Phone Apps That Are Good For Your Mental Health
I have my iPad that I use before bed to read or watch Youtube videos and I put my phone on the other side of the room to avoid me looking at it in the night. My iPad has no social media on it or messaging of any variety. It is my place that I can semi-escape from the world. I keep these all in my little health folder on there.
I've tried to pick all free app's because I think help with mental health shouldn't be charged for, but some do have additional in app purchases.
I mentioned in this post here about how I use Headspace weekly. I started off with the free basics package learning the ropes and to see how I feel and then bought the paid version because now I don't think I could be without it. It teaches you how to meditate in all sorts of circumstance including being out and about and teaches you to be more aware of your surroundings.
One of the newer app's I've been sampling but really loving which uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to help cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression. It has lots of helpful resources such as a habit tracker diary, breathing exercises, coping strategies, information on depression, stress, self-esteem and anxiety, as well as forums and helpful websites to visit.
The app I have definitely been using for the longest. It has similar meditation exercises to Headspace but it has a mood tracker so you can see your progress. For me this is helpful because sometimes in the depths of depression you feel like you are always this low and you will never get out of it and equally when I'm ok I feel like I've made up that I have depression because I can't ever imagine feeling that low. This reminds me that I have good times, and I have bad times and I have in-between times and it always gets better.
Paper by Fifty Three
A sketching and drawing app that I mostly use on my iPad but it can also be used on your phone. I'm quite a creative person and I always loved drawing and creating things when I was younger and as I grew older I just stopped so lately I've been trying to bring out that side of me. Although I did try some drawing and I drew me and my friends and it looked like Chris Simpsons Artist. I just find being creative helps my mood.
These aren't specific apps for mental health but much like drawing listening to podcasts or reading books helps me escape and do something other than wallow in my own misery. Some books I've really been loving lately you can read here and Podcasts I would recommend are; Make Speidi Famous again with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt off of The Hills, Anna Faris is Unqualified, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (off of Queer Eye), Amy Schumer Presents; 3 Girls, 1 Keith and The Scott Mills Daily