Five apps… healing from trauma

Motivational coaching and tailored guidance to when things are tough. Our favourite apps for helping you to find calm, rebuild strength and reframe the future

Grief Works from Julia Samuel

Leading psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE has taken key elements from her bestselling book, Grief Works, and translated them into a handy app, designed to help you rebuild your strength following an episode of grief. With daily meditations and tools as well as in-the-moment support for managing difficult emotions whenever they arise, it’s like having a mini therapist in your pocket. 

Happy Not Perfect 

Founded by wellness entrepreneur Poppy Jamie, this app was developed by a broad team of expert guides, ranging from strategy coaches and clinical psychologists to holistic practitioners and hypnotherapists, to help you feel calmer and more balanced. Featuring mini games, mindfulness exercises and breathing techniques, think of it as a workout for your mind. 

My Possible Self

This app was created by top healthcare professionals to support your mental health through a series of self-help modules designed to tackle issues such as stress or anxiety and a clever ‘moments’ function that monitors your feelings and recognises any patterns or triggers in your behaviour. The goal is to help you reframe the future in a positive way, especially in times of uncertainty. 


We all know we should exercise more, but sometimes there simply isn’t the time – except now there is, thanks to Wakeout. Based on the principle that moving makes us happy, the app has a library of over 300 exercises which can all be done in 30-second chunks that fit seamlessly into your daily routine, whether you’re working at your desk, sitting on the sofa or cooking your dinner. 

Simple Habit 

Founded by a former Wall Street Banker, this app describes itself as being designed to ‘help busy people stress less, achieve more, and live better’. All of its meditations are offered in
bite-sized five-minute sessions, ranging from classic guided mindfulness to motivational coaching and stories to soothe you to sleep, narrated by an eclectic bunch that range from mindfulness experts at Google to former monks.

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