Tide is an app designed to increase mindfulness, concentration and productivity. Learn more about the app and get more information on when it is appropriate to use it, find out what young people thought of it, and read professional's and young people's advice for using it in practice.
This tool will assist with:
- increasing mindfulness
- improving focus, concentration and productivity.
Tide is a simply designed app for helping people to be more focused and productive on any given task through utilising the focus timer based on the Pomodoro technique. This time management method breaks down tasks into 25 minute intervals with short breaks of 5 minutes in between.
The app also provides a white noise function with various sounds to increase relaxation and mindfulness throughout the duration of completing the user's set task and can be integrated with numerous music applications. Tide also features a focus history so the user can view how many sessions they have completed.
Where to access this tool
Tide is free to download and is available on both iOS and Android devices.
Our young people rated it 2.5/5
Our professionals rated it 3/5
When to use Tide
This app can be used by young people who are stressed or have difficulty concentrating on set tasks, particularly throughout studying.
What young people thought of Tide
- The design is simple and calming.
- The different sounds you can choose from.
- The number of sounds you can choose from are limited.
- Sounds may not cater to everyone.
- The sounds were distracting.
- Alternatively could use your phone as a timer without relying on an app.
Professionals' advice on using Tide in practice
In practice this app would be suitable within the context of good study habits particularly with lack of motivation and focus or if they are experiencing ADHD.
After showing the young person the app and going through its functions, together you could set a challenge where they are required to use the app prior to their next session.
Advice from Young People
This app would be good to use to calm down and relax before or after a stressful event such as an exam or an interview.
It would also be useful during study time as the sounds are useful as white noise.
This tool was reviewed by Erin and Paige, young people from the ReachOut.com community. Professional advice was provided by Simon DuBois (Psychologist).
- Try the app first before trying it with your client so you are familiar with it and are able to demonstrate it to them.
- Work with the young person to set challenges for them to work towards.
- Check in about how it worked for them during the following session.