Most of us will remember 2020 as a stressful year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial worries, fear of catching the disease. The isolation of living in lockdown. The concerns about sending kids back to school, we all have a lot on our minds.
There are no silver bullets for managing anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues in these difficult times. We can use technology to connect to information and other people that can help. With that in mind, Alcatel recommends some Android apps to help you decompress:
The Headspace meditation app teaches you how to breathe, sleep, meditate, and live mindfully. There are exercises on everything from managing anxiety to stress relief to breathing, happiness, calm, and focus.
Sanvello helps you understand yourself and your thoughts, moods, and behaviours. It offers you some powerful techniques to manage your moods and thoughts. You can understand what works to help you to feel better.
Happify’s activities and games help people reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience. Its techniques draw on positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Brain.fm provides AI-generated music designed for the brain to improve focus, meditation, relaxation, and sleep.
Download Moodpath to get a mental health assessment. Then track and reflect on your mood, and take a break from negative thoughts and overwhelming emotions.
TalkLife is a community where you can meet others and talk about life’s struggles in a safe and supportive environment.
Created by game designer Jane McGonigal, SuperBetter is powered by the Live Gamefully method. A framework that activates the psychological strengths of gameplay to build resilience and be stronger for life.
*The WHO has a page of resources and advice for people struggling with fear and worry during the pandemic. Check out this page of local resources if you need urgent help with a mental health crisis