Hey team! I'm Alanna, and I am a fairly anxious person.
1. Pacifica, an anxiety-regulating app for iOS and Android — free to download with additional in-app purchases
2. Acquiring a pet.
3. Stress Doctor, another app available on both iOS and Android — $4.99
4. Puzzles 'n' games, preferably pocket-sized.
There is always a right answer, or at least a way through to the other side. Just like life! Hahahahahahha!!
My favorite phone game right now is this fairly good free cribbage app; I say "fairly" because either I am dumb or you can't listen to music/podcasts while the app is open, which is annoying when I have to choose which mindless activity I would rather indulge in while the subway is stuck underground and I am trying to crowd out thoughts of my own impending death/inexcusable lateness. But I suppose that does make me focus on the game (which, whether you are a fan of already or not, you should read about in this lovely Hairpin essay) and above all, it provides me with a collection of miniature obstacles and bite-size triumphs. It's a welcome pattern and set of rules to follow for a minute when the rest of the world feels chaotic.
The same goes for more narrative games (the Zelda and Pokémon franchises will forever have my heart and wallet), which I play on a red Nintendo 3DS, and which let me feel, if only for a few minutes, like I get to be the protagonist in my own life.