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To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, here’s the best apps available to help you gain some clarity.
Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to open up a little bit more than we might usually about our mental health and clarity in life and talk about the struggles we face in our lives.
According to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health-related problem every year. Whilst you may feel alone, it’s safe to presume that there are people around you who might also be struggling with similar issues.
Thanks to the ever-expanding reliance we have on our smartphones and tablets, there are plenty of apps available to help you control your life, find some clarity, and help you to make sense of things.
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of stress, we’ve rounded up our tried and tested apps to help you make sense of your hectic lifestyle.
By far, one of the most popular apps available for gaining some calmness in life.
Headspace revolves around a series of video and audio lessons that teach you how to combat the struggles in your life, whether it’s stress or a loss of sleep. Think of it as your personal, pocket-sized meditation guide that is there whenever you need it. The app also has a handy SOS function to help you in those moments of immediate need.
One ace benefit of Headspace is that you can also subscribe to it as part of a bundle with Spotify, allowing you to save a bit of money each month.
Offering a quirky, alternative take on meditation, Third Ear allows you to enter the Sound Cave where you will be able to immerse yourself into the soothing and therapeutic sounds of chimes, gongs, and singing bowls.
Within the app, there are various lessons and guided sessions that are designed for particular moods, allowing to find your inner zen from within your phone. You can also create your very own playlists to ensure you get the most out of your sessions with lessons that personally work for you.
Asana Rebel: Yoga and Fitness
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body, right. Yoga allows you to find peace of mind and build your sense of self.
With Asana Rebel, you’ll be able to learn purposeful and relaxing techniques to help you calm and unwind. With over 100 workouts from yoga experts and fitness professionals, you’ll be equipped with healthy habits to make the most out of life.
Ready to challenge yourself? Steps aims to help you beat anxiety by allowing you to confront social situations through setting your own goals.
The app is super simple to use, choose an area you’d like to improve on (such as self-appreciation or talking to strangers) and then work your way through the program of steps. For each challenge you complete, you’ll be able to share your success with your friends and celebrate with pride!
Keeping yourself up all night because of addictive games on your phone? Well, this app rewards you for putting your phone down, and if you’re a completest then you’re gonna need to catch those Z’s.
SleepTown helps you get a good night’s rest whilst letting you construct beautifully-illustrated buildings. Put down your phone at night and meet your goals, and you’ll wake up to your very own town. Miss out on your challenges and you’ll see your buildings destroyed, the success of your SleepTown is literally in your hands.
It’s an unique and ingenious way of getting into a healthy sleep routine that will in turn help reduce your stresses and worries throughout the day.