The Best Self-Care Apps for When You Need to Do You

Self-care has become a total necessity thanks to all of the stress and pressure we’re constantly under. But what’s really the best way to practice it? You could chop vegetables or watch ASMR videos on YouTube or head to the spa for a massage. Or you could download any of these six apps, perfect for prioritizing your mental and physical well-being.

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Available in both free and premium versions, Headspace’s goal is to teach you how to meditate. A free basics course will introduce the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness, and after that, by subscription, you can gain access to a massive meditation library. (Free for iPhone and Android, with in-app purchases)

We could all benefit from being a little happier, but how do we make it happen? Happify uses fun weekly activities to help you break old patterns and form new healthy habits, allowing you better cope with stress and conquer negative thoughts. (Free for iPhone and Android, with in-app purchases)

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Sleep Cycle
We know that sleep is essential to overall well-being, but getting a good night is often harder than it sounds. That’s where Sleep Cycle comes in. Basically, the app is an alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep, which feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock. (Free for iPhone and Android)

More than just a meditation app, Pacifica provides daily tools for stress, anxiety and depression—like mood trackers, daily challenges and journaling prompts—based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation. (Free for iPhone and Android, with in-app purchases)

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If your self-care routine includes regular exercise, MyFitnessPal might be for you. The app lets you log your physical stats, workouts, food and fitness goals. It can also be used as a social network, allowing you to connect with and challenge friends to keep up your healthy lifestyles. (Free for iPhone and Android)

This soothing app is a take-care-of-a-plant simulator. Yes, really. Essentially, when you download Viridi, you take a plant, put it in a pot and tend to it. A calming soundtrack plus subdued colors make this the least action-packed game your phone has ever seen—in a good way. (Free for iPhone and Android, with in-app purchases)

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Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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