Motherhood is a demanding and challenging job that comes with many responsibilities. From juggling the needs of children, managing household chores, and maintaining a career or personal life, mothers have a lot on their plate. Fortunately, technology has made it easier for mothers to stay on top of their daily tasks and responsibilities. Apps designed specifically for mothers can be incredibly helpful in managing everything from schedules and finances to health and wellness. In this blog, we will explore some of the best apps that can make life easier for stressed moms. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, these apps can help you stay organized, save time, and take care of yourself and your family.
One of the most popular mental health apps for moms is Headspace. This app offers guided meditation and mindfulness exercises that can help reduce stress and anxiety. It also offers specific exercises for sleep, parenting, and work-related stress. Headspace can be a great tool for moms who need help managing their emotions and finding balance in their lives. Headspace offers a free trial before charging a monthly fee.
Another helpful app for moms is 7 Cups. This app provides on-demand access to trained listeners who can provide emotional support and guidance. It also provides a way for moms to connect with other moms who are going through similar challenges. The app is free to use, and it can be a great resource for moms who need someone to talk to.
One article says, “Many pregnant women do not seek professional help due to a lack of knowledge about the importance of mental health, its impact, and the available intervention options, as well as a lack of time and financial resources.” (Ruiz-Segovia, N., et al., 2018). Sanvello can be a great resource for daily mood tracking, guided meditation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy exercises that help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. The app also provides access to licensed therapists who can offer support and guidance. Sanvello is a free app with a paid upgrade subscription available. Some health insurances may cover the cost of Sanvello.
“It takes a village” is a phrase that has been used for many years, referring to the importance of having a social circle or support system while you’re raising children. This supports the notion that a lack of social support can impact a mothers’ mental health and is a risk factor for postpartum depression. Fortunately, there is an app for that! For moms looking for social support and quality information about motherhood, MomCircle is a resource to add to the toolkit. This app encourages moms during any part of the day, addresses the common concerns of motherhood, provides mothers with inspiring tips and tricks, and supports mothers from pregnancy through childhood. (Prabhakar, Annu, et al., 2018). MomCircle is a free app.
Parenting is already a full-time job, not to mention having to manage motherhood during highly stressful conditions, such as first-time parenthood, poverty, lack of housing, school and work, and challenging peer and familial relationships. For many young mothers, the Calm Mom app is an integral tool for managing these types of stressors. The app works to intervene at various points in the emotion regulation process to provide support for more adaptive emotional and behavioral regulation in the course of their daily life (Leonard NR, et al.). Calm Mom is $1.99 on the Apple App Store and $0.99 on Google Play.
Motherhood can be a balancing act, whether it’s trying to get school lunches packed while helping children get ready for school or trying to teach children self-regulation. There are three useful apps that can help to lower your stress levels. Happy Kids Timer, Cozi, and Chorma are all apps that manage daily life during motherhood. Happy Kids Timer helps children with their morning and evening routines, which as all parents know, causes stress. Cozi is a family calendar app that allows mothers to compile all family functions/games/practices into one calendar. The app offers shopping lists, to-do lists, recipe sections, and a meal planner! Chorma is a chore management app that allows moms to create a list of household tasks, assign them to family members, and assign “points” that they can redeem for rewards. All of these apps are available for free, with a paid upgrade option.
Being a mother can be a challenging experience, but apps can provide support for mom’s mental health and well-being. With the help of these apps, moms can find encouragement, manage stress and anxiety, and improve their overall quality of life. It is important to note that an app is no substitute for mental health care and guidance from a professional. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or an overwhelming sense of stress you might benefit from reaching out to a licensed professional to help guide you to healing. Our teams across Alabama and online are available to provide you the support you need as a mom, contact us today to learn more.
For more blogs written with mothers in mind:
- Managing The Stress Of Finding Childcare
- What is the Difference Between Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues?
This article was written by Maegen Harris, M.Ed, ALC (under the supervision of Leah Simmons, LPCS #3334) and Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, ACS, NCC – mental health professionals at Garrett Counseling in Albertville / Boaz, AL.
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Prabhakar, Annu, et al. “Designing Social Support Enabling Mobile Application for New Mothers.” Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare – Demos, Posters, Doctoral Colloquium, 2018, https://doi.org/10.4108/eai.20-4-2018.2277755.
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