April 2020

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Mental Health Management
Best Apps to Help Reduce Anxiety

Many people are experiencing anxiety due to the spread of COVID-19. When you need a break from the stress and worry, there are some apps that can help. While these apps shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for a mental health professional, users have found them effective at lowering stress levels. Here are seven of the best apps to try when you are feeling anxious.


Calm is one of the most popular relaxation apps in the App and Play stores. It is designed to encourage less anxiety and better sleep. The app offers guided meditations varying in length from just three to 25 minutes. It can also guide you through breathing programs and stretching exercises, and there is even a selection of soothing sleep stories to help you drift off at night.


Another top meditation app, Headspace assists users with living mindfully, staying calm in stressful situations, and getting better sleep. Select from a wide range of guided exercises designed to help manage anxiety and improve your focus and productivity. The app also includes a Move Mode to encourage mindful cardio and quick mini-meditations for a mental reset when you need it.

Stop, Breathe & Think

Just as the name suggests, Stop, Breathe & Think reminds you to slow down, take a breath, and take stock of how you are feeling and thinking. Users are able to track their emotions and receive personalized mindfulness recommendations that are tuned to their current state of mind. The app also provides guided meditations for kids and teens.


Sanvello offers a self-care toolkit that you can turn to whenever you are feeling anxious or need help managing your mood. It uses techniques that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy and reviewed by clinical experts to relieve stress and encourage mental well-being. The app provides daily mood tracking, weekly assessments, coping tools, health app integration, and master classes on techniques like meditation and journaling.

MindShift CBT

Designed by Anxiety Canada, Mindshift CBT also uses cognitive behavioural therapy to assist users in managing different forms of anxiety. This includes worry, panic, social anxiety, phobias, and more. The app comes with a variety of tools to help get you through the day, including quick relief tools, a thought journal, and guided mindfulness meditations.


Rootd is an app designed specifically for people who struggle with panic attacks, which can feel very scary while they are happening. The app offers immediate relief during the attack by taking you through a guided process. It also provides long-term strategies for managing anxiety and reducing the occurrence and severity of future panic attacks.


While not specifically designed to help with anxiety, Colorfy is a colouring app that provides a highly relaxing and calming experience. It offers hundreds of different pictures to colour in, as well as the ability to create your own beautiful mandalas. Many users report that the app encourages them to de-stress and takes their minds off their worries for a while.

Even in very stressful times, it can be comforting to know that you have the tools to combat anxiety right in your pocket. Encourage yourself to relax by finding an app that’s right for you.

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