Depression, dementia, low self-esteem and social anxiety are very real mental health issues that crop up while self isolating.
According to Practo, their online queries for psychiatry on their eConsult platform grew by 50% in the last two weeks and the top ones discussed were loneliness, anxiety, stress management and panic attacks. Since we at Stuff love you dear readers, here’s a list of apps that should help you cope during this lockdown.
Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, MindShift aims to help you on the subjects of ‘Worry’, ‘Panic’, ‘Perfectionism’, ‘Social Anxiety’ and ‘Phobias’. You get to transform your worries into a thought journal that helps identify thoughts that contribute to your anxiety; there are coping cards to help you readjust your thoughts through helpful statements that help you cope; and there’s also a ‘Chill Zone’ that lets you listen to recordings of guided relaxation and mindfulness meditations along with other help options.
Self Help Anxiety Management (SAM)
Developed by a team of psychologists, scientists and student users, SAM is all about reading up and helping yourself manage your anxiety through its meticulously laid out UI. It helps users in guiding them to put self help into practice and includes close to 25 options. Users are encouraged to build their own anxiety toolkit from the resources that SAM offers and are designed to help in times when needed the most. It divides the tools into different categories based on either active or reflective approaches, depending on a user’s preferences.
The pursuit of happiness is a never ending endeavour and is now of utmost importance in these tough times. Happify has everyday tasks that you can complete and be rewarded for. The app evaluates what keeps your happiness quotient up and accordingly assigns games and tasks with activities that guide you and boost your mood. Happify Plus also offers 30+ tracks and allows you a 20-page character strength report, offered in partnership with the VIA Institute.
A meditation app at its core, Headspace focuses on more than just anxiety. Apart from that, it offers exercises that focus on calmness, breathing and improving overall focus. Headspace also has specially-designed sleep meditations to guide you to a place of rest, and if you’ve never done this before, there’s Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace and a former monk, who will guide you through every step as your personal meditation coach. It also allows you to track and share your progress and data with others.
Going through an eating disorder is quite stressful and even more during these times. Make RR your companion and manage your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obsessive eating disorder, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating disorder. The app re-invents the boring and punishing pen-and-paper mood and meal monitoring homework by converting it into a reward-based fun activity. You get a treatment team which supports you and which you support, too, in return. The best bit about it is that you receive and send anonymous encouragement messages and virtual gifts from/to 1000s of other people using the app, making your recovery almost like a community effort.