6 of the Best Free Mental Health Podcasts and Apps
When it comes to managing our mental health, most of us are walking around with a pretty powerful tool in our pockets – our phones. Yes, our phones can get a bad rap when it comes to our mental health but they can also be a force for good. Here are six brilliant (and free) mental health apps and podcasts that will transform your phone into your mental health ally.
App: Happy Feed
Want to bring a little more positivity to your day? Give this app a try! Happy Feed is a simple (and beautifully designed) gratitude journal that helps you to create a space on your phone that sparks joy. This app makes it easy to build a bit more gratitude into your life which, in-turn, trains your brain to focus more on happy moments. Quickly log three things you’re grateful for each day - you can attach a photo reminder too if you like. Whenever you need a bit of a boost you’ll have all those lovely little moments to look back on.
Podcast: Sleep With Me
Getting a good night’s sleep has proven positive effects on our mental health. If you’re someone who finds it hard to sleep, there are lots of great sleep stories on the market designed to help you nod off. The Sleep With Me podcast, however, takes a slightly different approach to the typical format. In each episode, creator Drew Ackerman tells a nonsensical story designed to distract your mind and bore you sleep.
The podcast is a great solution for people who find it hard to switch their mind off at bedtime. Be warned, it’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. But, with over 1.3 million downloads a month and plenty of raving followers it’s worth a try.
Moodfit is a one-stop app for all things mental health. Whether you want to keep track of your mood, try a quick breathing exercise to relax or keep a CBT thought record this app has everything you need in one spot.
Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast
Ireland is home to some amazing podcasts and this one is no exception. Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast is the brainchild of bestselling author Caroline Foran. Episode by episode, Caroline shares her own experience with anxiety and the tips and techniques that have helped her overcome it. Expect fascinating interviews with prominent names who share their own journey with anxiety as well as more intimate episodes where Caroline candidly shares what’s on her mind.
App: Smiling Mind
There are a whole host of meditation and wellness apps on the market and while many carry a monthly usage fee, there are some great free options out there if you know where to look. Smiling Mind is one such app. Billed as Australia’s leading wellness app, this 100% evidence based program is a great way to dip your toe into the world of meditation. It’s flexible too, with 100s of meditations suitable for almost any situation. So whether you’re stressed out at work or want to take some me-time on your daily commute, you’re sure to find something to suit you. Most of the meditations are under 10 minutes so they’re easy to build into your day too.
App: Healthy Minds
Irish Life Health members get free access to our Healthy Minds app. If there’s something bothering you, the app is a brilliant source of expert advice and information. It provides access to articles, toolkits and assessments that are designed to help you to understand a wide range of issues. If you need to chat to someone, you can also live chat with an expert directly from the app.