Health & Wellbeing

Best Apps And Podcasts For Improving Mental Health

Now more than ever, is an important time to look after your well being and mental health. We’ve complied a list of some of the best podcasts and apps for improving your mental health to help you relax and unwind.

If you’re feeling tired, stressed or all of the above, listening to a podcast during a brisk 10-minute walk, or relaxing at the end of the evening with a meditation app could help you develop your own self-care techniques to guide you through difficult times.

Here are some of our app recommendations:

  1. My Possible Self

This free app from the NHS teaches you how to handle your own mental health through a series of learning modules. It uses a guided self-assessment questionnaire to help build a personalised self-improvement plan.

  1. Aura

Aura is a science backed mindfulness meditation app which is driven by AI and caters for those wanting to reduce stress and anxiety. With a three-minute guided meditation exercise every day, it’s perfect for slotting into busy working days for a moment of calm.

  1. Thrive: Mental Wellbeing

This mindfulness app combines CBT training in an easy-to-understand way along with various relaxation and meditation techniques as well as offering support in the form of a live web chat.

  1. Fiit

Rated the #1 fitness app, Fiit brings world class fitness trainers into the comfort of your living room. For those that are struggling with fitness and motivation now the gyms have closed, Fiit delivers mood boosting endorphins through various workouts whilst allowing you to track your metrics and record your personal best. Get a 30 days free trial and 25% off here.

Here are some of our podcast recommendations:

  1. Happy Place

Fearne Cotton invites an array of guests including Russell Brand, Joe Wicks, Matt Haig and Dawn French for her podcast series about mental health. Happy Place is upbeat and positive and allows guest to talk about their mental health issues and the measures they put in place to help with their day-to-day struggles.

  1. Bryony Gordon’s Mad World

Celebrated journalist and author Jane Gordon delves into intimate conversations around mental health with a focus on honest and real chats with household names such as Fearne Cotton, Stephen Fry and Prince Harry also makes an appearance.

  1. The Joe Wicks Podcast

Joe Wicks became the nation’s online P.E Teacher with his popular Youtube workouts when the UK and the rest of the world went into lockdown. His positive attitude along with detailing his own struggles with life are what make up this popular podcast series. Joe invites guest such as Gordan Ramsey, Tim Peake and Jamie Oliver to discuss how they maintain their mental and physical happiness.

  1. Oprah’s supersoul conversations

Similar to her daytime series of the same name, this podcast delivers insight and inspiration from thought leaders and visionaries to nourish the mind, body and spirit. Guests include Beyonce, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez.

Just taking 5 minutes out of your day to relax, unwind and recharge will give your mind and body a well-deserved break. For those wanting to improve their mood through exercise, check out our tips on keeping fit at home.

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