A new way to focus on your mental health in the New Year

Dani Foust, Photo editor

With the new year in full swing, many individuals are working on the New Year’s resolution they set for themselves less than two weeks ago.  There are the classic goals that people try to achieve such as losing weight, eating healthier, or spending more time with family.     

This year, people are taking a different approach to try to resolve an important issue that has been growing exponentially recently, to reach their New Year’s goal.  Over the past few years, anxiety and depression rates have increased drastically.  

This year some individuals have decided to devote more time to improve their mental health, to take the time necessary to work on themselves so they can be the best person they can be; not only for themselves, but for their loved ones as well.

The truth of the matter is that not all individuals can afford the therapy necessary to alleviate some of the negative emotions they have been experiencing; they are forced to handle their mental illness alone, which is unacceptable.  Everyone should be able to receive the help they need in order to feel their best. 

 In order to combat the issue, multiple apps have started to appear recently in order to offer a less expensive alternative to receive help.  Unlike normal forms of treatment, some mobile apps that can be used do not require insurance, for you to travel, and are extremely discreet and convenient. 

There are multiple mobile apps that can be downloaded from the app store on your phone.  For example, some individuals deal with constantly fluctuating moods. In order to track mood trends, the app Daylio can be used to assist these individuals in making adjustments to create positive change.  

Another app that can help those suffering from anxiety and stress is Pacifica.  This app provides the tools necessary to help cope with these overwhelming feelings.  Pacifica also provides a community of individuals that are experiencing similar things, as well as a way for you to break habits that creates the overwhelming feeling of stress. (If you are looking for more apps that could possibly help you click here 7 Apps Designed to Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety)

Twenty-Twenty is not only a New Year, it is a new decade.  Don’t fall into the same trap that many find themselves in the new year; stay on top of your mental health to be the best you possible.  These apps are not a substitute for seeking professional help, but are an alternate way to alleviate symptoms.