The current pandemic is affecting the lives of many in different ways. With the increased push towards isolation, many people find themselves working from home, looking for ways to establish new routines. With this in mind, I felt it pertinent to research some apps designed to assist in developing new habits and building confidence while staying at home.
There is currently a wide variety of well-established and therapist approved apps geared towards building confidence and ensuring productivity through routines and new skill development, including:
- Be Focused
The question on many of our minds is: I’m working from home, now what? This article aims to uncover and explore various apps that will help build confidence and offer guidance for those looking to make the most of self-quarantining.
Therapist-Approved Apps to Start With
The journey to building self-confidence is already a long one with many moving pieces. Given the restrictions attributed to quarantine and isolation, the journey can become more challenging for many individuals forced to stay at home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health” due to both isolation and the implications of the pandemic.
With this in mind, more apps designed to maintain and improve mental well-being have seen an increase in benefits (such as improved confidence) and widespread use. The following apps are not only supported and approved by mental health experts, but some are even designed by therapists.
Talkspace is marketed as a “subscription therapy service” (covered by many insurance companies), allowing users to contact trained mental health experts in various ways, including text messages, audio messages, and even video messages.
Additionally, all the therapists on Talkspace are licensed, many with additional training and specific areas of expertise. Having the ability to reach out to a real person can go a long way in assisting those of us who suffer anxiety and mental health issues, exacerbated by isolation.
Like Talkspace, Youper is an app designed by therapists to help cope with various mental health issues. Youper is described as AI therapy, which uses “exercises scientifically proven to improve well-being” (Source: Youper).
The benefit of this app is that the chat services are available 24/7, and it even offers a Mental Health Checkup for users.
Though you do not receive the “real person” aspect, like that seen with Talkspace, many users describe the benefits of using a judgment-free chatbot, with around the clock availability. If you feel intimidated by discussing your mental health with a therapist face to face, this app is a great alternative.
Effective Apps to Come Out of Quarantine More Confident
With these applications in mind (as well as many others), it became evident through my research that there are various outlets geared primarily at coping with mental health issues. I wanted to know if there were apps that could continually help build my self-confidence.
Learning New Skills
Even if you don’t identify with anxiety, a fundamental aspect of both gaining and continuing to build confidence is learning and developing new skills. Fortunately, there are many apps designed to promote bettering oneself by acquiring new skill sets.
One of the most well-known platforms for learning new skills is Skillshare. As the name implies, Skillshare is a platform designed for users to share their skill sets with a broad audience. You can learn anything from creative writing to building a store on Etsy.
Building on a variety of new skills in the comfort of your home can have a significant impact on building confidence as you find yourself applying your newly learned skills in a variety of different formats. Additionally, you can stream or download content via their app, allowing you to learn almost anywhere in the world.
Many people have understandably struggled with staying motivated towards their goals during the pandemic. Whether due to depression, lack of organization, or other personal roadblocks, a lack of progress can often lead to a decline in self-confidence. Amid all the trepidation, procrastination and comfort often replace productivity.
Fortunately, there are some apps designed to increase confidence through improved productivity and stress relief.
Now that many of us are working from home, it can be a struggle to maintain a consistent schedule, including the breaks we would have in a “typical” job environment. The primary function of Be Focused is to increase productivity by enabling users to track their goals and progress. You can also schedule breaks for yourself, so you don’t get burnt out, further increasing your productivity.
If you find yourself looking to build confidence while staying at home, you’re not alone. Thankfully, many therapist-approved apps are designed to build confidence and maintain good mental health practices, which are directly correlated to productivity and boosting self-confidence.
The benefits of using apps like these while stuck at home don’t stop here; check out this article to learn more about how other apps can help with homeschooling!