The coronavirus situation in the US has escalated quickly in the past few days, leaving many people on edge. With most of us limited to confined spaces, and some of us isolated from our social circles, staying mentally healthy is more important than ever.
With nowhere to go, people are turning towards virtual therapy and stress management apps to calm their anxiety and channelize the surplus energy.
Meditation app HeadSpace is helping people relax by offering access to a wide range of programs from daily relaxation exercises to guided meditation modules.
If you're struggling a bit at the moment, @Headspace are offering free access to guided meditation. I've been using this for about three years for anxiety and find it super helpful.— Scott Sinclair (@scottbsinclair) March 23, 2020
Youper, an artificial intelligence (AI) “emotional health assistant” is allowing people to have textual conversations with a bot which provides feedback to monitor and improve mental health.
It's totally understandable if you need more time to breathe. Take a break. Make space for yourself.— Kelsey✨12/6 👼🏾 Dad (@KRileyTips) March 20, 2020
I have used all of these apps on a regular basis to help me check-in with myself and/or meditate:@InsightTimer @tide_app @ShineText @SBTbreathe @Youper_ai @hellodaylio
Relax Melodies is a relaxation app that is helping people sleep calmly by offering sounds as well as music to help you relax.
Great sound app with new relaxing retreats for these stressful times. 🙏 https://t.co/TXhm6nKoSR— Wonder Woman ❤️✌️💙✝️ (@lulabelldesigns) March 19, 2020
People are tracking their daily mood, getting coping resources, and connecting with other people through the community support forum that Sanvello, a combination self-care app provides.
I just found the best self care/mental health app — it’s called Sanvello pic.twitter.com/BVTXsGB0kn— Becca Maccanelli (@BeccaMaccanelli) February 17, 2020
Ten Percent Happier is another app that is providing guided meditations for reducing stress and cultivating healthy habits. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the app is offering an everyday, free live guided meditation session which will focus on finding peace during this time of uncertainty.
Anxiety is normal right now.— Sarah Hope Lincoln (@DrSHLincoln) March 23, 2020
Great podcast with ADAA President on Ten Percent Happier: https://t.co/3uNYx1sRux
Also, it's been said a bunch but is worth repeating, social distance is NOT social isolation. Reach out!