Seven self-help and motivation apps to channel your inner peace

We all go through phases when we feel like we’re not smart enough, attractive enough or exciting enough. No matter how fulfilling our lives are, there are bound to be days when you’ll find yourself wishing you could be someone else. The notion of needing self-help is very real.

These fluctuations are part of life, and every individual goes through them at some point or another. And the good news is, there are steps you can take to pull yourself out of feeling this way.

No, we’re not talking about expensive couch sessions with your therapist. Instead, you could try installing a few apps on your Android phone. Mobile tech influences numerous aspects of our lives. They teach us how to cook, get fit and manage our finances. But they can also help us feel more confident and self-empowered.

We’ve rounded up some of the best self-help and motivational apps for Android for when you feel like you’d need a fresh perspective.

Pacifica

What it is:

Stress and anxiety are a big component of our modern lives. Want some help in minimizing their effects on your well-being? Pacifica could be the answer.

Why you should try it:

  • The app offers psychologist-designed audio lessons and activities to help you cope with stress, anxiety and even depression.
  • Pacifica includes a database of mindfulness meditation audio tools and mood tracker so you can see your progress over time.
  • Comes with an elegant interface that’s very easy to use

Install Pacifica

Personality Development

What it is:

An app which takes on the hard task of helping you cultivate new and worthy personality traits.

Why you should try it:

  • We all have things about our personalities we want to work on. Whether we’re trying to cultivate a character trait or to get rid of some unwanted habit, this app could prove helpful.
  • The app includes useful tips, training, skill sharing and quotes on 150 topics of self-improvement.
  • It provides easy to understand content for various personality types.

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Forest: Stay Focused

What it is:

This app addresses two very common issue today: phone addiction and the inability to stay focused on a task by employing a very unique technique.

Why you should try it:

  • Forest provides an interesting solution: it challenges you to plant a seed in the Forest and watch it grow. But for it to develop and prosper you need to leave the app on and restrain from playing a quick round of Super Mario Run or text your best friend.
  • As you continue to stay away from social media and other temptations, you’ll be able to unlock more tree species and earn reward.
  • You can easily share your forest and compete with friends.

Install Forest: Stay Focused

Luscher Test

What it is:

This app is a tool for better understanding your deepest wants, needs and desires. It’s super easy to use and produces results based on personal color preference.

Why you should try it:

  • Uncover the hidden depths of your personality with the Luscher Test app. The test was developed by Dr. Max Luscher in Basel, Switzerland. Since color preference is subjective and seated in the unconscious, Dr. Luscher theorized that color selection can reveal the person as they really are, not as they perceive themselves to be.
  • The test is very easy to take. You’ll simply have to choose from 8 colors in order of preference: tap on the one you like best, then the second and so on.
  • You have to take the test twice so that the app can generate a more accurate interpretation. This helps ensure that the subject has been sure about his choices rather than simply being impulsive.

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Mindly

What it is:

Mindly is a creative little app aimed at individuals leading busy lives who are in need of decluttering their minds in order to better organize their ideas.

Why you should try it:

  • When you feel like you have too much on your plate, it’s easy to get demotivated. Mindly wants to help you organize things, so you can take it one by one.
  • Mindly is a great app for visual people who will certainly appreciate the clean and minimalist design.
  • The app is basically an organizer for your thoughts. You add thoughts which take the form of colorful circles, as they gravitate around the main idea, which is also represented as a (larger) circle (it could be a speech or a presentation or a design project).

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Habitica

What it is:

An app which looks at the whole concept of creating habits a bit differently. With Habitica it’s easy to form new habits and stick to your daily tasks.

Why you should try it:

  • Habitica puts a different spin on doing chores and completing tasks because it treats everything as a game.
  • Input your habits, daily goals and to-do list and create your avatar. As you check off tasks you will unlock new features such as armor, pets and yes! even quests.
  • Users can team up with friends and fight monsters to keep each other accountable.

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Life Hacks

What it is:

Life Hacks teaches you new tips and tricks that will make your life easier and more pleasurable. Learn a new hack everyday and keep yourself sharp.

Why you should try it:

  • Life hacks let you learn something useful every day. Bet you didn’t know you could use a t-shirt as a small pillowcase.
  • Choose from a selection of categories including Food, Money Saver or Life Tips
  • Stay connected to the stream of life hacks. The app sends you notifications when something new is added, both when you’re online and offline

Install Life Hacks