Online tools to counteract stress and anxiety

Tools from Toia


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April 23, 2020 Abigail Uttley

During this time of uncertainty and changing circumstances, many of us will be feeling more stressed and anxious than usual. To help combat this, Toia Chase, a Senior Counsellor with over 20 years’ counselling experience, has recommended some FREE practical online resources. These resources will provide you with tools to utilise when you are feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. 

Toia says of these resources: 

“Some I have tried out myself and others I have been recommended by others. A lot of them were initially created for those who were impacted by anxiety or depression but they are great for anyone - and especially useful for times like these!

They are interactive, informative, visual and/or auditory with exercises you can try and some even have games.

Try as many as you would like to try!”

Virtual Hope Box:

A smartphone application created to teach people simple techniques such as coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.


This resource uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.


An evidence-based app that is designed to help you combat anxiety, with simple, useful and powerful tools. Especially useful for those suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, and Social Anxiety Disorder.

Booster Buddy: 

Developed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health by establishing and sustaining positive habits.

Stop, Breathe and Think: 

A calming meditation app that is designed to help you stay mindful, de-stress, sleep better, and build the emotional strength and confidence to handle the ups and downs of life. 

And lastly, here is a resource coming from an ACT therapy perspective on how to face COVID-19 - with practical steps to help you respond to the crisis effectively.

You can learn more about Toia here.

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