5 Smartphone Apps That Help Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is an experience which plagues all of us at certain points throughout our lifetime, yet whether we suffer through it on a daily basis or only once in a while there are many ways modern technology is prepared to help. In the age of the smartphone, developers are putting out apps geared toward helping people manage anxiety in their own time. Here are just some of the great tools out there you can download and keep only a finger tap away:

1. Headspace

A popular mindfulness meditation app that is free to download, yet really packs a punch with a monthly subscription and access to all of its content, Headspace offers bite-sized sessions on the go. Many meditation sessions focus directly on anxiety relief, yet there are also other subjects available to help create more peace of mind, focus and creativity.

2. Acupressure: Heal Yourself

This app guides users through 90 different combinations of acupressure techniques to lower anxiety and increase a sense of calm. The ancient art is right at your fingertips with this helpful, interactive guide and only costs $1.99.

3. Self-Help for Anxiety Management

Walk through how you are feeling and specific techniques to increase relaxation and calming with the free SAM app. Keep records of your “anxiety toolkit” and triggers to tailor your coping skills along the way. You can even anonymously connect with others in the SAM community.

4. Worry Watch

Perfect for those who benefit from journaling, this free app allows you to record what causes anxiety in your life to boost your understanding of how to cope. There is also a feature that will follow up with you later to see if the outcome of the stressor was as bad as you thought it might be.

5. Relaxing Sounds of Nature

Another free app, this time providing tons of recordings of nature sounds to use either when trying to fall asleep or in situations where your anxiety otherwise flourishes. Make your mental happy place more easily accessible with this app.

As you venture through your personal journey of coping with anxiety, be sure to gauge how severe your experience may be. None of these apps can replace pharmacological or other clinical treatment interventions, if that is what you need. If you feel your anxiety is becoming too difficult to manage on your own, seek support through people you trust and through qualified mental health professionals.


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Lenore Kudaka
Lenore K1 years ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez1 years ago

Numbers 2 and 5 sound neat.TYFS

S Gardner
sandy Gardner1 years ago

The DEEP Breathing exercise always calms me. Slowly take a deep breath. Hold for a count of 5. Then breathe out of your mouth for a count of 8.

Sal P.
Sal P1 years ago

I would suggest Pacifica free version has some very useful tools to relax and meditate. Worth a try.

Ricky T.
Ricky T1 years ago

I'm gonna try listing to relaxing sounds outside on my phone as I'm in a dense urban environment.

Carol S.
Carol S1 years ago

Thanks but I don't have a smartphone.

Julie W.
Julie W1 years ago

For temporary - not chronic - anxiety, look around you and name everything you can see. I did this while driving last year, after an unpleasant confrontation that left me feeling quite shaky. By the time I had named everything I had calmed down. It's just a way of focusing your mind on something other than whatever is making you uneasy. Thinking peaceful thoughts is all very well, but hard to do when you feeling anxious.

Beth Talmage
Beth Talmage1 years ago

It's good that there are several different options, for different causes of anxiety.