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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Mental Health | Self Care

Mental Health is such an important topic that needs to be more widely discussed but unfortunately there is still so much stigma surrounding it. I’ve recently covered mental health on my blog with posts on my own mental health story and MQ Mental Health Charity so that’s where this post comes in, what can you do to help manage your mental health with self care.

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When struggling with your mental health sometimes even the basic daily routines become a problem such as taking a shower, socialising with friends, attending appointments, not being able to get out of bed, that might seem unrealistic to those who haven’t had a mental illness or not know much about it but when you’ve got a mental illness such as depression these simple daily tasks become unmanageable and less important. Practicing self care techniques may help manage or prevent symptoms from developing but this is not always the case for everyone, some might require the use of medication and/or therapy, everyone is individual and unique, what works for me might not work for you.

If you’ve read my post on my own mental health journey you’ll notice that my mental health is a lot better than what it was, it’s a lot more manageable, it’s not totally gone as I do go through periods where I am pretty low in mood but nothing that requires the use of medication just a little self care when I finally force myself to do it, I am a little stubborn and i’ll keep telling myself and my husband i’m fine.

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With working full time which involves 12 hour shifts 3 times a week and being a mum to a 3 year old life is pretty hectic, it’s really important for me to set a side at least a hour for some self care whether it would be binge watching Netflix, going to the gym or a pamper evening, just that little bit of time for myself. Usually my self care routine involves me running a bubble bath, lighting tonnes of candles, grabbing my favourite face mask out of the drawer which is currently Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal  Purifying Glow Mask (£16), caking my ever so dead hair in a Argan oil mask and catching up on my current favourite shows which are Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy and The 100. Sounds perfect right?! it is, it really does the trick with helping me relax which in turn washes away half of the problems that which when you step back and look at the bigger picture, shouldn’t be an issue.

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There are so many different types of self care that you could try such as meditation, starting a blog/journal, declutter, wear your favourite perfume, spend time with your loved ones or go to an exercise class.

Your mental health is important, it doesn’t matter if you feel it’s the smallest thing in comparison to others it still matters.  If you are suffering from any form of mental health speak to someone, a friend, a family member, a charity, your GP, it is really important that you don’t let it take over your life. I’d like to think that I will always make time for anyone that wants a chat if they’re feeling low.

Do you have your own mental health story? I would to hear how you coped with it in the comments below!

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Melt With Love Advent Calendar

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Christmas is the best time of year because I get to indulge into my unhealthy obsessions such as pizza, chocolate, candles and clothes. The whole concept of a small gift every day until Christmas makes the build up that little bit more exciting. Melt With Love released their very own Advent Calendar* (£14.99) I needed it to fulfil my candle obsession, lucky for me Melt With Love sent me one for review. Melt With Love are an independent company that makes little heart shaped soy wax melts in a variety of scents.

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“The Melt With Love advent calendar contains 24 Christmas and winter scented handmade heart shaped soy wax melts

Each individual heart shaped soy wax melt will give you approximately 6-9 hours (sometimes longer) of delicious fragrance when burnt with an unscented tea light. Our soy wax melts work in all electric wax melt burners. When you are ready to replace the melt allow the burner to cool, the wax to set & simply scrape out & rinse in warm soapy water alternatively place the cooled burner in the fridge & the wax will pop out.”

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The scents include: amaretto nog, blue christmas, candy cane, winter fireside, festive fairies, coco frost, pumpkin & chestnut, mistletoe kisses, love christmas, snow dragon, frosted cranberries, vanilla & spice, festive gingerbread, apple strudel & spice, winter wreath, nutmeg & ginger, frankincense & myrthh, cinnamon & apple, mulled wine & berries, chocolate orange, nutcracker, blueberry & vanilla, winter season and christmas cake.

With candles I tend to lean towards the sweeter scents like cinnamon and vanilla so this calendar was perfect for me as it is filled with all of those, if you are one for the fresher scents then Melt With Love offer these on their website. I have used Melt With Love’s soy wax melts before particularly I  love their lime, basil & mandarin which I believe is compared to Jo Malone. I can vouch for the wax melts and honestly I can say they’re incredible, the scent fills the whole room up and last for hours on end which is exactly what you want when burning a candle. Melt With Love also sells 20 soy wax melt jars (£8) filled with your favourite scent including well known perfume scents which are a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.

*post contains PR samples*

What’s your favourite scent?

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10 Things About Me!

I thought that I would do a little personal post today for you guys to get to know me a little better so here are 10 things about me.

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  1. I am a first time mum to a beautiful little girl, Scarlett Rose. She is 1 year old and I am constantly learning new things.
  2. I am 23.
  3. I have a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and I would absolutely love to go onto do a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology.
  4. I absolutely LOVE cake, chocolate and carbs.
  5. I am an avid tea drinker.
  6. I collect vinyl toys, for those who do not know I would suggest flicking through my partner’s website The Toy Chronicle, there is a huge vinyl toy community worldwide. I currently have a huge collection featuring the works of Doktor A, Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd.
  7. I am a fiancee to a very helpful, generous, loving and talented partner, soon to be married.
  8. I met my partner through collecting these vinyl toys on Instagram and have never looked back since.
  9. I am a support care worker for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
  10. Once I start a new series on Netflix I literally can’t stop watching them, I watch one episode after another until the series has finished. Some of my favourites are Fringe, Vampire Diaries, Originals, Pretty Little Liars and Criminal Minds.

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