It only stands to reason that if you've got anxiety, there would be an app for that. 😉 I stumbled across a few apps that have really helped me in fighting anxiety, and I did it accidentally. I was actually looking for a game that I could play that wouldn't stress me out and would hold my attention. I'm still looking for that game by the way, so if you can think of anything, please let me know. Meanwhile, here are 3 apps I've found so far for battling my anxiety. If you'd be so kind, let me know in the comments if you've found any other good ones.
This is a "game," loosely speaking, but really it just helps you to focus on achieving a very small success. You "train your focus away from the negative and towards the positive" according to the intro. Really, you're just tracing a little trail of grass. It seems pretty cheesy at first, and actually, it's a little bit cheesy. This isn't a game I'd play for fun, but it is a game I play when I'm in the midst of an anxiety attack. It pulls just enough of your focus that it requires you to be a little bit present. The music is soothing, and you get a little reward each time you reach the end of a grass trail. If you don't like the little grunts from the sprites, you can turn off the audio, but that also turns off the little reward tone. I'm assuming that the sound mixed with the pennant upon successfully following a trail gives you a dopamine response, sort of the same as a slot machine.
This is probably the best app I've ever used for anxiety reduction. This app is the reason that I started doing Yoga. Okay, maybe the reason I started doing Yoga was that I wanted to try it out. I went through several Yoga instruction apps and videos on the net, and then settled on this one. I liked the way it was set up with multiple classes from beginner to expert. You can create your own custom classes, or use the ones they provide for you. Once you choose which course you want, you just hit play and follow along. It's so simple.
My favorite session in the app is the 15 minute relaxation. It is amazing how much better I feel after giving a little bit of attention to my body, and I do come out of it more relaxed.
I never think about doing Yoga when I'm in the midst of an anxiety attack (who would?) but I have used it a few times if I'm just feeling anxious and need to calm down, or I'll use it just after I've come out of an attack and it helps to get me back to center.
This is not a free app, but I think it's worth every penny they ask for it, and then several times that number of pennies again. The quality of the interface and the videos are really good.
End Anxiety Hypnosis
I'll be honest, I don't think this hypnotized me. I think it was a very good guided meditation though. I was able to stick with this one much better than any of the other meditation or hypnosis apps that I tried. I think a lot of times it comes down to the voice and how I perceive the guides personality.
One thing I really like about this app is that you can modify the sessions for either listening and then going about your business, or listening and falling asleep.
It's free, so why not give it a shot. If you find a better one, please let me know.
You know, they say there's an app for that, but none of the three of these have cured me yet, so clearly they are useless 😜 That being the case, you should probably not try them at all. There is no magic cure for our problems, but every little bit helps, right? I hope these help you as they've helped me.