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Your recovery toolbox

Reviews of Books, TV shows, Podcasts and Apps that can support your therapy and help you in your recovery 

by Lisa Anderson

Friends at the Beach

App Reviews

These apps are best implemented alongside therapy. Here is a short breakdown of pros and cons:

Meditation App  

Pros: This app has an unbelievable variety of meditation packs which are short and really easy to follow. It can help reduce anxiety and enable you to learn how to control your thoughts.

Cons: It's a little on the pricey side for the full app, but definitely worth the money. Teachers and NHS staff can get a discount too.




Bloom: Self Therapy App

Pros: If you're not ready for therapy yet then this app can help to calm you in times of stress and teach you how to journal effectively to support a positive mindset. It also integrates some CBT.

Cons: There isn't a video for every scenario and it's more reactive than proactive in terms of therapy. You can't have an in-depth conversation with the app which means it cannot pick up on areas you need to work on to help change your habits.



Daily Affirmation App

Pros: Excellent app! Adds to therapy perfectly to support the rewiring of your brain and can make you feel good about yourself. You can also tailor it to your own needs.

Cons: No cons!



Self-Hypnosis App

Pros: Very easy to use and can help to pull you out of panic and stress within a 10 minute video. It's science backed and doesn't cost too much. It has an interactive mode which supports your engagement.

Cons: This app can help with stress, insomnia and improve focus but there is only one video for whatever you're aiming to improve. This can be repetitive but it does still work well.



What apps have you tried? Let us know what's been helping you in your recovery journey!



Helpful T.V. Programmes to Watch in Recovery

Freddie Flintoff opens up about his struggle with bulimia on BBC 1 where he highlights male struggles with eating disorders: it's very informative too. This may be triggering to watch as Flintoff has not decided to seek help yet for his eating disorder. I found it to be eye opening and helped me see that recovery is a really good choice.



Zara McDermott explores disordered eating and eating disorders on BBC3. Some viewers found this programme tone deaf and triggering. I personally found it very informative and believe it helps to fight the stigma surrounding eating disorders.



What TV shows have you seen that you have found helpful or informative? Have you found any that you found negative or harmful to your recovery? Let us know!

Helpful Podcasts for Recovery

Andrew Huberman is a professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, America. His podcasts are fascinating, this one was especially good as it provides lots of information on the imbalances in brain chemistry within people with anorexia. (We obviously know to ignore the 'healthy eating' caption as we know that the categorisation of food into healthy and unhealthy labels is inappropriate.)



This podcast is excellent; with guest speakers each week, there's episodes on, for example, how to identify eating disorders in adolescents, how to support loved ones through recovery and different recovery tools. I highly recommend this podcast: it's very relatable.

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