Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky
Addiction and mental health for some, at times can seem like a dark cloud blocking out vibrant sunshine. But for many this does not have to be the case. Small efforts regarding the promotion of positive mental health, sleeping and eating well will help in an individual’s everyday life. Efforts may not abolish these dark clouds but can add some colour to an already dull sky.
A more contemporary way of reaching out to those with addiction and mental health concerns is through the means of mobile phone applications. This means individuals can discover so much more from their mobile phones to help them along which ever path they are on. I have selected apps which I feel will be useful for those who are on different stages of an addictive journey whether it is using, stabilization or recovery.
BellyBio is a free app only available for iPhones and cannot be received on other play stores. It teaches deep breathing techniques which help fight anxiety and stress.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Many apps based around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy exist so whatever one you choose to download, they all seem useful. This one in particular is for the iPhone and is used for eradicating personal stress, anxiety and distorted thoughts.
If you do not have an iPhone, Depression CBT Self-Help Guide is available to you. This app is based also on managing stress and other factors which may contribute to depression.
Help with sleeping
Sleep is a huge factor which can impact an individual’s mental health. Because of this I have included a few apps covering different aspects of helping with sleep and sleep patterns.
This app has been recommended by its reviews but it is not for free. It is useful for those with sleep issues. This app uses a gentle voice to guide individuals into sleep.
This is a free app available from the Google play store with advice on how to sleep from natural sleep aid to information about insomnia and CBT.
There are many apps with different sounds which you may find relaxing to listen to. This one contains a list of 6 nature sounds and a relaxation timer. This one may not be useful for you, but there are a huge variety of free ones to explore.
This app records the sleep you get every night with a timer. I found this useful as you can chart your sleep on a calendar so as you can observe the routine or what may be triggering sleep issues daily.
Optimism is another app which is only available free for iPhones. Its reviews display its popularity and use for tracking moods and tracking progress
This app is available if you don’t have an iPhone. It tracks anxiety and depression by the individual rating their emotions. It is useful as it produces a graph so you can see your results and what may be affecting you daily. This could also be valuable to become aware of triggers for drug use connected with your emotions.
Current drug use
For those who may be using opiates or around family or friends who are this app can be very useful. This app can be valuable to gain knowledge on overdoses and how best to deal with one.
Grasp is an Irish run foundation which provides free profession help to those who suffer from mental illness and suicidal thoughts as well as their families. This app can be used by individuals or families to help assist in a time of need. This app locates where the individual is located and provides information of services in that area while also providing helpful advice on prevention.
Meditation, Yoga and Reiki
A lot of apps can be found about meditation, yoga and Reiki. Each has different elements which can be useful from beginning to useful tips to symbols, images and music. I have attached a link to meditation music which I personally found relaxing. Meditating relaxing music has three different tracks to select from which are good for meditating or self reflection.
A lot of apps can only be found around healthy eating so it does depend on which one you find best. These can be helpful for advice on getting healthy, diets and new recipes. Spark Recipes has healthy recipes available for free.
Researcher at Sankalpa