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Best apps to help look after your mental health whilst indoors

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With the current global situation, you’re probably going to find yourself at home for longer than you like.

Not being able to go out, see your friends and family, or live your normal life can be difficult and, as a result, leave you feeling mentally exhausted and deflated. Plus, with the added pressure of working from home and having to home school the kids, it’s easy to see how things could begin to get on top of you.

To help you stay positive, happy and healthy during these uncertain times, we’ve listed the top mental health apps you can simply download onto your smartphone.

Headspace

Headspace describes itself as being “your personal guide to mindfulness”, and its app offers a whole host of different classes, techniques and settings to help reduce stress and anxiety. Users can take advantage of Headspace’s catalogue of guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise and sleep to help you get through the day.

Headspace also comes with different settings, such as Everyday Headspace which involves daily meditations on different topics; Sleep by Headspace for getting a good night’s sleep; and Move Mode which offers workouts and daily mindfulness cardio session.

Calm

Rated by Apple as the top mental health app, Calm is a meditation and relaxation aid which promises to help users sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety and help boost confidence. Calm’s meditation guides are recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts and with hundreds to pick from, you’re bound to find something that suits you and your needs.

The app offers different settings, depending on how far you are down your ‘meditation journey’ and you can choose how long you want your sessions to be, ranging from as short as three minutes and going all the way up to 25-minute classes.

MindSeeds

One of the best new mental health apps out there, MindSeeds is an audio programme aimed at helping you become more aware of your thoughts. Set out to be used over the course of a month, the programme is designed to help you overcome issues around anxiety, stress and restful sleep.

The app has audios which you listen to when you’re in bed, just before you go to sleep. The programme is split into four-weekly sections, and targets are set each week for you to meet. MindSeeds aims to give users the mental tools and confidence to re-think your thoughts helping you to create a more positive mindset towards your day-to-day life and create balance and lasting change. The great thing with MindSeeds is that you can go back and retake the programmes if you ever feel like you need to and there are regular podcasts and MiniSeeds to support you in the immediate moment at any time of the day or night.

Aura

The app where meditation meets artificial intelligence! Aura offers you three-minute meditations personalised to what you want to achieve on your mindfulness journey, making it one of the best mental health apps available.

The great thing about Aura is that you get to rate the sessions you’ve undertaken, and the app will learn what you do and don’t like to provide you with the best wellbeing session possible. It can track your moods too, allowing you to learn more about your mood patterns and when it’s best to use the app’s services. 

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids

Staying on top of our mental health whilst inside isn’t just applicable to adults – we need to protect our kids’ mental wellbeing too. One of the top mental health apps to support this is Stop, Breathe and Think Kids.

A follow up to the original adult-orientated app by the same name, this kids’ edition is aimed at helping our young ones sleep better, be calmer in certain situations and in dealing with conflict when it arises. Using the mindfulness activities offers children a fun and easy way to identify and process their emotions, which certainly can help when they have to stay inside a lot over the coming weeks.