This year 4th of March will be celebrated around the country as University Mental health Day, to highlight the many well being issues that are currently faced by the student community.
This year more than ever it is important that you check-in with your physical and mental wellbeing after being forced to be isolated from many of our social connections and activities over the past many months.
If you feel you would like to join in more actively to the initiatives to improve wellbeing around the country you can do so by registering your interest here
Here we have a few selected apps that can help improve your mental health wellbeing while staying in during lockdown or even after. Most of these apps can be found easily on the app store of your choice to have on the go on your phone.
The fan favourite! This go-to meditation app includes guided meditation sessions, as long or short as you’d like and being able to find sessions based on specific life stressors such as relationships and health.
- My Diary
Sometimes it’s best to go old school, but with a 21st century twist of course! Keeping a journal and writing down your thoughts is a tried and tested method to reduce anxiety, preventing thoughts distracting you from what you should really be doing, which is enjoying life.
Calm is a ‘do-it-all’ relaxation app with white noise, calming music and even guided meditations. What sets it apart is the option to portion your relaxation sessions and activity to exactly how much time you have, whether squeezing 5 minutes in your busy day, on your commute or winding down at night.
- My Mood Tracker
This simple app does one important thing and does it well. MMT helps keep track of how you’re feeling throughout the day and add notes to what caused you to feel this way. This idea is based on the theory that before you can begin to clear your mind, you must identify what exactly is cluttering up your thoughts.
- Pay It Forward
Check in on your friends with this simple app and treat them to a coffee. This whole app is based around the idea of simple acts of kindnesses and how giving can help make you feel better. You can use it to surprise someone!
- Relax Melodies
Relax Melodies feature a variety of natural and calming sounds that can be playing for a variety of lengths. Proven to block out distractions and help induce better sleep, white noise is becoming widely used to improve focus and calm. Flowing river or fireplace anyone?
Did you know that sometimes if you’re feeling low stimulating certain pressure points around your body can instantly lift your mood? Pressure points are a great way to release nerve endings and ease tension in the body for all over spiritual and physical comfort. Acupressure is a completely safe to try app that provides a list of very easy and useful suggestions.
Mindful diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress while inducing calm. Using scientific principles, the app helps you achieve conscious deep breathing that helps clear your mind.
Game your way to happiness? With Happify’s science backed games and activities you can! Always adding new content and you’re sure to not get bored either. You can choose a ‘track’ of program to follow when you start such as ‘Clearing negative thoughts’ and the app will provide you activities regularly to help with this.
- Pocket Yoga
Your yoga instructor on the go. Yoga is proven to help you breathe better and improve blood circulation, all helping to calm yourself and train your brain to stay positive by releasing more ‘happy’ hormones.