New app for people with fatigue, stress and burnout

Press Release : September 11, 2015
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A new app for people with fatigue, stress and burnout has been launched in the App Store today. The app, called ‘PocketEnergy’, is specifically made to help people suffering from chronic fatigue, stress and pain to gain more control over their health and wellbeing.

It has been estimated that burnout affects one third of the employees in the UK, while a quarter of a million British people are diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). People suffering from these illnesses often feel helpless, because its causes remain ambiguous and treatment is not always available (there is for example no cure for CFS). The PocketEnergy app now offers these people a tool to gain insight into their physical and mental borders and to control and improve their energy balance.

Earlier this year the PocketEnergy app was successfully launched in the Netherlands and Belgium (in Dutch). Thousands of people in these two countries are currently using the app to get an overview of their symptoms and to make an optimal planning for their daily lives. Every day the app asks its users to report their activities and to evaluate their physical and mental health. The app then brings the users’ input in relation with their energy balance. Providing advanced statistics, users receive practical tips that allow them to make the necessary changes in their routine to feel more energetic and confident.

The PocketEnergy app has been developed by René Kuijlenburg, who was diagnosed with CFS himself about seven years ago. The efforts he made to get his life back on track form the basis of the app. “I realized that people with the same or similar symptoms could benefit from my approach. PocketEnergy works as a personal coach who is always by your side. If you want to know your borders, find a healthier balance and want to recharge your energy, this app may be able to help you.”

Since its launch in the Dutch language, the PocketEnergy app has featured in the top ten of the Apple Store’s health and fitness apps in the Netherlands. Users indicate that the app helps them in various ways. Peter, who had a burnout, states: ‘Now I know when I should stop an activity or do something else. I even have more energy.’ And Jeanette, who suffers from chronic pain, says: ‘Monitoring my daily activities provides me with insight and understanding. I learn to plan better and am able to better deal with the impacts of my chronic pain.’

The English version of the Pocket Energy app is now available for download for £1,49 in the App Store from Apple (iOS).

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