Does The Calm App Really Help Your Mental Health?

If you haven't heard about the Calm app, you seriously need to scrub up on your app knowledge. As Christi-An Slomka, community manager at Calm, told Marie Claire, Calm is an app that has been curated to "help you manage stress, sleep better and live a happier, healthier life." Sounds like we all need it in our lives. 

How does it work, we hear you ask? According to Slomka, "Calm offers a diverse set of tools to help ease your worried mind, manage unhelpful thoughts and relax your body so that you can get the rest you need." Slomka added that the app have been downloaded by over 90 million people, and gets about 100,000 ned downloads on a daily basis. In other words, it's one of the hottest apps on the market right now and it's all due to the fact that it supposedly helps you and improves your mental health. The best part? You can use it whenever and wherever you want. But does the Calm app really help you to manage your mental health?

No matter how you practice mindfulness, your mental health will benefit from Calm

Per The Guardian, studies have proven mental health apps can work, and when it comes to Calm, many believe that no matter whether you practice meditation and mindfulness online or offline, as long as practice you will see benefits. 

According to author and mindfulness instructor Tamara Levitt, "Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment," something that the Calm app can significantly help with. Speaking to Web MD, she continued, "Our minds are often in the future, worrying about something that's going to happen, or we're ruminating about the past. Meditation brings us back to the moment we're in." 

Furthermore, mindfulness is particularly useful for those who experience anxiety, which can impact both your mental and physical health. Levitt shared that when people continuously wrestle with anxiety, they only allow themselves to be filled with "fearful thoughts." "Mindfulness keeps us in the present, where we can calm ourselves down," Levitt concluded. While results are going to vary person to person, if you want to try practicing mindfulness and meditation, Calm is a great place to start.