Saturday, January 7, 2012

Smart Phone Apps for Meditation & Mood

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Mood Kit
iphone $4.99
Improve your mood and become your own expert with the wisdom and guidance of MoodKit at your fingertips! • Featured in London Times, NY Times, LA Times, Harvard Business Review, CNET, Discover Magazine & more • Developed by experts and repeatedly selected as one of the "best mental health apps" in the world • Professional psychology tips and tools for everyday life!

Depression CBT Self help Log
android $?
The natural management of depression involves understanding depression and the factors that contribute to the symptoms. Learning to manage stress in your life and engage in self-care behaviors can improve your symptoms and your mood. This app contains a depression severity test, audios, articles, a cognitive diary, and a motivational points system that help you learn how to do this.

Acupressure: Heal Yourself
iPhone rating: 3 stars $1.99 
Android rating: 4 stars $1.99
Acupressure involves focusing therapy on certain points of the body to relieve physical and mental symptoms of stress. Unlike acupuncture, there are no needles involved, just massage. Acupressure: Heal Yourself guides you to the various pressure points that you can self-massage to get the relief you need from your anxiety, as well as from pain, addiction, and other common disorders. Using illustrations, the app shows you exactly what points are best for your symptoms, and how to massage them for the best results possible.

Anxiety Free
iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free
High stress levels can worsen the symptoms of anxiety – that’s why stress management techniques like meditation are often recommended for people with anxiety. The Anxiety Free app uses self-hypnosis techniques to help lessen stress and quell feelings of anxiousness. The guided lessons developed by Donald Mackinnon are each 90 minutes long.

Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature
iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free
Relaxing sounds have a way of helping us tune out the stress of the day. And when you suffer from anxiety and panic, the need for such relaxation is even more pressing. The Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature app features 25 soothing nature sounds, plus another 35 sounds that you can use to craft your own relaxation soundtrack. Use it as an alarm or to help you drift off at the end of the day. You can also use it whenever you feel your stress and anxiety levels rising.

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free 
Android rating: 4.5 stars Free 
This “gym membership for your mind” features meditation and mindfulness techniques to help manage stress and anxiety, improve well-being, and become happier overall. The series of guided meditations is designed to train your brain in just 10 minutes a day, with the ability to track and reward yourself for progress, along with a buddy system so that you can stay motivated and help others do the same.

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free 
When you suffer from anxiety, you can feel tied down by your constant thoughts of worry and dread. HelloMind attempts to help users loosen these constraints. It does this with guided relaxation audios. The guided exercises focus on anxiety, fears and phobias, and confidence, among other things. You can even earn points for listening, and journal your feelings in a log.

Inner Balance
iPhone rating: 3.5 stars Free 
This app is designed to accompany the Inner Balance Sensor, which hooks to your earlobe and your iOS device. Then, the app monitors your heart rhythms and encourages you to control your physical response to stress and anxiety. By learning how to manage your heart rhythms, the makers of Inner Balance say you can reduce fatigue, improve concentration and focus, and quickly find calmness in the midst of stressful situations.

iPhone rating: 3 stars Free
Learning how to manage anxiety first requires you to know how to recognize it. With this mood tracking app, simply enter how you’re feeling at any time of day, and use these inputs to track and identify patterns. We like the uncluttered simplicity of this app. It’s a stripped down winner for mood tracking and nothing else.

Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Android rating: 4.5 stars Free 
When you suffer from anxiety, relaxation can be difficult. When you can’t relax, your anxiety can worsen, creating a vicious cycle. The Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep app was made to help lull you into a calm, soothed state. The different options include waterfall, night in the jungle, bird sounds, and thunder. You can also use the app as an alarm.

Relax and Rest Meditations
iPhone rating: 4 stars $1.99 
Android rating: 4.5 stars $1.99 
Slowing down can seem impossible, especially when you regularly operate under the pressure of anxiety. What we like about the Relax and Rest Medications app is the brevity of the featured meditations — meaning lack of time is no excuse. Whenever you have a few minutes to spare, slow down and relax with a five, 13, or 24-minute guided meditation.

Self-Help for Anxiety Management
iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free 
Android rating: 4 stars Free 
Learning how to relax can help you manage anxiety symptoms, but it’s far from a cure-all. We like the Self-Help for Anxiety Management app because it takes more of a holistic view of anxiety treatment. In it, you’ll find an anxiety tracking tool, relaxation instruction, anxiety treatment guidance, and a community to interact with. There are also interactive relaxation features you can use to learn how to better manage your emotions and physical reactions to them.

Sleep Time
iPhone rating: 5 stars Free 
Android rating: 4 stars Free 
A good night’s sleep can mean the difference between having a good day or a bad day. This is especially true for people who suffer from anxiety disorders. Sleep Time lets you fall asleep to ambient, relaxing sounds and wake to the same. It also tracks your sleep patterns and provides feedback on the quality and quantity of shut-eye you’re getting. Because your quality of sleep is also influenced by things you do when you’re awake, the app features a premium upgrade including a workout plan.

Stop Panic & Anxiety Self Help
Android rating: 4.5 stars Free
Made specifically for people suffering from panic disorders, Stop Panic & Anxiety Self Help has several features for folks who regularly face panic and anxiety attacks. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to help users reframe their destructive thought patterns that may lead to or worsen their anxiety. It also features relaxation audios, an anxiety diary, and emotional training tools.

What’s Up?
iPhone rating: 5 stars Free 
Android rating: 4.5 stars Free 
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) involves learning more about how you think and how your thoughts affect your emotions. In anxiety management, it can mean the difference between having a panic attack and rationally approaching your fear and worry with a clear head. This app uses CBT to train anxiety sufferers how to identify negative thinking patterns and the sources of their anxiety. It features breathing techniques, habit and anxiety trackers, positive quotes, forums, and even a game.

The Worry Box
Android rating: 4 stars Free
Anxiety and worry are built on fear of the unknown, of worrisome possibilities, and both are difficult to manage. The Worry Box was designed to help people cope with worry and learn how to effectively manage the disruptive emotion. When you’re facing worry, the app gives you a list of coping statements to help reframe your thoughts. It also includes relaxation audios to help induce calmness.

Worry Watch
iPhone rating: 4.5 stars $1.99
Have you ever worried about a potential future scenario that never came to fruition? If you suffer from anxiety, the answer is probably yes. Worry Watch is an app that aims to help you manage worry and anxiety by delving into the thought processes that lead us down this path of unjustified stress. It features a logbook for you to track your worries, including what you thought might happen and how the situation actually turned out. As you add to your app, you can monitor trends and learn from your patterns of worry and anxiety.


Tune into your zen with these apps designed to help with meditation.

  1. Zen Proverbs: You can meditate on zen proverbs with the help of this app.
  2. Mind Wave: Using Mind Wave, you can help set your brain into a relaxing state of mind.
  3. Bob’s Sheep Counter: Make sure you’re getting restful sleep with the help of Bob’s Sheep Counter.
  4. Meditation Timer: This iPhone app will allow you to time your meditation.
  5. iLoveNature: Listen to sounds and view photographs of nature, with animal identification and more.
  6. Daze: Use Daze’s self-hypnosis to rejuvenate your mind.
  7. Binaural Beats: Get concentration, relaxation, and more from this app.
  8. Zen Timer: Use this iPhone app to get a simple timer for zen meditations.
  9. Brain Hack: Hack your brain into a meditative state of mind with this app.
  10. Meditate Now: This app offers expertly designed audio clips that are meant to offer you rest and meditation.
  11. Custom Hypnosis: Custom Hypnosis offers an easy way to hypnotize yourself.
  12. Bonsai: With this app, you can learn the traditional art of bonsai care.
  13. White Noise: White Noise will provide you with noise that can offer a relaxing and stress free environment.
  14. Yoga STRETCH: Use Yoga STRETCH to get workouts in Vinsaya flow yoga.
  15. Prêt-à-Yoga: Prêt-à-Yoga will allow you to follow a yoga guru on your iPhone.
  16. Meditation Oasis

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