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Anxiety can hinder your ability to enjoy a happy, fulfilling life. Luckily, learning to better manage anxiety is possible! Whether seeking professional treatment or individually coping with anxiety, we found some apps that can help in your healing journey. These apps can help put your anxiety into perspective, track your thinking, and provide relaxation techniques to help bring you a calmer mind.
One strategy some people with anxiety swear by is self-hypnosis. A practitioner of clinic-based hypnotherapy, Donald Mackinnon developed these guided recordings. How it works: You listen to an audio recording in a quiet and safe environment and learn the technique. The recordings are more than just relaxing. They contain subliminal signals to speak to your subconscious.
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
Acupressure is a massage technique that uses fingers to press pressure points on the body to ease body tension. Don’t worry, no needles involved here! This app teaches users how to perform self-acupressure with over 90 point combinations to help relieve anxiety, pain, and other common conditions. The instructions use illustrations to show exactly where to find a pressure point and how to massage it.
Nature Sounds Relax Sleep
Sometimes you just need a time-out when your stress becomes overwhelming. This app uses the calm sounds of nature to soothe you back into a calm, relaxed state. Sounds include thunder, ocean sounds, birds, rain, or waterfalls. You can set the timer to have a quick 10-minute break, or even set the sounds as an alarm to help ease into your day.
The Worry Box
Put your worries away in a box! While that statement seems too good to be true, this app’s idea is to help you deal with and manage your worries. You keep a personal diary in the app where you input your worries. The Worry Box then helps you decide if the worry is unimportant, important, controllable, or uncontrollable. Depending on the worry, the app will give you techniques to help manage it, like next steps or coping statements to tell yourself.
Stop Panic and Anxiety Self-Help
This app is for users who’ve experienced panic attacks due to a panic disorder. In addition to keeping a personal diary, the app comes with three sets of audio: panic assistance, emotional training, and relaxation. The panic assistance audio is meant to coach users through a panic attack, while the emotional training audio trains users to access a calm state. The relaxation audio helps users reduce stress and relax the body.
Without a good night’s sleep you may become more irritable, where even the little things can get your anxiety going. Sleep Time is here to make sure you get a good night’s sleep and feel refreshed in the morning. A two-in-one app, Sleep Time doubles as an alarm clock and sleep analysis app.
Relax and Rest Meditations
We could all use a little R&R, especially if you feel overwhelmed by anxiety. This app has you covered. With three guided meditations either 5, 13, or 24-minutes long, you can find time for that quick break and get re-centered.
Free Relaxing Nature Sounds and SPA Music
Tuning out of your anxiety may mean tuning in to something else. With 25 nature sounds, this app is sure to have something to soothe an anxious mind. If you want something even more personal, the app contains a soundboard with 35 sounds for you to mix and create your own experience. Listen to the app before bedtime, just to slow down, or even as an alarm.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management
This app provides self-help techniques to help manage overall anxiety. Track anxiety levels, triggers, and build a personal tool kit in the app. It also provides interactive guidance for practicing self-help and a closed social community to engage with others. If you’re looking for holistic snapshot of your anxiety and how to cope with it, this may be the app for you.
If you’re new to meditation but want to reap its rewards, Headspace is a great app to get started. For free, you have access to the app’s Take10 program designed for beginners. For 10 minutes a day for 10 days you’ll practice guided exercises and learn about meditation. The app can even access your calendar to help set aside meditation time in your busy day. If you want to continue using the app, you can sign up for a monthly or annual subscription to access other meditation exercises.
Worry Watch — Anxiety Journal
By understanding how our expectations differ from reality, we can better learn our anxiety patterns and worries. The app has a five-step process for insight. Use the app to log worries, track worries, analyze your anxiety pattern, realize if worries are unfounded, and reflect to challenge your worry pattern.
This app uses “Result Driven Hypnosis” to help tackle the root of the problem you want to change. To get started, select the area you want to improve and follow a treatment plan of 10 sessions, 30 minutes each. The audio sessions are intended to help you find a relaxed, concentrated state of mind to help target the problem. Some issues to choose from in the app include stress, bad sleep, weight gain, or self-esteem.
When your internal scales feel unbalanced or even scattered, Inner Balance helps you get back in-sync by finding emotional well-being. Using the Inner Balance sensor that connects to your earlobe, the app tracks your heart rhythm via Heart Rate Variability (HRV). The app also helps train you to self-regulate and find a state of coherence that brings emotional composure and clearer reasoning.
When the anxiety gets going, your emotions may feel like an abstract painting with lots of colorful feelings overlapping on the canvas of your brain. Learning what you’re feeling throughout the day can be a helpful step in managing anxiety. This app provides an easy way to log your current mood and any thoughts that may accompany it. Over time you may notice patterns with your emotions.
Now that’s a question to ask yourself when feeling anxious! Having a quick self check-in can do wonders for finding perspective with your thoughts and feelings. This app has loads of features to help you do just that. When you feel negative thoughts taking over, use the app’s methods to help you overcome them. The app also has grounding techniques to help you re-center.