[Trigger warning: This article tackles self-harm.]
With the world in shambles, you might feel guilty for prioritizing your mental health. But even if the bigger picture’s in flames, it doesn’t mean you should disregard your well-being. In good times and bad, your mental health is valid.
We all have the responsibility to stay informed and speak up about what’s happening—but don’t rob yourself of breaks. If you’re having a hard time closing all your mental tabs, let these four apps be your vent buddy and breather all at once. Keep in mind though that these apps aren’t substitutes for medical advice.
This app is handy when urges to self-harm arise. Upon launching, you’ll see activities tailored to your needs: be comforted, get distracted, express yourself, release and breathe. If you’re undecided, select “random” and let the app pick a coping mechanism for you. You can always pause or go back when you don’t feel like it, too.
Once your activity’s done, Calm Harm also gives a refresher on your feelings with additional tips to better avoid the urges. The whole experience is like a warm blanket—with cute characters on board to boot.
If anxiety is getting the best of you, a blue creature named Ron takes you on a virtual tour in Rootd. Not only does the app help you calm down, it also lets you understand your current emotions—from academic theories to actual physical effects.
One of the highlights of Rootd is Rootr, a red button you can press if you feel an imminent panic attack. For visual kids, stickers also come in handy to let you express how you feel.
Vent buddies aren’t always around (and our friends aren’t therapists anyway!). In this case, Moodpath becomes that open-minded, all-ears friend who’s down to listen.
The app lets you reflect on your thoughts and emotions, and offer psychological exercises while you’re at it. The vibe check energy is strong in this one. And we all deserve it.
If you cope well through writing, Stoic might be the app for you. Twice a day, you’ll receive a personalized set of exercises to “broaden your perspective, gain clarity of mind and build mental resilience.” Also, who would refuse that A+ layout?
Apart from its easy-to-use journal option, dissecting your fears, meditating and starting the day right are the goals of Stoic—so make sure you check the app before you face the heavy wave of chats and emails.
Art by Jan Cardasto