I have a love-hate relationship with technology. On the one hand, technology is super helpful in that we have easy access to information, communication with others, and entertainment. On the other hand, smartphone addiction is real, and if you have an unhealthy relationship with technology it can negatively affect your mental health.
Like any other potential vice or relationship, the important part of having a healthy relationship with technology is setting boundaries and being intentional with how you use technology. One benefit is the multitude of apps available literally at your fingertips that can help you cope with mental health struggles, including anxiety, depression, and stress.
So, I have done some research and compiled a list of the 7 best apps for anxiety. These apps are the ones that are the most engaging, have the most resources, are the most effective, and are either completely free or have enough free components that you can still get massive benefits from it.
Let’s get to the best apps for anxiety… (They are in no particular order.)
The 7 Best Apps For Anxiety
Insight timer is the #1 app for meditation and sleep. It is my personal favorite when it comes to meditation apps (and I have tested out many).
Insight timer includes:
Meditation and mindfulness are very effective tools for coping with stress and anxiety, and the options available with Insight timer are numerous.
This app has a multitude of resources to help you feel supported, challenged, and motivated to improve. I highly recommend it.
This app has many tools to help you cultivate more positivity, knock out negative thinking and worries, and improve overall happiness.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Stop, Breathe & Think is an app devoted to helping you find peace in 5 minutes. The app encourages you to stop, check in with what you are doing and how you are feeling; breathe, by practicing mindful breathing to create space between your thoughts, emotions, and reactions; and think, through personalized meditations and activities.
Stop, Breathe & Think’s features include:
My favorite thing about the app is the opportunity to stop and check in with yourself, identifying your physical sensations, mood, and emotions. There are so many different categories that you will be able to find different meditations and activities (e.g., accupressure, yoga) for any mood.
Rootd is an app for panic attack and anxiety relief. This app is best for in the moment relief from panic and anxiety to help you calm down and acknowledge that the feelings of panic and anxiety won’t last forever. It also has educational tools to help you understand more about anxiety and panic and how to cope with them.
Rootd’s features include:
I would recommend this app specifically if you suffer from panic attacks because it offers the best in the moment prompts and tips to help you get through it.
MindShift CBT is a free anxiety app created by Anxiety Canada. This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help you become more mindful, track your mood, and learn more about different types of anxiety and how to develop more effective ways of thinking.
MindShift CBT’s features include:
This is an excellent completely free app with a section for quick relief tips, in addition to longer term tools for overcoming your fears and anxiety. There is plenty of education and challenges to keep you motivated and help you cope better.
Wysa is an artifical intelligence (AI) app that can help you get “unstuck.” Wysa includes a chat feature that is completely confidential, along with mood check-ins, assessments, meditations, exercises, and other tools to help you cope with anxiety, stress, and depression.
Wysa’s features include:
This is a great app to give you the feeling of one-on-one support. I’ll admit that I was initially skeptical with the idea of a chat bot, but once I started using it I found that it was extremely helpful, realistic, and supportive and has tons of useful features and tools.
I reviewed a lot of different apps and the ones I listed were the most user friendly, helpful, engaging, and what I believe to be the best apps for anxiety. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other apps out there that you might find more helpful. Ultimately, choose the app that speaks to you and your needs.
I hope these suggestions were helpful! Let me know if you have any additional app suggestions in the comments below.