The Partridge Family sang, “Come On, Get Happy.” But that is easier said than done right now in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic. Isolation and fear can make us struggle with our psychological health. In addition to that, stay-at-home orders may complicate getting help in more conventional ways.
But thanks to technology, programs are available to offer assistance with depression and anxiety at your fingertips. With that in mind, I am sharing some happiness apps intended to help calm nerves and help you live a happier life, even during these tough times.
A couple of years back I tried the program Happify. It grabbed my attention. To begin with, the title is catchy. Plus, although I need to be happy, I am also cheap in mind, and the basic version is totally free.
The theory behind this program is that all it takes is a couple of minutes every day and you’ll be on the path to breaking free of negative thinking. You’ll learn how to deal with stress and create positive life-changing customs with some fun exercises and games.
According to the program, you can strengthen fundamental happiness skills such as: savoring the moment, thanking people who matter, aspiring to purposeful objectives, eliminating dead-end believing, empathizing with other people, reducing anxiety and negative thoughts, and improving your relationships.
Once you download the program and make an account, Happify will evaluate your happiness according to a questionnaire. Then, the app offers you a collection of tracks which you can use to begin living a healthy, stress-free life.
Next, you opt for a “track” to begin. A caregiver for my mom at the moment I thought I’d start on the one for reducing stress and anxiety. My first assignment: list three things I am thankful for – and the kicker that actually helped me explain why.
This program rates high on many lists of best delights apps and I can see why.
This is another program I have tried and love. Headspace provides resources and tools that will help you stay mentally strong, reduce tension and anxiety, live healthier, breathe correctly, sleep better, and have a happier life.
They provide a free two-week trial, and you will auto-enroll within their 69.99 a year program. At the time of this writing, if you are unemployed, you can find a free year of Headspace Plus to help you get back on your feet.
I discovered this app while enrolled in Weight Watchers (WW), which offers it free as a part of the program. I suffer from insomnia and their sleep meditation exercise helped me quiet my thoughts, breathe slower, and relax my body to ease me into sleep. I also used their “Take a minute to pause” exercise to help me quit for a few minutes when I felt bloated and stressed.
Calm is a similar program for meditation, sleep, and relaxation to help you reduce stress through guided meditations, sleep tales, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. Calm provides a 7-day trial, but after that, you will be automatically enrolled in their $69.99 a year program.
Real Life Change
The program Real Life Change is supposed to be a mobile life trainer, designed to carry your social interactions, moods, decisions, discoveries, and emotions that you experience each day and give you meaningful, actionable feedback that will assist you to live a better and more mindful life.
The basic plan is free of charge. This program can be obtained only on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Track Your Happiness
Track Your Happiness is a free program used with your smartphone. You spend approximately ten minutes answering questions, then you are contacted by email or text – you choose how often you want the program to prompt you – and so are asked to report what you are doing and how you are feeling.
A customized happiness report monitors your moods so that you may learn what makes you happy, that makes you happy, and in which you feel the happiest.
Super Better has made building happiness a match with short easy activities you complete as you go on quests to construct happiness-boosting skills like endurance.
Their website claims that millions have played SuperBetter to achieve objectives and tackle challenges including stress, depression, chronic pain, and much more. The first Super Better is available at no cost.
Want more than an app? You might want to check out Talkspace that lets users connect virtually with a certified therapist. For $49 a week, you will have personal access to a therapist through text, sound, or video chat, as often as daily or several times every day.
I’ll allow you to make up your own minds. Discover what works best for you and your life. There are a lot more programs available than the five I have listed. Who knows? A happiness app just may end up being helpful to you and provide comments to brighten your day through these stressful times.