The 2017 Sensis Social Media Report confirms that Australia’s obsession with smartphones is growing, in fact almost 8 in 10 Australians (79%) are now on social media, which is up 10 points on last year. The report also found that locations and places that were once regarded as taboo for accessing social media, such as at the gym and cinema are on the rise, while 30 to 39 year olds are the most likely to use social media while out to dinner with family and friends. While the majority of people use social media to keep in contact with family and friends, there is also a negative impact, with people in regional areas more likely to have witnessed bullying or harassment on social media. So while it seems that social media use is everywhere, we are still coming to terms with the impact it is having on society.

Although these findings are concerning, it doesn’t mean our smartphones have to exacerbate the problem. In fact, there are several apps that can be conducive to increasing our mental wellbeing rather than eroding it.

Here are 3 apps worth trying.

Simple Habit

Simple Habit is a great meditation app for busy people. It has a library of guided meditations for situations from your morning commute to preparing for a difficult conversation. You can meditate for as little as 5 minutes a day to reduce stress, improve focus, relax faster, sleep better and more. The cost is free with optional subscription.

WorryTime

ReachOut, an Australian organization helping young people with mental health issues, founded this app. We all have worries that pop into our heads and sometimes they won’t go away. WorryTime interrupts this repetitive thinking by setting aside your worries until later, so you don’t get caught up in them and can get on with your day, so when you notice yourself worrying, add it to WorryTime. You then decide on a time, place and length to deal with your worries each day, and then use your WorryTime to review the worries you’ve added and ditch the ones that no longer matter to you. This means you can deal with worries once a day, rather than carrying them around with you 24/7. The cost is free with optional subscription.

Three Good Things

Three Good Things is a happiness journal that allows you to write down three good things that happen to you everyday. With Three Good Things you can rewire your brain to focus on the positive, you train your mind to notice the good things in life instead of focusing on the negative. The cost is free.

Resources: https://www.sensis.com.au/asset/PDFdirectory/Sensis_Social_Media_Report_2017-Chapter-1.pdf