Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.
When it comes to having depression and anxiety, they can be very hard to manage and find ways to deal with them – particularly when you have both at the same time. Technology has come forward a long way since when I was young, and there are now plenty of apps out there to help you deal with your mental health troubles, here are the three that have helped me the most during my recovery.
(Note: this post is not sponsored in any way, the apps below are provided purely as personal opinion of what helped me the most).
- ThinkUP: This is a cool little app that is useful for those of us who suffer with self doubts. It encourages you to record your own personal affirmations and then it plays them back to you over some positive sounding music. The app stresses the importance of it being your own voice that you hear saying the positive affirmations for it to be effective. It helped me when I was boosting my confidence and it allowed me to think much more positively about myself – I even found myself using it as I was falling asleep to help the positivity stick in my mind.
- WYSA: This particular app is developed by psychologists who specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The premise of the app is you speak to the chatbot when you’re not feeling great and it comes right back to you with some productive and proven techniques to help calm you down. Think of it as a kind of crisis team in your pocket that uses real CBT techniques. This proved highly useful to me when I was in crisis and many times it helped me to distract myself for long enough to not do something stupid.
- Calm: This is an app that many people will have already, but I wanted to include it here because it helped me a lot when I was in therapy and practicing my mindfulness techniques. It basically just plays different sounds to prompt you to breathe in or exhale. It’s very simple and it allows you to practice those breathing techniques, it’s also highly calming (as the name suggests). You can use it with headphones on public transport or when you’re alone at home. The good thing with breathing techniques is that you can do them discreetly just about anywhere so if crisis hits in a public space you can just whip out Calm and start breathing to calm you down. It helped me a lot when I was recovering and I still use it from time to time when I’m not feeling too good.
So there you have it, three apps that have personally helped me a lot and can hopefully give you a helping hand too. These apps are all free but some of them do have some paid features, however the major aspects are free to use so you don’t need to worry about not being able to afford them.