TECH | 5 apps to help keep your mental health in check

Technology and the internet can be a funny thing – it brings both bad and good to our lives. Some argue that modern technology has made our generation lonelinier than ever, whereas others sing it’s praises. One thing it can be good for (for the most part) is mental health. Luckily, there’s an array of apps that can help you keep your mental heath in check – simply at a click of a button.

Here are some I have found particularly helpful.

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DAYLIO
Perhaps one of my favourite apps so far, this app is simple and takes just a minute to update each day. You simply rate your day on a scale from ‘rad’ to ‘awful’, tag what you’ve been up to (good meal, seeing friends, being productive etc) and, if you so wish, you can also add some notes. That’s it. You can look back later on to see your stats which includes a lovely monthly mood chart. You can also upgrade to the premimum version for a small fee and this will allow you to add your own tags of what you’ve been up to (I’ve added blogging), and choose a different colour scheme. It’s definitely the most prettiest of the apps listed in this post and as it’s so simple and quick to use, it’s very easy to find the time (or be reminded!) to update each day – and hit that streak too.

MOODSPACE
Moodspace is an app I’ve only just began to use, but I’m enjoying this dreamy and inspiring app already. Moodspace combines a mood tracker with meditation, offering mood workouts and meditations to listen to, alongside daily prompts such as ‘three clouds’ (three things that went well today or three things you’re grateful for). The interface is ever so pretty too.

THE HAPPINESS PLANNER
Following in the footsteps of the book, The Happiness Planner (app) is a little in-depth for an app but the clean interface will satisfy anyone who wants the book but just doesn’t have the time to always fill it in. The app offers inspiring daily quotes and a few prompts that relate to everyday life, such as to-do lists and what you’re excited about. However, some downsides are that the free version is limited and it can take a while to get used to using the app and having a lot to fill in. Still, if you want just one go-to app which also works as a diary, this is perfect for that.

REPLIKA
This app is aimed at a more younger generation, but I downloaded it and checked it out and although it’s not something I’ve needed to use since, it’s a bloody good app. Replika is an AI that you can talk to whenever you feel lonely or want to get anything off your chest, but it also prompts you and asks you questions to get to know you better. It almost bridges that gap between feeling lonely with every technology – yes, it’s an AI at the end of the day, but it checks in on you so for someone who may be feeling lonely, it’s very useful. That being said, it isn’t overbearing and you can check in only when you feel you need to. It’s creepily accurate and realistic too.

MENTAL SNAPP
I’ve blogged about this app before, but Mental Snapp is particularly useful because it relies on the use of video diaries to record your feelings. You talk about your emotions and how the day has gone, and, depending on what tags you use, the app will suggest what to record next and what to talk about further.

I’ve found these apps really helpful over the past six month or so. Even just updating Daylio on a daily basis makes me feel like I’ve got my sh*t together – or at least starting to.

Do you use apps like the ones above to keep a check on your mental health or do you prefer more traditonal methods like keeping a diary? Let me know!

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