We all know the negative effects that technology can have on our mental health.
Different studies have found a connection between social media usage and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. All the tech advancements made us more technologically connected, but less personally connected!
But don't worry! It is not all bad...
Technology can also be used in our mental health's favour. Check out this list with the top 5 apps that will help you cultivate habits that boost your mental health!
This is probably the most popular app in the category. Headspace is focused on meditation and sleep and is described as the "guide to health and happiness". The app includes guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm and balance to your everyday life.
With a number of exercises on anxiety management, stress relief, breathing, happiness, and focus, this app is a powerful tool for anyone looking to strengthen their mental health.
Never meditated before? Not a problem! Headspace comes with a free Basics course that will help you get started by understanding the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness!
This is a relaxation app that can help you to manage stress throughout the day. Breathe2Relax gives you useful information on the physiological effects of stress and walks you through practical exercises of diaphragmatic breathing.
Its newest version comes with an Apple Watch and HealthKit integration that allows users to monitor the effects of breathing exercises by tracking their heart rate during the practice!
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Awarded as Apple's "App of the Year" in 2017 and the "Best of 2018 Award", Calm is aimed to help with anxiety reduction, sleep and overall happiness. The apps features' include guided meditations, stretching exercises, sleep stories, breathing exercises, relaxing music and more.
It is designed for people at any stage of the mindfulness journey. The guided meditation's sessions go from 3 to 25 minutes so you can choose what best suits you. Calm is also integrated with the Apple Health app and allows it to save users' meditation and sleep sessions!
Moodpath is a personalized and easy-to-use tool created to improve your emotional well-being and self-awareness. Through daily questions, the app helps you track your emotional states throughout the day and identify symptoms of mental health issues.
The app features 150+ videos and exercises that will help you acknowledge your emotional patterns and triggers, and strengthen your mental wellbeing. Moodpath is a great tool for those who are going through a rough time and need a mental health companion.
SupperBetter is a game that will help increase your focus, resilience, emotional strength, motivation and optimism. It supports the built of new habits, self-improvement and stronger relationships!
Research by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia found that after 30 days playing SuperBetter 10 minutes daily, users were in a better mood, less anxious and depressed, and more optimistic about achieving their goals!