(NEW YORK) — The coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing that comes with it can be isolating, anxiety-producing and stressful.
State-by-state orders to stay home can also make it hard to seek mental health help in a traditional way.
Thanks to technology, there is help online and on your phone. Here are seven apps that provide mental health and mindfulness support on the go:
Headspace has hundreds of guided meditation, including ones you can do on the go. It offers mindfulness tips on everything from managing stress to getting better sleep.
2. Insight Timer
This app offers nearly 10,000 free guided meditations to choose from. Users can modify the meditation to what they need at the moment, choosing from options ranging from ambient sounds to the sounds of bells.
Insight Timer also has more than 3,000 discussion groups and local meet-ups run by users.
Happify is one case where playing games on a smartphone can serve a meaningful purpose. The app, free with in-app purchase options, has different tracks –- from parenting to anxiety to confidence –- that are coached by trained professionals. Choose tracks and then play games and activities to progress.
Talkspace allows users to connect virtually with a licensed therapist. For $49 per week, there’s private access to a therapist via text, audio or video chat, as often as daily or multiple times per day.
Creating a word cloud may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to therapy, but it is a tool in this app. Stigma provides an easy way to journal and then visually display the prominent words in that writing as a way to track thoughts and feelings. The app can also track mood in a visual calendar and graph how each person’s mood adjusts over time.
6. Anxiety Reliever
The clouds featured on this app’s background give a clue to where it leads: A calmer and more peaceful state. The subscription-based app has audio sessions that focus on relaxation and overcoming anxiety and stress.
7. 10 Percent Happier
This app, created by ABC News’ Dan Harris, features guided meditations, videos, talks and sleep content. The app also now features a Coronavirus Sanity Guide that offers free resources including a daily “live sanity break” and weekly podcasts.
If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.
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