Juice is an engaging routine tracker that helps you see the impact of your lifestyle on your energy. Learn more about the program, and get information on when it is appropriate to use it, find out what young people thought of it, and read professional advice and young people’s tips for using it in practice.
This tool will assist with:
- tracking the impact of sleep, exercise and nutrition on energy
- visualising the impact of routine on depression
- motivation to improve lifestyle factors.
Juice is a simple, very visual app for helping people track the links between routine and energy, and helping them take small steps to improve energy levels. Users rate their energy levels and activities daily – including sleep, exercise and nutrition. Through regular use users can unlock new options to track such as mood, stress, balance and relationships. Weekly reports show activity patterns that are affecting your energy most, and daily notifications provide tips and ideas for improvement.
Where to access this tool
When to use Juice
Juice may be most effective with young people experiencing mild mental health difficulties or emerging mood disorders. However it can be a helpful tool to compliment professional treatment for young people with more entrenched illnesses.
This app would be great to use with young people experiencing depression – exercise is one of the most effective treatment strategies for depression, and sleep and nutrition also have demonstrated impact, making this a great way to visualise their impacts. The app may also be more useful for young people in uni or the workforce given the flavour of the ‘tips’ associated with the app.
Juice is not suitable for clients who are unable to learn how to read the graphs generated within the app.
What young people thought of Juice
- It’s an easy way to make the mental connection between some activities and their benefits.
- Easy to use and sends reminders daily so you don’t forget.
- I like the daily tips, which you can store.
- The graphs make it easy to see how you are going.
- Some of the tip ‘previews’ are too long and should be made succinct for people who just want the facts.
- I didn’t realise straight away that you can choose to edit what you want to track.
Professionals’ advice on using Juice in practice
Try out the app and do the program first before trying it out with your clients. Become well versed with it and have it on your phone for ‘show and tell’ purposes, so you remember when’s a good time to use it and can get to the relevant info easily. There is also a great video introduction on the webpage which can be viewed with the client.
Juice targets the fundamental and basic lifestyle issues in mental health: energy, sleep, exercise and nutrition. With these aspects addressed, treatment can continue to work on more complex issues as needed.
Instead of telling a client “Poor diet, lack of sleep and insufficient exercise will affect your energy,” you can now say, “Try this app and let’s find out what things affect your energy.” As a clinician this is also a great way to learn about a client’s individual situation and risk factors. For young people, it can be empowering and encourages them to be drivers of change in their own lives.
Encourage young people to take advantage of the tips reminder function. MindBloom, the producers of Juice, claim that the tips provided within the app are written by experts in the field. I was unable to review all of them (there are hundreds!), but from the large sample I did assess this appears to be true.
Remember that you can compare the relationships between ingredients (not just between energy and the ingredients), such as the relationship between exercise and sleep! This can provide a much richer picture of life for a young person.
Juice is full of opportunities to click out of the application and straight onto other self-help websites, often selling costly products. Warn clients of this risk and advise them to speak to you before making any additional purchases.
Advice from young people
It can be all too easy to forget about what makes you feel good, or to ignore these activities during anxious times because it’s easy to allow anxiety or depression to take over. The app gives the user an easy way to make the mental connection between some activities and their benefits - increasing the chance of making them habitual.
It would be great during a health/HPE class for understanding healthy eating/exercise etc. and young people would be keen to use it because it is way better than other “homework”!
Remind young people to set up the reminder function on their phone so they don’t forget to use the app!
This tool was reviewed by Jennifer and Ryan, young people from the ReachOut.com community. Professional advice was provided by Justine Stephens-Reicher (Psychologist) and Simon DuBois (Psychologist).
- Download the app and try it for yourself.
- Introduce it as a great way to see how lifestyle factors are impacting your energy levels.
- Check back in at future sessions to help young people examine the impact.