Setting up a routine can help you improve your overall lifestyle. And if you use Most Days, you can follow a routine specifically designed to address depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction—as well as other conditions.
Use preset routines designed by psychologists and neuroscientists, or create your own. The app also includes accountability features and plenty of social support from other users.
Here’s a look at several features of Most Days and how they can help make your daily routine a little brighter.
Getting started with the Most Days app
The setup process takes a few minutes. Select up to three topics for your experience with the app, including anxiety, health, stress, addiction, and relationships. Each broad topic also includes more specialized areas. For example, under the Stress tab, you can select additional topics such as Caregiver Burnout, Job Burnout, Preventing Burnout, and more.
Also, select one of the broad topics as your primary area of focus for the app. You will receive information for each of your selections, but much of the content will depend on the area of concentration you choose.
Next, take a series of health assessments. In this instance, the app administered the GAD-7 as well as the WHO-5, which covers general mental well-being, to determine the level of anxiety. It only took a few minutes to answer the questions.
After completing your questions, the app sets up a series of routines to help meet your specific needs. In this case, the daily routine requires getting enough sleep, social time and exercise each day, as well as at least five minutes of meditation. Additional routines encourage you to focus on exercise, strengthening relationships, or creating healthier sleep habits. You can choose to personalize your own routine and post activities to the app whenever you want.
During the setup process, you can choose to engage with the app in two different ways. Community Mode encourages you to interact with other app users with similar goals, while Self-Focus Mode puts a lower priority on social features.
There’s also an option to match you with an accountability partner for the app for encouragement and support. If you’ve worked with a virtual accountability partner in the past, you know how motivating it can be to have someone else keep track of your progress.
Navigating the Most Days App
Once everything is ready to go, the home screen includes your personalized morning routine, as well as quick access to tools like health assessments, educational resources, and your accountability partner.
The educational section includes short videos about the Most Days app and your chosen areas of focus (in this case, anxiety). The videos provide a lot of insight into the philosophy behind the app and its best practices. Tracking your progress over time, and showing yourself compassion during the inevitable setbacks, are important.
You can also access Connection sessions from this screen, moderated 30-minute Zoom calls that allow you to chat with fellow users for most of the day.
Next, select the globe icon to access your Community screen, which shows other users’ check-ins and routines. It’s motivating to see everyone’s daily goals and objectives, and success is celebrated even when you don’t meet goals 100% of the time. The design of the app encourages you to value progress over perfection.
In the center of the screen, a candle icon indicates my ritual area. For example, this section prompts you to comment on or otherwise support other posts in the community, watch a resource video, or log your feelings.
The magnifying glass icon lets you check on other communities in the app, including sections for people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, or trauma. Connect with anyone who interests you. There are also communities that focus on healthy sleep habits and productivity, as well as support for those coping with divorce, grief, or addiction. Join a community to see what others post, or check out the Routines section for helpful articles and videos based on each topic.
Finally, the conversation bubble opens the messaging and discussion section. Here you can review individual messages or read posts for communities you’re subscribed to. In community discussions, for example, you can commiserate on how anxiety affects your appetite, or share tips for feeling overstimulated by loud social environments.