The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some levels of stress to us all. As the world has repeatedly needed to close down, this has increased the amount of stress that we’re all subject to.

The pandemic has also changed the way we relieve our stress and fortunately, due to smartphones and tablets, there is now a range of wellness apps for Android and iPhone that can help.

There are exercising apps to help with stress, apps to help with better sleep, sleep apps to help with sleeping patterns and meditation apps to help with stress. Some of these are also wellness apps for fitness.

Here, we’ll take a look at the best apps available and how they can help your mental health in 2021.


Ways to help with Stress

Available on Android, Moodfit is a free app that provides tools to help you to make changes to your mood. It is similar in principle to apps that help you to improve your physical fitness, but Moodfit is designed to help you improve mentally instead.

If you are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression, or you wish to make more sense of your feelings, Moodfit’s core function is to help you to feel better. This app works by getting you to fill in a questionnaire that identifies the severity of your mental health symptoms as well as providing audio and articles to further your understanding of your state of mind.

Moodfit also has a mood tracker – this allows you to understand what affects your mood. For example, you can chart how things like exercise, medication, and sleep affect how you feel, and the app offers practical insights and strategies to feel better. There is also a section of the app that teaches you how to refute overly negative thoughts and feelings, and a section that teaches you new skills like mindfulness.

Another of our recommended wellness apps for 2021 is MoodMission. This app is to help those dealing with depression, anxiety or stress and provides “missions” based upon how the user feels.

This app, developed by Monash University, conducts research via the app and requests users fill in six surveys before using the app. Each “mission” is an activity that is designed to improve your mood. Examples of tasks are physical activities, like star jumps, or more emotional based activities like breathing exercises.

To get the best out of the app, you can select how you’re feeling and then relate this to how powerful your emotions are. Based on your responses, the app will suggest five different activities to help. You’re able to scroll through a log of all completed tasks and you’ll be assigned ranks as you progress.


Best wellness apps 2021

Talkspace is an app with an emphasis on therapy. You can be connected with an experienced, licensed mental health expert and receive therapy from your smart device. For a fee, you can have unlimited messages with your therapist and send video, audio and text messages.

You’re also able to request a live video chat, but there is an extra charge for regular live sessions. You are able to access your conversations across all smart devices and the app incorporates the highest levels of encryption for the safety of your personal data.

Sanvello is an app that provides clinically proven techniques to help those suffering with anxiety, stress, and depression. This app provides users with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools that has mood and health tracking sections as well as documents to teach mindfulness skills. In this app, you’ll be required to track your mood daily.

Sanvello also includes guided journeys to help you take more control of your life and allow you to build lifelong skills that can help your confidence. There are also numerous tools that can help you to cope with specific issues, like public speaking.

This app also gives progress assessments to help you track your journey and to set goals for the weeks and months ahead. There is also a community which allows you to interact anonymously with other people experiencing mental health difficulties.

There are other apps, such as Happify and Shine, that can also help with mental health and it’s to everybody’s great benefit that there are such a wide variety of apps available.


Stress and meditation apps

A stress and meditation app that has proven to be popular is Headspace. Created by a Buddhist monk, Headspace offers a daily offering of meditation to millions of users around the globe. This app contains a variety of sessions on a wide range of topics from anxiety to sleep.

There are also SOS exercises that are designed to help you should you experience an emotional crisis. Headspace has a free two-week trial but then has a monthly or annual subscription.


The benefits of Mental Health apps

There are a wide range of benefits to mental health apps that have increased their popularity. Because these apps are available on all smart devices, they are an easily accessible resource. They are an engaging, perhaps even fun way to appreciate and understand mental health and by allowing notifications, you can continue to be engaged with the product and the concept that mental health requires daily attention.

The convenience of these apps is enormous as you can access them anywhere, anytime, and this is ideal for those of us who are constantly on the go. And finally, these apps are anonymous and allow you to seek assistance with mental health anonymously, securely, and privately.


Nova Recovery can help you

It has been a tough year for us all, and if you are struggling with your mental health, you are not alone. If you feel like you have tried everything to improve your mood, but are not finding yourself getting any better, it could be that you need professional help.

If that’s the case, then Nova Recovery are here to help you. You can contact us 24 hours a day with any mental health concerns that you have on 01475 303998 and we can guide you through difficult times. Why not call us today?

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John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 8, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.