Self-esteem — or confidence in yourself and your capabilities — is a quality that can affect how you experience each day. When you have high self-esteem, you have a positive self-image, and your thoughts and feelings toward yourself are positive, too.
This can help you feel motivated to apply for your dream job, to start working toward new health goals, or simply to take care of yourself in the ways you need. Low self-esteem, on the other hand, can lead to depression and other negative effects on mental health.
In this article, we’ll take a look at nine of our favorite apps that put a confidence coach in your back pocket. Choose one that resonates, and use it alongside other physical and mental health apps, sleeping apps, and diet apps to form healthier lifestyle habits.
The idea powering ThinkUp is that a positive mindset is essential to becoming who you want to be. ThinkUp helps you to cultivate a positive mindset and motivation through positive affirmations and self-talk to help you reach your full potential.
- Daily affirmations and mantras from an expert-approved list that can help you combat negative self-talk
- Personalized affirmations when you record in your voice
- Ability to add inspiring and relaxing music
A free version allows you to build a short program and record up to three affirmations. To get the most from the program, you can purchase a premium membership for $7.99 per month or $39.99 annually.
2) Mindfit: Meditation and Sleep
If you’ve been curious about mindfulness and meditation, Mindfit provides a library of content you can use to master your mind and relax. This meditation app can help you reduce stress in your daily life and can even help you regulate your sleep patterns.
- Option to choose goals from finding peace to overcoming negative emotions and from learning to meditate to personal growth
- Meditation courses and guided mindfulness recordings
- Sleep messaging and dreamscape sounds
After a seven day free trial, MindFit costs $49.99 per year.
3) CBT Tools for Healthy Living
The heart of this app is in its name: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic approach based on a set of principles attributing psychological concerns to ways of thinking and unhelpful behavior.
Because CBT is widely practiced by mental health professionals and clinical psychologists and has a body of research supporting its effectiveness, you can rest assured that CBT Tools for Healthy Living is science-backed. Use it on its own or alongside therapy.
- Cognitive Diary provides a place for cognitive restructuring
- Inspire Diary serves as a place to record affirmations and positive events
- Self-assessments help you to learn about your cognitive style, happiness, and more
This app is free to download (you can upgrade to an ad-free version) but is available only for Android.
4) Build Confidence with AJ
Created by a mindfulness expert, coach, and therapist, Build Confidence teaches you to feel calm and in control. This app is also useful for building inner strength and stress resilience, developing a healthy lifestyle, and practicing positive thinking.
- Meditations to inspire and motivate you to eat well and stay healthy in body and mind
- Breathing exercises and calming meditations to manage stress and anxiety
- Relaxation techniques and tools to help you sleep more restfully
There isn’t a free version of this app, but for $2.99 you can have unlimited access to the meditations and tools.
Happier was designed by happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, and is home to courses and tools that help people become happier, healthier, and more productive and creative. Core to this self-help app is The Four Tendencies personality framework, which describes how you respond to outer and inner expectations.
- Choice of aims to work on including energy, relationships, purpose, recharging, creativity, order, mindful consumption, mindful investment, and productivity
- Personalized toolkit to help you track progress toward a concrete and measurable goal you set for yourself
- Daily habit formation tips and happiness-boosting insights to gain self-knowledge
Free to download, Happier allows you to track one aim without a subscription. You can subscribe for $7.99 monthly or $75 annually to unlock unlimited aims and habit tools.
6) Meditation Oasis: Simply Being
Meditation teacher Mary Maddux created this app alongside Richard Maddux, who composed the deeply relaxing music to support a state during meditations or played on its own.
- Programs for beginning meditation, advanced meditation, and anxiety and worry varying in length
- Meditation sessions for sleep, relaxation, emotional healing, pain relief, health and healing, walking, breathing, stress relief, heart opening, and work and study
- Option to add soothing nature sounds
The “Basics” program allows access to a few basic meditations. A subscription to access all meditations costs $7.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
Headspace is a meditation and mindfulness app that can help you to start a daily meditation habit, ease stress and build stress resilience, create the conditions for restful sleep, focus, and find motivation for mindful movement.
Headspace also includes what used to be Shine, an inclusive, culturally competent mental wellness app that was recognized as an Apple “Best of 2020” self-care app.
- Meditations led by world-class experts from all walks of life
- Guided meditations and breathwork
- Soothing stories, calming sounds, and sleep music to listen to
- Personalized recommendations based on how you’re feeling
After a 14-day free trial, Headspace costs $12.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
Developed by scientists and experts across positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy, Happify is a tech-forward app centered around science-based activities and games.
Reduce stress and negative thoughts, learn life-changing habits, and grow key skills shared among happy people: savor the moment, thank those who matter, aspire to meaningful goals, give of yourself, empathize with others, and revive your health.
- Inspiring and informative content on The Upside
- Tracks on relationships, mindfulness and meditation, personal growth, family and kids, health and wellbeing, and work and money
- Community posts to read and comment on
While there are a few free tracks, you’ll have to unlock all tracks (including some that may be recommended for you) for $14.99 monthly, $139.99 annually, or $449.99 for a lifetime.
9) (Bonus) Nutrisense
Nutrisense gives you the tools to understand what works for your body and helps you to make lasting changes that work for you, building your self-esteem by arming you with the information and positive feedback you need to build healthy habits and reach your health goals.
- Continuous glucose monitor for insights into how your body responds to food, sleep, stress, and other factors
- Registered dietitian coach to get the most from your insights and make lasting changes
- App to track your data, hold yourself accountable, experiment, and achieve your goals
- Connection with other members for community support
With plans starting at $225, you’ll gain access to the Nutrisense program and begin receiving two 14-day CGM sensors per month, plus free dietitian support for your first month. Find out how you can get started with Nutrisense here.
Engage with Your Blood Glucose Levels with Nutrisense
Your blood sugar levels can significantly impact how your body feels and functions. That’s why stable blood glucose levels can be an important factor in supporting overall wellbeing.
With Nutrisense, you’ll be able to track your blood glucose levels over time using a CGM, so you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy living.
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Heather has worked in healthcare and nutrition for over 15 years, with bachelor's degrees in Microbiology and Philosophy and a master's degree in Nutrition Science. Her professional background includes nutrition and diabetes research, nutrition education, medical writing, and extensive clinical work in a functional neuroendocrine specialty practice.