Are you finding it difficult to take a break from scrolling social feeds? Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? We've been there.
There are tons of mental health apps to help you incorporate moments of calm into your day — whether it’s through guided meditation, reminders to stretch, or micro-journaling prompts.
In this blog post, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite mental health apps to help build new habits, relieve stress, and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
10 of the Best Mental Health Apps for Social Media Managers and Creators
#1: The Headspace App for Solo Meditation
Headspace has hundreds of meditations that are great for both beginners and those who are more advanced.
The award-winning and research-backed mental health app is a Later team favorite.
You can choose courses on a range of topics including sleep, self-esteem, relationships, and creativity.
They also have a free collection of guided meditations and breathing exercises if you’re feeling the pressure of self-isolation or working at home.
#2: The Noisili App for Getting in the Zone
Looking to block out external noise?
Noisili lets you mix different sounds to create your ideal work environment and boost productivity.
Listen to ocean waves crashing in a thunderstorm or the background noise of a cafe — whatever will help you find your focus.
This is especially helpful when you’re working on a detailed project or want to power through a long to-do list.
Later’s social media scheduling tools let you schedule your posts in advance — so you can step away from your screen at the end of the work day. Get started for free today!
#3: The Shine App for Managing Daily Stresses and Anxiety
The average person spends over two hours per day on social media, and it could be even higher for social media managers and creators.
But too much time spent scrolling, answering DMs, or dealing with negative comments can be stressful and anxiety-inducing.
Enter: the Shine App. Created to “make caring for your mental and emotional health easier,” the app is like your own personal self-care kit.
Through a selection of services including daily meditations and community support, Shine helps you learn how to manage daily stress and anxiety.
#4: The Fabulous App for Building Healthy Habits
Taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing often starts with building healthy habits.
Luckily, the Fabulous app is a handy digital coach that’ll help you incorporate more structure into your daily routine.
Whether it’s a reminder to drink more water, take a break from your screen, or go on a walk after lunch, you can build habits that’ll become second-nature to you.
And if you’re looking to join a like-minded community, you can meet and engage with other Fabulous users too!
#5: The Liberate App for BIPOC-led Meditations
Working in social media does have its downsides — especially if you’re a BIPOC navigating racist comments or DMs.
While other apps included on this list are full of helpful meditations surrounding stress and anxiety, the Liberate app takes it one step further by addressing topics like racism and microaggressions.
Using a mental health app like Liberate can help you feel seen and heard, and encourage you to take the steps needed to heal.
#6: The Aloe Bud App for Organizing Your Thoughts
On days when you’re feeling overwhelmed, writing down your thoughts can help you gain clarity and awareness.
If you don’t know where to start, the Aloe Bud app is a great tool for micro-journaling how you’re feeling each day:
Instead of being presented with an intimidating blank page, the app’s bite-sized prompts can help you reflect, recharge, and check-in with your emotions.
Only available on iOS. If you’re on Android, check out Chiku.
#7: The SPACE App for Reducing Screen Time
Whether it’s managing Twitter comments, answering emails, or editing photos, we spend a lot of time looking at our phones.
If you’re looking to reduce your screen time (especially outside of work hours!) try the SPACE app.
Simply fill out a questionnaire about your phone habits, and SPACE will help you set goals to be more mindful of your screen time and present in your everyday.
#8: The Pride Counseling App for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Pride Counseling is a great mental health app for those in the LGBTQIA+ community as it aims to make help accessible and accepting to everyone.
All it takes is one discriminatory comment, DM, or post to impact your day — which is where the Pride Counseling app can be a resource for you to turn to.
The app matches you with queer-friendly counselors who can offer support via messaging, phone calls, or video conferencing.
#9: The DeskJob App for Stretching at Your Desk
Staring at your screen for too long has been shown to increase eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, and neck pain — otherwise known as Computer Vision Syndrome.
One way to help? By taking screen breaks and stretching!
The DeskJob app is a simple tool that reminds you to take a break and guides you through some easy stretches.
There’s nothing fancy about it — just useful prompts to keep your mind and body nimble.
Only available on iOS. For Android, try TOBEE.
#10: The Talkspace App for Connecting With Therapists
Talkspace is a popular mental health app offering access to thousands of licensed therapists in the US and Canada.
And with the rise of social media burnout, having someone to talk to can be extremely helpful.
Simply take an assessment, choose a therapist from their recommended list, and voila, you can start your therapy — because self-care isn’t selfish.
While minimizing your social media use can be difficult when you’re trying to grow a brand or business, these mental health apps can be the first step to building new habits and incorporating more calm into your everyday.
Want to Speak to Someone Now?
Contact the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255)
Contact Crisis Services Canada by calling 1-833-456-4566 or texting 45645
Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741
Call The Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123 (UK)
Not in the US, UK, or Canada? Find an International Crisis Line here.
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