Wellness Apps/ Mental Health and Technology
Check out these Wellness Apps to find the one that best fits your needs!
The apps below are a few of an ever-expanding array of available wellness-related apps. We curated a short list of apps for mood, stress, and well-being that we think have a combination of positive usability ratings and some basis in sound theoretical and/or evidenced-based support. While we do not endorse these as a replacement for therapy when needed, we offer them as possible additional resources and tools.
We’d also like to share a resource to help you know if an App might be worth a try:
This app is described by its developers at Northwestern University as “Thought Challenger helps you gain control of how you feel and what you do by teaching you to notice and challenge negative and unhelpful thoughts. Thought Challenger is built on cognitive behavioral therapy - a structure that has been found in clinical studies to be useful in examining negative thoughts and reframing them to help you feel better and do the things you want to do.
This app is described by its developers at Northwestern University as “When feeling down or stressed, people tend to lose motivation for doing rewarding things. Boost Me is here to help reverse that trend! Notice a drop in your mood? Boost Me can provide positive activities that have worked for you in the past or give you suggestions, based on how you’re feeling. Notice an improvement in your mood? Log what you did in Boost Me to have a reminder in the future of something that made you feel good. Every boost is a step towards feeling better, so let’s get started!”
Free on Google Play Store
This app is described by its developers at Northwestern University as “Stuck in a rut? Daily Feats encourages you to incorporate worthwhile and productive activities into your day. Add accomplishments big and small to the Feats calendar, where you can track your positive activity streaks and level up by completing more tasks! Daily Feats motivates you to spend your days in more meaningful, rewarding ways to increase your overall satisfaction in life.
This app is described by its developers at Northwestern University as “Relax with Purple Chill, the app that helps you unwind. Listen to audio recordings that guide you through exercises to de-stress and worry less!”
Free on Google Play Store.
This app is is described by its developers at SuperBetter, LLC, as “SuperBetter increases resilience - the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult obstacles. Playing SuperBetter makes you more capable of getting through any tough situation—and more likely to achieve the goals that matter most to you.
Greater Good in Action:
This app is a free evidence-based practices to promote greater well-being through exercises like Mindfulness Meditation, Cultivating Gratitude, Deep breathing exercises, and more! This app is free through Berkeley's website here.
This app is a mindfulness meditation app to experience for both adults and kids. Created as a non-profit initiative to improve lives through increasing clarity, calm and contentment and reducing stress via mindfulness instruction and encouragement.
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This is a personalized two-week course that includes daily video lessons from a renowned meditation teacher (Joseph Goldstein), guided audio meditations, and a personal coach to guide you through the course.
This app combines rich features and a large library of guided meditations with a simple, clean interface. Guided meditations range in length from 3 to 25 minutes, so you can always find a meditation to fit your schedule. Like other subscription-based apps, Calm provides a basic course in meditation for free, with more advanced meditations requiring a subscription starting at $9.99 per month.
Headspace teaches less spiritual, more science-based meditation techniques, beginning with a free introductory course. You purchase a subscription to gain access to additional courses, as well as guided meditations. Headspace includes mood-tracking features as well, and you can download guided meditations for offline use. A Headspace subscription is $12.99 per month, or $94.99 for a year. A lifetime membership costs $399.99