So managing all feelings, and particularly difficult feelings like depression and anxiety, was a big part of the early days and months of getting sober for me. Even now I’m always on the look out for new sober treats and self-care tools to make this easier for all of us. The new Feel Stress Free app released this year, is the second mindfulness app I have tried as I have talked on the blog before about Headspace.
For me psychological self-care and fitness is as important as physical fitness and self-care so this was a great addition to my sober tool-box particularly on the go when life gets tricky. As you know I’m a District Nurse and some patient visits can be emotionally difficult so having an app in my pocket that I can tap into, potentially between patient visits if needed, is a much welcomed respite. The apps image and sounds of a desert island, lapping waves and seagulls with background calming music was lovely every time.
This above image is the first screen that greets you once you have downloaded for free the Thrive’s Feel Stress Free Mobile App which is available for iOS and Android. It works on a subscription basis,which can be purchased for one month, three months or a year. For one month it will set you back £4.99, for 3 months it will cost £3.33 each month and for a year it’s £1.99 each month. I was lucky enough to get a month’s free trial from the developers 🙂
This is what their website says:
Be Stress Free has been created over two years of development and research to pro-actively prevent and manage stress and anxiety.
- 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
Stressed or anxious? We can help! Using evidence-based techniques, we help you learn to relax and build your resilience to these common—yet hard to conquer—problems. Featuring our thought trainer, zen garden, and unique ‘message in bottle’ social feature, there’s plenty to explore!
I loved the zen garden and ‘message in a bottle’ social feature (that enables you to send a message of encouragement to others using the app) and fed back to the developers:
“Have recently spent a year training part time to be a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor at the University of Cambridge and one of the therapeutic tools we used was a sand tray! It was lovely to be able to immerse myself in that way again and very valuable.”
I wasn’t the only reviewer who really liked this as Moonlolly in the City agreed: ‘If you swipe left, you go to a second island called the ‘Zen Garden’, a virtual Japanese rock garden used to aid meditation. Here you can design your own space and save your best designs. I loved this part, probably because I’m a big kid – it was one of those absorbing exercises akin to adult colouring books. Totally on board with this.’
One of the things I liked about this app is it is designed by clinicians: