Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Using Mobile Apps to Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

April 03, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 4
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Using Mobile Apps to Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Using Mobile Apps to Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Apr 03, 2020 Season 1 Episode 4
Jason R. Rich

This episode explores some of the apps available for your iPhone that can help you reduce your stress, anxiety, and/or depression as you deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Discover how to use your iPhone to help you learn and practice medication or yoga, for example, plus learn to adopt healthier fitness and dietary routines, even if you're stuck at home.

If you're suffering from sever anxiety or depression, don't just rely on an app! Seek out immediate help from a licensed doctor or mental health professional. The apps discussed in this episode are tools that can help to improve your symptoms, but they likely will not eliminate your condition altogether.

The goal of this episode is to share information about mobile apps that are available to you right now for your smartphone. This podcast is not intended to offer medical advice. For a list of free resources available from the Calm app, for example, visit: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by calling: 1-(800) 273-8255. You can also visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org from your smartphone's web browser.

Show Notes Transcript

This episode explores some of the apps available for your iPhone that can help you reduce your stress, anxiety, and/or depression as you deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Discover how to use your iPhone to help you learn and practice medication or yoga, for example, plus learn to adopt healthier fitness and dietary routines, even if you're stuck at home.

If you're suffering from sever anxiety or depression, don't just rely on an app! Seek out immediate help from a licensed doctor or mental health professional. The apps discussed in this episode are tools that can help to improve your symptoms, but they likely will not eliminate your condition altogether.

The goal of this episode is to share information about mobile apps that are available to you right now for your smartphone. This podcast is not intended to offer medical advice. For a list of free resources available from the Calm app, for example, visit: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by calling: 1-(800) 273-8255. You can also visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org from your smartphone's web browser.

Featured App of the Week – Episode #4

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. In this episode, the focus is on iPhone apps that can help you stay calm, alleviate anxiety, and potentially help fend off depression by helping you stay in a more positive state of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Please keep in mind, I am not a licensed mental health specialist, but I am extremely familiar with the Apple iPhone, what it’s capable of, and I stay up-to-date on the many optional mobile apps available for it.

Using optional apps, your iPhone can help you learn to meditate, do yoga at home, sleep better, deal with your personal stress, reduce your anxiety, eat healthier, and help you develop a regular fitness routine, even if you’re self-quarantined and don’t want to leave your home even to go outside for a walk.

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, we’re all living in a very difficult and stressful time and no mobile app will immediately solve all of the emotional and mental health-related challenges you’re facing. 

However, using one or more of these mobile app tools can certainly help to improve your situation and better deal with it, if you dedicate the time to using them correctly and adhere to the advice and participate in the mental health-related exercises some of these apps provide.

While I am about to discuss a few specific apps, you can find a much larger selection by launching the App Store app on your iPhone, tapping on the App icon displayed at the bottom of the screen, scrolling down to the Top Categories heading, and then tapping on the See All option.

From the App Categories list, tap on the Health and Fitness option, and then based on your needs and interests, browse through the apps related to the ExerciseSelf-Care and Meditation - or Sleep Aids category, for example. You can also explore the apps listed below the Top Free and Top Paid headings in the Health and Fitness section of the App Store.

It’s been proven that doing yoga can help you stay physically fit and help your mind better cope with stress and anxiety. 

Even if you can’t participate in yoga classes in person at a local yoga studio, there are many iPhone apps created by professional yoga instructors that will teach you yoga fundamentals, and then guide you through introductory classes virtually – right on your iPhone’s screen.

Many local yoga studios are now offering free or low-cost virtual classes via live video conferencing services on the Internet, which you can access directly from your iPhone, so be sure to check with your local yoga or fitness studios to see what’s being offered.

Some of the apps designed to teach yoga are free. Others cost money upfront, or have in-app purchases associated with them. To find yoga-related apps, within the Search field of the App Store, type “yoga.” 

You’ll discover apps like: Yoda for Beginners - MindbodyFitness Salon and Spa - Yoga Studio Mind and Body - Yoga Go: Train at Home - Lotus Yoga and Workout - and Yoga and Meditation by Glo.

Another useful skill your iPhone can help you learn and practice – at your own pace – is meditation. Spending just a few minutes per day meditating can help you stay calm, reduce your anxiety, and stay better focused on what’s important in your life during this difficult time.

Using your iPhone, learning to meditate is easy. Again, within the Search field of the App Store, type “Meditation,” or “Learn to Meditate,” and you’ll discover many useful apps, such as: Oak Meditation and Breathing - Headspace Meditation and Sleep - Simple Habit MeditationPresent Guided Meditation – and an app called Stop, Breath and Think.

One of the most popular apps in this category is called Calm. This is initially a free app, but to unlock all of the virtual tools and instructional modules built into the app, you’ll need to pay a $14.99 monthly subscription fee, or an annual subscription fee of about $70.00 per year.

Calm is consistently ranked as the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation within the App Store, and it’s won numerous awards. The interface is extremely easy to use, and the app is chock full of activities, instruction, and information that you can begin incorporating into your daily life and routine quickly and easily – in as little as 3 to 25 minutes per session.

Everything that the Calm app teaches can be done from home, at your own pace, and around your personal schedule. 

Unlike other apps, this one brings together a vast collection of experts who share their teachings and advice, based on specific topics – like improving your sleep, reducing anxiety, breaking bad personal habits, learning forgiveness, and managing depression. 

There’s so much information available through the Calm app, that everyone – regardless of your personal situation – will find something useful and that pertains to their daily life. 

You can learn more about the Calm app by downloading it for free from the App Store, or by visiting www.calm.com using your favorite web browser. 

Keep in mind, no app is a substitute for obtaining professional help from a mental health specialist or medical professional if it’s needed, but an app like Calm is something you can begin taking advantage of right now to help you better deal with the turbulent times in your life that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.

Other apps that can help you better cope with depression and anxiety include: Moodpath,Youper, and Ten Percent Happier Meditation.

If you do need to work with a mental health professional, in a previous episode of Featured App of the Week I talked a bit about telemedicine apps that allow you to communicate with a licensed therapist or board certified doctor directly from your iPhone. Check out telemedicine apps like BetterHelp, TalkSpace, and Doctor On Demand.

That’s it for this week’s episode of Featured App of the Week. If you found this podcast useful, please tell your friends about it, post a review, and be sure to subscribe. 

I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.