Next to law enforcement and military personnel, educators have one of the most demanding jobs on the planet. In fact, according to stress.org, teachers are more likely to feel job-related stress than individuals in other professions, and about 20 percent of teachers feel stressed about their jobs most or all of the time.
Classroom teaching has become even more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic as changing education regulations and procedures have caused school systems to pivot repeatedly—and teachers along with them. Educators have had to learn new virtual learning programs, adapt their curriculum for remote teaching, and respond to heightened stress levels in students and parents.
It is no wonder, then, that more and more educators are turning to virtual therapy and mindfulness apps to ease their tension and reduce stress.
Virtual therapy, also called telepsychology, has been rising in popularity in recent years. This form of mental health treatment is not new, but is becoming more prevalent as smartphone usage increases and consumers become more familiar with the concept of virtual services.
The advantages of virtual therapy are apparent: online platforms are accessible and flexible. Users can talk to a licenced counselor from the comfort of their own home and, in some cases, have instant access to a therapist instead of needing to schedule an appointment weeks in advance.
In addition, a number of mindfulness and meditation apps have been developed over the past several years, and have been met with tremendous success, with more than 3 million users downloading such apps worldwide.
There are many virtual therapy and mindfulness apps on the market. Here are some of our favorites:
- Betterhelp. Users fill out a questionnaire that matches them with a licensed counselor. Plans start at $40/month and financial aid is available.
- Talkspace. After answering a questionnaire, users can choose from a list of potential matches and talk with their therapist five days a week. Plans range from $65 to $100 per week.
- Regain. This platform offers individual and couples counseling designed to improve relationships. The cost of counseling ranges from $60 to $80 per week, billed monthly.
- Calm. Calm is a meditation and sleep app that helps users manage anxiety and other mental health issues. It includes a variety of guided meditations of different lengths.
- Headspace. This app features more than 500 meditations as well as calm down music and exercises to help users unwind before bedtime.
- Insight Timer. Insight Timer is a free app for meditation, yoga, and stress relief. As the name indicates, it also includes a meditation timer.
- VentSpace. VentSpace is an anonymous chat platform that gives users an outlet to express their thoughts and feelings and connect with others who have been through the same thing.
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