Organizations like the World Health Organization have added sections on their site dedicated to mental health during COVID-19 with articles and helpful tips on how to deal with anxiety, stress, parenting, and more during the pandemic In your quest for mental peace, you may have read such articles, and are now exploring a more hands-on ways of managing anxiety.
As stressful as it can feel with everything going on, sometimes the silver lining in difficult times is that it forces you to look at your life and habits and make some changes that can benefit your mental health and wellbeing.
There are many different ways to deal with anxiety and stress and there’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach. Many consumers have left reviews about their experiences with mental health products and services on Trustpilot and these reviews can support your research into anxiety management options. Below we’ve compiled a list of companies that consumers have reviewed as part of their anxiety management journey. These reviews may remind you that mental health is a never-ending journey — there are always more ways to improve your happiness.
Online therapy and medications
Anxiety and stress can come in many different levels of severity. If you’re feeling especially anxious or hopeless it’s best to see a licensed professional who can help you talk through your issues and, if necessary, determine a course of medical treatment.
Companies like Alpha and Talkspace will help connect you virtually with a therapist, no matter where you are. This gives you the freedom to find the right therapist for you and not be limited by your geographic location (or by COVID-19 concerns about meeting in-person). Although there may be trial and error in finding the right therapist, these companies make your options more accessible so you can have an easier time getting to a happier and healthier place.
Mental health subscription boxes
There are a number of subscription services that include different products to help you with important things like anxiety, self-care, and mindfulness. There’s quite a bit of variety in terms of the types of products these boxes offer, so there’s likely one for everyone.
The Go Love Yourself Box from Cratejoy sends you one personal growth book, calming items like candles and teas, eye-masks, and more. You’ll also get access to their online wellness community which include webinars, interviews, and a 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with a life coach to help you talk through whatever’s keeping you down.
Another company called The Positivity Package offers things like gratitude journals, soothing teas and candles, and other types of self-care products. Each month is a complete surprise and the items vary, so you can expect a new kind of positive experience every time.
If you’re looking for more info on whether or not you think this box would be right for you, look no further than their Trustpilot page to see what their customers have said about previous month’s boxes. These responses will help you get a better sense of how other customers have felt about them.
Emotional support dogs
Emotional support dogs can be a great option for people struggling with stress and anxiety. One study pointed to lower heart rate and blood pressure during stressful tasks for people with their pet present than those with a friend or spouse present. Another study showed that people with high blood pressure showed less reaction to stress tests 6 months after getting a dog than the control group who did not have a pet.
Emotional support dogs don’t need any specific training, the only thing that’s important to look at is the breed of dog. Different breeds tend to have different personalities, so it’s important to get a breed that will help ease your anxiety and make you feel relaxed. Labs, Corgis, Pugs, and Golden Retrievers all make great emotional support pets, so whether you’re thinking about a small dog or a larger one there are plenty of options for you.
If you’re a new pet owner, be sure to check our Animals & Pets category to find companies and reviews that will support all of your new pet’s needs.
Anxiety often occurs when the brain is unable to properly respond to perceived threats. Even if there are legitimate reasons to be worried (and we don’t need to tell you there are currently plenty of them), our brains can overreact and hyperfocus oh on them. This causes us to be more stressed than we actually need to be.
Mindfulness meditation strengthens your ability to regulate emotions, so it can be incredibly helpful if you’re struggling with anxiety.
Apps like Calm and Headspace offer guided meditations, with specific meditations for dealing with anxiety and stress. From regular practice, many users are able to better push their anxiety aside, instead of dwelling on it whenever it decides to arrive. Meditation can also improve your focus, help fight addiction, and improve your sleep patterns so there’s no shortage of benefits to giving it a try.
While meditation is a big part of mindfulness, there are many other ways to focus on mindfulness in your life. Companies like Udemy and Coursera that offer online courses have surprisingly diverse options for someone looking to go deeper than just meditation. They partner with universities and mindfulness coaches all over the world to offer courses on defining and finding purpose in your life, building resilience skills for when times get hard, and harnessing positive psychology. Though mindfulness may be seen by some as too "new-age", these courses are taught by experts and academics studying the science behind what makes us happy.
There are also independent courses you can take through companies such as Be Mindful that offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Their method is backed by clinical reserach showing that web-based mindfulness courses can reduce stress levels.
We’re in this together
Hopefully these companies and reviews have inspired you to manage your own stress and anxiety. Of course, reading reviews is only one step in any mental or physical health journey and you should discuss a healthcare solution with a licenced healthcare professional before making a purchase or committing to a plan.
Meanwhile, if you have found tools that help your mental health during the pandemic, head over to their company page on Trustpilot and share your experience so that you can help others find what they need to support their stress management during this time.