Anxiety can hinder all aspects of your life, therefore learning to take control and manage it successfully can increase your quality of life. There are many methods in which this can be achieved. This can be through seeking professional help, coping independently or both. Apps are a good way to help you through this process, and here are five examples.
A key aspect of anxiety is the racing thoughts and overactive brain. Meditation can be really helpful with targeting this. It has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and sleep better. Headspace is a free app that teaches you how to meditate. It makes meditation simple and can help teach you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day.
Breathing techniques can work similarly to meditation. These exercises can help decrease the body’s ‘fight or flight’ stress response and can also help with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax is a free stress management tool. This app can be personalised to a pace the user finds relaxing.
Stress and anxiety can cause sleeping disturbances, or worsen existing ones. It can be really hard to ‘switch off’ and in turn this lack of sleep can affect functioning the next day. Relax melodies is an app that can help improve your sleep and allows you to select soothing sounds and create a mix to help you fall asleep. It can also be used to create a few minutes of calm in the middle of the day.
Often we expect the outcome to be worse than reality. Our anxiety and our thoughts can run wild and we can expect the worst case scenario. It can be helpful to track these thought processes as a way to combat them in the future. Worry watch is an anxiety journal. It is designed to help capture and reflect on anxiety about everyday things. It allows you to log ‘what might happen’ and then ‘what did happen’. The aim is to help realise that the outcome is often not as bad as we expect. And through knowing this it can help minimize the gap between expectations and reality.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy where the patient is actively involved in their own recovery, with this brings a sense of control over the anxiety. Pacifica is an app that integrates practices from cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. The app lets you rate and track your mood over time and provides guided deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises, daily anti-anxiety experiments and health goals. The aim is to learn to manage your own feelings day by day at your own pace. Pacifica also includes a peer community where you can share your stories and advice.
Why not give one of these apps a go to see if it can help you with your anxiety recovery!