Portable help for when you need it the most
I’ve tried a lot of self-care & mental health apps over the years. I’ve used apps to help me, sleep, journal, track my mood and meditate, there’s so many available; Most of the time I end up forgetting about or not using them!
I’m more of a pen and paper, get it written down type of ‘gal. I think the physical act of writing has a more cleansing effect than typing away on a device.
Some of my favourite wellness planners.
However, there are a few Self-Care & Mental Health Apps I keep on my phone that I can’t live without. The App’s below are the ones I find genuinely helpful, and I use them daily.
Tried and tested, best of the best Self-Care & Mental Health Apps.
I love Headspace! I use it every night to help me sleep, the sleepcasts specifically!
How It Works
Download the Headspace app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
You can start learning to meditate right away with Headspace’s free Basics pack and other bitesized minis.
To unlock additional content paid subscriptions are available which offer hundreds of meditations for everything from stress to sleep.
The full version of headspace costs £9.99 a month or £71.99 a year, there’s a lifetime membership for £299.99 and if I had that kind of money to splash out all at one I definitely would! You do get value for money.
There are hundreds of targeted, guided meditations for adults and kids alike. Believe it or not, my kids love settling down for the night with headspace, and they listen too!
Headspace, backed by science is one of the only meditation apps committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically validated research on our product.
In 16 published studies in some of the leading mindfulness peer reviewed journals, Headspace has been shown to have favourable outcomes of interventions including reduced stress, improved focus, increased compassion, and decreased aggression.
Relax Melodies –
Relax Melodies was the first app I used when my mental health took a nosedive and I started to suffer from Insomnia.
I love the way you can combine sounds and melodies to create your own personalised soundscape. Of course, I have my favourites, but I do like to mix it up now and again and try new sounds.
The basic app package is free however you have to option to upgrade if you want to. Though the basic sounds are sufficient enough for you to give the app a good test run before you commit to a subscription I think it’s well worth investing in the full version.
Power Nap –
I love a good power nap! Seriously taking a quick nap when you’re completely exhausted can give you the boost you need to power on through your day. Taking naps has been scientifically proven to boost productivity, alertness and creativity.
There are three nap modes to choose from all of which work on the sleep cycle basis. The app monitors your movements and wakes you up just at the right time in your cycle. Being woken at the right time means you avoid that groggy drunk feeling you get if you are woken when you’re completely unconscious!
- Power – up to 20 minutes of rest perfect for a quick boost in energy and alertness
- Recovery – Up to 45 minutes of rest to boost energy
- Full sleep cycle – 120 minutes of sleep which includes deep sleep and REM to help improve creativity and physical performance.
I use my Power Nap app when Lauren hasn’t slept all night, or on the days my depression has me feeling particularly exhausted and tired.
Scribd gives you access to zillions of books, audiobooks, magazines, documents and more; it’s like having your own personal, hand-held library.
In the app you can save your picks and even categorise them separately according to format and subject. Subscribing will cost you $8.99 USD which works out roughly £7 GBP and the best of all is you get to try it out for 30 days completely free!
Ted Talks –
If you haven’t heard of Ted Talks, you should seriously check it out! Ted Talks are short powerful and thought-provoking talks that cover almost any topic you can think of.
Investing in your Mental Wellbeing
Whilst not all of these apps are free I recommend you give them a go anyway, most have a free trial or lite version of the app which gives you a good a sense of wether its worth investing in a subscription. Personally, I don’t mind paying for something if i know i will get real value from it and ultimately will improve my wellbeing.
Like to food you choose to eat that nourishes your body and maintains your health your mind need stimulation and taking care of too. You should never be afraid to invest in your body or mental health!
Other Self Care & Mental health Apps you might find useful.
Search for these in your app store:
Mindshift – For anxiety
Moodlytics -Mood tracker
Sleepio – For improving your sleep
Post-Incident Learning – Positive behaviour strategies
In Hand – Help for times of low mood and stress
MoodPanda – Interactive mood diary
Live Happy – Boost your mood through activities
Moodometer – mood tracker