In this fast paced world we live in, smart phones, facebook, instagram, twitter, google chat, Snapchat, Viber, WhatsApp, Kik messenger keeping up with family and friends we sometimes we do not take time out for ourselves. This is often the case for carers. HelpingMinds aim is to provide support for carers but what happens if you are unable to get to an appointment or your world has suddenly imploded or you are so overwhelmed with what’s happening?
You need to take time out to chill, relax, refocus whatever you want to call it. It is important, as a carer to have some me time. “…but I don’t have the time…I am being selfish…” is often said to me BUT it is not being selfish, it is doing self-care and you are so important in the equation of caring for someone with a mental health condition.
So why not look at some other support to supplement you between sessions as there are so many helpful apps out there.
Let’s look at some apps or sites that could be of benefit in your self-care.
An interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for people experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety and/or depression.
An app to help reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your heart rate with your mobile phone (iOS) or Apple Watch.
Online activities, psychoeducation and positive psychology aiming to promote wellbeing and resilience in young people (12-25 years).
Internet chat, email or phone support for young people (12-25 years) with a range of issues, and for their families and other adult supports (Registration only mandatory for online chat).
An app that helps individuals learn about their mood by transforming daily mood reports into a summary of their emotional health.
An app that allows the user to easily and quickly measure and track their mental health, mood, and lifestyle.
An app to support and build the health and wellbeing of men from Arabic, Farsi, and Tamil speaking backgrounds, who have recently arrived in Australia.
A website and app teaching Mindfulness Meditation to young people (7-22 years), and adults.
SANE—Carers and Lived Experience forums
Moderated forums providing peer-to-peer support for those experiencing or caring for someone with a mental illness.
Online tools and information for people supporting someone with a mental illness.