There are a number of apps I use that I believe have helped me with managing my anxiety in one way or another. Please note, this is not a promotion for these apps of any sort. I simply would like to share what apps I enjoy using.
The first app is Headspace. Headspace is a meditation app that has a number of exercises. My favourite exercises are “managing anxiety” and “letting go of stress”. I end almost every day with meditation. I find it’s a great way to relax my mind and prevent it from going to negative places that keep me from falling asleep. Headspace is a paid app but the foundation exercises can be done for free!
The second app I have really grown to love is peak. Peak is a brain training app and I feel like it’s really working! I do the daily brain workout every day and I’ve not only improved my brain as the app is intended for, but I’ve also gotten better at performing under pressure. When I first started using this app I was so anxious. All the exercises have a time limit so that would stress me out and I couldn’t think clearly. After doing it every day, I am actually able to calm down and think things through. Now my brain diagram is super large and it makes me feel confident haha.
3 & 4. Carrot & Pursuit
Now we’re into the exercise apps – Carrot and Pursuit. Carrot is an app that tracks your steps and motivates you to get a certain amount each day. Pursuit is a running app that lets my friends and family know when I’m running and allows them to send me voice recordings to cheer me on! These apps motivate me to exercise, which has so many great benefits (like reducing stress!)
Lifesum is a food tracking app that I only really use when I’ve been neglecting eating healthy foods. I’ll start entering in all my meals and realize I am not getting the nutrition I need. When you enter in a meal, the app will show an emoji that indicates the healthiness of your meal. When I see that all my meals are showing a sad or disappointed face, I’m more motivated to step up my healthy game.
Last, but not least, HealthMate! This is an app for the Body+ Withings scale. It shows you a graph of all the progress you’ve been making. It displays much more than just your overall weight. You can see your muscle mass, body fat percentage, average heart rate, body water, bone mass and BMI. It motivates me to keep on exercising, and makes me feel confident and successful when I see I’m making progress towards my goals. Feeling this way allows me to think more positively and manage stress more efficiently.
So there you have it! Headspace eases my mind, Peak trains my brain and allows me to get better at thinking under pressure, Carrot, Pursuit and HealthMate motivate me to exercise, and Lifesum encourages me to eat healthy. All these apps combined contribute to me feeling good both physically and mentally. I’ve included links under each app in case you want to try some out!