Six wellness apps to add to your devices
Stop, Breathe & Think
The app describes itself as the following: “Stop, Breathe & Think was born out of Tools for Peace, a non-profit dedicated to teaching the skills of mindfulness and meditation to inner-city teens. While the app has grown to reach a much wider audience and has since connected with people of all ages, Stop, Breathe & Think continues to support Tools for Peace by sharing 10 per cent of all net revenues to further the non-profit's mission.” The app works by having the user “check-in”. To check-in, you pick five emotions and how you feel mentally and physically. Based off of your choices the app chooses three to five meditations that could be helpful. The meditations have someone walking you through each meditation.
TalkLife is an app in which you can make posts (including anonymous) about your mental health. This peer supported app allows you to interact with others who have the same problems as you. Users can post their accomplishments or talk about what they are struggling with. “We know that sometimes it's sort of hard to talk about certain things with family or even friends. This is a safe place where you can talk about anything: mental health, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, a bad breakup or a relationship, school or work…it doesn't matter. If you want to talk about it, someone else, does too. No judgments. No bullying. Just people who get you,” Jamie Druitt, the app‘s fouder said in press release.
Daylio is an app that allows you to track your mood daily. Pick your mood and add activities you have been doing during the day. You can also add notes and keep an old school diary. Entry takes just seconds. The app can help you track both healthy and unhealthy habits.
Similarly to TalkLife, Vent allows users to make posts about their personal life. That app also allows you to document your mood. You can interact with other user's posts with interaction options like “hug” and much more.
7 cups: Anxiety & Stress Chat
7 Cups is another community based app. It describes it's self as “Whether you are going through a challenging time or just want to talk to someone, 7 Cups can connect you to kind people and help you develop new skills to solve your problems,” the app's description said. The app offers users to call a “listener” based off of their needs. There is also an option to pay for affordable therapists.
Happier is an app that allows you to use it as a gratitude journal. Gratitude journals have been proven to make you happier and improve overall mental wellness. Happier's mission stamen is the following: “Our mission at Happier is to help you find more joy in everyday moments and get through difficult ones with compassion and resilience. We believe that happiness is a skill we can all improve through regular practice. We're dedicated to helping you make scientificallyproven happier practices part of your daily life. (And have fun while you do it!)”