Sometimes, we all need a little help or a pick-me-up. See below for some staff suggestions.
Recovery Record: This website can be used to monitor progress during eating disorder recovery. The information logged can also be shared with medical teams, to aid in the process of recovery.
Calm: This is a mindfulness meditation website/app that “brings clarity and peace of mind to your life.”
Kids Health: This website can be accessed as a young person, parent or educator. It talks about coping with stress, as well as offers other health information.
The Tribe: This is a free online support community that offers members a convenient and safe place to connect.
Stop, Breathe & Think: Designed to facilitate daily meditation.
Apps for Apple and Android:
7 cups of tea: This app connects you with trained listeners who can offer you short-term support and counseling. It’s useful if you need someone’s undivided attention.
Breathe Deep: This app focuses on teaching a variety of breathing techniques.
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street: This is a bilingual (English and Spanish) app for caregivers to share with children (ages 2-5) to help teach skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence as part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Children will enjoy playful interactions as they are exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, and personalized encouragements.
Booster Buddy: This app is aimed at children and teens wanting to improve their general mental health through daily quests and tasks. It allows you to check in with your mood and it keeps track of your appointments and medications. While not specifically for eating disorders, but it can be a great way to track and improve coping skills and self-care.
Calm Mind: A meditation app featuring 300 guided meditation series, 50 sounds for unguided meditation, guided meditations for kids, relaxation/sleep tools, 60 nature scenes, and a breathe trainer.
Happier: The app aims to be a digital happiness coach, giving you mindfulness tools that aid in positive thinking.
Happify: This app uses activities and games to train your brain to worry less and embrace positive thinking. Learn to disrupt negative thoughts and manage your stress through playing games and completing fun tasks.
Insight Timer: This app offers more than 5,100 free guided meditations led by more than 1,100 teachers from around the globe. May choose from 25 different languages!
MindShift: This app is great if your worries and fears prevent you from doing things day-to-day. Via coping strategies, this app helps you face challenges head-on.
Rise Up +Recover: This app uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help monitor diet and exercise, as well as determine one’s triggers. The app is easy to use, with lots of motivational quotes and helpful reminders.
SAM: SAM helps to monitor anxious thoughts, track behavior over time and use guided self-help exercises to discourage stress. It also offers a “Social Cloud” feature that allows users to confidentially share their progress with an online community for added support.
Settle Your Glitter: This app guides you through a deep breathing exercise that allows you to regain control of emotions. It also walks you through identifying your emotions, rating how strongly you are experiencing them and then using a “glitter ball” to settle. This app is geared for kids (but adults may enjoy it too), as it can be used to explain how the brain manages emotions.
Take a Break!: The goal of this app is to offer guided meditations for relief from stress.
Virtual Hope Box: This app contains simple coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking tools. The content can be personalized to include supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, and coping statements.
DBT911: This app allows you to share your diary cards with your therapist. (DBT refers to Dialectical Behavior Therapy.)
Depression CBT Self-Help Guide: With this app, you can monitor dips in mood, learn about clinical depression and treatments, try guided relaxation techniques and learn strategies to challenge negative thinking. (Free)
Jourvie: This app lets you keep a food diary while tracking your coping strategies. It also has printable archives that allow you to bring diary excerpts into therapy sessions. The app emphasizes how you feel about your food.
ACT Coach: Teaches users how to tolerate negative thoughts and feelings by virtually guiding them through awareness exercises and giving tips on how to ditch self-doubt. With an extra focus on mindfulness, this app also provides a log to track progress. (Free; iOS)