For most of us, significant aspects of our lives and business must have disrupted by now in some way or other due to Covid-19.
With an emergency like this in the age of information overload, it is easy to become overwhelmed by stress and the anxiety of constant updates from various news sources, retail groups, through social media or even through word of mouth, resulting in a notable impact on their ability to focus on work.
According to the ADAA or Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 1 in 13 people suffer from anxiety on a global scale. It is vital to learn easy ways to cope with this stress and anxiety to make you, the people you love and the community around you stronger than ever.
With lots of our everyday things making a large shift to online programs, including schools being moved online, as well as employees being asked to work from home, it can be hard to find things to fill your day or ease the stress and anxiety that has suddenly consumed the world. According to the CDC or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some things you can do to support yourself and those around you include taking care of your body, creating time to unwind, connecting with others and taking breaks from the information being put out by news sources or from social media. With all of these recommendations in mind, there are plenty of apps on the market to help ease your mind during these troubling times.
Apps for Managing Stress & Anxiety
1. Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
This application is packed with guided meditations to help guide better sleep, happiness, productivity, mindful use of technology, and many more topics. Headspace helps to build both balance and peace for people with busy schedules, wherever their individual needs may be. On Headspace’s website, they emphasize their mission "to improve the health and happiness of the world”(Headspace). The application is free to download for iOS and Android and offers in-app purchases.
Being creative is taken to the next level with this fun coloring app. Offered for iOS and Android users, Colorfy is an adult coloring book brought to consumers digitally. Users can lose themselves in hours of coloring by uploading their own fun images to sketch or even mediate through coloring, helping the release of extra stress. This application is completely free and offers in-app purchases.
3. Stop, Breathe & Think
This app helps stress the importance of being mindful daily by prompting you to input how you are feeling. With the click of a few buttons and answering a few questions, you can receive suggested meditations, yoga sequences, or even deep breathing, all based on your mood. This is the perfect app to use while spending extra time indoors or while being surrounded by family because it will help and encourage self-care and being at your best to ensure those around you can be at their best. On the Stop, Breathe & Think website, they state that their mission is "to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life's ups and downs"(Stop, Breathe & Think). This app is free to download for both iOS and Android and offers in-app purchases.
As recommended by the ADAA or Anxiety and Depression Association of America, this application is a user-friendly portable stress management tool. It helps the user to understand the effects of stress on the body as well as providing useful breathing exercises to reduce stress and anxiety. Breathe2Relax can be used as a standalone tool to help reduce stress or can be used in conjunction with other tools provided by mental healthcare providers. This app is offered for iOS and Android and is free to download onto your device.
5. Mindshift CBT
If anxiety is pressing more and more due to the outbreak of COVID-19, then this help can help lower or calm anxiety. This application uses scientifically proven strategies based on CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help users relax, practice mindfulness, develop effective ways to think in times of need, and be active in taking charge of anxiety. Some of the tools this app offers helps to tackle worry, panic, social anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, and much more. This app is free and is available for iOS and Android.
6. Sanvello for Stress & Anxiety
Aiming to help those with constant anxiety or even mood disorders, this app helps with deep breathing exercises, identify and do away with negative thinking patterns and guides users on how to think in a more positive headspace. This application is ADDA reviewed and recommended and is currently being offered at the premium level for free to everyone during the COVID-19 crisis. It is also available for both iOS and Android users.
It is so easy to become overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed, with all the information being constantly thrown our way. The COVID-19 crisis has been no exception to that, but with a few easy downloads, regaining our positive mindsets, and keeping ourselves on track, we can be better prepared to handle the current situation.