This mindfulness meditation app is a great introduction for beginners of meditation techniques. It’s a popular app, which allows for guided meditation programs alongside peaceful background noise of your choosing.
Its features include:
A personal profile.
This includes a calendar to track your recent meditation sessions and compare your progression.
Customisable scenes for your background noise.
There are a few that come as default on the app, but you can download more depending on what you find most relaxing. All are free. This is a newer update, which was added so that you can whittle down your favourite scenes, and access them easily from your home page without flicking through a number of scenes before you find the one that works best for you.
If you choose to use the guided meditation you can pick a specific program. The default one is called 7 days of Calm. Using the app for seven consecutive days will allow you to see any changes in your mood and find out if this app works for you.
There are also two default-guided meditations for the app. These are Calm and Body Scan. If you pay for Calm Pro, either monthly or annually, you can access meditation for specific issues or areas of your life you wish to improve. These include problems with sleep, concentration, commuting and confidence.
Allows you to have control over how long your meditation sessions last. They can last from 1 minute up to 240 minutes. You also have the option to change the sound that plays when your session has ended (so don’t pick anything that sounds like an alarm bell or it may wake you abruptly!)
Panic Attack Aid (P.A.A)
A helpful app for anyone who suffers from Panic Attack Disorder or frequent panic attacks with his or her anxiety. This app features a number of activities to ease symptoms during a panic attack and calm the mind.
A Breathing Exercise
This uses the movement of a circle to regulate and slow breathing. We often over breath during a panic attack which causes hyperventilation. This exercise allows you to relax your breathing and also gives positive, calming mantras to read and repeat to yourself.
This part of the app includes explanations for symptoms of panic attacks, helping to reassure your racing mind and calm your thoughts. The reassuring explanations are also tailored to your location.
This is my favourite section of the app. This section features exercises and games, which should allow you to focus your mind and therefore, be distracted from your panic attack.
This app gives some great insight into anxiety and is laid out like a journal.
This app includes strategies for most anxiety disorders (including Social Anxiety) but would also be helpful for those looking for tools to manage:
- Test Anxiety (Driving test or exams)
- Performance Anxiety
- General Worry and Panic
- Dealing with Conflict
Its features include:
These are clear explanations to why we suffer from anxiety and why it makes us react the way we do (for example, it explains what the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism is as well as where our anxiety comes from)
This feature is helpful for anyone who wants more insight into anxiety and may not have had the chance to do his or her own research yet. It is easily explained and to the point.
This allows you to address situations you would like help with such as ‘taking charge of panic’.
Allows you to recognise what issues you may have with your anxiety and how it can affect you.
Allows you to identify more positive and helpful thoughts, which you can favourite, making them more easily accessible from the main page.
Chill Out Tools which include:
Relaxation Exercises (Calm Breathing and ‘Tense and Release’ for tension caused by Anxiety)
Visualization (Mental Vacation)
Mindfulness strategies (Body Scan and Mindful Breathing)
Gives you strategies you can use in everyday life to overcome your anxiety or panic attacks. These include exposure and coping techniques.
The app also has an inspiration section, which gives you a selection of positive quotes to reflect upon and read when needed.
The charity, which helps to support people with Anxiety Disorders, has a very helpful app for those looking for advice from other people diagnosed with anxiety.
It allows you to take a questionnaire to better understand what may be causing your anxiety. I do recommend that people visit their GP before self-diagnosing though to make sure they are not suffering from other medical issues.
You can hear helpful tips from other members of the Anxiety UK community as well as professionals in the mental health sector as well as create your own tips for other users.
This app also includes some links for more information on all anxiety disorders as well as personal experiences from members of the charity.
This app allows you to track your mood as well as your health. This is a helpful way to check how your daily activities may be affecting your mental health such as your diet, water intake and exercise.
You can also check your progress through a graph to check how your mood changes according to changes in your daily activities and using the apps features.
Each day you can update the app with your mood. The app will then give you access to a selection of activates which could improve your mood and help you manage your stress or anxiety.
- Relaxation Techniques
- Daily Challenges (Small, achievable goals for that day)
- Thoughts Journal
- Community (discussions by other app users)