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Apps I Use That Help Me Cope with Anxiety

Mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can be a challenge for people of all ages, including millennials.

I believe it's important to approach these issues with an open mind and a willingness to listen, so we can better support those who are struggling.

I've been working on creating a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, making changes to my routine like eating a sugar-free diet, taking supplements, and incorporating fun workouts. I also enjoy meditation, reading, and listening to music for relaxation. However, sometimes life throws curveballs, and it can be difficult to maintain that balance.

During these times, I might notice a shift in my mood. I may get a feeling of unease or a sense that something isn't quite right. Physical symptoms like shakiness, sweating, or even a headache might also arise, which can lead to difficulty concentrating and feeling overwhelmed.

Anxiety can be a challenge, but there are ways to manage it. After some research, I discovered a few apps that have been helpful, and I'd like to share them with you in hopes they might be beneficial for you as well.

1. What's Up? - Mental Health App

This is the number one app I turn to. I downloaded it for free on the Google Play Store. According to the developers, this app utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more. The app has a simple design and it’s very easy to use. Once you’ve installed it, a little introduction page appears and once its over you can see the main page which offers four options: Help Right Now, Coping Strategies, Information and Personal.

The resources in this app are so useful. There’s great information, not too much that overwhelms you, though. It has a great number of tools aimed at different situations ranging from breathing exercises, games to distract you, catastrophe scale, forums, quotes, affirmations, informational pages on various mental health issues, as well as a personal page where you can keep a diary, a habit tracker and notes.

The good thing it’s 100% free to access and use all the resources. The only purchase you can make is a donation, so you can access more themes the app offers which are used to change the background and button colors.

2. Google Keep

Yes, a simple app like Google Keep can be a tremendous asset when dealing with anxiety. I use it as a kind of journal. Sometimes I have a lot going through my head and the best way I can deal with feelings of nervousness and worry is to write down exactly what I’m feeling and thinking and why these things are worrying me.

The cool thing about Google Keep is that you can create Labels, which lets you group your notes. In my case, I keep them grouped by topics.

I prefer to journal here instead of a notebook because I usually have my phone with me and since you can sync this app with all your devices, I can just take my phone and go to a quiet place to be alone and write down my thoughts or I can write straight from my laptop if I’m working and get the need to let my feelings out.

I urge you to give it a try. Sometimes writing down what’s bothering you can be a great way to understand the situation and clear your head.

3. My Affirmations: Live Positive

Late last year I started paying more attention to the Law of Attraction and how positive thinking and reassuring statements can help us feel at ease.

In this app you can select which areas you wish to receive affirmations for and schedule notifications. It’s a very simple principle, but trust me, it’s a game changer, especially in those times when you feel alone, misunderstood or overwhelmed.

Seeing all those positive affirmations can help you shift your mindset and provide encouragement and support.

Let me know in the comments if you end up checking any of the apps to help you cope with anxiety.

Until next time.

Gabriela Fernández

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