It’s Monday and you know what that means, we’re going to focus on Mental Health! I know that for me, going to the counselor every time I’m having a bad day is impossible, so I had to find other valuable options. That is why I am sharing with you the 7 best apps I have found to be useful for mental health tracking and mood boosting.
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I cannot guarantee that every one of these will work for you, but I am sure that you will find at least one that is somewhat helpful. For someone who deals with mental illness daily, finding alternatives to negative self-thought and risk-taking behaviors is of huge importance.
Most of the apps that I have found are geared toward meditation or mood-boosting activities. Some of them are more inclusive and can be incorporated into every area of life. These are the 7 that I have found to be the most useful.
#1 Pacifica – Anxiety, Stress, & Depression Relief
This app is AWESOME! It has activities you can complete no matter how your day is going. It allows you to track your mood daily, has an option to connect with your therapist (your therapist has to sign-up to get your information), track goals and healthy habits, a place to write down your thoughts, and guided relaxation techniques. It also lets you choose activities based on your current energy level. This, by far, is the most comprehensive app that I have found. It really is helpful to have ideas for how to improve mood offered to you. This is my TOP recommendation. There are in-app upgrades that you can purchase, but the app as a whole is definitely worth it.
#2 What’s Up? – Mental Health App
The What’s Up App is one of the best apps and offers similar options as the Pacifica app without the in-app purchase options. This app has breathing and grounding techniques which are helpful during anxiety attacks. It also offers information on mental health issues and how to manage them. This app is very helpful, and like Pacifica gives you the option to keep notes on your well-being and mood.
Remente is one of my picks for the best apps because it helps you break down goals, has courses to take control of areas of your life such as time management and stress management, and it has many free options. It also has in-app upgrades, but the choice is yours if you’d like to use them. It also has a mood tracker and a life assessment tool so that you can see what areas of life you need to focus on the most.
#4 MoodMission — Google Play Only
This was actually the best app that I tried, but I had to rank it lower because it is only available on Google Play, which sucks for all Apple users. It’s awesome because it gives you “missions” or tasks each day/time you log on based on your current mood. You will have to fill out a few surveys when you first install it but they are so that the help you receive is tailored directly to your needs. Also, it has resources for those who need help immediately as well as a pop-up screen in the survey section if some of your answers are indicating a possible mental health diagnosis. I will definitely be using this one daily.
#5 Aura Mindfulness– Apple Only
Aura is a great tool for meditation based on your current mood. It has a very smooth and simple interface that is very relaxing. If you like meditation this is definitely a good choice. The only downside is that it is only available in the Apple App Store.
#6 Bliss Gratitude Journal — Google Play Only
This app acts as a guided journal. It has journal prompts for many different areas of life and can be used on a daily basis. This app is great for mood boosting because it serves as a reminder of the good things that you have in your life. This app also has resources that you can purchase for yourself, such as books.
#7 I am _____. – Daily Positive Reminders
This is the best app for self-confidence and self-esteem boosts. You choose your favorite words to finish the sentence and throughout the day you’ll get notifications with the sentences reminding you that you are awesome. This app is definitely adorable, and very simple.
Finding these awesome apps for all of you lovely ladies was so much fun. I’m always excited to learn about new ways to take care of myself. These are the best apps to handle stressful situations and certain mental illnesses. I hope you enjoy them.
I urge you to comment if you’ve found a better app or just want to chime in and tell me what you think.