February 16, 2018

Thrive – Feel Stress Free Mental Health App – my review

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.

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Islands

Thrive: Feel Stress Free is an app that helps detect, prevent and assist with managing mental health conditions, using clinically proven techniques.

The App

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.

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Mood Metre – Thrive Feel Stress Free App

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.

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Zen Garden – Thrive Feel Stress Free App

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!

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Wise Words – Thrive Feel Stress Free App

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.

I can offer my Readers 1 month free trial using the code THRIVE1828

Just download the App and insert the code.

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!

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41 comments so far.

41 responses to “Thrive – Feel Stress Free Mental Health App – my review”

  1. Oh this looks fab. I have never been a stressy / anxiety ridden person until I had kids and now certain things make me really anxious. Think I might have to download this for the trial 😁

  2. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    This sounds amazing. I really struggle with anxiety and I think something like this could really make such a difference, I had no idea there were apps out there like this one!

  3. Hannah | MakeDo&Push says:

    Ooh this looks like a great app! I’m going to have to check it out as I suffer from anxiety xx

  4. This sounds great – will have a look at it!

  5. Lyndsay says:

    Ooh this looks really handy, I am going back to work in 2 weeks and feeling so anxious about that, this would be great to take my mind off things and calm me down. Thanks 🙂

  6. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, this looks like a great app to try I like the idea of the zen garden #TriumphantTales

  7. I need all the help I can get, so I might look into this. Thanks for the introduction x

  8. I hadn’t ever heard of this! I have a lot of stress and anxiety that gets me down and this may be the ticket to getting me back on track! Thanks so much for sharing!
    #ThursdayTeam

  9. this app looks fantastic. I’ve tried mindfulness meditation in the past with an app.

  10. I’ve never heard of this app but I will definitely have to try it #BlogCrush

  11. I love the sound of this – what a great way to wind down after a busy stressful day and give you the tools you need to do that at a touch of a finger. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this x

  12. This sounds like a really good tool to have handy. I love the idea of the Zen Garden. I might check it out and see what it does for me:) #mg

  13. I have a great deal of stress of late, and would be curious about this… can you keep us up to date? Very interesting indeed! xoxo #mg

  14. Mac says:

    we live in such chaotic world, with busy schedules and the stress can be overwhelming, sounds like you found this helpful I am glad you could share this with all of us for #mg

  15. This sounds like a lovely idea. I’m definitely an anxious person, and the older I get, the more I realise that I’m not alone in that. The meditation part sounds great, but also the pinpointing what’s bothering you part. Often I find that to be the hardest thing – I can be very ‘everything’ about it all until I actually sit down and think about things properly. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  16. JakiJellz says:

    I think I need this app in my life! Thanks for sharing it with #TriumphantTales. Do come back next week.

  17. claireemoran says:

    This looks like a great app, and I’m so happy that it helps you. It’s look pretty good too. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  18. Alice Letters to my Daughter says:

    Sounds like a great app – it’s good to have a positive distraction. I use an app to track my mood, like a mood & activity journal and it’s really interesting to see over time. #BlogCrush

  19. How did we ever get by without apps? There is an app for everything! Thanks for raising awareness on this one! SHould probably come preloaded on the phone for us all! <3 #blogcrush xoxo

  20. This looks like a great app, I suffer with anxiety and have been thinking i need to find something like this. Love the look of the zen garden… Thanks for sharing with #thursdayteam

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

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