The home screen on the Antistress app

I’d like to share one of my favorite therapy apps: Antistress. I actually first heard about this app from a client who had found it helpful. The app basically has several sensory items and activities that can help with boredom, fidgeting, anxiety, and self-regulation. There is a free version and a paid version, with the paid version taking a one-time fee to unlock more choices, but you can also temporarily unlock the paid version by watching an add. (Usually I try to only recommend apps that are free to download.)

They update regularly with new options, and there is a way to submit suggestions to the developers. Although some of the options have the feel of a flash game, the activities are focused on mindfulness and are appropriate for kids of all ages. I’ve shared screenshots of some of my favorite choices. Which is your favorite?

Who doesn’t love a virtual fidget spinner?
This stress ball screams when you throw it around the screen.
Virtual glass for when you want to smash something
Prompting for belly breaths
And, of course, virtual bubble wrap!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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