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10 Apps to Help You Manage Stress and Anxiety

5 min read

Managing stress and anxiety the old fashioned way (ahem, taking a walk in actual nature) is back in style, but the powerful technology we all walk around with in our pockets also keeps coming up with solutions for our emotional distress. Though excessive cell phone use has been linked to stress and anxiety, apps on our phones may be the ironic key to easing our anxiety spikes. Whether you’re looking to kick stress to the curb, understand your anxiety triggers or begin a mindfulness practice, there’s an app for that.

If You Want To… Learn to Meditate

1. Calm

This app is the answer for all meditators, from hesitant beginners to mindfulness masters. Pair guided meditations (ranging from 3-25 minutes) with 30+ soothing nature sounds and scenes, or combine Calm’s exclusive music engineered to help you focus and relax with a timed, unguided session. And don’t forget to celebrate your progress with their daily streak tracker.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

2. Meditation Studio

Look no further for a meditation guide—this app brings a full studio of instructors right to your phone. Meditation Studio is highly organized, categorizing meditations by Collection (including categories like “Be Curious” and “Be Awesome”), Course (think “Starter Series” or “Mindful Work”) and Teacher. Keep track of your favorites in your own curated feed by downloading and “loving” your most-used meditations.

What will it cost me? You’ll pay a one-time rate of $3.99, plus additional subscription options.

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

If You Want To… Get Better Sleep

1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Lots of apps claim to track your sleep, but Sleep Cycle’s technology just may be the best-of-the-best. The app uses sound analysis sleep tracking to evaluate your sleep phase, then finds the optimal time to wake you in the morning so you’re refreshed. The best part? You don’t have to share a pillow with your phone—Sleep Cycle’s technology monitors your sleep phase using sound and vibration analysis.  

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

2. Relax Melodies

Quality sleep often starts with the just-right soothing sound. Choose from 52 sounds and melodies and act as your own sleep DJ by combining them and adjusting the volume of each sound to create a personalized sleep mix. Then, set a timer to stop playing after a given amount of time, or adjust to a different alarm sound when it’s time to wake up.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

If You Want To… Ease Your Anxiety

1. Pacifica

Rooted in the science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Pacifica helps you break the cycle of negative thinking. By tracking your mood, recording your thought patterns, and completing daily challenges, you can target the individual components that lead to your anxiety and watch how this app’s tools help you manage them.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

2. Worry Watch

Journal away your worries with this robust tracking and reporting app. When you log a worry, you can describe it and categorize it by “cognitive distortion,” such as “All or nothing,” or “Compulsive,” so you can find patterns in your thinking. The app will later check in with you to see if your worry became a reality. Then, next time you’re worrying, the app can run a report to prove things may not have turned out as bad as you thought.

What will it cost me? You’ll pay a one-time rate of $.99.

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS on iPhone and iPad.

If You Want To… Manage your stress

1. Happify

Tackle your stress through Happify’s scientifically proven techniques, based on positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. And by techniques, Happify means games! Their tools gamify stress management in a way that makes you forget you’re bettering yourself and your life. Bonus: If you like to keep your mindfulness work all in one app, you can also take advantage of their personalized guided meditations.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS and Android.

2. Moods

Jump into this user-friendly interface to keep track of your emotions, and identify your triggers. When you log a “mood,” you’ll have the option to “Add some deets,” where you’ll select specific adjectives to define how you’re feeling, and write descriptive notes using your own words. This app is simple, straightforward and just plain pretty.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS.

If You Want To… Practice gratitude

1. Gratitude Journal

Build a gratitude practice in just five minutes a day. Record the highlights of your day, including photos. The great thing about Gratitude Journal is the extensive sharing capability—export your journal to a PDF for easy printing, or automatically create a slideshow of past entries for a flowing, visual reminder.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS.

2. Grateful: A Gratitude Journal

If the app’s logo hasn’t already won your heart, its clean and simple design sure will. Document what you’re grateful for using the daily prompts, then customize your gratitude timeline to show entries by time, prompt, tag or at random. And don’t forget to remind the app to remind you to journal again tomorrow.

What will it cost me? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available for iOS.

Want more tips on dealing with stress and anxiety? Read how one writer used essential oils to boost her mood and decrease her stress levels

About The Author

Alennah Westlund

Alennah Westlund

Alennah is a writer, speaker and content guru who believes in the power of telling unique and captivating stories. She spends her days navigating the corporate world, but fills her free time thinking, reading about and advocating for body liberation, inclusive eating disorder recovery and intuitive chronic pain management.

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