When it comes to mental health, I am a strong advocate in getting the message across all of y social media platforms and even with my loved ones. I found in 2020 when I was in the worst mental state of humanly possible , I was constantly looking for ways to better myself. One day when I was on TikTok, I saw a link to an app called Calm. This is an app where you are able to look up breathing exercises to help with anxiety , stories to help you fall asleep and even guided meditation . In an article written by Health Line, https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/calm-app-reviews#what-it-is They explain that this app has been around since 2012 and has a userbase of over 100 million users that they help with the terrifying idea of trying to remain calm. I want to touch on some of the best parts of this app that I hope you will be able to benefit from in 2023.
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Bedtime Stories From Your Favorite Celebrities
There is truly so many things you can do with this app but, one of my personal favorite things to do is look on the bedtime stories. And yes I am FULLY aware that I’m 22 years old and get excited about bedtime stories but did I mention my stories are being read to me by HARRY STYLES?! When the pandemic was at the peak, There was a massive rise in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression due to the lockdowns so what did calm do? Personally the best idea that has ever been implemented into a self care application, they hired many well known voices and faces to read bedtime stories’ on the app. Matthew McConaughey and Bob Ross are some of the other names that calm used to read their stories . Even though, there is no connection to the celebrities , there is just a comforting and emotional connection that you feel when you can lie down and fall asleep to their voices telling you about peace and serenity . Harry Styles is a big part of my self expression because I grew up loving, One Direction and just being able to feel a closer connection in a time where I feel the most anxious is something that is so comforting and can instantly bring down whatever negative feelings I was having.
The Paid Subscription
If only everything in life was free but then we wouldn’t get the excitement of getting behind the paywall. You can get Calm for a seven day free trial then you can chose to pay $14.99 every month or $69.99 once a year . Usually I am never interested in spending money on something to benefit my mental health unless its a bubble tea or a slice of pizza but with all you can access with the paid plan, I had to give it a go. One of the features I love about the paid app is the different calming videos and nature sounds you get access too. I am an avid watcher of ASMR but I found when looking on YouTube, I would go down the rabbit holes of the recommended pages finding the perfect mix of sound and visual stimulation. Now I am able to just find the ideal video in less then 5 minutes because Calm shortens the search for me with the app. I also love how I am able to have access to so many different meditations for waking up, feeling overwhelmed or even getting ready for bed so I go into all of my routines with a clear mind and a positive attitude.
I can’t be selfish and not give you access to this app so check out this link on a laptop or smartphone to see what is your favorite idea when it comes to the Calm app https://www.calm.com/. Also what do you think should be added to the platform?
TWITTER- #KeepCalm2023 Check out this hashtag to see ways you can stay calm this year bit.ly
FACEBOOK- Look at this article posted by Miya Graymar about the Calm app and who can read you bedtime stories Bit.ly
I’m so glad that you’ve found Calm helpful for your anxiety. I love the Calm app too, and listen to the soundscapes every night to help me fall asleep (City Rain and Thunderstorm are my favourites!) as it helps me unwind. I had the subscription for a year so that I could access the guided meditations and sleep stories, but found I didn’t use them enough to warrant renewing it, plus the free version has the things I like best. I highly recommend the breathing exercises as well.
Calm also has a YouTube channel with hundreds of videos, including 8 hour white noise videos of “wind in the trees”, rain noises, and more, and lots of guided meditation. I can’t think of anything to add to the app, it’s already great!
I always get ads for
I always get ads for the calm app but have never known anyone who actually uses it! I am intrigued and may have to give it a download!
I haven’t used the Calm app but I have used some similar apps that I have found beneficial. Like you, I sometimes have a hard time spending money on my mental health. Even though it is important, the results are less tangible so can be hard to make it a priority.
I personally have never used the Calm app but I’ve used similar. I definitely give this a try!
Wow! I now have the urge to download the app especially for the stories! I have never herd of it and had actually been looking for similar apps. Great post.