These days, it seems there's an app for everything - from tracking your calories to finding your car, mobile apps for our iPhones are exploding in popularity! There's even an app to help kids find a buddy at lunch! But what about apps to really help yourself - mind and soul? They're out there, but they can be tough to find, especially in our busy technological world.
We know that when it comes to living their best lives, the people we serve are interested in always improving. So, to cut to the chase and make things easier for you, we've taken it upon ourselves to round up this "best of" list for you, featuring some of the most recent technologies available so you can install them on your new iPhone 7 stat!
1. Hello Sunday Morning is a fantastic group that emerged from a desire to create a better drinking culture - and, by extension, a better Sunday morning. Whether you are looking to change your drinking habits, cut back on drinking, quit drinking entirely or set alcohol behavior goals for yourself - #hellosundaymorning is the tag you want to follow and the app that'll help you get there!
2. PTSD Coach is an app for military veterans who have - or may have - PTSD and PTSD symptoms. It was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to put veterans and their families in touch with important resources they might need. Users are connected with screening tools, direct links to support, and tools for 24/7 symptom management - a key benefit that mobile apps allow for their users.
3. Pacifica is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, and designed alongside a doctor of Psychiatry - so you know it's legit and grounded in evidence-based strategies that really work. The app will check in on you every few days to see how you're doing, and prompt you to engage in thought exercises to better manage your stress/anxiety, and connect you in mindfulness practices that help.
4. Pigeonly isn't just an app - it's a tech company that develops technology that keeps inmates and their families in touch, and they've come up with a great way to get your photos to an incarcerated family member. Staying connected when someone is locked up is hard - and this group aims to make it just a little bit easier. This app removes all of the complicated footwork involved in sending photos to inmates - like locating their prisoner info, printing photos out, and jumping through additional bureaucratic loopholes - so that app users simply choose photos from their phones or social media accounts and Pigeonly does the rest for them.
Technology is not a substitute for real human interaction when it comes to the "why" behind many of these applications - certainly, using an app is not the same as talking to a therapist or visiting with your incarcerated loved one. These tools can help empower us, though, toward making the kinds of choices that encourage a healthy, balanced life. They can help us to understand ourselves, our communities, and our needs.
Our world is quickly evolving - we live in a digital world - and now, thanks to these apps and others like them - we can more easily access the tools and resources we need to stay grounded in a tech-y reality.
Did you download and use any of these apps? Check in with us here to tell us about your experience!