In the past few months, as Americans have had to take on the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on, there has been a rise in downloads of various mental health apps.
In a data report from Sensor Tower, the top 10 health and wellness apps saw four million downloads from the United States in April.
As Telehealth has spiked during this period of social distancing, so has the use of digital resources as a way to maintain a connection with self-care and self-love. We feel that when taking the step to engage with your mental health, one is also practicing the ultimate form of self-care.
Here's a look at the top mental health apps available now.
Calm offers a wide variety of different types of meditation for its users, as well as bedtime stories and sounds to ease us as we go to sleep. Whenever the app is opened the user is greeted with the phrase, “take a deep breath.” The app also has a unique playlist feature that gives the listener music curated by artists such as Sam Smith and many more. Calm is free to download, but in-app purchases are available.
Headspace offers its user “everyday mindfulness.” As one continues to use the app the more one integrates new mindful routines into everyday life. The app offers a plethora of guided meditations that help manage stress and anxiety. Users also have the option to access “SOS meditations” for quicker more abbreviated guided practices. Headspace helps its users focus on a healthy lifestyle while integrating the importance of exercise, meditation, and sleep.
Reflectly is an app that aims to be a “self-care journal” for its users. The app encourages us to write down all of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and ideas without feeling overwhelmed with getting this all down on “paper.” Reflectly promotes “daily happiness and gratitude.”
Fabulous is the “daily self-care app” that allows us to plan goals and track achievements. The app offers ways to build better habits, create healthier routines, and introduce mindful living into our everyday lives.
5. Meditation App
The Meditation App encourages its downloaders to include a small amount of meditation into our lives every single day. The app shares with its user that five minutes of meditation every day reduces stress, allows for better sleep, and improve focus.
Replika harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to offer its users “a companion who cares.” The app turns the idea of a “chatbot” into a friend who is ready to listen when you need to talk.
Relax offers step-by-step meditation courses, white noise to sleep to, and personal guidance courses. The goal with the app is to make it as simple as possible for the user to feel calm and whole.
Breethe is here to offer you guided courses from the best of the best. The user can listen to personal growth masterclasses from New York Times best selling author, Lynne Goldberg, while also simply enjoying nature sounds. Breethe also offers hypnotherapy sessions. App memberships start at $12.95/ monthly.
9. Relax Melodies
Relax Melodies offers various meditation for everyone. Recently the app began offering a newly added feature, “Meditation for Mothers.” This app is offered in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
Meditopia offers its members “deep-dive” meditations that aim to solve long term issues. The app offers meditations based on a wider variety of topics such as stress, body positivity, self-love, happiness, anger, sexuality and so many more.