Dealing with constant negative thoughts and stress is a burden that many people carry every day. Stress affects not only their emotional well-being but their health in general.
Reducing stress and overcoming negative thoughts is something we are all striving for.
Many people use mobile apps that help them battle stress and negative thoughts. A lot of these apps used to fight off stress are based on Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored to educate people how to identify negative thinking patterns and the sources that may trigger or worsen their condition.
Many of these apps also utilize other techniques, such as meditation or relaxation, which can also be useful in treating stress, but more serious mental and emotional difficulties as well, such as anxiety and depression.
Here, we listed some of the apps that might help you get rid of daily stress.
Pacifica is an app designed for iPhone and Android users, providing them with various tools designed by psychologists.
The app tools are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation to help people cope with daily stress, anxiety, and depression.
Pacifica app also works as a tracker/diary that allows users to log their daily mood and health and track them over time.
Pacifica app is free to download, allowing users to use its basic features. However, if they want to use all tools without limitations the app requires them to purchase Pacifica Premium at the price of $5.99 a month, or $35.99 annually.
Lantern is another app for Android and iPhone that uses evidence-based CBT and mindfulness techniques to fight off stress, anxiety, and depression.
The app also offers a coach support, i.e. a real person who is assigned to users to help encourage, support, and orient them as they progress through the program.
The techniques provided in the app are backed by research from the Stanford, Washington University at St. Louis, Penn State, and more.
The app is free for the first week. After that period it requires a purchase of $49.99 per month.
While is a wellbeing and mindfulness training tailored to help people reduce stress and increase resiliency while improving their sleep and performance.
The app provides users with several training collections that suit their needs and allows them to set 30+ training goals supported by 200+ programs and more than 1,200 video and audio sessions based in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology.
The app is available for free download for Android and iOS. It also requires a subscription, but this information lacks transparency, i.e. it's not clearly stated how much it costs.
Also, the latest update made the design and usability worse, leading to many bad reviews from users.
What's Up App
What's Up is an app that utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) techniques to help people cope with stress, anger, depression, and anxiety.
Some of the top features include most common negative thinking patterns, a comprehensive diary to keep your thoughts and feelings together in, a positive and negative habit tracker, discussion community, and many more.
The app is available for Android and iOS for free, but it accepts voluntary donations.
Relax Lite App
Relax Lite is a simple and intuitive stress management tool that provides guided breathing and meditation exercises that use calming music to promote relaxation.
Guided meditations feature 8-minute sessions that focus on different parts of the body. The guided meditation is based on Yoga Nidra, a set of relaxation techniques designed to induce deep meditative state.
The app is available for free download for Android and iOS, and additional breathing sessions can be purchased in-app.
HelloMind app helps users fight stress and other problems, such as sleep deprivation, weight gain, and low self-esteem.
The app allows users to choose treatment of 10 relaxation sessions tailored to help users remove or change the most pressing problem.
Booster feature helps reinforce good emotions, while Quick Fix offers immediate relief from a craving, stress, or panic, and a complete relaxation to users who don't have more than 5 minutes to spend on a session.
HeloMind app requires a subscription that can be purchased monthly for $12.99, or yearly for $119.99.
Happify started as a website back in 2014 and eventually was also made available as a mobile app.
The main goal of Happify app and website is to help users take control of their feelings and thoughts with the help of various tools and techniques, which are developed by experts in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and CBT.
Happify app works as a guided journal that is tailored to help users improve their mental health, and uplift themselves from stress, negative thoughts, and the struggles of daily life.
Happify app offers most of its features for free, but it also provides optional Plus subscriptions that range from $11.99 to $299.99. The app is available for iOS and Android.