As part of the tech industry, we know the world often seems to go too fast. One day you have this technology, the next day you have that one. There is no doubt that speed can overwhelm us. But what if it wasn’t only speed? What if slowing down the world could also result in increased anxiety? This has been the recent case due to the COVID-19 virus. Physical distancing has resulted in a decrease in speed in our lives, which paradoxically, has increased our levels of anxiety.
Being stuck at home and isolated from the world might be fun for the first few days, but after a while monotony creeps in and starts messing with your mind. Because we are all in this together, at Koombea we want to recommend some of the best anxiety managing apps in the market. Available for various types of users, these MedTech apps have revolutionized how we take care of our minds.
Whether you have tried techniques like meditation or not, these apps are user friendly. All of them are designed to guide you throughout different exercises. If you are suffering from anxiety, using any of them might be a good idea.
It is important to keep in mind that none of these apps replace the proper care of a certified medical professional. Although powerful, these MedTech solutions are a complement to traditional therapy, not a substitute. Hopefully one day we can refer to them as part of the growing Digital Therapeutics sector, but there is still some way to go.
Headspace is a friendly mindfulness meditation app, and at the same time, it is much more than that. It promotes itself as being true to the principles of meditation while embracing the power of science to boost its practice; R&D is a very important component of its approach. This last is done through its clinically validated practices.
The app focuses on giving you the possibility of being able to measure your goals in order to improve health and happiness. This makes users able to keep track of their commitment and how their practice is evolving. One important aspect of Headspace’s philosophy is the demystification of mindfulness. The app is built in a clear and user-friendly way that can deliver a great experience to almost any type of user, even if there is no previous meditation experience.
The app offers a free 10-day beginner’s course to introduce users to the basics of meditation. For experienced users, Headspace offers different programs depending on how you are feeling. This way, it delivers a more personalized experience. The app comes with a dark mode for those of us who have trouble sleeping and need something to relax, or just like to practice meditation in the dark. It even has features for kids that want to start practicing meditation. Users can pay a subscription to access additional features.
Calm is one of the most popular meditation and relaxation apps available. You read that correctly. This app does not only focus on meditation. It also seeks to relax you. This last is done through a series of special features. Probably the most popular is Sleep Stories, where different voices help you to relax through, well, stories. This is constantly being updated so you will most likely never run out of stories.
One of the best things about Calm is that it focuses on the practical aspects of meditation as well as on the learning side to it. In other words, it allows you to practice and learn the fundamentals of meditation. If you are really into learning about it, the app offers a podcast-like masterclass feature where experts discuss different topics. This becomes really relevant if you want to keep your anxieties at bay.
Another interesting feature it offers is the theme-based meditations. That is, you don’t only meditate and that’s it. With Calm you can choose a particular theme and work it through a number of days, helping you keep commitment throughout the theme. The variety of themes is really nice. This app also offers a wide variety of features specially designed for kids.
Insight Timer is a mostly free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress. Premium content is also available, but there seems to be no need for it. The app offers guided meditations, but it is not limited to them. It has a nice library of other resources that can help you deal with anxiety. These include lectures and, like Calm, sleep stories.
One cool thing about it is that it lets you choose the program based on the time you have available. Also, it allows you to choose your program depending on the benefits on which you want to focus on. It even has an option to choose your origins if you have a particular spiritual practice.
This app gives a stronger emphasis on the social component. It allows sharing certain activities with your friends while at the same time letting you invite people to join you. This comes really handy as it also enables you to keep track of your activities, helping you stay on track.
To some it might seem like these apps are just enjoying their five minutes of fame. At Koombea we do consider that they have great potential, but they still need to prove whether they are just a trend or will stay for good. Most importantly, they have to convince people of their benefits.
In the meantime, they are an interesting MedTech alternative to take care of ourselves and the ones we love. We can’t choose whether we are anxious or not, but we can choose what we do to handle it.