Thrive App: Feel Stress Free

Sunday, 1 October 2017



While I am very lucky to have pretty good mental health, I still get myself worked up and anxious about things - like everyone does. When Thrive reached out to me to review their new app 'Feel Stress Free', I jumped at the chance as I know many of my friends suffer with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems and thought maybe this could help them, but also help me manage my feelings and not to sweat the small stuff...

Thrive: Feel Stress Free is a relaxation app with many different elements that can help de-stress you if you're feeling particularly stressed out. It has a mood tracker, weekly goals to try and help improve your mood and lifestyle. It also has a 'Zen Garden', deep muscle relaxation, meditation and self-suggestion exercises to help you when you have certain feelings or worries and to help your mindfulness. I really think this app has the most gorgeous design and some ingenious features and it's really helped me during stressful times over the past month. 


Favourite Features

Instantly, I fell in love with the mood tracker. You use a sliding scale to tell the app how you're feeling and then it asks you questions to find out what you're feeling good about and maybe what lifestyle changes you could do to improve your mood. For me, for example, the app suggested I was drinking too much coffee and maybe that was why I was feeling anxious so it set me a goal to only have two cups of coffee a day. It also reminds you about all the good things that are going on in your life, like your relationship, your career, your family etc. so that when you are feeling down, you are reminded that these things are real and there.

Another feature that I am obsessed with is the 'Zen Garden' feature. This calming exercise allows for you to create your own Zen Garden to distract you when you are worried about something, or when you just need something calming to do. You can arrange rocks, plants, sea creatures (it's beach themed, so that's why!) in your own personalised Zen Garden and you have three which you can keep coming back to and tending to and you go on. I love having this as a creative outlet when I'm not feeling blogging - it's a pressure-less zone for your creativity.  I also really love the Deep Muscle Relaxation and I find this most useful when I'm about to go to sleep. I just pop my headphones in and zone out.


Did It Help?

The app is designed for people with anxiety and depression and I really think that this can work as a temporary calming measure for people when they are having particularly bad days. For me, personally, it has helped me to be a calmer person. When I can sense than I'm going to panic about something, or something in life has got me down, I just log into the app and get lost in the fantastically designed beach world doing some of the exercises. And sometimes it's nice to be reminded that you're in a good relationship, you have a strong bond with your family and you have a great group of friends - no matter what your mental state.

I'm going to keep using this app because it's been exceptionally helpful to me, especially when travelling as I do suffer from mild travel anxiety. To listen to the Deep Muscle Relaxation and create my Zen Garden on a train has been very helpful in stopping me from completely freaking out about it and for that, I am very grateful to the app. If you feel like this is an app that could benefit you, then the lovely people at Thrive have given me a code so that you can download the app for free during the month of October. The code is 'STRESSFREE0917'. I don't benefit at all from you using this code - it's just a gift from the people at Thrive.

If this app sounds like something you need in your life, then you can download it here. Remember, use the code 'STRESSFREE0917' to get it for free this month! 

51 comments

  1. I'm definitely going to download this app! Thanks so much for the code (: bloody love the sound of this! xxx

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    1. It’s such a good app! I defo recommend! Xx

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  2. This sounds like a fab app Chloe! It’ll be perfect for those needing a bit of help relaxing xx

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    1. Helps me to relax & focus on what is important!

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  3. This sounds like such a helpful app! Think I might have to try it. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  4. This sound interesting and I might have to try it because it sounds like it really works x

    Kayleigh Zara šŸŒæwww.kayleighzaraa.com

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  5. Ohhh this app looks amazing, I'm obsessed with the Zen Garden aspect, it sounds SO calming! I'm trying to sign up to less subscription services and be a bit better with money, but I'll have to make some wiggle room in my budget for this I think hehe!

    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. It’s so fun as well! I’m so anal about how my gardens look!

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  6. This sounds like something that would really benefit me! Thank you for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  7. This app sounds really good and interesting xx

    Taylor Jane ox | www.taylorjane.co.uk

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  8. Wow, I'd certainly like to give this app a go! I love the idea of a mood tracker but I'm useless at remembering to fill one out on paper, so this sounds perfect for me! The app seems really well designed and aesthetically appealing too! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Abbey šŸ‚ Http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Me too, but you can set reminders to make sure you to manage to x

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  9. I've used this app and loved it too! It really helped me to take a few minutes for myself each day when I was using it, and the zen garden was a particular favourite! x

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  10. Sounds like a lovely app- so good to see something that actually helps instead of social media apps etc! I love the idea of the Zen Garden as something to focus on and put your mind to!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

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    1. The zen garden is my favourite part of the app!

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  11. This app sounds amazing! I'm so stressed at the moment so I'm downloading it right now šŸ˜‚ Thanks for recommending x

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    1. It’s so good Chlo! You won’t regret it ❤️

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  12. This app sounds like such an amazing idea! The idea of the Zen Garden sounds fab. Great to have something helpful on the go whenever you need it.

    Ellie x

    http://elliesbitsofbeauty.com

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    1. A little bit of therapy in your pocket :)

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  13. I haven't heard of this app - I'll check it out x

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  14. I love the sound of this app and the idea of the Zen Garden sounds like a great idea. I definitely think this is an app I need to check out so thank you for sharing.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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    1. That’s ok Kristy, hope that it can help you!

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  15. This sounds like such a great app for whenever you're feeling anxious! I love that apps such as this one are now readily available to help those of us who need it :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  16. This literally sounds exactly what I need, I am so excited to download this and use it! It's always nice to have reminders of the great things you have on your darkest days and the zen garden sounds so cute! What a fabulous app, it sounds so well designed!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. It’s so useful, Alice! Helped me this weekend with my travel anxiety! X

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  17. This is such an important app! Definitely going to download this now. Never would have find it otherwise, so thanks so much for sharing!

    Sabrina xx
    www.sabrinadoeslife.co.uk

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    1. That’s ok Sabrina!! I’m glad I could share it with you!!

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  18. I've just downloaded this! I could do with an app like this and I am trying to get more use out of my ipad haha. Great review xx

    G

    www.teawithgi.com

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    1. Yay! So glad to hear! Enjoy it lovely!

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  19. Ooo this sounds like an app I could do with! Will give it a try xx

    Gemma Louise

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  20. Oh this sounds so interesting and something I could TOTALLY do with in my life... off to download it and give it a try! Thanks for the heads up x

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  21. I've never been one myself to use apps like this, but my best friend is obsessed with them. I will be sure to pass this along to her!

    Alys
    alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Sounds like a great app and really cool. Never heard of it and thanks for sharing.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  23. I love the sound of this app! Definitely going to give it a go ☺️ xx

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  24. Going to give this app a go! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

    Steph xx
    www.stephsworld.com

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  25. Definitely needed this post in my life. I can be such a stress head!

    Paige | withlovepaige.com

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  26. I have Anxiety and this sounds amazing, I will definitely be checking out the app after reading your post :) xx

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  27. This app sounds absolutely perfect for me and that zen garden sounds perfect to try and distract me when I feel a panic attack coming on! I'll definitely download this and try it out!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

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  28. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commentators here! Mobile App Developers

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