What a…uh…year, huh?
Let me be the first to say that I do not have it all figured out…far from it. I’ve been struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, confusion, and doubt just like you. There have been some brilliantly light days, and many days when I didn’t want to leave my bed.
And when those days come, I turn to my toolbox of coping strategies.
Along with a phenomenal psychiatrist and my established mindfulness practices, I’ve also found a lot of relief through technology – specifically, phone apps. Below are some that I’ve found to be especially helpful recently. May they inspire your own healing during this uncertain time.
One of the most popular apps for guided meditations, Insight Timer is free to use (with a premium option) and connects you with thousands upon thousands of teachers, styles, and topics. Plus, yours truly has a few on there… #shamelessIknow
If you believe in the law of attraction and positive thinking, this one’s for you. This app lets you curate personal affirmations and sends them to you on your phone throughout the day! Reading something along the lines of “I am powerful and beautiful” in the middle of a lengthy Zoom call is especially comforting these days.
As its trendy name implies, this app is all about the divine art of self-care. Created by a group of progressive, witchy, mindfulness teachers, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite cyber tools for wellness. Featuring stress-free activities, games, and mindfulness tools, this app has become my saving grace during moments of anxiety and even panic attacks. It’s magick, pure magick!
Think traditional talk therapy, but with Siri. This app uses techie algorithms that allow you to “talk” to its virtual guide, who then recommends exercises and mindfulness tools based on how you’re feeling. I’m currently working through its program for reducing negative thoughts, and it has been surprisingly helpful.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your mental and physical wellbeing is to stay hydrated. If you’re like me though and you’ve been fighting boring ol’ water since you were in kindergarten, then Plant Nanny just might be the cute incentive you’ve always needed. Basically, you take care of a cute little plant that is watered when you hydrate. It’s simple, fun, and has really helped me up my water intake!
Want a cute garden in your pocket? This app offers you just that. Plant em’, water em’, weed em’ and don’t fret if you forget for a few days (or err…weeks). Your pocket pals can be resurrected time and time again, no green thumb required.
What are some of your favorite apps for emotional and physical wellbeing? Share them in the comments!