It’s fair to say that the vast majority suffer from varying degrees of stress in today’s day and age. What with work, money worries, relationships, and the fact we’re in the middle of a war in Ukraine, climate crisis, and economic meltdown, it’s no real wonder.
For some, it’s led down a pathway they never wanted to take, suffering from depression or addiction that’s even required rehab clinic treatment, while for others, it’s a little more manageable, and small things can adjust our moods and keep our mental health in check.
While the likes of yoga, exercise, and meditation are great for reducing stress and improving our mental health, there are also some great apps out there that can help too.
Here are our favorite apps for improving your mental health…
Nature Sounds Relax & Sleep
Where stress can really unravel is when going to sleep. The light goes out, and you’re left alone with your thoughts. It can lead to restless nights sleep deprivation and lower your moods and increase stress the next day too.
There are several apps that can help with this, and we’re big fans of Nature Sounds Relax & Sleep, an app that will simply add calming background noise to your bedtime.
The sounds of nature are scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and help you drift off.
We certainly think this is a great name for an app, and it’s been a real hit since launching. Essentially, what it is is an app-based coloring book for adults.
Now, this may not sound like your thing, but it is incredibly calming, and studies have shown that creativity can lower anxiety levels. So, if you’re feeling stressed, download Colorfy and take five minutes to colour in a picture. It could make you feel better for the rest of the day.
Breathing exercises work for so many people in lowering stress, and this app can aid in that. The Breathwrk app curated a series of breathing exercises based on science, depending on the goal you have. So, if you want to reduce stress, there’s a series of exercises for that, and you’ll also find the same for sleep, relaxation, and even boosting energy.
Moodnotes is an app that allows you to document your experiences with stress. Built upon cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, it allows you to understand your experiences and relationship with stress, including what causes it to increase, while also having activities to manage that.