If you like me suffer with stress or anxiety then I have found a way that may help you and that is an app called Thrive . It is available on android and iOS.
So what is Thrive? well in a nutshell it is a service that provides helpful information and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, therefore making you thrive in life.
When you first start the app it will go through questions on how you have felt over the past two weeks such as I have been experiencing not much enjoyment in activities. There helps give the app a baseline on your mood and also the areas that you need to improve on such as finding ways to wind down or getting more sleep.
The background of the app is a island on a beach and has soothing music to help make you feel more calmer.
Then there are three islands that you can navigate around which each having sub categories for tools for you to use to help you.
On the first island there is:
Provides a step-to-step guide on how to do the breathing with you. It recommends that you do it three times a day for three minutes.
These are guided meditation to help you relax. There are a variety of types such as sensory (focusing on sounds) to meditation in learning to not engage in worrying thoughts. There are different length meditation from five minutes to 25 minutes.
Works though all the muscles from the top to the bottom of the body and learning to untense and relax your muscles.
Using a phase like Keep calm and going through an exercise to help you relax.
Second Island consists of all things Zen like.
If you are like me and enjoy practical activities then this will be a good one for you. Basically, it is a virtual Japanese rock garden when you focus on creating a garden that consists of calming features like water. It is practical but calming as well, as you are concentrating on the garden and design as opposed to the stress that is on your mind.
Is a game where you have different levels to get one bucket to another bucket. It starts of easy but does get hard.
Final island consists of:
Where you can create a message of encouragement and in turn receive one back (I believe it is for other users of the app, I don’t know the person personally). PHOTO
Where you track how well you have been doing through the week or month. You can revalue how you are feeling, how much times you have spent on activities giving you insight to what is working and what needs to be improved, if anything.
You can analyse your mood with the mood meter. It is grey cloud at the bottom to indicate totally sadness and in contrast at the top is sunshine where everything is hunky dory.
This section looks at the concerns you raised organically when you first signed up to the app and then there is information about why for instant sleep is important. Further down there are tips and ways to help make the situation better. Such as not drinking caffeine before bed and getting blackout blinds.
Overall, I really like this app as it is practical and something you can use as much or as little as you want. You can use the tools that suit you, as everyone is different. What may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. A good point about this app is it is on your phone and you can use it anywhere. So, for instance I struggle with social anxiety. If I am particularly anxious on the day of a social situation I can go to the bathroom and do a three minute breathing technique to help reduce the anxiety. I like the fact there is more than one option giving you that choice to tailor to your needs.
I have always found through my own experience as someone suffers with mental health issues, is that doing something practical when you feel dire really can make you feel tons better. It gives back that empowerment and seeking out some help can build your confidence when you are feeling so rubbish.
I can’t really fault the app and give it a 5* because it is important to spend time on your mental health.
Cheers for reading X
I recieved app payment in exchange of review. All opinions are entirely my own.