The apps I find most helpful for dealing with anxiety.
Headspace is an app that provides short daily guided meditations. The app is free to download from the App Store and the Play Store. They offer a free Basics Pack, this provides you with all the essential tools you need to begin meditating in an easy listening, accessible way. If you want to access the full range of features you’ll have to pay a subscription, one month is $12.95 and one year works out at $7.99 per month – not a lot if you really will use it daily! Other packs on offer are geared towards helping you sleep, reducing stress, improving self esteem and more. You can also track all of your progress (data nerds rejoice!) I’ve been using Headspace before bed for a few months and I can definitely see the benefit of it. When I use it I sleep better, I’m calmer and as a result, more focused the following day. I always thought I couldn’t quiet my mind enough to meditate but Headspace has changed my outlook.
I love hue
I love hue is described as ‘a gentle journey into colour and perception.’ It’s a visual game based on arranging tiles into colour spectrums. There is a ridiculous amount of levels in this game and they increase in difficulty as you play so you won’t get bored. It is so aesthetically pleasing and great for quieting the mind. I find this app great for when I’m feeling anxious! Free from both the App Store & The Play Store
Available through a kindle reader, the amazon tablet or the smartphone app for free though you pay for most books. I’m a massive book nerd (check out 5 Books That Changed My Life here!) but I don’t have a whole lot of extra income to spend on books so this app is brilliant for me! Classic books are generally free, new books are slightly cheaper than print versions and Kindle Unlimited gives you access to hundreds of books every month for a flat fee of €7.99pm. I still buy physical copies of books but sometimes the Kindle is way easier. Travel can make me anxious but having a book to hand allows me to concentrate on something other than my racing thoughts, I also use it to read in bed because it’s easier to hold than a print book!