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There’s a lot to be anxious about these days. And finding ways to keep your anxiety in check can be hard, especially if you can’t afford to get professional help.
So, if you’re looking for a few free options to help you relax, we’ve reviewed the eight best apps to help you ease your anxiety.
1. What’s Up?
Pros: It has great tools for when you’re in the middle of a panic or anxiety attack, information for prevention in the future, activities for helping you get in the present, and it’s super easy to navigate.
Cons: There’s no place to track your progress and there are pretty basic visuals.
Who it’s good for: If you find yourself often becoming panic or anxiety-stricken out and about, this is the perfect tool to have in your pocket. With plenty of different options for helping you get in the now, you’ll quickly find it easier and easier to come out of your panic state and go about your day.
2. Sanvello (Formerly Pacifica)
Pros: It’s easy to use, all tools are absolutely free (!), it’s great for tracking your mood and your progress, it’s customizable so you can pick your own goals to focus on, and it has chat groups for support as well as meditation options.
Cons: Nothing specifically for in-the-moment panic.
Who it’s good for: Everyone! This is pretty close to the perfect app — it’s basically an all-in-one anxiety killer. It’s also super easy to track your progress over time, which is a plus. It’s also super easy to adjust your daily goals depending on if you’re majorly depressed or just stressed out.
Pros: It has visually appealing graphics, topic-specific meditations, and it’s easy to track your progress
Cons: Only a few of the meditations are free
Who it’s good for: It’s perfect for someone who is simply looking for a meditation app, and nothing more. It’s also helpful for keeping you motivated and track your progress.
Pros: The 7 Days of Calm program helps you exercise your meditation muscles. Plus, there are lots of different background sounds and visuals.
Cons: Limited free meditations
Who it’s good for: The beginning meditator! It’s a great tool for anyone just getting started in meditation and would like a little help getting into the practice. Also good for anyone who is looking to get back into meditation after a hiatus.
5. Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM)
Pros: It has great tools for when you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack, has places for you to learn about yourself and your anxiety, and it has places for you to track your mood.
Cons: There’s no place for setting individual goals
Who it’s good for: Someone who really wants to focus on learning about their individual anxieties and what truly helps them to feel better.
Pros: There are tons of different tracks for personalizing your experience, bright graphics, as well as a variety of different activities to try.
Cons: There’s no specific help if you’re suffering from a panic attack.
Who it’s good for: Anyone who works well with goals would find this app helpful. It’s probably best for someone with low-moderate stress or anxiety.
7. Anxiety Relief Hypnosis (Formerly End Anxiety)
Pros: It offers a 30-minute anxiety hypnosis audio file and it’s easy to to use.
Cons: With the free version, you have to listen to the 3-minute instructions every time you open up the audio, which can get annoying.
Who it’s good for: Someone who’s interested in trying something new! The hypnosis is perfect for listening to right before bed or to help you fall asleep.
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8. Stop, Breathe, & Think
Pros: There are lots of different meditations included in the free version, including a quick 2-minute meditation if you don’t have much time.
Cons: No other skills offered besides meditation
Who it’s good for: Perfect for someone dealing with extra stress and needs help on-the-go. The app offers lots of brief, positive meditations.
This article was originally published July 1, 2016, and has since been updated
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.