|Fabulous Self Care app
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|Free trial (basic); paid upgrade
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Fabulous Self Care app
Fabulous Self Care app
- An app to help you build healthy behaviours and habits.
The Fabulous Self Care app motivates users to change their habits or behaviour by developing routines. For example, if you want to get into the habit of drinking more water, this habit may be in your morning ritual. In order to develop these new habits, you will receive challenges. These challenges will tell you to complete a habit a certain amount of times in a certain time frame to complete the challenge.
The app has 4 choices: Feel more energised, lose weight, sleep better, and focus and concentrate. Once you've completed a habit, mark it as complete. Each time you mark the “drink water” habit as completed, it will count towards your challenge.
Note: this app has a free trial, but there is a paid subscription to an upgrade that offers more features.
For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link) or App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see reviews below.
This is a review of the premium version, assessed during the free trial. It reverts to the free version after the trial which contains 5 journeys, 37 challenges, and various guided trainings. It was not possible to review all the content.
✔ Uses behavioural psychology principles with the aim of building a daily routine filled with healthy behaviours and habits.
✔ Actively maintained, and the developers seem to be responsive to feedback.
✘ The frequent notifications can get a bit overwhelming and feel like nagging.
✘ You can’t remove a challenge, but this seems to be intentional, as it asks you to commit to checking off a habit.
✘ The user cannot go straight to the free version, they have to use the trial version first, and then unsubscribe manually to avoid being charged. Some users have unintentionally been charged and there are many reports of declined refund requests.
Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: August 2020
Comments: Fabulous uses behavioural psychology principles to help the user build positive behaviours and habits. It is more of a “wellness” or “self-help” type app rather than something that is targeted at people psychological illness. It is like a habit tracker and planner on steroids with beautiful design and is probably one of the best, if not the best, app in this category.
One downside is the cost, but there is a large amount of highly polished content that you get in return. I also couldn’t find any published research, but it was developed with input from behavioural psychologists. It would also be nice to be able to remove challenges if you find they aren’t working for you.
The free trial gives you access to all premium content and starts you on an introductory journey, which may not be suitable for all people, but then opens up to full customisation of the daily routine. After the free trial it reverts to the free version with limited content. Please make sure you unsubscribe if you do not want to pay after the free trial, as the company does not appear to give refunds.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Yes, relevant to an New Zealand audience.
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