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How to Practice Mindfulness with the Free Sanvello Mobile App
Through a partnership with Sanvello (formerly Pacifica), Syracuse University students, faculty and staff have free premium access to the No. 1 mobile app for stress, anxiety and depression management. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation, Sanvello provides daily tools to help manage mental health.
“Sanvello offers a variety of tools and features, including some techniques that guide us through changing thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that may keep us stuck or prevent us from reaching our goals,” says Gwyneth Esty-Kendall, mental health promotion specialist in the Barnes Center at the Arch. “It is also a great resource if you are looking for ways to reduce stress or be introduced to mindfulness-based practices. While Sanvello is not meant to be a replacement for counseling, it is a valuable tool you can add to your health and wellness toolkit.”
Begin or continue your mindfulness journey with the top five features of the Sanvello mobile app:
Daily mood tracking
Before making changes to your emotional health, it’s helpful to monitor that health. Sanvello helps you keep tabs on what’s going on through mood tracking, daily reminders and health tracking tools. These will help you monitor your emotions and track what impacts them, ultimately giving you the tools you need to make changes.
The Sanvello Guided Journeys are step-by-step audio lessons and activities based on research-backed cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. You can choose from the following journeys: feeling better, taking control, building confidence and mindfulness.
Sanvello’s coping tools offer ways to shift your perspective when symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression arise. Coping tools provide the platform to track thoughts, daily health habits and inspiration; there are also meditation activities and goal-setting infrastructure.
“Sanvello has been really helpful to get me into a better head space when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Whenever I’m stressed or feeling unmotivated, the guided meditations help me re-center and focus on the things I can control,” says Teagan Peacock, student communications specialist in the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience. “I especially like the hope board and journal feature. I’ll add pictures of my favorite memories and list one thing I’m grateful for every day.”
Based on your mood data, Sanvello creates progress assessments to show you connections of your experiences, activities and emotions. By doing so, you can identify patterns in your emotional health, ultimately providing the opportunity to reinforce good habits and limit habits that are negative.
As a staff or faculty member, you have access to all of Sanvello’s offerings. You can also encourage students to download and use the mobile app. Any person can download the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Use your Syracuse University email address to access the free, premium services.