Bri | ADHD, Stress, & Mood

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Bri.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve?
Mood monitoring and stress management

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being?
Managing my mood has reminded me how often I let small unimportant things ruin my whole day’s mood. By inputting my mood several times throughout the day, I can register that the whole day wasn’t actually so bad. It has helped manage my anxiety because I avoid spiraling about unimportant things and remember to refocus on the good things with the gratitude section. I also track daily habits like how much I eat and exercise. Using the factors allows me to compare why I may have been feeling a certain way, whether that be due to too much screen time, my productivity levels, amount of stress, or even the weather.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody?
Bearable is easy, customizable, fun, colourful, and helpful with managing life and taking control of your daily moods to understand stress and behaviour.

What else would you like to tell people about Bearable?
I really enjoy inputting all the factors from the day and comparing what was different and seeing how that impacted all the other things going on in my life.

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K | Anxiety & Sleep

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K.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve?
More understanding of my mental health and well-being and the ability to see what influences how I feel mentally and physically each day.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being?
This has allowed me to change my schedule and daily life to improve my mental and physical wellbeing using the statistics Bearable provides.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody?
It’s really fun and interesting to see the correlations between factors! It has given me so much insight but also is a cool app. I feel like I know myself a lot better.

What else would you like to tell people about Bearable?
Bearable has really changed how I manage my anxiety and improved my wellbeing.

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Katherine | Bipolar, Anxiety, and PMDD

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Katherine.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve?
Tracking my mood and correlations between different activities and factors, such as sleep. I have bipolar and tracking factors such as sleep, how much caffeine or alcohol I’m having, can help predict a mood-swing and let me take preventative measures.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being?
Though for the most part, I already knew a lot of the broad correlations between factors and mood (i.e. too much alcohol and caffeine is bad, and exercise is good), I didn’t realize how some factors impacted my sleep and productivity and energy levels. I’m also a graduate student so knowing how to optimize my mental and physical health to sustain productivity is important.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody?
I used to use Daylio but I switched a couple of months [ago] to Bearable. Bearable’s mood scale is better (I can rate from 1-10, instead of 1-5 like on Daylio). Tracking my sleep is extremely important for me, so being able to add time in bed, time asleep, and customize other factors such as if I went to bed late, or if I used my phone in bed are very useful. Being able to see correlations between not just my mood and other factors, but also my sleep, energy levels and productivity puts it above other mood trackers. Being able to add significant events/incidents is also extremely useful. Unfortunately, I just went through a breakup, and being able to see my mood progresses as I heal is a very useful tool.

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Alice | Eating Disorder

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Alice.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve?
Eating disorder recovery.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being?
Hugely impacting [my] physical and mental well-being.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody?
Highly customizable and (for people with disordered eating) no calories or judgement around data captured.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
After a year of recovery from disordered eating, I am trying to improve my health and well-being without slipping back into the eating disorder mindset. It’s often hard to use tracking apps as they generally have calories attached which is problematic for people struggling with eating disorders. I chose to use bearable largely because there is no calorie counter and there isn’t judgement attached to the options. I have also added my own custom categories to help me create mindfulness around other aspects of my recovery and the process has been enlightening. I am learning what foods make me and my body feel good or bad, I am learning which self-care rituals soothe me or give me energy. I find myself more and more motivated to continue adding the things that make me feel good because I can easily see how it helps my mental health and physical comfort but at the same time, because this a data-driven approach, it is easier to be kind to myself and not feel guilt when I make a choice that doesn’t make me feel good. The times when that happens I can notice it without judgement and see it as nothing more than an interesting data point for me to consider which is incredibly important for my recovery.

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Matilda | Mental Health & Autism

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Matilda.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve? I needed a way to track what traits and symptoms I had when I started to struggle more with my mental health.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being? It helps me to understand more about my body because my autism sometimes doesn’t allow me to access my interoception skills and understand what’s going on inside me. It also helps me do chain analysis style thinking for my hallucinations on a bad day compared to a good day.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody? I would recommend Bearable to anyone and I do. It’s customisable enough (even in the free version) that it will relate to most people. I love love love weekly summaries and the chance to do the experiment. It’s also really valuable to be able to add the significant events.

Is there anything else you’d like to share? This type of data is invaluable and filling it out only takes a minute or two at the end of the day. I find it really helpful to have a reminder to fill it out and I position a shortcut of the app on my main home screen on my phone.

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Nicole | Migraines, Arthritis & Mental health.

Nicole's Bearable user story

Nicole.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve? Before Bearable, whenever I would go to the doctor, I would say, “I don’t know, I don’t remember. I’m sorry”. This sounds super cheesy but seriously, with Bearable it’s helped me document important health changes I’m experiencing. I feel I’m given the power to help advocate for myself when my body makes it hard for me to. Other apps I used didn’t allow me as much depth or breadth. Bearable makes it easy to find a specific day/ symptom/ whichever that you are looking for which is super easy! I’m literally overjoyed I found Bearable because it feels like I’m given the power I needed back, at the tip of my fingertips.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being? Bearable helps me document the small things I’m experiencing or the large. I feel it’s allowed me to be able to report back to my health care providers and say: on this day I experienced this. What can you do to help me? I feel Bearable also helps set me up for success to be a better and healthier person too.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody? Bearable allows you to document SO MUCH. It feels like there’s no limit! Other apps really don’t allow you to record a range of things you’re experiencing. You can also add factors (that maybe Bearable missed). So it really gives you a lot of opportunity to use it for what you need.

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Maria | Anxiety & Chronic Pain

Maria's Bearable user story

Maria.

What’s Bearable helping you to achieve? To calm down during a rough day. I recently moved to a new country and started a new job and the adaptation process has been hard even with the support from my colleagues and the friendly people I’ve met on the way. I feel better when I recognize that I’m having a difficult day or that I’m overwhelmed and that there are actions I can take to feel better.

What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being? I feel relieved after completing the different categories and I recognize better what is bothering me during the day so I can either change it or avoid it.

What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody? It’s easy to use, it’s customizable and you get reminders to complete the information during the day.

What else would you like to tell people about your Bearable Story? I’ve struggled with anxiety since I can remember and it’s good to find apps like Bearable that are available anytime.

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Alia | Chronic Illness

Alia.

I started using Bearable because in the past I had trouble communicating and understanding what was wrong, I had less ideas of what to track and gave up on tracking because I had notes but no way to view the data. 

Bearable helps me to better track and record medical problems, be more aware of symptoms and emotions, and better track what helps relieve pain/problems. This has made it easier to communicate with health care professionals & my fiancé about what is wrong. It is also helping me pinpoint symptoms and understand which are long term problems.

The main benefit of Bearable is that all the data in one place allows for easy analysis. I used Daylio before and I prefer Bearable because there is more I can do with Bearable. Also the bearable Reddit and Discord community is awesome and super helpful.

I would recommend Bearable to anyone with chronic health issues to help with management and communication with their doctors, it also acts as “proof” to show how significant events impact your life and change moods, symptoms, etc. Also anyone that wants a better understanding of their health and wishes to improve upon it, whether for determining blind spots or to just understand health better for peace of mind.

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Robyn | Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

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Robyn.

I started using Bearable because someone told me about it several years ago, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Dr’s had told me back in 2005 to “go away” because  “there’s nothing I can do for you (as I’m allergic to most pain medication) as there’s been very little research done on your condition you’ll end up in a wheelchair one day”.

After spending 2 years working with a very good naturopath a combination of herbal concoctions and gentle exercise helped improve my quality of life.

In 2010 my husband and I decided to sell up and travel the country (the whole grey nomad) early. We worked our way around for 10 years working when we had to and then enjoying life till we ran out of money (and then worked some more). This life suited us I could work for a couple of months, when the pain got too much we’d move on and relax for a month or two.

The biggest drawback of living this lifestyle, is that I still need to see Dr’s from time to time trying to explain my symptoms and condition was a long drawn out affair as my condition has many associated conditions that go with it. After several years of doing this I met someone who told me about Bearable, I thought it was worth a try.

It’s amazing how much easier it is to talk to doctors when you have a graph and background at your fingertips. But not only did it help them but it has helped ME no end, just working out what helps. With the help of bearable (and my naturopath) I was able to stay stable for 10 years, at least till the onset of Lockdown.

Bearable is a big part of my daily morning ritual accompanying my coffee and when my family ask “how are you today mum?” I hand them my tablet with my 28 to 58 symptoms and they say “I never new you have all that wrong with you”.

I would recommend Bearable to other people that anyone who has Fibromyalgia or any other long term/chronic condition especially if they have to interact with the health professionals

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Rae | Mental Health & ADHD

Rae.

I started using Bearable because my mental health was tanking as a uni student during COVID lockdowns. I wanted more insight into what I could do to feel better. I also wanted a record of my symptoms, as when I speak to health professionals I tend to downplay my struggles if I don’t have ‘hard evidence’ to back things up!

Bearable helps me to communicate better with my treatment team (GP, psychologist, and occasional psychiatrist). See how factors like my menstrual cycle, participation in hobbies, and alcohol consumption affect my mood, energy and sleep.

My ultimate goal is to use Bearable to reach a place with my mental health where I’m able to work enough to support myself and still enjoy life.

I would recommend Bearable to other people that are neurodivergent (I have ADHD).

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