Today I am going to be reviewing the app ‘Thrive’, an app that aims to make you feel the best you can feel, optimise your mind and help you keep your mind and body healthy.
I was given a month free in order to complete my review and, seeing as I have anxiety, I felt as though I would be a good fit to review the app and share my progress/the outcome with my readers.
In order to give you a complete run down on the app, I am going to go through everything I did – from signing up to completing the exercises – and end with my overall thoughts.
The whole signup process is really easy, all you have to do it register with your email address and create a password of your choice, then go to your email inbox to verify your email address and voila, you’re in.
Once you sign in, you are welcomed by what looks like a little robot man, who will take you through a number of ‘hints and tips’ regarding the app and what Stress Free Island has to offer you.
Some of the tips include how to use the app, how to use some of the app’s sessions and how to find out more information if you need it.
Once you complete the ‘hints and tips’ walk through, the next screen is the ‘Mood Meter’, which says that it is a tool that ‘will help you track your mood over time’. Your mood will then determine the exercises recommended to you, based on how your are feeling.
In addition to exercises, the little robot helper will ‘question the thoughts that are making you feel that way’, a technique that has been very helpful and effective when dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression.
How are you feeling?
So, the first time I am filling in the ‘how are you feeling’ bar is today, the 4 July. The screen show a slider bar with a dark cloud on one end, and a bright, shining sun on the other.
Today I am feeling quite good, so I am going to slide my bar to the right, 3/4 of the way and in the yellow.
Right off the bat, I love that the app is colourful, the illustrations are great, and I like that the little robot man is there as your ‘helper’.
Describe the situation. What are you feeling good about?
The next screen is filled with purple bubbles, and asks me about the situation and what I am feeling good about. It’s nice to start off with a positive question, instead of starting off with the negative things you may be feeling, this would uplift my mood instantly, as it is making you think about the good things from the start.
Some of the thoughts in the purple bubbles include: your finances, work, your weight, how you look and more – covering every aspect of life in general, and giving you the option to choose more than one.
The next screen gives you bubbles relating to your previous selections. For example, I chose ‘relationship’ being something I feel good about in the first selection, and ‘wedding’ as something I feel good about in my second selection.
The third bubble-filled screen asks ‘what thoughts made you feel that way? What was going through your mind right before you started feeling like that?’ and includes bubbles that say: I feel supported and I’ve done my best. You can also double tap on a bubble to increase it’s importance – I really like that feature because sometimes there are things that stand out more and contribute to your mood more.
That is the end of the first questionnaire.
The second questionnaire asks the user to ‘select the reply closest to how you have been feeling in the past week’. And says ‘don’t take too long over your replies: your immediate is best’.
A couple of the questions they asked me, included:
And a box pops up with your results and a warning that you ‘should not substitute the results given with the advice a professional has given you’.
Based on how I am feeling, the app has now recommended a couple of exercises to complete that will help me to build resilience and optimise my emotional wellbeing.
The in-app features are the ones users will utilise each day to help how they are feeling and to relax. Depending on how you are feeling day-to-day the suggestions given to you will be different. I have combinations that include:
- Breathing and meditation
- Breathing and zen garden
- Deep muscle and meditation
All of which I have felt really benefitted me at the time and helped bring myself back to some kind of ‘centre’ where I feel I can carry on with my day, go to bed feeling peaceful, or even go back to work after needing a moment or two.
The app also has a very cute feature where you can send encouraging messages in bottles to other users. I loved this so much because it lifted my mood with the inspirational quotes and always put a smile on my face.
Now that I have touched on all the aspects the app provides users, I am going to let you know more about my personal experience using the app.
I have been using Thrive for the past three weeks and, overall, I feel like it has made a significant impact on my mental wellbeing. Usually I log on to Thrive at lunch time every day, because my mood in the morning does not necessarily stay the same until lunch time, and go through all the questions.
I feel as thought it allows me to face how I am really feeling, instead of fobbing off my feelings like I would normally do, and gives me ways to make myself feel better, instead of me feeling like I am stuck in a rut all day.
The questionnaire allows me to figure out exactly how I am feeling, why I am feeling that way and then focus on things that are going well and that are good in my life, instead of focusing on the bad – which I would immediately do without hesitation due to my anxiety.
In addition to all the helpful in-app features, I loved the overall design and functionality. The colours are bright and cheerful, and the app is so easy to use – which is great for people like me who get confused when things are not where I feel they should be.
I also loved the fact that I could log on to the app on my phone, tablet or desktop, meaning that I could use it no matter what device I was using during my lunch time.
Overall I feel as though the Thrive app is a great addition to other therapies. I am on anxiety meds which have my anxiety ‘under control’ the majority of the time, but when I do feel like I need some extra help that doesn’t include taking meds or talking to someone, I know I can get out my phone and play around in the Zen Garden for 10 minutes to calm my mind, or go to the car and do a breathing exercise to centre myself again.
All-in-all I would recommend this app to those who feel like they need something easy to use and always on hand when it comes to their mental health. Equally, I feel like anyone would benefit from its features in general. In the none-stop, fast-paced world we live in, everyone should take some time to be one with their mind, take a deep breath and find their ‘calm’. A perfect 5/5 from me.
If you are interested in finding out more about this app, you can visit Thrive’s website here.