Holly Health stories: Geoff's journey to find balance

January 12, 2023

We always love hearing the experiences of our users, to learn how Holly Health has helped impact their health and wellbeing.

We recently sat down with Geoff, who has been using Holly Health since August 2022. Conscious that over the years of working, he had struggled to manage his work-life balance and invariably prioritised work ahead of health, he was looking for actionable tips to improve his mental and physical wellbeing.

Excited to particularly learn more about mindfulness and resilience, he downloaded the app and is now a daily user. These are his experiences using the app over the last four months.

What do you like about Holly Health?

Holly Health does a super job of actively reminding you to conduct the habits that you have signed up for, via personable notifications on your phone. The tone of the messaging is not authoritative, but encouraging; not repetitive, but playful; not boring same-old, but inspirational. The fact that the app is using nudge theory in such a way, coupled with accessible information and practical videos, is what I like about the app.

“The fact that the app is using nudge theory in such a way, coupled with accessible information and practical videos, is what I like about the app”

How has Holly Health helped you?

It has encouraged me to start and keep going with stretching exercises (in my teenage years I was a competitive swimmer and was very flexible), so by helping me to positively engage with my physical health again, I can now fit stretching into my daily schedule. I find Holly Health very supportive and motivational throughout the day. I never want to let the “little bird” down – as such the “little bird” is helping me to not let myself down.

What were some of your top favourite habits created from using Holly health?

My top three favourite habits definitely have to be my morning stretches, daily walks and exercising outdoors. Getting out and spending time outside every day walking is now part of my daily routine. Having recently retired, Holly Health has really helped me to put structure into my daily routine. When I was working, my outlook calendar and work schedule pretty much dictated my daily routine. I can feel the difference the next day/evening if I don’t get out and walk for example. My sleep is impacted as is my general mood. If this happens I then double down via Holly Health.

What did you achieve with Holly Health? What was the outcome of your experience?

In the first instance, using the Holly Health app to start to take my physical and mental health seriously. Don't underestimate the challenge – there is so much information on the web that it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. Holly Health helped to bring together the knowledge I needed to start and continue with the habits that I know are helping me.

“I find Holly Health very supportive and motivational throughout the day. I never want to let the “little bird” down – as such the “little bird” is helping me to not let myself down.”

How do you think the healthy habits created while using Holly Health will help you in the future?

Simple stretching exercises. When I was a teenager I was a competitive swimmer and stretched multiple times a day.  Once I stopped swimming and as I got older the daily requirements of my work and parental adult responsibilities meant that I just stopped.  It's only with the help of Holly Health that I now do stretches every day.  Looking back I can see that I allowed my work to become the reason why I stopped…. I can hear myself saying “ I just don't have time…..” when of course I did. Now having made the decision to retire I now realise that I can and will make the time, to maximise the time that I have left.

Would you recommend Holly Health? Why?

Yes, in fact, I recommend Holly Health to friends and family already. Why? Because the app makes it easy for you to learn, create and curate your health habits in an open and inclusive app - supported and accompanied by the friendly “Holly Health” bird!