Here’s a list of my favourite apps to enjoy excellent mental health.
Pzizz – One of my friends, a leader in Toastmasters, recommended this app. “You won’t believe how good your sleep will be.” Hyperbole, I thought. I was wrong. He was telling the truth. The first time I used it, I was asleep in minutes rather than the usual 20-minutes or more it used to take. I woke up more refreshed than ever. Pzizz uses the science of psychoacoustics to play sounds that carry you through the earliest sleep stages, diving you straight into the most relaxing. Pzizz starts you off with a seven-day premium trial. Unlike many other apps, Pzizz doesn’t automatically charge you at the end of that time so there will be no nasty surprises. Trust me, Pzizz gives you the best sleep you’ve ever had.
Sworkit – One of the keys to good mental is exercise. SworkIt gives you a gym in your pocket, with a choice between yoga, cardio, strength, and flexibility workouts. At 4 am, I rise and do two rounds of yoga sun salutations. Later, I’ll do a 15-minute workout from the monthly challenge.
Headspace – In between those two workouts, I meditate with Headspace. I meditate for 20 minutes at a time as that suits me. However, with just 10 minutes a day, you’ll receive all the benefits of mindfulness: calmness, tranquillity, resourcefulness. The biggest benefit of Headspace is it makes it easy to make meditation a consistent habit.
ACT Companion – While I don’t use this app as much now as I did when I first got it, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has served me as a psychological panacea. I first used it to overcome sexual addiction. Later, it became a useful tool for handling an excessive number of stressors, especially during my time homeless. It’s also an effective treatment for psychosis. This app helps you incorporate ACT into your life so you can use the tools when you need them most.
OmniFocus 2 – One of the reasons mindfulness and ACT work is they allow you to face and handle reality. OmniFocus 2 makes it easy to manage reality and reduce future stressors. Based on the time management system introduced to the world by David Allen in Getting Things Done, OmniFocus 2 allows you to organise lists in intelligent ways so that no matter where you are, you know what you can take the next action to move you forward.
Any list of top apps for mental health will be subjective. In my list, I’ve stayed away from mental health education apps and those specific to any particular illness. These are the apps that have had the most significant improvement in my mental health. What apps do you think I’ve left out? Please share them in the comments, and I’ll check them out.