Products For Your Mental Health

From apps* to lights there are a lot of products out there to help with mental health.  Here are a few:

Simple Gratitude Journal

Daily gratitude is something that can be really beneficial to your mental wellbeing.  One app (of many) that is helpful with a daily practice of gratitude is Simple Gratitude Journal.  I like this app because it is really easy to use and doesn’t ask a lot of you. Some gratitude journals are great if you have the discipline to sit every day and type into your phone for 5 minutes or so, but this one allows you to enter however many lines of gratitude you want each day.  You set a time and the app will ask you what you’re grateful for at that time each day.

Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe

MediSafe is a lifesaver!  I’ve been using this app for at least two years, maybe longer.  For me it is helpful to remember to take my medication throughout the day, though the app can help with a lot more than that with refill reminders, weekly reports, and more.  You enter the medications you take and the time(s) you take them and the app will remind you at those times each day. You can check off that you’ve taken all of them or check them off individually, you can also snooze the reminder.  I take medication 5 times a day now, I would never remember each time without this app.

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker

Mood tracking can be really important for a few reasons.  One is it’s a good reference for when you see your doctor. Even more important to me is that on a bad day it often allows me to look back and see that maybe I’m having a bad day, but my recent trend is good.  The eMoods app makes tracking easy and quick to do. As a bonus it also tracks your sleep (note the sleep is user entered). Although the name states it is for bipolar tracking, any mood disorder could be tracked with it.

Light Boxes

Sun box, mood light, happy light.  People call it all sorts of names, but no matter what you call it, light therapy boxes can be really beneficial for some people.  It was originally for seasonal affective disorder, but now is often recommended for depression as well. If you buy a light you may want to talk to your doctor, depending on the reason you are using it and any diagnoses you may have, the time of day you should use the light may vary.  Amazon offers several lights, below are a few options:

Fidget Toys

Fidget toys have gotten a lot of press lately and their effectiveness has come into question.  With that said, for some people with anxiety the toy helps relieve some of the anxious energy.  These are also used for ADHD, and can be used to occupy the hands, and in doing so, help with concentration (my source for this is largely anecdotal).

Weighted Blankets

Last but not least on my list is weighted blankets.  I do not have a weighted blanket, so I cannot speak from experience, but my brother has one (that our amazingly talented mom made for him!) and he loves it.  These blankets are said to help with anxiety, and in turn, sleep.

*Please notes the listed apps are all available in the Google Play Store, they may or may not be available in the iPhone app store.

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