As parents, we are bound to suffer with some amount of stress and anxiety. I for one can get extremely anxious in everyday life situations whether it involves the kids or not. Unfortunately I am just made this way, and getting stressed is just one of my flaws. I wish I didn’t get as stressed as I do. But I just do and I have to learn to live with it. Life can get on top of us. It can be easy to allow work life, home life and all the bits in-between to cause us stress, worry and anxiety. The things that cause us stress may change over time but no doubt there will always be something to add to the mix…unfortunately!
There are so many different options to relive stress, whether it be talking through your worries and concerns with a partner or friend, seeing a therapist or a counsellor or simply taking time out for yourself and allowing yourself some thinking space.
I was offered to review the new Thrive – Feel Stress free app and I jumped at the chance to get involved and see what this app was all about. I had never used a mental health app before so this was pretty fresh and new for me and I was excited and keen to learn more.
Thrive: Feel Stress Free is an app that helps detect, prevent and assist with managing mental health conditions, using clinically proven techniques.
Once logged in, the app opens up onto a beach scene and you can navigate your away around the app by moving onto different islands. I must admit, I really like the feel and lay out, especially it being a calming scene with soft music. Each time you log into the app, you can check your mood by using a ‘Mood Metre’. It then gives you prompts suggesting why you may feel in that particular mood. This allows you to really break down the reasoning as to why you may be feeling the way you are, stressed or not.
From here, you can then go on to complete several exercises offered – Breathing, Meditation, Deep Muscle and Self Suggestion. The app offers insight into what each exercise is about before completing it. When completing each exercise, you are guided through by a woman’s calming voice and soft music of the seashore. Each exercise is not too long and easy to complete, giving you still the time to use other resources on the app.
The app also offers the Zen Garden. This is my favourite part of the app! It is a virtual version of the classic Japanese rock garden used to aid meditation. It enables you to design your own space to promote mindfulness. This is itself is a pleasant and soothing experience and one in which I returned to several times. It allowed me to focus and relax my mind, especially when it can get hectic and I can over think. It really allows you to de-stress and it a fantastic tool.
There is also another section within the app focusing on Wise Words. This is a great tool for when we are feeling pretty negative and allows us to focus on the positives by the distraction of playing a fun word game, especially when feeling anxious. The aim of the game is to find the positive words within the grid! I did find this game tricky at times trying to find the words within the grid but it certainly was a distraction!
What I liked about this app was the Message in the bottle. This allows you to send a message of encouragement to others and help them achieve their goals. Also you can receive messages too!
Finally, you can track your app progress for your records, such as the exercises you have completed as well as your mood metre and its a great way of reflecting back on how your progressed or changed mood over time.
So does this app actually work? Well, it certainly assisted me in times of stress and anxiety and gave me the tools to help calm my mind when I felt it was full of unnecessary worry, as well as acting as a distraction. Although the app is no singular cure (it also takes stamina from yourself!) it certainly did help towards calming my mind and giving me some head space. allowing my mind to drift off from the current situation I was in. But I suppose the proof is in the pudding – these are just my opinions for me dealing with my own self wellbeing.
To find out more about the app, subscription plans and more, then head over to their website here! Subs cost £5.99 per month.
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All these opinions are of my own and I was given one month free trial in exchange for an honest review of Thrive – Feel stress free app.
Thank you for reading!