Mental health apps to tide you through the pandemic: Happify, MindShift, and more
Rise and recover
Here's the thing, you may be new to the idea of receiving mental healthcare online, but we are after all well-attuned to 2020 — unofficially the year for change. Since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, those of us requiring mental healthcare have resorted to remote tools in order to keep our mental health in check. Teletherapy is now a result of us transitioning from physical sessions in the clinic, to more accessible online tools such as applications and video calls — and we foresee this to be the new normal as we survive through this pandemic. Whether it's through an app that connects you with a trained therapist, or apps with meditation timers, here's a range that can cater to your specific needs.
This app uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety and more. It includes positive and negative habit trackers to keep track of your good habits, while helping you break your negative habits. In particular, we're loving the "Get Grounded" page, which contains over 100 different questions to help accurately pinpoint and understand what you're feeling, as well as the "Thinking Patterns" page which teaches you to recognise and unlearn negative internal monologues.
Designed specifically for young adults dealing with anxiety, MindShift stresses the importance of how you process your anxious thoughts and behavioural patterns. Think of this app as your personal cheerleader that encourages you to take charge of your life, gain confidence in everyday situations, face personal obstacles, and process intense emotions.
Tracking your vices visually can help you become more aware and accountable for your own destructive patterns, and this app can help users beat their habits or addictions by showing you how your personal progress is going. Whether you're looking to stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking, or stop taking drugs, this app is the perfect recovery tool to track and monitor your progress. Track as many vices as you want and find out exactly how many minutes, hours, days, weeks or even years it's been since you quit — we find that seeing your progress visually is a huge encouragement to stay away from your vices.
Need a happy fix that you can easily access from the comfort of your own home? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program that's tailored to your mental health needs, the Happify app is your fast track to getting into a good mood when you're feeling blue. Happify contains various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain into releasing negative thought patterns and embracing more positive ways of thinking.