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7 free apps to improve your mental health this year

From the comfort of your own home, use these apps to better your mental wellbeing. 

We’re already days into the New Year. Amongst the daily grind and the pressure to keep up with resolutions, it’s easy to neglect your mental health and end up feeling overwhelmed.

If you find yourself down in the dumps sometimes, it’s important to have ways to cope with your feelings. Just a little bit of mindfulness a day, will make a big difference in the bigger picture. And what’s great about living in the digital era is that you’ve got all you need at your fingertips; wellness Insta accounts, podcasts and… apps.

Here at body+soul, we’re all about healthy bodies and healthy minds, so we’ve compiled the most therapeutic (and free) mental health apps to keep your mind in check this year. With these apps you can utilise the time spent on your phone and feel good.

Chin up, buttercup!

Created by Black Dog Institute’s – an organisation dedicated to treating mental health – this app is a “must-download”. It’s perfect for understanding how your mental health and lifestyle factors influence your headspace. According to your responses, you’ll also be given general advice and directed to where you could seek professional support.

If you put together fitness and mental health, you’ll basically get HeadGear. It’s an engaging app with a 30-day challenge focused on mindfulness tasks and exercises. It also features a mood tracker, quote of the day and breathing activities. If you want to be proactive with your mental wellbeing, this one’s for you.

It’s common for anxiety to sneak up on you unexpectedly. With this app, you can control your anxiety and work your way through 30 different modules to uplift yourself. There’s also an online journal to manage your progress and reflect on your triggers. Get onto it.

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Symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress are not pleasant. This app will improve your mood and provide you with insights into how your sleep, exercise or medications might be affecting your mental state.

This 100 per cent not-for-profit app is great for the family as it has free programs for children and adults. Currently, it’s got more than four million downloads. With just 10-minutes a day on Smiling Mind, you’ll declutter your mind.

MindShift uses scientifically proven methods based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you learn to tackle anxiety, perfectionism and phobias. Learn how to relax and be mindful, and take active steps to cope with your mental health struggles. Plus, the thought journal is a great feature to jot down your daily dilemmas!

Yoga is soothing for the body, but it can also be therapeutic for the mind. This particular yoga app features Moon Salutations on top of Sun Salutations- which are practiced in the evening to bring the body and mind into a peaceful state. The perfect end of day activity.