You have an app on your phone to get your financial life on track, you have an app to keep your fitness in check, and you may even have an app to keep you hopped up on caffeine. So don’t you think it’s time for your phone to house an app that helps you with your mental health?
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If your answer is yes, but you’re just not sure exactly where to start, don’t sweat it. We’ve rounded up the best (and most well-reviewed) apps to help you battle your restless mind and anxious feelings.
These apps, ranging from sleep aids to meditation lessons, will have you on your way to a more peaceful life with just a simple download. Let’s jump in:
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What It Does: Headspace is an app that strives to make meditation and mindfulness simple. Guided meditations are an easy way to learn how to meditate and, even more importantly, learn how to like to mediate.
You can even choose from different types of meditations: relationships; anxiety; focus; motivation; sleep; SOS; or commuting. There’s a free “basics” option, but if you want the cool packages focused on topics, you’ll need to pay $12.99 a month (or $7.99 a month if you pay for a whole year).
Why We Love It: Have you tried meditating on your own!? It’s hard! We love how simple and approachable Headspace makes meditation. Plus, we also love that it has an anxiety-focused series.
App Store Rating: 5 stars, 89,567 reviews, Editor’s Choice
2. Sleep Time
What It Does: It’s now been scientifically proven that lack of sleep can actually cause your anxiety to heighten. If you have anxiety and have a hard time sleeping, Sleep Time is the app for you.
To use the app, simply place your phone by your bed — it tracks your sleeping patterns, and then wakes you during your lightest sleep phase. The free version also has calming nature sounds that will help you fall asleep faster.
Why We Love It: While we love the alarm feature, our favorite part is that it offers a way to learn about anxiety. Take note of the nights the app reports you didn’t sleep well, and then backtrack. Did you have too much caffeine? Did you not exercise that day? All of this info will help you get a better night’s sleep, lessening anxiety.
App Store Rating: 4 stars, 420 reviews
3. Worry Watch
What It Does: Worry Watch is your anxiety journal, now conveniently located on your phone. With this app, you can track your daily activities and log how anxiety-producing they are. With this information, you will then be able to analyze your triggers.
Through journaling with Worry Watch, you may be able to: release emotions in a safe, healthy manner; free up headspace; deal with problems and worry at a dedicated time and place; and be conscious of your thought patterns. The app is a one-time $1.99 fee.
Why We Love It: Let’s be real for a moment: Keeping up with an actual journal is so tough. But with Worry Watch, it’s a realistic habit we can create. Plus, if there’s color coding involved, we’re so there.
App Store Rating: 4.5 stars, 22 reviews
4. Self-Help for Anxiety Management
What It Does: Like Worry Watch, Self-Help for Anxiety Management helps you track your anxiety and triggers. This app has a few more features, however. It offers techniques on how to manage your anxiety and has a safe, positive community of users you can chat with.
Why We Love It: While we love the simplicity of Worry Watch, we love that SAM actually presents you with techniques to help you manage your anxiety.
App Store Rating: 4.5 Stars, 10 reviews