The Importance of Mental Health in Business
As a business owner, you’ll likely understand that mental health is crucial for entrepreneurial success. After all, if you’re not healthy and working at your optimal level, how can you expect your business to be?
Mental health is about more than just being happy. It’s about being able to think clearly and make smart decisions like knowing when to take action and when to take a step back. It’s about being able to focus on the things that matter most, instead of letting emotions cloud your judgement.
In essence, when you prioritise your mental health, it reflects in every aspect of your life—including your business!
The Rise of Mental Health Apps
Nearly 2.5 years after the WHO’s Covid-19 pandemic declaration, it’s hard to believe that we’re still seeing the mental and emotional effects of lockdowns and strict ‘stay at home’ guidelines on people across the world.
The effects of the invisible threat of Covid-19, being locked down, isolated and deprived of our support systems has had a tremendous effect on our collective mental health. While those already struggling with mental health problems during this time reported intensified symptoms, others who reported having no issues prior to the pandemic started to experience sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression and crippling fatigue.
In fact, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) saw a 6,500% increase in healthcare professionals recommending mental health technologies to their patients over the last 2 years.
While these apps are helping to destigmatise mental health issues and provide users with proven techniques and tools to alleviate systems, it’s important to note that mobile apps are only effective in users who have mild-to-moderate symptoms, and should not supplement professional health care if you are experiencing severe issues.
That said, here are 10 Mental Health Apps that you need to try in 2023:
MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life. With four integrated tools, MoodKit helps you to engage in mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, rate and chart mood across time, and create journal entries using custom templates designed to promote well-being.
Pricing: R79,99 once off
Headspace is a mindfulness app with an easy-to-use interface that takes the seriousness and intimidation out of meditation. Explore hundreds of exercises for mindfulness, sleep, focus, and more with this user-friendly app.
Pricing: R59,99/ month or R599,99 annually.
Talkspace is an online text and video chat therapy platform that offers access to therapists who cover a broad range of mental health services. The app provides a more comfortable environment for people to get help when they need it, whether it be Online Therapy, Couples Therapy or even Teen Therapy.
Pricing: Messaging therapy @ R1250/ month; Live therapice @ R1800/ month; Live + Messaging therapy @ R2340/ month
Reverie is a self-hypnosis app founded by David Spiegel, a leading researcher on clinical hypnosis and a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. The app provides access to guided self-hypnosis audio sessions to help you improve your sleep, relieve stress and mind your body.
Pricing: Free with limited sessions. All access: R154,17/ month or R1849,99/ year
Calm is a mindfulness app for both newcomers and meditation enthusiasts alike. It can help users find inner peace and navigate life’s stressors. The app features hundreds of calming exercises, helpful breathing techniques, and sleep stories narrated by celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and LeBron James.
Pricing: 7-day free trial, thereafter R739,99/ year.
The Mindfulness App
The Mindfulness App aims to help users increase mindfulness and improve their overall life satisfaction through guided meditation. Users can create a personalised “Timed Session”, choosing length of session, guided by voice, and type of background sound.
Pricing: 7-day free trial, thereafter R999/ year.
Overcome negative thoughts, stress & life’s challenges. Happify offers effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. Their techniques are developed by leading scientists and experts that have studied evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Find out your happiness score and start improving it today!
Pricing: R270/ month or R2540 annually.
OCD is something that is recognised by everyone, but understood by few. NOCD provides an effective, affordable & convenient OCD therapy solution that is run by licensed Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) -trained therapists, and a 24h support team.
Pricing: Free with optional paid add-ons.
Recovery Record is a mobile- and web-based program designed to help users in their recovery process from eating disorders. The app works by linking a clinician account with the self-monitoring app. By doing this, patients will remain engaged between visits and clinicians will have patient data and tools for timely, targeted intervention.
Use Neuroscience to Reframe your relationship with alcohol & unlock the healthiest, happiest version of you. Developed with hundreds of medical and mental health experts, Reframe is a revolutionary alcohol habit-change app that offers an evidence-based alcohol reduction program.
Pricing: R250/ month
We hope that these apps will give you the guidance and clarity to step into the best version of yourself in 2023! You can also find them in the TOOLS & TEMPLATES section via the resource hub for quick access.
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