It’s good to work hard and play hard. But if you don’t pay attention to your sanity at the same time, your life could crumble around you. This is why we participate with enthusiasm in world mental health day today, an annual global event to raise awareness and mobilize efforts for mental health.
Elsewhere on Creative Boom, you’ll find our handy creative tips for improving your mental health. But at the end of the day, knowing the right things to do isn’t always the same as actually doing them. Most of us need encouragement to kick bad mental health habits and start good ones instead. It can come from friends, family or colleagues, but sometimes we prefer to keep things to ourselves. And that’s where apps come in.
Apps can be great motivators for building mental health habits, as they are automated and therefore completely reliable, yet neutral and non-judgmental. So whether you want to start meditating, improve your diet, take yoga classes, or just note how you’re feeling, a decent app can help you stay on track, building consistency and regularity into your daily routine. .
The apps we list below are all well designed, easy to use, and based on detailed research on how we can improve our mental health. Some are paid, some are completely free, and some operate on a freemium model, but they all offer great ways to improve your mental health. And really, what better way to spend your time and energy?
1. To feel better by Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella is a plant-based food and wellness platform that started as a recipe website and has since evolved into a restaurant, podcast, and publisher. Its Feel Better app for iOS and Android offers a 360-degree approach to wellness, providing you with resources to improve your exercise regimen, diet, mental health and more.
The app provides access to over 800 healthy plant-based recipes and over 300 home exercise classes, including yoga, pilates, barre, cardio, strength, and stretching. Nutritionally balanced meal plans, mindfulness practices, tools to improve your sleep, and wellness tracking fully integrated with Apple Health are also on offer. The app is free to download, but you need to purchase a subscription to access some content, for which a seven-day free trial is available.
2. Head space by Headspace Inc.
More and more people are finding that meditation helps improve their physical and mental health. And Headspace, available for iOS and Android, is probably the most popular meditation app available today. Using a fun, easy-to-follow interface, it guides you through a series of guided lessons on mindfulness, sleep, and breathing.
In a study, researchers found a significant increase in well-being, reduction in anxiety, depressive symptoms, blood pressure and sleep problems in people using the app. Headspace offers a 14-day free trial; you will then have the choice to subscribe to an annual subscription.
3. Exhale by Katara Enterprises
Exhale is an emotional wellness app for iOS and Android designed specifically for Black women and women of color. It’s free to download and use, and there are no ads, but some content is only available through an optional paid subscription.
The central idea is that “it is time to exhale: let go of all that does not serve you and breathe life, energy, healing and love”. The app’s practices are described as “soul medicine” and include meditations, guided imagination, breath work, coaching talks and affirmations.
4. Meditopia by Mindfulness Coaching
Meditopia offers 1,000 in-depth meditations to get to the heart of what people experience every day. Offered in nine languages, it aims to cover the full spectrum of human experiences, from relationships, expectations, acceptance and loneliness to body image, sexuality, life purpose and feelings of inadequacy. .
As such, it includes everything from sleep meditations to bedtime stories. You also get personal note-taking to track your progress, Apple HealthKit integration, a WatchOS app, in-app challenges with friends, and daily inspirational quotes. This app is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free with in-app purchases.
Created in collaboration with The Priory, MyPossibleSelf offers interactive tools and coping strategies based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and personalized for digital use to improve your mental health.
These include toolkits to help you identify behaviors and track progress; tags to help you recognize the activities, people and places that influence your mood; mood trackers to record how you feel and help you understand your moods; and visual and audio exercises to help you improve your mood, relax your mind or fall asleep. This application is available for iOS and Android and is completely free.
6. tracks by Crunchy Bagels
Do you feel demotivated and lack concentration? Streaks is a to-do list app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that helps you build good habits. Track up to 24 tasks that you want to accomplish each day, and your goal is to create a series of consecutive days.
The Apple Design Award-winning app lets you sync tasks across all your devices using iCloud, share your tasks with other users to stay motivated, and get an automatic reminder whenever you need to. perform a task. The download costs $4.99.
Able: Weight Loss Diet Plan is a comprehensive, science-based program for taking control of your weight via an iOS or Android app. Rather than just focusing on narrow metrics like calorie counting, it looks at the bigger picture, including sleep, hydration, nutrition, movement, stress, and emotional health.
Plus, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, you get one-on-one video, audio, and text coaching, so the process is tailored to your individual needs. A running offer lets you try the app risk-free for one month at $49. If you don’t like it, you can get a full refund.
8. calm by Calm.com
Calm is the number one app for sleep, relaxation and meditation, with over 100 million downloads. Offering meditations, music and “sleep stories” narrated by actors like Matthew McConaughey, Calm is for anyone who needs a mental break, soothing sound or a night’s rest. peaceful.
Guided meditations are available in lengths from three to 25 minutes. You can also access a new 10-minute Daily Calm every day, short videos with mindful movement and gentle stretching, mindfulness masterclasses, soundscapes and nature sounds. This app is free to download, with in-app purchases.
9. lotus flow by Uniondoes Teknoloji AS
Lotus Flow is an app for iOS and Android that lets you train with experienced yoga teachers. There are hundreds of yoga, fitness, and meditation classes, all divided into categories and skill levels so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
A particularly handy feature is being able to create custom video clips by compiling the poses of your choice. The app is free to download, and you can unlock pro features with monthly or yearly subscriptions.
Most people underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep for mental and physical health. Sleep Cycle’s smart alarm clock helps you by letting you sleep better and wake up feeling more rested. That’s because it’s designed to gently wake you up while you’re in your lightest sleep phase.
You’ll also get detailed sleep tracking analysis, which monitors your bedtime habits from the moment your head hits the pillow. The app is free to download for iOS and Android, while in-app payments unlock premium features including relaxing sleep sounds and a library of stories.