Baby, It’s a Wild World: Smartphone Apps That Fight Anxiety in Grownups and Kids

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the US, with 40 million American adults being affected. But the real shocking news is that anxiety disorders are estimated to affect a huge one in eight children, leaving them at a much higher risk of performing badly at school and abusing drugs as they get older.

Many people don’t take childhood anxiety as seriously as perhaps they should, often putting it down to “just a phase all kids go through”. No one should have to live with a debilitating anxiety disorder, least of all a child, and the world of technology has responded. Whilst severe cases of anxiety will likely require professional help, there’s now a huge array of smartphone apps specifically designed to fight anxiety in both adults and kids.

Here are just a few of today’s top choices that are currently helping millions around the world.

Smiling Mind


Smiling Mind Android App

Developed by both psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is a mindfulness app focused on meditation for both adults and children. Featuring 72 different meditation modules and a huge 242 educational sessions all about mindfulness and re-tuning thought processes, you and your child are able to individually tailor this app to suit your specific needs.

Ideal for stress relief and those looking for meditation pointers, you’ll find modules age-specific to children and adults of all ages.

Coloring Book for Me & Mandala

coloring book for me android app anxiety

Children are renowned for having low attention spans, so getting them to focus on an educational app may be difficult as they will likely lose interest very easily. Luckily, Coloring Book for Me & Mandala is an Android coloring book app specifically designed to combine fun with relaxation and winding down.

Often, the root of anxiety is stress. So by spending some quiet time with your child each day coloring a therapeutic mandala design together, you’ll not only encourage your child to relax and let go of their stress but also have fun at the same time.

Take a Chill

Take A Chill ipad iphone anxiety app

Aimed at older children, Take a Chill is one of the most practical apps out there for kids dealing with anxiety on a daily basis. Featuring stress assessment tools, you and your child will be given methods to truly analyze their situation and establish whether or not it’s as difficult as they perceive it to be. With the tools provided in this app, progress can be tracked and the true nature of anxiety can be established.

Whilst there are varying degrees of anxiety and a huge range of anxiety disorders that can be developed, both you and your child don’t have to go it alone. By using the above apps together, you’ll not only strengthen your bond but will also help each other get through any particularly anxious periods you may be experiencing. Whether it’s through meditation or tracking your moods to come up with a future anxiety-beating plan, you’ll experience a variety of different self-help methods with these apps until you find the right one for your situation.

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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