I’m feeling quite a bit brighter and more confident in myself having used it for a month now.

Hey guys, sorry for the slight absence again, life has been seriously mental. Anyway, I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to test the Thrive app which helps with mental health. I struggle with Anxiety, PTSD and SAD so this time of year can be especially tough. I was delighted to have this chance, as I’m always looking for new ways to help with my difficulties, and I’ve tried quite a few that haven’t always worked for me.

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I can’t recommend this app enough!

We all lead busy lives in different shapes and forms. From work, school, family, and social commitments, we all have many things that we need to be doing. When we do too much and can’t keep up with it all, it can lead to us feeling stressed, which is never a fun thing to be.

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"It's super easy to use & there's lots of different elements to choose from so I think it would suit a lot of people."

I'm no stranger when it comes to talking about mental health on ByBusby; I've been very open with my experiences & progress so when I was saw a new app emerging to help battle these problems I thought why not give it a go. I've teamed up with the creators of Thrive to test out their new app & share my thoughts with you. I was super excited because I've never come across an app targeted at mental health (I haven't really looked to much!!) & since it was focused on helping with stressors it is well suited to me. For the past month I've been using it when I feel the need & here's my feedback.

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"I've found this app to be beneficial for de-stressing"

Recently I've been under a lot of stress for various reasons, and I find it difficult finding time to actually manage it. I was contacted to see if I'd like to try out the Thrive: Feel Stress Free app and it sounded like something that would really help me out. Over the last few weeks I've been trialling the app to see if it helps me to destress. There are three different pages on the app, and all of them have different features.

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"There was lots more to discover!"

With technology progressing at the rate it is, we’ve got much more choice in how we manage our mental health and anxiety. After all, anxiety/panic attacks/etc. can occur at any given moment and we won’t always be near a computer/another person to get help.

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'Imagine if you could have an emotional outlet in your pocket.'

Something to ease your worries, offer an immediate distraction from negative thoughts and offer self-soothe therapy on your device. 

When Thrive asked me if I would like to try their Mental Health App I was intrigued, as a person that deals daily with depression and anxiety this is not something I had considered before but I am always open minded to anything that might help us get through the day.

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'Mental Health is lonely and accessing help and support is difficult. The idea of having something so close is comforting.'

Today is another review, one that I am quite excited to do. I was given a free time period to check out the app, navigate it and pretty much use it for my own mental health problems to then review back to you. As always, however, this will be completely honest and unbias. I won't go into everything because it would be great for you to explore it yourself but I will talk about my favourite things, some criticisms and the bits I felt were most helpful! As a little background, I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was 12, so a little over 12 years. I take medication, use all kinds of techniques and have been in therapy.

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The techniques that Thrive uses really are uplifting and mood boosting

I’ve written before about my struggles with mental health and how I have little goals in my mind that I want to try and achieve over the year. I previously wrote that it’s something I haven’t talked much about because I feel very vulnerable discussing it and almost like I’ll be judged by those I know and even those I don’t know. I feel that mental health is a topic that should be discussed more openly and I admire those who are able to talk freely about it without having that constant pang of panic. Or maybe they do and they’re strong enough to over come it.

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Can you put a price on your mental health?

This new app is ideal for people like myself, who suffer with mental health issues. It helps users learn coping methods and each of the techniques are evidence-based, so you know it really does work. Just by listening to the voice and looking at the imagery I felt more relaxed. The app uses clinically proven techniques and are used in real life therapy to help manage mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and mild depression.

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I can honestly say I’d recommend this app as a way of managing stress and anxiety.

You could say the past few months have been a bit stressful for me. What with selling our house, losing the sale, being pregnant, having a toddler who’s dropping a nap, and attempting potty training…. life has been a bit hard some days. I know there are lots of people out there with bigger things to worry about. But when I’m stressed I sleep badly, I eat far too much chocolate and cake, and I get ratty. Whilst I’ve written before about how I’ve struggled with anxiety, I’ve never really written about how to manage stress. Whilst for me, exercise plays a part, as does talking to my mum and friends, I also try to do some relaxation. I have in the past used a CD for deep muscle relaxation. So I was delighted to be asked to review the Thrive app, which helps to manage stress and anxiety.

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This is a high value, professional app.

Here at Cave HQ, like so many other offices, WE HATE STRESS! There we said it, while we’re on a roll, we also dislike people forcing mindfulness, NLP and any other form of animal management on to our small team, apart from Ugg, who in his own defence is an animal (we are not sure he knows what a knife and fork are used for) and any training will be helpful. We know that most people consider themselves their own guru’s and experts and will not like that analogy but for us in a normal, busy, hectic life we cannot always stop to rub our earlobes or massage essential fish oils into our armpits, whilst beating a wearable triangle fitted over our heads (yes we’ve seen them).

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Easy to use and gamified – Never a dull moment

Health apps have grown in popularity and mental health sector is not far behind. There are a number of apps out there that are making therapy accessible, efficient and portable. Although it is not advised to solely depend on such apps for counselling and therapy, it makes as a great additional resource to use alongside your therapy. Today, I will be reviewing one such app from Thrives that focuses on dealing with stress.

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This gives the app a really individual feel!

Stress, anxiety and even depression are things that we all suffer from either occasionally, as the result of a life event, or even chronically due to many different causes, including genetics.  There are many ways of coping with mental health issues, and I like to have as many tricks up my sleeve as I can get!

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