By: Sejal Sangani
As we head into the third full month of the school year, I often find myself getting more stressed than I thought was possible. Here’s a list of 11 apps & websites that help me make it through November. Check them out, they might help you too! (if not, this never happened, I was never here.)
anxietyhelper is an app that was created to provide mental health resources & information for anyone who is interested. While there are specific services targeted towards those with mental illness, the app provides tools, tips, & websites for coping & learning more about mental health awareness.
2. Calm (https://www.calm.com)
Calm is a meditation app & website with over 100 guided meditation sessions. It also has “Sleep Stories” & music tracks to calm you down or help you fall asleep.
3. DailyGood (http://www.dailygood.org)
DailyGood is a news website that you might find particularly appealing if you are looking for something wholesome to brighten your day. It has news stories that exclusively cover positive topics & inspiring stories!
These two websites provide white noise to help you focus, center yourself or just to have in the background. Soundrown has a variety of different noises including coffee shop, fire, & nature, while Raining.fm is only rain, which I find particularly calming.
5. Silk (http://weavesilk.com)
Silk is an “interactive generative art” website. You can drag your mouse around to draw pictures in geometric patterns using a bunch of soothing colors & symmetry templates.
6. Relaxing Snow (https://www.tistheseasonto.be/snowing/)
You can use this website to wind down by watching a snowy scene unfold on your laptop screen. There is also optional “relaxing music” to play in the background!
7. Blah Therapy (https://blahtherapy.com)
Blah Therapy is an resource for online counseling. You can talk to volunteers or speak to a licensed therapist for a small fee. (Please note that this is not the best resource if you are in crisis. In this case, please call 1-800-273-TALK).
8. Casanova (http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/casanova.htm)
This is a game where you stretch a little giraffe’s neck to reach a taller giraffe’s head so it can give the taller one a kiss! What could possibly be cuter?
9. The Calming Manatee (https://calmingmanatee.com)
Okay, I lied. This one might take the cake for cuteness. The Calming Manatee gives you a cute picture of a manatee & a positive message. There’s no way to have a bad day after that.
10. 7 Cups
7 Cups is similar to Blah Therapy, except it is an app. You can reach out to volunteers, professionals, or participate in group forums to discuss your mental health.
11. Headspace (https://www.headspace.com)
Headspace is a meditation app & website that provides guided meditation sessions & shorter meditation programs for busy people (aka literally all of us)!