How’s your mental health these days?
Life can be a lot. On top of dealing with sometimes horrifying world politics, you have to handle everyday life, which might include racism, sexism, classism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, or all of the above. That’s in addition to juggling classes and jobs and family and iPhones that break right after the warranty expires. It’s no wonder that queer women face greater mental health risks.
You probably already know that you need to slow down and stop worrying – but it’s just so hard! Sometimes prioritizing mental health feels like just another item on the to-do list, an item that doesn’t seem important. But when I’m struggling with my mental health, these are the two apps that have helped me the most. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.
Stop, Breathe and Think
Wear Your Voice Mag calls this app “the ‘mood ring’ of meditation.” How does it work? First, tell the app how you feel emotionally and physically. Based on your mood, it will recommend and guide you through three different meditations that will help.
If you have a hard time clearing your head when you meditate, don’t worry. Stop, Breathe and Think walks you soothingly through several guided images; why be in a blank space when you could be reclining on a beautiful beach or swimming under a gentle waterfall?
The app also times how long you’ve meditated, tracks your mood and after meditation in order to tweak its algorithm, and gives you encouraging stickers for reaching milestones.
Get the app here.
We all need someone to talk to. The problem is that sometimes we feel like we’re burdening people with our problems – how many times can you open up to your BFF before you start worrying that she thinks you’re crazy? This is especially difficult if you’re an introvert (guilty).
So open up to a digital penguin instead.
This chatbot takes the form of a penguin that walks you through your negative feelings. I know, it sounds crazy, but the penguin uses mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and adorable stickers to encourage you. This clever little guy has helped me thousands of users, including me, talk through our emotions.
And if you’re worried about your mental health affecting your relationships, we can help you cope.