Thrive Feel Stress Free
So If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you may have recently seen a post, where I disclosed that I previously suffered with work related anxiety which lead to a short spout of counselling. Since the tender age of 18 years old, I have worked within the Criminal Justice System working with vulnerable children and adults.
The truth is I put my heart and soul into my job and go above and beyond for the people I work with. So when I’m faced with a situation that is out of my control I have previously allowed it to affect me. Having being in the industry for 10 years, I’m now able to manage my emotions effectively. However at a time when work related anxiety was at the forefront of my world. I would have absolutely loved an app which enabled me to become mindful and manage my stress and anxiety.
I’ve been given the opportunity to review, the “Thrive Feel Stress Free” app (available on Android and IOS) YESS please lovely.
Thrive: Feel Stress Free
So Thrive Feel Stress Free App is an evidence-based application to support the prevention, screening and self-management of stress, anxiety and other mental health conditions.
“Evidence is at the heart of everything that we do.” (Thrive website)
I’m a big fan of implementing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my practice as a Youth Justice Practitioner. so I was pleased when the research conducted for this app concluded that “CBT techniques were beneficial and participants had shown significant improvements in the severity of their symptoms.”
Once you enter the application you are taken to a desert island accompanied by therapeutic music which I must admit allowed me to forget the events that were happening around me (I.e my little man complaining that his baby brother stole his sock). Immediately began to feel relaxed. The desert island has little sub islands which allows you to visit techniques and activities.
There is the option of having a calm voice to support your navigation through the app however this can be muted if you so choose.
I love that this element allows you to track your “distance travelled”. Each time you visit the app, it assesses your mood and stores this information over time. Dependent on the answers you provide the app, it will question your feelings and thoughts in order to provide you with the appropriate support, goals to complete both in the app and within your everyday routine.
This actually allowed me to put my thoughts and feelings into perspective, as at times it’s so easy to try and dismiss feelings of stress and anxiety particularly when we are going about our everyday lives.
Desert island activities
I was excited to try the relaxation exercises as I must admit this was a whole new world to me. Venturing into mindfulness was something I’d be longing to explore. Before commencing each exercise, the app gives you a short overview of outcomes and benefits.
The desert island has four techniques:
The application takes you through a range of breathing excersises designed to relax the state of mind, I love that these exercises are short and can be implemented outside of the app. I’m very new to breathing excersises so I enjoyed exploring them.
The mediation Island has 10 various exercises designed to help in different scenarios. The app guides you through the meditation process step by step. I found it pleasantly therapeutic, however I feel that over time I will most definitely reap the benefits of this particular exercise. The beauty of this element is that you can choose the amount of time you wish to meditate. As a beginner I started with 5 minutes.
Deep muscle relaxation
I knew very little about the benefits of deep muscle relaxation prior to using this app and my oh my has it helped signicantly in releasing tension within my body to eliminate stress. The idea of this techqiue is to inhale, contracting muscles from the lower part of your body up. Which is proven to reduce some symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. I love that this technique can be utlised in any environment or scenario.
I think this was one of my favourite exercises. The app encourages its users to think of a word or phrase which they associate with relaxation. This is designed to help you keep calm when faced with a stressful scenario.
I absolutely love Thrives ability to show you the progress achieved since commencing your journey. This allows you to assess how the app is working for you.
Message in a bottle
This component of the app is absolute genius. Each time you enter the app, there will be a message in a bottle delivered to your island. Each message has motivational mantras and advice to carry you through your day. Honestly I loved gettting my message in a bottle. It felt like getting ‘happy mail’.
There is the option to send words of wisdom to other users which of course I took full advantage of. Anything to do with peer empowerment, I want to get involved so this was absolutely perfect for me.
What I love the most about Thrive Is that brings therapy right to the comfort of your home. Having the ability to practice evidence based techniques within your own space makes it all the more beneficial. Not only that this handy little app is able to store all your Information, enabling you to refer back to it over time. Thrive is developed to slot into users busy schedules, simplifying it’s use. I would definitely recommend this to those who have busy schedules and suffer from stress, anxiety or depression. However you do need to be constant with usage to enable the app to get to know you.
Bright and welcome colours
The use of CBT
Tranquil feel throughout the app
Tracks your profession over time
It can be tailored to the individuals needs
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*DISCLOSURE: We were given the opportuniy to test out the Thrive: Stress Free App in an exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. If you have any further questions, please do not hestitate to contact me*