Thrive | Feel Stress Free App Review

Thrive Feel Stress Free Welcome Page

I’m a huge supporter of meditation and mindfulness apps. I think they can be great for encouraging us to take some time out and look after our mental health. I was recently fortunate enough to be able to review Thrive’s Feel Stress Free App. As I am in the process of starting a new job, my anxiety has been through the roof and this reflected in my scores on the daily mood meter. Therefore, the app suggested that I try particular meditations in order to keep my anxiety under control. I’ve previously written about my mental health struggles and so, this app was something I really wanted to try.

One thing in particular that I like about Thrive, is that it is available to use on my laptop but also can be downloaded as an app on the Play Store, meaning that I can complete some of my tasks on the go.

Thrive Feel Stress Free Mood Meter Thrive Feel Stress Free Relaxation Page


The app works off a ‘goals’ system, so that you should aim to complete particular tasks everyday. All of the goals are designed to keep you in optimum mental wellbeing and build resilience. For example, one day I was tasked with going for a walk, doing something fun with a friend and completing one of their particular meditations. On a day where my anxiety was particularly high, I was set an ’emergency goal’ to seek help for my anxiety, and they provided helplines and contact details for both NHS choices and the Samaritans. I thought that this was a great option, as I know from prior experience that these are both really useful helplines within the UK and it’s great that the app actually recognises high anxiety.

Thrive offers a variety of activities including various meditations with various lengths of time. In total, the app offers four different relaxation techniques: Breathing, Meditation, Deep Muscle and Self-Suggestion. Upon completion of each exercise, you receive ‘Zen Points’.

Thrive Feel Stress Free Meditations Thrive Feel Stress Free Zen Rewards Page

Progress and Wellbeing

There are also other sections within the app, such as ‘Progress’, to view your progress over time. Through this section, you’re able to view fluctuations in your mood, and responses to particular questions. this is a great option to look at your progress over time. Considering how variable mental health can be, I think this is a great way to look for trends in your mental wellbeing. In addition to this, there are a variety of ‘Wellbeing’ guides in order to give you further information on factors that can help you to deal with stressful situations.

There is also a ‘Message in a Bottle’ feature, which allows you to send inspirational messages to others. They also recommend that you check this feature everyday as you may be on the receiving end of somebody else’s message. I thought this was such a cute idea, and I love that the app helps you to set up an anonymous username so that you won’t be recognized.

Thrive Feel Stress Free Message in a Bottle

Mindfulness Games

Thrive offer a variety of relaxation tasks to keep yourself distracted when you think you may be about to panic. For example, in the ‘Zen Garden’ you are able to create your own mindful space, similar to that of traditional Japanese Rock Gardens. Alternatively, you can participate in ‘Zen Challenges’ or play ‘Wise Words’, a game designed to distract you when you’re feeling distracted, and requires you to look for words in a jumble. It also encourages you to look for the positives, as there is a positive word in each jumble. You’ll receive bonus points when you find it!

Thrive Feel Stress Free Wise Words Game

Thrive from a Scientific Perspective

So far, there has been one academic research study investigating the effectiveness of Thrive, and it has been shown to be effective in those with agoraphobia (Christoforou, Sáez Fonseca & Tsakanikos, 2017). Further research is currently in the process of peer review and suggests that the app increases the rate of recovery at two, four and six weeks in those with anxiety and depression (Reference).

All in all, I have really enjoyed using Thrive and I have found it incredibly helpful in reducing my anxiety. By all means, it is not a replacement for professional help. But, it’s a fantastic tool to help you look after your mental wellbeing, as it means that you consciously have to take the time out to complete the tasks. I love that it goes beyond traditional meditation apps, as it has a variety of different games and distraction techniques.

Chloe Elizabeth* I was kindly offered a free trial of Thrive to review in exchange for a blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. October 21, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Hi Chloe! I used to have the Calm app but I wasn’t able to use it now with my new phone. This sounds like a really cool app! I love how it has the “mindfulness games” which is really cute! I will definitely recommend this one to my friends too xx

    Mary |

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 21, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks so much Mary! I’m really glad you like it. It’s worth checking out! xx

  2. October 21, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Sounds like an amazing app.
    I really like the game-part. I usually feel short of breath when I try out bodyscans and meditations. Like I can’t breathe properly. So I need other ways of de-stressing/panicking. Easy games could be an answer to that.
    Thanx for sharing the experience. And best of luck with the new job❤️
    Linda x

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 21, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      I feel that too sometimes Linda, I’m not sure why! But the games are a lot of fun <3

  3. October 21, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I really like this post – and I’m definitely going to check out the app! I’ve only started exploring meditation ans relaxation techniques recently so I welcomed this post. Thanks for sharing! Xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 21, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m really glad you liked it and I hope it’s helpful! xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 21, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Ellie! xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 21, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Cute isn’t it! xx

  4. October 21, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    This sounds like a really helpful app! I love that message in a bottle idea, how lovely when you’re having a down day to be able to receive a nice message from someone else!

    Jess //

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 21, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks Jess! It really is so cute and always lovely to receive a message xx

  5. October 21, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    This looks so interesting and I’m definitely going to give it a try. I have anxiety so something like this could be brilliant to help me on bad days where I need to try and calm down a little and chill out. I love the message in a bottle idea! Xx

    Tiffany x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 21, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      I’d recommend giving it a try, it can be really useful for distracting yourself! xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 21, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Glad it was useful Megan 🙂 x

  6. October 21, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    This app looks great, I’ve had a few apps before to help with my anxiety but I haven’t found one that I have stuck to! I’ve tried the calm app before – which is really great but this looks really helpful, might have to give this one a go 🙂

    Chloe x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 21, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      It’s definitely worth a try! I hope it works for you Chloe 🙂 x

  7. Amelia
    October 21, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I’ll have to give this a go!! Thanks for this wonderful review xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 23, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks Amelia! I’m so glad you liked it xx

  8. October 21, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing! As a fellow anxiety gal these tips are helpful!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 23, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Glad it was useful, Tammy! <3

  9. October 21, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    This sounds really good! It looks very user friendly. I don’t currently use anything like this but I like the idea of having something to check in with daily for the little things x


    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 23, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      I’d really recommend it, it’s a really good pick me up! x

  10. October 22, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Okay I have to check out this app. Thanks for the info.

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 23, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      No problem!

  11. October 22, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    This app seems so cool! I love the idea of having goals and tasks for everyday and the fact that the app manages to make it fun sounds amazing X

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      October 23, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      So glad you like it Faye – it’s really unusual and I love it! x

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