Genius Apps That Will Help You Finally Take Your Self-Care Seriously | 22 Words

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you've probably come across the term "self-care" a fair amount. Self-care is basically the practice of taking action in order to preserve and improve your own health, whether that be mental, physical, or emotional. A lot of people spend so much of their lives taking care of other people. While that's very admirable, it's important to realize that you can't pour from an empty vessel. Taking care of yourself is of the utmost importance.

Of course, you're also super busy, running around from work to home to school to daycare to the grocery store to wherever else life takes you in a given day. We don't all have the time to relax in a bubble bath for an hour every day. Luckily, there are tons of phone apps out there that can help you practice better self-care. I've rounded up a few of my favorite ones here. I hope you find something you like!

We all feel stressed sometimes.

I'm willing to bet there's not a single person who feels like they are 100 percent on top of things 100 percent of the time. We're only human!

That's why it's so important to make time for self-care.

You are only one person who can only do so much. You've gotta take care of you! I'm sure you've heard plenty of people talk about self-care and different ways to achieve it. Self-care can take many different forms, each of which is completely valid and very helpful when trying to maintain balance in life.

For some, practicing self-care means taking a bubble bath.

Light some candles, fill up the tub, turn off the lights, and float in your bathtub while your worries and stress completely melt away. Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

For others, self-care might mean taking a few minutes to breathe deeply.

Isn't that GIF so relaxing? I could seriously watch it all day.

Self-care isn't always calm and quiet, though.

For some people, self-care might entail de-stressing with a punching bag or a kickboxing class. Basically, self-care entails setting aside some time to just take care of yourself and do what your body and brain need.

And, because we're living in the 21st century, there's an app for that.

In fact, there are several apps that make self-care easier than ever. You don't have to go on a week-long yoga retreat to take care of yourself. You can do it right here, right now. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite apps for practicing self-care.

1. Plant Nanny

When's the last time you had a drink of water? Unless you answered "literally 2 seconds ago," it's probably been too long.

In Plant Nanny, you plant a seed.

Then, every time you drink water (in real life), you "water" your plant (in the app). Also, the plants are insanely adorable.

The more water you drink, the more plants you can unlock!

You can set the app to give you reminders of when to take a drink. Every time the notification pops up, you'll be so excited to give your little plant a drink — which means you'll also be staying hydrated. Download it HERE.

2. Daylio

How are you feeling right now? How did you feel last Tuesday? How about the Tuesday before that?

Daylio makes it easy to do exactly that, and it only takes about 10 seconds of your time.

Once a day, you'll get a notification to record how you're feeling in your "micro diary." You don't have to write anything; just tap the icons to record your mood and what activities you did that day.

Tracking your mood can provide so much insight.

After enough time has passed, Daylio will provide you with stats and reports that you can use to anticipate mood swings and combat rough patches. Download it HERE.

3. Calm

I've always wanted to try meditating, but I always, always get distracted and wind up feeling more stressed than I did before I started. That changed when I downloaded Calm.

Calm provides guided meditations that actually work.

It also has a bunch of sleep stories that help you drift off to sleep. Although, I'm gonna be honest — I usually fall asleep during the meditations themselves. Download it HERE.

P.S. I also recommend following the Calm account on Instagram.

It's just so...nice I always appreciate when their posts show up in my feed.

4. Naturespace

Do you love the sounds of nature but also have a job that requires you to, like, actually be at work rather than out in nature? If so, Naturespace is exactly what you're looking for.

I use this app every single day. In fact, I'm using it right now as I write these very words.

Naturespace is a library of immersive, 3D recordings of nature. That basically means that if you close your eyes, you can literally hear how far away different parts of the recording are. You might hear a lazy fly buzz lazily from your left side to your right, or hear thunder behind you while listening to the rainfall right in front of you. It's kind of trippy.

They have a bunch of free tracks, along with a large library you can purchase tracks from.

Tracks are usually about a dollar apiece. (My favorite tracks right now are "Equinox" and "Sheltered," just FYI.) Download it HERE.

5. Habitica

Humans' brains are wired to enjoy games. That's why you find it nearly impossible to put your phone down in the middle of a game of Candy Crush. So, how do we use our natural enjoyment of games to improve our lives?

We turn life into a game!

That's what Habitica does. You create your own little avatar and make goals for yourself — things like brushing your teeth, cleaning your room, or going to bed early. Really, your goals can be pretty much anything.

As you complete your goals in real life, you level up your Habitica character.

You can even partner up with friends to defeat in-game enemies together. In addition to playing a fun game, you get to improve your actual life in the process! Download it HERE.

6. Grateful: A Gratitude Journal

We could all benefit from being more grateful. When you make it a point to notice things and be grateful for them, you become a happier person.

The Grateful app makes it easier than ever to do just that.

Every day, you receive a prompt to quickly jot down something that you're thankful for. In most cases, it only takes a few seconds of your time.

But just the act of recording something for which you're grateful can totally transform your mood.

Not only will you be happy remembering something good in your life; you'll also be more likely to notice other good things and be grateful for them, too! It's like a neverending cycle of happiness. Download it HERE.

7. Charity Miles

If you need a little extra motivation to start exercising more, Charity Miles might be exactly what you're looking for. Donate money to worthy causes simply by walking, running, or biking!

You can choose the charity you wish to donate to.

Charity Miles works with causes such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Autism Speaks and Stand Up to Cancer.

For every mile you bike, 25 cents will be donated to charity.

And every mile you bike, 10 cents will be donated. The app is also totally free! Download it HERE.

8. Happify

Wanna be happier? Of course, you do! We all do!

Happify makes it easier than ever to be happier.

Not only that; it actually makes getting happy into a game! Happify offers a ton of science-based activities and games that have been proven to actually make people happier.

By playing the games, you'll build the necessary skills for lifelong happiness.

Playing games, becoming happier, and learning how to maintain that happiness for the rest of your life? Sign me up. Download it HERE. Share this with someone who loves tech and is looking for ways to improve their self-care regimen!