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 and lifestyle treatments can often help. The following apps aren’t the only form of treatment you may need, but they can help reduce anxiety and restore peace and serenity to your life.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)
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.
Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now
Anxiety doesn’t wait to attack you, so why should you wait to get help from a psychiatrist when you’re feeling anxious? Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now puts you in a video call with a doctor who can help you when you want help. Whether you’re a technological super geek or a novice, you’ll find the app easy to use. A few touches will connect you with a provider. If you want to sync health info and share, that’s easy too. Use the code SEE4FREE to test out the service for free.
I Can Be Free by Human Progress
I Can Be Free uses audio hypnosis to help overcome common anxieties like being forgotten, fear of change, and loneliness. Soothe your unconscious to eliminate the thoughts, feelings, and actions that stop you from doing what you want.
The audio sessions are downloadable, so you can access them anywhere and anytime you are feeling anxious. The app comes with five free sessions, but more can be purchased and cover a wide range of topics.
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations
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.
Sleep Time — Alarm Clock
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.
Anxiety can often be triggered by the little things. Worry Watch is a journal app designed to help you track and record those everyday anxieties. It aims to provide a deeper understanding of our worry patterns and remind us of how we coped in the past. Train yourself with Worry Watch and never again let everyday stress stop you from being your best.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
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.
Stop Panic & Anxiety Help
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.
Worry Box — Anxiety Self-Help
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 it can even direct you to help you reduce your worries and anxiety. It’s all password-protected, so you can feel safe sharing the details of your stresses.
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.
Headspace is made for people who find it hard to make time for relaxation. In just 10-minute sessions, Headspace teaches the basics of meditation. The app also tracks your progress and lets you keep tabs on your friends’ practice. If the initial session provides results, you can sign up for the subscription service and access hundreds of hours of additional guided and unguided meditations. It’s meditation made easy.
Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite
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.
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.
An innovative approach to wellness monitoring, Inner Balance works in partnership with a sensor to measure heart rhythms and stress levels. The sensor clips to your earlobe and automatically charts its findings within the app. The app aims to reduce exhaustion, improve mental focus, and improve our ability to shift from high anxiety to low anxiety states. Best of all, sessions take only three to five minutes, so they are easy to fit into your daily life.
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
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.
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 even introduce you to some new ones you don’t.
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 imply warranty of fitness or endorse 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).