Professional Development

Apps To Benefit Your Mental Health

Xiaofan Gao
By: Xiaofan Gao
Jun 4, 2020 • 3 min read

You Are Important.

Keep in mind that mental health is just as important as physical health. If your body is in top-notch condition but your brain is buzzing with negative thoughts, you won’t be feeling great regardless. Living at home without any connection to the outside world and no physical interaction with the people you love can worsen your mental health, so, today, we’ll be going over some apps you can use to keep your mind afloat during these challenging times.

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Happify

Happify does what its title implies: It brings the user happiness. This app uses fun, interactive activities and games to lighten your mood and transition you into a more relaxed headspace. Before the start of each activity, Happify asks you a series of questions to determine how you’re feeling. After the activity is completed, it will update you on how much of an increase in positive emotions you experienced. This allows you to determine which types of games are most beneficial to their well-being. Another benefit of using Happify is that it is accessible anywhere. You can download the app on your phone, or, if you want, pull it up on your computer screen. 

Panion

For those feeling lonely, check out Panion, a friend finders app. After downloading and opening it, you can look for like-minded people. Try scrolling through user profile cards or searching specific keywords, so you can quickly find people who share similar interests. Panion also allows you to schedule group activities with any new friends you made in your area. While I highly advise against meeting up now, definitely plan out some activities, like cycling or going for coffee, now, so you all have something to look forward to, while everyone waits for the pandemic to end. One important thing to keep in mind while using Panion is that it is for platonic relationships only. If you seek romance, Panion might not be the best option for you. 

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Pacifica

If you’re feeling more stressed or down in the dumps, Pacific can help. This mental health app offers a variety of functions, from keeping track of your mood to providing breathing techniques for relaxation. One of my favorite ones is Health, which gives you a template for keeping track of your daily, basic needs. Did you meet the number of hours of sleep you set for yourself? Check! You can also add activities that you want to set goals for, like how much time you want to spend with your family or calling your friends. If you want to set up more long-term goals in the app, you can purchase the “Experiments, Thoughts, and Group” functions bundle for a mere $3.99/month. By unlocking the “Experiments” section, you can set specific goals like “I said a positive thing to myself today” and keep count of how many times you achieved that. Rest assured though. If you want to stick to the free plan, you aren’t missing out on too much. The “Mood”, “Health”, and “Relax” options are all great for improving your mental state. 

There are definitely more apps that can improve your mental health. If you want to recommend one, feel free to tell us on our Twitter! For more helpful content, make sure to check out our blog. 

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