Even before I started my recovery journey in 2016, I have been something of an app ‘collector.’ From meditation apps, nutritional apps, to the surprisingly great apps the Veterans Administration has created–no, you don’t have to be a Veteran to use them, there is no shortage of apps on my phone.
Some of the apps are free, others require either a one-time purchase or a monthly subscription. When it comes to investing in yourself, don’t be cheap!
Many of the apps are well worth the money. Whether you are struggling with mental health issues, in the throes of recovery, want to be more present, or just want to better your life, these apps can help in a variety of ways. Especially if you are like me: introverted to a fault, likes to do things his own way and on his own terms.
Pocket Rehab – is a community for those struggling from addiction and alcoholism. The Pocket Rehab community has the ability to communicate on a public forum. The users also have access to the most important feature of Pocket Rehab, the My Lifeline button. My Lifeline allows for immediate access to other users that are available to help.
Sanvello – with over 3.4 million users, this app is one of the most popular apps for stress, anxiety, and depression. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness, get all of the support you need to help improve your mental health—on your terms. From self-care and peer support to working with trained coaches and therapists, Sanvello is your place to feel better. Sanvello gives you clinically proven techniques based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and whatever else you may be going through.
Serenity – is all about meditation! Guided meditations allows you to learn a variety of meditation and mindfulness techniques that aims to bring a sense of peace, calm, and happiness to your life. Learn the basics with the free, easy to follow 7 day audio course. Gain the skills required to make mindful meditation a part of the rest of your life. Its Foundations section helps you to expand your skills and learn about mindfulness, it also has Sleep Guides, Stress Relief, Quick Meditations, and Daily Meditations.
Sober Grid – is a large online community dedicated to, you guessed it, sobriety! It connects you instantly to sober people nearby and around the world. Remain completely anonymous or choose what you want to share! It has a cool “Find sober people near you” feature, showing you other users in your given location. You can chat with others and send private messages, post messages, photos, and videos to share with your community, personalize your profile with photos, interests, save favorite sober buddies and see who visits your profile, and even has a sobriety calculator to keep track of how many days sober you’ve achieved.
What’s Up? – is a fantastic free app utilizing some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! With a beautiful, modern design, simple heading and easy-to-follow methods, you can get to what helps you the most in seconds! Some features included are: 12 common negative thinking patterns and simple methods to overcome them, a thought diary, a positive and negative habit tracker, and online forum, and lots more. Well worth a look.
Woebot – is an app that deals with anxiety, depression, & mindfulness. Winner of the 2019 Google Play Award for Stand-out Well-Being app, your friendly self-care expert Woebot can help you: think through situations with step-by-step guidance from Woebot using tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), learn about yourself with intelligent mood tracking, and master skills to reduce stress and live happier through over 100+ evidence-based stories from their clinical team. Woebot is your very own coach who chats with you and offers insights and skills to help you grow into your best self.
Wysa – imagine a mood tracker, mindfulness coach, anxiety helper, and mood-boosting buddy, all rolled into one. Wysa, your happiness buddy is that friendly and caring chatbot. Wysa is packed with daily spiritual meditation that improves mental health and is also a perfect way to bond over family meditation. Always there for you when you need someone to talk to, Wysa helps you keep track of your mood with friendly chats and helps fight stress and anxiety with its proven techniques and calming meditation and mindfulness audios. One of my favorite, intuitive AI helper apps.
VA Launchpad – The Veterans Administration has created dozens of apps to help Veterans and Service members alike, all easily accessible via this app. And the good news? This app also allows Veterans and Service members take an active part in their VA treatment. About 11 of them can be used by anyone, and are worthy of their own post. The apps cover a myriad of mental health and wellness subjects: weight loss, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, PTSD, quitting smoking, insomnia, anger management, couples, and even one for the current COVID crisis. I’ll be doing a separate post to feature all of these great apps.
When that farmer Spring timely plants her seed
in her breast forms a soft fragile vase
seasoned over with sun and rain take heed
young Flora grows hopeful in a secret place.
Summer tills where doubt before had grown
watered with passion petals unfold in the heat
youth inhaling the scent that’s sown
senses not cool evening’s breath on Augusts’ sweet.
abrupt Fall comes in to shake the boughs of fruit
and my heart’s murmur feels too soon a tune
cruel Winter playing upon a frigid flute
an epitaph scribbled on soft petals too soon.
As seasons fade flowers blossom then die away
expel their breath to sing another day.