I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which simply put, means that I worry and stress about pretty much everything and anything (even if it seems weird to others). So this app seemed PERFECT for me!
This is an app from the UK, so some of the links may not exactly apply to people in the US, which was a bit of a downside for me. But from what I can tell, everything else seemed to apply!
When you first open the app, you’re to a nice beach with calming music. It’s a great, relaxing setting and helps prepare you for your activities. It has you sign up and you’re by a cute little cartoon, similar to the Reddit character Snoo. Each day, you’re asked how you are feeling on a sliding scale. You then get taken to a screen with floating bubbles that ask you various questions about why you feel a certain way and your thought process. It will later help you change your thoughts into more positive thinking, which improves your overall mood. It gives you suggestions on activities to do at that moment, such as deep breathing and meditation exercises that you do in a quiet space with headphones on. I did notice it calmed me down and partly knocked out the anxiety I was having that particular day.
Every object on the beach is clickable and and does a different action. There’s a message in a bottle that gives you a quote for your day. You have the chance to write your own message as well.
There’s a Zen Garden option where you can create your own virtual garden since it’s been proven that Zen gardens help keep you calm. It’s perfect for someone like me who doesn’t have space for a real-life Zen garden!
I would recommend this app in addition to other anxiety and depression techniques you would normally use. Having this app as an option, combined with medication and the great people in my life, helps me out a lot. Check it out and see if it helps you!
Want to try this app for yourself? Use September code “STRESSFREE0917” and if anyone asks, tell them you learned about it from “As the Amanda Turns!”
What do you think? Do you think having an app with these features will help your anxiety and depression?