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5 happiness apps to help with anxiety

The Partridge family sang, “Come on, be merry.” But that’s easier said than done right now in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Isolation and fear can make us struggle with our mental health. On top of that, stay-at-home orders can make it harder to get help in more traditional ways.

But thanks to technology, apps are available to bring help with anxiety and depression right at your fingertips. With that in mind, I’m sharing some happiness apps meant to help calm your nerves and help you live a happy life, even during these trying times.

happy

A few years ago I tried the Happify app. It called my attention. For one, the name is catchy. Also, while I want to be happy, I’m also stingy at heart, and the basic version is totally free.

The idea behind this app is that all it takes is a few minutes a day and you’ll be on your way to freeing yourself from negative thoughts. You’ll learn how to cope with stress and develop positive habits that will change your life with some fun exercises and games.

Depending on the app, you can strengthen basic happiness skills such as: savoring the moment, thanking those who matter, aiming for meaningful goals, eliminating dead-end thoughts, empathizing with others, reducing stress and negative thoughts, and improving your relationships.

After you download the app and create an account, Happify will rate your happiness based on a questionnaire. The app then gives you a series of clues that you can use to start living a healthy, stress-free life.

Next, choose a “track” to start with. As my mom’s caregiver at the time, I thought I’d start one to reduce stress and anxiety. My first task: list three things I’m grateful for, and the trick that really helped me, explain why.

This app ranks high on many lists of the best happiness apps and I can see why.

Head space

This is another app that I have tried and love. Headspace provides tools and resources to help you stay mentally strong, reduce stress and anxiety, live healthier, breathe properly, sleep better, and live a happier life.

They offer a two-week free trial, after which you’ll automatically be signed up for their $69.99 a year plan. As of this writing, if you’re unemployed, you can get a free year of Headspace Plus to help you get back on your feet.

I discovered this app while enrolled with Weight Watchers (WW), which offers it for free as part of their program. I suffer from insomnia and your sleep meditation exercise helped me calm my thoughts, slow my breathing and relax my body to make it easier for me to fall asleep. I also used your “Take a Moment to Pause” exercise to help me stop for a few minutes when I was feeling stressed and refocus.

Calm is a similar app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation that helps you reduce stress through guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. Calm offers a 7-day trial, but after that, you’ll be automatically signed up for their $69.99 a year plan.

real life change

The Real Life Change app is meant to be a portable life coach, designed to take your social interactions, moods, decisions, discoveries, and emotions you experience every day and provide you with meaningful and actionable feedback to help you live a better life and more. . conscious life

The basic plan is free. This app is only available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Track your happiness

Track Your Happiness is a free app used with your smartphone. You spend about 10 minutes answering questions, then you’re contacted via email or text (you choose how often you want the app to ask you) and asked to report what you’re doing and how you’re feeling.

A personalized happiness report tracks your mood so you can learn what makes you happy, who makes you happy, and where you feel happiest.

super best

Super Better has made building happiness a game with short, simple activities that you complete as you go through quests to develop happiness-enhancing skills like resilience.

Their site claims that millions have played SuperBetter to achieve goals and deal with challenges including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and more. The Original Super Better is available for free.

Do you need more than an app? You may want to check out Talkspace, which allows users to virtually connect with a licensed therapist. For $49 per week, you’ll have private access to a therapist via text, audio, or video chat, daily or multiple times a day.

I’ll let you make your own decisions. Find what works best for you and your life. There are many more apps available besides the five I’ve listed. Who knows? A happiness app might come in handy and provide feedback to brighten your day during these stressful times.

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