Feel Stress Free is an app created by Thrive which:
- Keeps track of your mood over time
- Enables you to train your thoughts so you can manage how you feel about different situations
- Trains you in 4 relaxation techniques that give you control over your stress
which can help over time to make sure you some time out, de-stress and forget about the world for a little while. I was offered a months trial to see what I thought of it.
I downloaded the app from the App store and it’s a very user friendly appealing app with a lovely beach theme aptly named ‘Calm Isle’ which immediately makes you think of a relaxing holiday with waves lapping on the shore and some calming music complete with sounds of water and seagulls. All you need to use it is sound headphones and a quiet room somewhere.
There are options which are open and some that unlock as you go along. My favourite was the breathing because it made me sit in a room by myself without distractions and just relax whilst the main focus was on my breathing instead of worrying about everything just for a little while. I felt refreshed and ready to take on anything ( usually the kids pummeling the hell out of each other).
You can choose how long you want to do each activity for, which is great if you don’t have an awful lot of time or if you do have a bit of ‘me time’ you can use it for longer. The little dude you can see in the top left breathes along with you so it’s visual as well as being able to hear the instructions from a very calm sounding voice. It did take a bit of getting used to as I felt a bit daft to start with but then I realised I was doing this for me and no one else could even see me anyway so it didn’t actually matter!
There are lots of options if you move around the Isle by swiping left or right including:
- Deep Muscle
- Self Hypnosis
- Mood Meter
- Zen Garden
The mood meter is handy as it can suggest activities based on how you’re feeling, the more you use it the better it gets at suggestions. The Zen garden lets you make your own little garden on the beach. It just makes you relax and forget about the days stresses for a while.
I found that this app worked well for me after a long day either with the kids or at work as it just gave me a chance to stop, relax and chill out a bit. Something I wouldn’t really have done before.
Each time you use the app you need to log in so your progress is saved and there’s a subscription fee of £4.99 a month for full use and cheaper options if you sign up for longer periods.
Thrive also do an ‘Arachnophobia Free’ App which I’m sure many people (including myself) would benefit from. Been finding the mini beasts all over the place lately!
*I was given a month subscription for free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*