Everyone is familiar with anxiety, it can become present in a lot of peoples lives. Although sometimes it is much worse for certain individuals. Anxiety disorders are a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. Anxiety disorders can range from Generalized Anxiety Disorder to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and panic attacks. Living with anxiety can feel crippling and take one away from the parts of life they enjoy the most. Social gatherings like concerts, parades, and movie theaters can feel terrifying for someone living with anxiety. This puts a halt on someone living to their fullest.
Luckily, there is a lot of mental health resources for people living with anxiety. Of course, as a counseling center we always recommenced therapy as a way to cope with anxiety. We will provide a reminder of our Skye Counseling contact information at the end. As well, there are doctors and psychiatrists who prescribe anxiety medication for those who are really struggling and need immediate help. A lot of professionals actually recommend a combination of both therapy and medication for the best success rates.
Sometimes therapy and medication is not as easily accessible to some people as others. Whether that be because they have lack of finances or no health insurance. If this is the case, a holistic and mindful approach to anxiety could be for you. Or also, those utilizing therapy and medication already could also add some holistic approaches as well to better benefit their health. Luckily, what a lot of Americans do have access to is a smart phone. Many mental health professionals have created apps on smartphones that help tackle anxiety. By doing this it makes it easier for individuals to find a form of help and use it every single day.
We will be listing a few of the best rated anxiety apps from the IOS app store today. Also we will compare different functions, abilities, and benefits attached to these apps. Anxiety at times can be an invisible disorder and silent. Although that person inside could be extremely stressed, overwhelmed, and stuck on what to do. We hope these apps provide a short term relief from the everyday struggles of living with anxiety.
1. Sanvello for Stress & Anxiety
Sanvello premium is FREE for everyone during the COVID-19 crisis. It can actually be covered by your insurance company when the free access is over. Sanvello provides clinically validated techniques to help manage moods and thoughts. Sanvello is very similar to therapy whereas they are rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches. This app includes everything in one, daily mood tracker, guided journals, tools, assessments, and a community. This app is rated 4.9 stars in the app store.
2. AntiStress Anxiety Relief Game
This app is unique in it uses games as a way to calm anxiety and distract the mind. Some games they have includes bubble popper, bubble wrap, metal balls, fidget spinner, sand hourglass, and way more Not only does it calm anxiety/stress but can help improve focus as well. This app is rated 4.6 stars in the app store.
3. Motivation- Daily quotes
This app uses positive reminders of the day to help calm anxiety. Positive reminders is a simple yet powerful tool for mental growth. This app promotes keeping the right thoughts top of mind. You are able o customize the design of the quotes and share them with friends or even use them as a wallpaper. You can read through hundreds of quotes on the app, find motivational books, set motivational reminders through the day, save your quotes, change fonts and colors, and filter quotes by categories. The quote categories range from how to get over a breakup to being present and mindful. This app is rated 4.8 stars in the app store.
4.Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
Headspace is specifically for guided meditations to help calm anxiety. Although if you upgrade to premium ($12.99 a month) you get much more. Which includes sleep by headspace to help you drift off without anxiety invasive thoughts, everyday headspace which has daily meditations for each day, the Wake Up to start your day mindfully, and "SOS" sessions for moments of panic, anxiety and stress. This is one of the most top rated and popular apps on the platform for hollistic approaches to anxiety. This app is rated 4.9 stars in the app store.
5.Rootd - Panic Attack Relief
This app is unique because it specifically targets when someone is having a panic attack. This is so helpful to use in social settings, in the parking lot before work, or in the middle of a mall. Sometimes panic attacks come out of no where in the most inconvenient places but having this tool will provide relief. Rootd has a guided process for bringing a swift end to panic attacks. You can go through and understand lessons, use Breathr to calm down your breathing, and Visualizr to do a body scan of where you are physically experiencing your anxiety. Plus it has an emergency contact built right in for when you need immediate help. This app is rated 4.3 stars in the app store.
Reminder of our contact information at Skye Counseling if you are suffering from anxiety therapy can help:
(702) 930 - 9383