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Happy Not Perfect: The Best Self-Care App

Happy Not Perfect is a self-care app designed to boost dopamine and relax your nervous system. The 7-step daily routine works toward a more mindful…

App Store preview of Happy Not Perfect

As we enter a new year, we try to find peace after the chaos of the holiday season. More importantly, we try to maintain the calmness throughout the new year, though we’re not usually successful. Taking the time to journal or meditate can be hard to squeeze into our busy lives. Our App of the Week, Happy Not Perfect, is the best self-care app to get you into a routine of taking care of yourself.

Founder Poppy Jamie was inspired to create Happy Not Perfect when she woke up in the middle of the night feeling stressed, anxious, and helpless. She thought about creating a tool that could be available 24/7 (because therapists aren’t typically available at midnight) to help better manage her own struggles. Keeping the mental health of millennials in mind along with extensive research from experts, Jamie launched Happy Not Perfect.

Happy Not Perfect is designed to become a short and quick routine for your daily life (because mental health is important to take care of every day). Developed with the help of psychologists, neuroscientists, breathing experts, and more, the daily workouts are designed to boost dopamine and relax your nervous system. The daily self-care workouts consist of 7 steps:

  1. Mood selection - check-in to cater the rest of your workout
  2. Breath - take a moment to breathe
  3. Journaling - write down your worries, then “burn” them
  4. Reframe with Gratitude - focus on the positives
  5. Mindful Mini-Game - disrupt your thinking with a short distraction
  6. Compassion/Challenge - be kind to yourself or complete a challenge
  7. Send Good Vibes - share the love to let someone know you’re thinking of them

In a time crunch and can’t complete the workout? The app also offers “daily dose” exercises so you still have a moment to focus on mindfulness. With bold fonts and bright colors, Happy Not Perfect is designed to be personal and not “sterile” like a doctor’s office. If you want to go beyond the basic features, Happy Not Perfect offers a premium subscription ($9.99/month, $59.99/year) that includes unlimited happiness workouts, 300+ mindfulness meditations, and unlimited “daily doses” for mindfulness.

Screenshots of Happy Not Perfect

With a 4.8/5 star rating in the App Store, Happy Not Perfect is the self-care app you need to make a part of your daily routine. Bustle has featured Happy Not Perfect as the app that puts a “colorful spin” on self-care and Vogue has featured the app as a self-care app “that actually works.”

Take a moment to treat your mental health and download Happy Not Perfect.

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