There are many different apps to reduce anxiety, some work by providing calming sounds or music, while others use visualization or guided meditation techniques.
While there are many different types of apps available, these five have been found to be particularly helpful in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
Headspace is an app that guides you through mindfulness meditation exercises. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce anxiety and stress, and Headspace makes it easy to get started. The app offers a free trial, and the first 10 sessions come free of charge. After that, you will have to purchase a monthly subscription (although some libraries and companies offer subscriptions as well). The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
More info: Headspace
2. Relax Melodies – White Noise & Nature Sounds
If meditation isn’t your style, this may be the app for you: it brings together white noise and nature sounds with a variety of relaxing background tracks and intermittent rain and thunderstorm effects. It also includes a selection of ambient tunes, such as those from Ibiza or by Enya. You can buy high-quality MP3s of the different soundtracks if you want to use them outside of the app on other devices, such as an iPod. This app is available for Apple and Android devices.
3. Stop, Breathe, & Think
Stop, Breathe, & Think is another mindfulness meditation app that can help you to reduce anxiety and stress. The app offers a variety of different exercises and tracks, as well as a quiz to help you determine which type of meditation may be best for you. You can also track your progress over time and share your thoughts with other users of the app. This app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
More info: Stop, Breathe, & Think
4. Happy Color
Color by number is a popular pastime for both children and adults. The Colorful World this Free Paint app allows you to bring the excitement of paint-by-numbers into the digital age. Choose from a large range of beautiful images, inspired by classic art designs. Simply touch the numbers corresponding to your “paint” color, and watch your creation develop before your eyes.
More info: Happy Color
Calm.com is an app that provides you with a variety of different tools to help you relax and reduce anxiety, including meditation exercises, relaxation techniques, and guided visualizations. The app also includes a timer so that you can track how long you’ve been meditating for, as well as a helpful “daily calm” email to help you start your day off on the right foot. Calm.com is available for both Apple and Android devices.
More info: Calm.com
While these are just five of the many different apps that are available to help you reduce anxiety, they are a great place to start. If one app doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to try another – different apps work for different people. And remember, if you ever feel like your anxiety is becoming too much to handle, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available to you, and there is no shame in seeking assistance.