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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The techniques are effective and reliable in stabilising your emotions and well-being!

I admit to you, it's been over a year since I feel stressed every day. These factors I can clearly state comes from work, home, and business. My body could not take it anymore and at the start of January my health declined tremendously, but I could not stop and continued on, until late last May, my health was worse. I couldn't sleep, eat or converse relevance to people. I get irritated and mad easily I am no longer functioning well. That's when my boss had decided to get me a leave for a month. 

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After a few days of regular use, I really did feel more relaxed.

Feel Stress Free focuses on helping people recover from mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and mild depression', and the app 'uses clinically proven techniques to detect, build resilience to and reduce some symptoms'. It's available on all smartphones or tablets running iOS or Android, and is built using computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and various mindfulness techniques. The app has been shown to significantly decrease mild depression time. Feel Stress Free was founded and developed by UK leading psychiatrists and psychologists, using real life therapy techniques'.

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Thrive have clearly put the effort in to make it a calming place to visit and want to come back to!

I quite openly talk about my mental health on my blog and after keeping it secret for many years, it is something I’m relatively new at. As you may know, I have been diagnosed with severe depression, memory loss and I suffer with dissociation and anxiety. I struggle to cope with the demands of daily life and I’m constantly looking for new ways to improve my stress levels. Being a stay-at-home Dad, self-employed, working two jobs and having to juggle a lot within my personal and work life, I have quite a lot of my plate at the moment – so I definitely could use all the help I can get.

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The app has much so more than that, though!

I’m sitting on the toilet, even though I flushed the toilet ten minutes ago. I’m sitting here staring at the bath mat wondering how I’m going to survive this. I broke up with my fiance a few days ago, and it feels like someone has reached into my chest and squeezed my heart until it burst. I feel numb and cold as if all the blood is draining from my body. But the truth is I’m just a dramatic girl in her twenties who needs to get off the toilet. Everybody goes through breakups, right? I have so much to do today, but I’m still sitting here for some reason. Is this going to be my whole day? Sitting here staring into space in shock? In a last-ditch effort, I open the Feel Stress Free app that I’ve been using.

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It is ideal as a way of monitoring how stressed they get and how they can attempt to control the elements in their life causing them stress!

We all experience stress at some point in our lives whether that be a more long term depression or a shorter term problem like worrying about money before pay day. In the long term stress can sometimes need input from a doctor, counsellor, psychiatrist or psychologist however this is not for everyone. There are many apps out there designed for smartphones to help alleviate stress so when I was asked to try out and review the Thrive Feel Stress Free app I was keen to see whether it really does help or if it just preys on vulnerable people.
 

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It really is super cheap for something really worthwhile.

As most of my regular readers will know, I suffer with Anxiety and Depression.
Currently I’m once again stuck on a waiting list, waiting for an NHS professional who can do a Monday or Friday each week to see me. So when Thrive gave me a month free subscription to their new app ‘Feel Stress Free‘, I jumped at the chance-anything to try and help me during this familiar ‘waiting list’ period.

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I’ve chosen to use it over other apps recently because of the variety of exercises it offers.

We all get stressed. Some people significantly more than others. I am one of those people who can go from serene to shall we say a little strained in a matter of seconds. I place unrealistic expectations on myself and when things don’t go to plan, which inevitably is most of the time, I let it bother me. I have had to learn pretty quickly since becoming a mum that life does not always ever go to plan. 

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