and select what you want to be right now — calm, motivated, and confident are among the options — then let the audio hypnosis guide you through a session.

  • Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite

    Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite

    iPhone – 4 stars with 5,953 ratings – Free

    You can find rest and relaxation without having to travel. The app comes with 35 nature tracks, which include soothing classics like crickets chirping, breaking waves, and a serene lake. You can download more free tracks to build your library, and customize a favorite combination that helps you reduce your anxiety in a peaceful setting. Allow the sounds of nature to sweep you away from your worries in the comfort of your living room, office, or bedroom.

  • Universal Breathing - Pranayama Free

    Universal Breathing - Pranayama Free

    iPhone – 4 stars with 111 ratings – Free

    Android – 4 stars with 267 ratings – Free

    Focused breathing exercises can help you regain composure during an anxiety attack. They can also help you prevent an anxiety attack before one starts. Pranayama breathing techniques are common in yoga and have powerful benefits. If you’re a beginner, you can benefit from the app’s guided breathing instruction. You’ll learn how to breathe deeply, hold, and then release with better control. If it works for you, you can purchase the full course which gives you access to the entire program.

  • Relax Ocean Waves Sleep by Moz

    Relax Ocean Waves Sleep by Moz

    Android – 3.9 stars with 441 ratings – Free

    Living far from a beach doesn’t mean you have to be far from total relaxation. Slip on a set of  headphones and drift  into a distant sand-and-suds oasis. Whether you’re trying to head off an anxiety attack or just need to get some good sleep after a few anxious days, the Relax Ocean Waves Sleep app helps you find a place of serenity.

  • Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

    Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

    iPhone – 5 stars with 59 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.2 stars with 734 ratings – Free

    The Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) app from the University of the West of England can help you regain control of your anxiety and emotions. Tell the app how you’re feeling, how anxious you are, or how worried you are. Then let the app’s self-help features walk you through some calming or relaxation practices. If you want, you can connect with a social network of other SAM users. Don’t worry, the network isn’t connected to larger networks like Twitter or Facebook, so you won’t be putting your feelings on blast.

  • Anti-Anxiety APP

    Anti-Anxiety APP

    Android – 4.3 stars with 112 ratings – Free

    It’s not a replacement for a therapist, but this app might be able to provide similar help. You can tell the app your problems by taking a diagnostic quiz about your level of stress and anxiety. Using your answers, the app will design a custom treatment plan for you. Follow instructional self-help videos like “How to Tolerate and Lessen Anxiety.” Keep a daily journal of your anxiety and worries, and track your progress as you learn to regain a sense of calm.

  • You Don’t Have to Suffer in Silence

    You Don’t Have to Suffer in Silence

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder. Those people face anxiety, stress, and worry each day. Fortunately, help is possible.

    Your doctor can help you find relief and create an anxiety management plan. These apps may benefit your day-to-day maintenance of your anxiety levels. They can build on anxiety-reducing practices you already know, and they may introduce you to some new ones. 

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these anxiety-reducing apps based on their potential to aid people in reducing anxiety in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to anxiety and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make anxiety disorders 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

References:

  • The numbers count: Mental disorders in America. (2014) National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved May 16, 2014, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Anxiety
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