First, think about times when a close friend feels really bad about him or herself or is really struggling in some way. How would you respond to your friend in this situation (especially when you’re at your best)? Please write down what you typically do, what you say, and note the tone in which you typically talk to your friends.
Technology can assist you in finding anxiety relief. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Rewriting your nightmares with a different outcome has shown to decrease nightmares over time and help you connect with a positive and calming experience. Dream EZ is a app that will guide you through this process. Nightmares are a normal way for the brain to process a traumatic event. Isolated nightmares are normal, but when dreams that consist of flashbacks, unwanted memories, visceral fear or anxiety recur often, they can become a debilitating sleep disorder, according to research done by the National Center for PTSD. The Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth & Technology has developed a new mobile application to help users rewrite bad dreams to reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares.
Meditate your way, with Buddhify a app that personalizes your mindfulness and meditation needs based on your unique struggles. It will help meditation work for you and build your practice routine.
Calm- Allows you to tap into calm anytime of the day. You get to choose between options for sound and length of time, as well as scenes from nature for you to visually focus on while you meditate.
Other features include multiple guided as well as unguided sessions.
The Worry Watch App helps you get rid of chronic worry, by challenging your thoughts and building your mental strength.
Breathe2Relax- Try this app before your anxiety peaks. It will keep you more emotionally regulated throughout the day. This app will walk you through teach breathing exercises to manage stress. Perfect for those who have anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD.
Headspace- Provides countless meditations to reduce anxiety and stress and improve mindful awareness; good for getting into the habit of regular meditation. The skills taught include mindfulness and cognitive separation from worry, breathing exercises, meditation practice, tips for increased relaxation, concentration; may be applied to anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, and OCD, especially in conjunction with a health provider.
The PTSD Coach App is designed to help individuals suffering from PTSD through coping skill teaching and practice exercises.