Tackling Awkward Times
We are all taught that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things as children, but as you grow up you start to realise this isn’t true. There are logical ways to do things of course but that doesn’t necessarily make it the right way. We all learn in different ways and there is no shame in finding your own way if you current efforts don’t seem to be working.
It has taken me years and my friend a lot of time convincing me that the way I was going about things clearly wasn’t working at all and it was time to shake it off and try something new. The universe sends you lessons as and when it needs and I am lucky enough to have a membership to AXA PPP through work who have given us all access to their Mental Health App Thrive. Much like a trip to the doctors it goes through a questionnaire assessing your current mental state, once this is complete it offers you a course of treatment so you can start to regain control and get yourself back on the road to recovery.
The CBT course is 25 sessions long and there is also an applied relaxation course for you to learn how to deal with anxiety attacks and situations you find difficult. So far the CBT course has helped me to start thinking about things in the right way, with logic and clarity rather the skewed and anxious view that I had previously. I have also just started the applied relaxation sessions and I am looking forward to learning more because I will be the first to admit that I don’t cope with anxious situations at all.
Not everyone is able to have access to this particular app but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have options. There are a host of other apps some require a small fee and some are completely free like:
What’s up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. Some particularly love the “Get Grounded” page, which contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. Give it a try you never know how it might help.(Free; iOS and Android)
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)
SAM might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but meditation isn’t your thing. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behaviour over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAM’s “Social Cloud” feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support. (Free; iOS and Android)
This app is brilliant for those who may not be able to afford therapy or have access to something like Thrive. Combining parts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness and other psychological disciplines into a fun micro-journal that helps you re-frame negative thoughts, harness positive ones and get to know your inner critic. Unthink helps you understand your interpretation of daily events and common thinking traps that cause suffering for yourself and those around you. We hope that Unthink can help people better deal with depression, anxiety, and anger, while building gratitude and positive affirmations. It might be available on iOS but unfortunately I cannot seem to find the link (Free; Android)
Apps can sometimes feel impersonal but in these unpredictable times its important to have a support network around you and to me if that means using something digital to bridge the gap then I am all for it. What are you doing to cope in these unprecedented times? Let me know in the comments below or join the conversation at Facebook.com/onlynomeswriting or twitter.com/onlynomesforyou
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