As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and addiction therapist, I work individually with children, adults and those suffering from all forms of substance abuse. As a professional in the field, I am not immune, I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, just like millions of others.
I am excited to have the opportunity to share my top 5 apps that I keep as an Anxiety Tool Box on my phone, and that I recommend to clients who I work with.
- Pixel Art- Color by Numbers by Easybrain
This app is my choice for “art therapy” there are a lot of coloring book apps which work great, but I prefer filling in these tiny pixel boxes and then zooming out to see the bigger picture I am creating.
- What’s Up?- A Mental Health App by Jackson Tempra
This app that provides a lot of built in coping skills, information, and my personal favorite, A Catastrophe Scale. The scale allows the user to put thoughts or feelings in perspective all at a touch of a button.
- Breathe Deep- Personal Assistant for Breathing Mediation, Pranayama Breath and Ujjayi by Igor Mineev
This app has the user focus on a blue dot that inflates and deflates it allows the user to follow along and set the length of time. So, if you only have a minute it allows you to adjust accordingly.
- Fluidity HD by nebulus design
I LOVE THIS APP! I cannot explain that enough. I would say that again, but the shouty caps may get annoying. It is described as “interactive realtime fluid dynamics.” It is best used when someone is feeling anxious because it allows you to keep your mind focused on something else.
- Notebook Free- Diary, Journal App by Koji Ito
For me a journal app is a MUST HAVE, especially when dealing with anxiety. By writing something down, even a quick line, I am able to decide if the thought is rational or irrational, and in turn that allows me to accurately debunk my irrational thoughts.
I hope these apps will be found as helpful to others as they are to me, and just remember that any Anxiety Tool Box that you create on your phone or iPad should always include ways that stimulate your senses. This will help to ground you during times of high anxiety.
Kim Milton, LCSW, CADC is a licensed clinical social worker and addiction therapist, as well as the founder of The Resource Online. Her mission is to provide a platform to share and discuss mental health, addiction, and life resources. Contact her at TheResource@gmail.com, or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.