Feeling down lately? It's nothing to be ashamed of. Here are 5 tried and tested mental health apps to help you weather the storm

We've all been hit by the blues this year. After months of fear and uncertainty, it's only normal to feel down sometimes. Improve your mental health with these tried and tested apps that are sure to make you feel more yourself in no time!

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1. Woebot

If you're one of the people who feel suspicious towards artificial intelligence, consider trying Woebot—it might make you change your mind. Having this "mental health chatbot" can help you face stressful or difficult moments throughout the day. It checks in on you to ask how you're feeling today and what you're doing. From there, it gathers information to show you any emotional patterns you may have over time. 

The app itself is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which helps users identify "distortions" in their thinking. Though it does not in itself provide therapy, it can help you "figure things out for yourself", and can be the first step for people who feel down. The best part? Because it's an app, it can be there for you 24/7 in case anything happens!

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2. Moodfit

Lauded by online mental health publication Verywell Mind as the best overall mental health app of 2020, Moodfit is a comprehensive app designed to lift your spirits. There are plenty of features on the app, all of which can be used by anyone, anywhere.

There's a mood journal, a gratitude journal, and a how-to on mindfulness meditation. Those who seek help with negative or intrusive thoughts can turn to Moodfit for cognitive behavioural therapy, while people under stress can rely on its bank of breathing exercises to calm them down. You can even track your sleep and lifestyle factors on the app! For those who are already seeking professional help from a therapist, Moodfit can even be a companion to your sessions as it can provide your therapist with information based on detailed mood charts and trackers. 

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3. Happify

Looking to get happy? This app can help.

Happify is all about playing science-based "games" or activities that are aimed at reducing stress and overcoming negativity. According to their website, these games were modelled by psychology experts on cognitive behavioural therapy. And because "happiness" falls under such a huge umbrella, the activities that are available on the app are also tailored to address certain goals, whether it's helping you learn to build confidence, cope better with stress, overcome intrusive thoughts, fuel your ambition, or achieve mindfulness through meditation.

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4. Happy Game Face

It's time to put your game face on—literally! Developed by non-profit organisation, Healing Habits, Happy Game Face is a smartphone app aimed to train users into focusing on the positive. The game will present pictures of people and all players have to do is identify the one that looks happiest among them. This simple strategy is said to promote happiness and well-being my training your mind to look for acceptance instead of rejection. Playing the game for 3-5 minutes a day could possibly aid in alleviating social anxiety and increasing confidence. 

5. Ten Percent Happier

If you're looking to get into mindfulness meditation, Ten Percent Happier could be for you. This app conveniently carries with it 500+ guided meditations to help "increase joy, gratitude and love". Sleep meditations are also available for those who suffer from insomnia. The app also uses guides from some of the best meditation teachers in the United States, so you're sure to get the best kind of guidance for your lifestyle. 

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6. Rootd

Those suffering from panic attacks may find relief from Rootd, an app that's designed to help you find comfort and/or help you face an oncoming attack. What's different about this app is that it also highlights the importance of understanding by introducing users to "short term lessons" and "long term lessons". Each of these helps the person to become more cognizant of factors that may help alleviate future feelings of anxiety or panic. 

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