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The Five Best Apps To Relieve Anxiety

In the modern world, there are numerous means to help you cope with anxiety. Gone are the days when you had to constantly rely on a friend or a family member to help ease your symptoms — or worse, deal with them secretly through your own coping mechanisms. With the help of technology, people who suffer from anxiety can avail various services online to help alleviate their condition and deal with anxiety-inducing situations a bit better.

While these apps may not work for everyone, they are still worth a try. So, here are the five best apps to relieve anxiety:

Headspace

Founded by Andy Puddicombe in May 2010, Headspace makes use of meditation to help you with your anxiety. The great thing about this app is how it has specific meditation methods that target various aspects of your life such as your sleep, happiness, and productivity — all headed by a former monk so you’re assured that it will be immersive. Headspace helps you achieve balance and mindfulness in your day-to-day activities and life in general, lowers stress levels, and trains you to deal with your triggers in a better way. This app is free with in-app purchases.

Rootd

Developed and led by a team of women, Rootd is one of the best apps available to help you deal with your anxiety or panic attacks. Aside from meditation and relaxation guides such as deep breathing exercises, the app also offers a Personal Stats Page which reflects the number of anxiety or panic attacks that you have successfully overcome as well as the in-app guides that you have finished learning about. Most importantly, Rootd has a feature where you can call a loved one or a friend in case you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a panic or anxiety attack and wish to seek their help. The best part is the fact that this app is free!

Acupressure: Help Yourself

Have you ever heard of acupressure? It’s an alternative method of medication that deals largely with the idea that our life energy travels through various “meridians” within our body, and applying pressure on certain areas will help relieve any of these “meridian” blockages. If it sounds interesting, this app provides a variety of illustrations that will guide you on where to apply pressure to alleviate physical symptoms of anxiety. All you have to do is type in your symptoms — such as muscle tension or headache — and the app will automatically show you which pressure point in your body to target. You’ll have to shell out a meager $1.99 to avail this app.

Sleep Time

Most people take their sleeping schedule for granted, powering through their daily tasks with only 4 or 5 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep not only means you’ll be less energetic and discombobulated, but your mood and emotions will also be severely affected. If you’re one who has trouble regulating your sleep, Sleep Time is a great help. It features a sizable list of soundscapes to induce sleep, an alarm clock, and a wake-up algorithm. It allows you to track your sleeping patterns and cycles, and you won’t need to spend a single cent to avail it — it’s totally free for download!

Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

As we know, meditation is one of the most widely used relaxation practices that help relieve stress and anxiety — even therapists recommend it! Priced at $1.99, the Relax & Rest Guided Meditations features a wide variety of simple meditative practices that you can easily follow even if you don’t have prior experience in meditation, making it a useful app for beginners. It specializes in methods that target breathing and relaxing both for the mind and body. While it may seem ineffective at first, constant usage of this app will have you recommending it to everyone you know in no time! You just need dedication and patience, and you’ll surely reap the benefits soon enough.

We all deal with situations differently. Some people calmly resolve whatever difficult problem arise, while others can’t help but start being bombarded with anxiety and the symptoms that come with it. Brushing it off isn’t something that can be easily done by someone who suffers from anxiety. And now, bright minds have found a way to help these people through technology. Who knows what other apps can be developed using technology to further help those with mental health conditions. But we can’t deny this fact — it has certainly changed the way we manage and handle our mental health.

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