5 Apps for your Mental Health
From work outs to healthy eating, the app store is filled with applications for your physical health. And whilst mobile phones have been accused of encouraging anti social habits and increasing anxiety, here are 5 mobile applications designed to improve your mental health and well being.
We road tested 5 mobile applications for mental health. Here are our thoughts:
If you would like to learn about meditation and mindfulness….
1. Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind run a series of meditation programs to encourage calmness and clarity. The programs are simple to understand and sorted by age group. You can access these via your internet browser or using their mobile applications, which are available for both iPhone and Android users.
Check out Smiling Mind on the web at: http://smilingmind.com.au
Or download their smart phone applications:
If you are worried about a friend...
2. The Check-in app
Unlike other self-focussed meditative applications, the Check-In app by Beyond Blue helps you plan a conversation with a friend who might be experiencing difficulties. It’s about Checking in with someone who you’re worried about, to help them get the help they need.
Check-in lets you plan how, where and what to discuss with your friend and features helpful tips, such as “What not to say.” Once you’ve gone through with your chat, you can check-in again with the app to review your experience and plan your next plan of action. The app also provides links and numbers for a range of support services.
Found out more about the Check-in at https://www.beyondblue.org.au
You can download the Check-in app for iPhone here:
If you need some time out to collect and assess your thoughts...
Moodnotes is a simple way to check in with yourself throughout the day. You can quickly log your mood or add more detailed journal and the design features prompts for you to answer about your thoughts and feelings. You can also enrich a positive entry by answering questions regarding your goals and values. And if you are experiencing negative thoughts, the app helps you to identify distorted and unhelpful thoughts or “thinking traps,” a method commonly recommended by Cognitive Behaviour therapists.
Like Moodnotes, Pacifica uses cognitive behaviour therapy thinking traps to help you recognise unhelpful thoughts. For over a year I used Pacifica regularly, especially to help cope with my anxiety and depression, as I found the cognitive behaviour tool extremely useful to identify distorted thinking. Pacifica also however features breathing exercises, guided meditation programs, goal setting journal and community forums.
If you are interested in personal development..
Remente is a personal development application with courses and tips to set and stick to your goals. Like Moodnotes, it also has a check in feature to log your moods as well as reflect on your life overall.
So which have I continued to use?
The application still remaining on my phone today an which I use at least once daily, is Moodnotes. Essentially Moodnotes offers the same sequential CBT tools as Pacifica but I have stuck with it as I prefer the simplicity of the interface design.