You do not need to suffer through anxiety in silence. Help is available – in the form of medical treatment, and these Android and iPhone apps.
Owing to the fast-paced lives we live, every person faces some amount of anxiety, and that too, quite often. People who have difficulty speaking in front of large crowd often face crippling anxiety when they have to do so. Many people get anxious owing to financial or marital difficulties. A certain amount of anxiety is considered to be normal when specific situations trigger it. But what happens when your anxiety issues get out of hand? For some people, anxiety transforms into a frequent and forceful problem that is often accompanied by a number of other issues. With additional social anxiety, paranoia, phobias, and debilitating panic attacks, anxiety can take over your life and reduce your quality of living to a very great extent.
Irrespective of what you are feeling anxious about, if you find that the condition is impeding your normalcy, it is time to get some help. Consult your physician or a mental health professional who can recommend medical and lifestyle changes to help you reduce your anxiety and restore peace in your life.
Technology has turned the world into a global village. When you consult the kind folk of the Internet for any problem you are facing, you might not always get the right answers, but you will always come back with the knowledge that you are not alone. There are hundreds and thousands of people across the globe who are suffering from identical or at least similar problems as you. Other than a sense of camaraderie with fellow kindred spirits, technology also offers other ways to help you control and reduce your anxiety. These apps can be downloaded to your technological devices and carried with you wherever you go. Most of them are available at nominal rates or free of charge. While these applications are not stand-alone treatment plans, they can lend you a helping hand when you need it the most. Here are a few anxiety relief apps that we consider the best of the best.
Suitable for people of all ages and genders, Pacifica is an anxiety app that is available for free on Android as well as iPhone platforms. This app is specifically targeted at those who suffer from anxiety, stress and mood disorders. From helping you through deep breathing sessions and undertaking behavioral exercises, to logging in your daily moods, and identifying negative thinking patterns, Pacifica packs a powerful punch. Offering a number of relaxing soundtracks that you can meditate upon, the app is easy to use and personalize to suit your specific needs. Keep in mind that this application is not a replacement for anxiety treatment at all. In fact, it works best as a tool to aid treatment sessions during the interim period. Download this one for a quick introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy, replacing negative thinking patterns with positive ones, and voice recordings for personalized anxiety management.
Perfect for people of all ages, genders, and veterans with anxiety, Headspace is an innovative meditation app that is available for free only for the first 10 sessions. These sessions offer you a good idea of how the app works and how guided meditation can help you. Post the free sessions, you can opt for a monthly or yearly subscription. If you are new to meditation, Headspace is the app you need. Designed to help beginners establish a meditation routine that includes mindfulness, breathing exercises, cognitive defusion, better concentration, and more. The skills and tips offered through this app can help control anxiety, and improve depressive disorders, OCD, PTSD, etc. This app is not very interactive in that the meditation sessions are pre-recorded ones. However, users can opt for specific sessions or sessions of specific lengths depending on their requirements. While this app is creatively animated and quite effective, it is not a substitute for medical/psychological treatment for those with anxiety disorders.
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