Mental Health | Thrive Stress Free App

Good evening my lovelies!

I’ve recently been covering mental health on the blog, if you are a regular reader then you will know my thoughts on this topic and how important it is to continue to raise awareness and reduce the amount of stigma surrounding it.

Thrive gave me the opportunity to give their relatively new app Stress Free* a whirl, their Stress Free app released in 2016 set out to help prevent, detect and manage mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Their evidence-based app allows you to use a variety of techniques to cope and manage stress and anxiety.

With the current waiting process for seeking help for your mental health, anything that can help people with their struggles is a huge bonus, generally the only way to get access to receiving treatment is when your mental health is deteriorating and you warrant a referral by a GP or need to be hospitalised which should never be the case. Andres one of the founders of Thrive is a UK trained psychiatrist, his aim is to form an app to try and prevent mental illnesses from progressing.

Thrive is clinically focused using evidence based activities to try to treat and prevent common mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression. The app is super easy to navigate around, to begin with your asked to answer a couple of questions of how you have been feeling over the past week, Thrive ask that you try not to think about the responses because it’s best to give your immediate answer.

Thrive have incorporated a mood meter into the app which asks you daily how you are feeling, the mood meter is a slidable scale from feeling low to feeling really happy which is what I like to see, because lets be realistic you are never one or another. I know that sometimes when i’m feeling rather rubbish I might not be right down to the red side of the scale but just into the orange, so I like how realistic it is.

Once you’ve used the mood meter it leads you onto the thought trainer, this is cognitive behavioural therapy based and helps you train those pesky negative thoughts to see the positive in them.

I’ve used the mood meter to generate the results below, so i’ve put my moods relatively happy, I’d say about mid way through green. I was recently interviewed for a Senior Mental Health Support Worker position and am yet to hear back from it, but I am feeling really positive and have had good feedback so far. I have always dreaded interviews as my brain goes to mush and heart ends up in my stomach but I managed to hold it together and I feel great.

After filling your mood meter the app asks you a couple of questions and allows you to pick from a variety of options based around your answers. Thrive then gives you suggestions of which activities to complete to help you build resilience, combat stress and eliminate negative thoughts.

Thrive’s various activities provide you with ways to help you cope with daily stresses and negative thoughts and include:

Breathing

Deep muscle Relaxation

Self hypnosis

 Meditation

By doing deep muscle relaxation it tenses and relaxes your muscles which in turn calms your mind. Meditation teaches you to not engage with your negative thoughts and allowing to them pass by. The self hypnosis section will try and train you to put yourself in a hypnotic state and the calm breathing helps you to relax your mind and body, just three minutes three times a day will have long term positive benefits.

The Stress Free App allows you to track your progress throughout using it which is really handy as you can see where you are progressing.

I really like the applications activities and I can see them being beneficial to someone that is struggling with their mental health but I think that charging such a high fee for people to have access to it is the wrong approach.

I believe that people with mental health issues could be put off paying out such a large amount of money to get help as i’ve found that when suffering from depression it is hard to realise that you are struggling especially to the point where you are willing to resolve it financially.

Download the app getting yourself a free trial using FSFJUNE310617

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Can using phones/tablets actually be educational? Featuring Kidloland

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There’s a huge debate when it comes to children and technology, some parents allow their kids to use tablets, TVs etc and some it’s a complete no go which fair enough everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to bring their children up to how they wish, myself I see no problem with Scarlett using them. Scarlett watches TV and plays games including educational games on my phone but she isn’t stuck to the device 12 hours a day everyday, we still teach her so much but it has contributed and helped her thrive.

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Kidloland* is an award winning downloadable app for phones and tablets aimed at 0-5 year olds which includes 1000+ nursery rhymes, songs, stories, activities, games for kids on their app. The app is really easy to navigate through for both parents and children, Scarlett has had absolutely no problem with using it and finding what she wants.

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The main menu of Kidloland includes, Nursery Rhymes 1-20, Stories, Phonics, ABCD Songs, Games, Learn to Trace, Nursery Rhymes 21-25, Surprises,Chomping Monsters, Popping Time, Activities, Magic Words, Create & Play Occupations, Create & Play Places Around Us, Wheels on the Bus, Weather & Seasons, Dinos, Old MacDonald Songs, Vehicles, Animal Kingdom, Fruits & Vegetables, Row Your Boat, Numbers 1-100, Lullabies, Colours & Shapes, Months & Days and Christmas Songs.

 

Whenever me and Scarlett are out and about especially when it comes to using public transport for long time periods I think it is important for us to have entertainment as she gets bored of books and me pulling funny faces after a while, she’s probably thinking what the hell is mummy doing half the time. Generally Scarlett tends to use Kids Youtube where she finds things like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol but this absolutely drains my data use age when we are out and about but with Kidloland within the app you are able to download the items so that whenever your on the go or have no internet your child can still use the app, so there is no worrying about using all your data.

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What I love most about Kidloland is that it is really interactive, it’s not just getting her to sit in front of a TV and watch it like you would with shows like Paw Patrol, she has to interact with the app for example learn to trace, on the screen it comes up with a letter of the alphabet, it requires you to trace the letter with your finger. Scarlett is in love with this app and mummy plays along with it too.

App is free to download, subscription packages available at £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months.

Kidloland is available on IOS and Google Play Store & Amazon App Store.

What are your thoughts about children using phones and tablets?

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