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Our 5 Favorite Self-Care Apps That Are Definitely Worth It

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When you care for others, be it family or friends, it’s important to also remember to care for yourself. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done a lot of the time!

With all the responsibilities in our modern world, it can be hard to sneak in a little ‘me’ time when you’re exhausted from a long day.

Let’s face it, though: We all have some sort of smartphone on us most of the time. So why not use it to help integrate self-care into our daily routines?

We’ve put together a great list of our favorite apps that can help you fit in some self-care throughout the day, no matter what you’re doing.

Storyteller by MHN

Storyteller is probably the prettiest app we’ve ever seen, with features not many others offer. You’ll get a new, aesthetically-pleasing wallpaper each day with inspirational quotes to help start your morning with a positive mindset.

Morgan Harper Nicols, the mastermind behind it all, sends comforting and encouraging notifications and writes short-form pieces that will help you understand that you’re not alone in your struggles. Her writing is so relatable and uplifting that you’ll feel you’re getting encouragement from a close friend. 

DailyBean – Simplest Journal

This journal has very cute icons for each selection that you simply click to record whatever you’re tracking. Calendar mode lets you review your mood for the month, which is extremely beneficial, according to health experts.

You can use the tracker to understand your moods, find triggers, and look back at how you’ve felt at different times. Categories are separated by social, meals, weather, and events.

There are also customizable categories, so you can record what’s important to you. There’s no writing needed, but you can add text and personal pictures if you want to be extra. It’s completely up to you what you want your journal to look like, which is why we love this app!

Fabulous – Daily Routine Planner

This app has tons of great reviews from users who want to change negative habits or add healthier ones to their daily routine – and for good reason! Not only can it help you practice healthier habits, but it can also ensure you take mindfulness breaks, work out, and plan out your day down to fifteen-minute increments. Basically, if you’re looking for the ultimate self-care app, this is it!

You can add morning, noon, and night routines with aesthetically pleasing graphics. Plus, this app is fully customizable and sends notification reminders to keep your new or current habits on track.

Whether you’d like to work out, drink more water, or take time to meditate, this app might be the game-changer you’re looking for. 


We love a good app that offers free features for all its users. This app gives you the ability to turn your home into a fitness class with the press of a button, without having to spend a lot of money on gym memberships. Need extra motivation? FitOn lets you connect with your friends for workouts, which makes it way more likely that you’ll actually do them!

On FitOn, you can take one-on-one classes taught by famous trainers and celebrities like Gabrielle Union. They offer training for users who want balanced cardio, strength training, dance, and other workouts at their fingertips.

Some classes require fitness equipment, but many don’t, so beginners and experts alike can use this app for self-care! Also, you can save workouts for later and set notifications to make sure you stay on track with your fitness goals.

So, whether you have just four minutes for a quick warm-up or want a longer workout, FitOn’s got your back!

365 Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals are a wellness tool that can help you focus on the positives in your life. Relationships, a new job, a pet – basically anything that brings you joy. This app gives you daily pages with prompts and lessons to promote self-love and a better awareness of everything you have right now.

Even if you have just a few minutes a day to spend on this app, it can really make a difference. Looking back at the things you’re grateful for when you’re struggling is a great mood booster, even if it’s something small. Because it’s so simple and beneficial, this app is our favorite gratitude journal of the year. 

Bottom line

Self-care might look different for each one of us, but we all need it on a regular basis. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps that will suit your personal needs, no matter what they are.

If one of these apps seems to address what you need in your life right now, whether that’s better organization, more exercise, or just a few words of daily encouragement, try them out for a while and track your progress. Your mental and physical health are worth investing in, and these apps are an easy, inexpensive way to do just that! 

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