Wellness podcast and app recommendations: The Anxiety Guy and Calm

Person wearing pink headphonesPodcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only. For health and wellness advice, always speak with your doctor or make an appointment with a counsellor.

Podcast recommendation

Title: The Anxiety Guy podcast

Favourite episodes: “Turning Your Panic Switch Off” and “Top 5 Habits Health Anxiety Sufferers Must Replace”

Dennis Simsek is a CBT life coach who shares practical coaching and his own story of his experiences with anxiety and panic attacks. Dennis shares information about what panic attacks are, and strategies and mindsets to help others overcome them.

Average length: Regular podcasts are 12 – 17 minutes in length. You could listen to one on the GRT XPress bus ride from MC to Conestoga Mall.

App recommendation

Name: Calm

What it is: A mindfulness meditation app.

Cost: Free – With some in-app purchases for additional meditations and sleep stories.

What it does: Calm is a relaxing-looking app that has three key features. It has a Breathe feature that guides you to slow down your breathing during times of stress. The Meditate feature offers guided meditations. They are arranged in seven-day programs and the individual meditations are roughly 10-minutes in length. The Sleep feature offers a number of stories you can listen to while you are going to bed to help you fall asleep.

Calm also tracks your meditations with achievement-based encouragement. Be aware the first time you use it, the app likes to use a lot of peaceful sounds before you even select a meditation, so make sure you put on your headphones the first time you open it and then change your settings if you don’t want to hear the sounds by default.

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