Fabulous Self Care app

An app to help you build healthy behaviours and habits.

Fabulous Self Care By Fabulous
Features
  • Reminders
  • Personalised letters

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free trial (basic); paid upgrade

What does the app do?

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 four choices: Feel more enegized, 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 complete, it will count towards your challenge. 
Note: this app is has a free trial, but there is a paid subscription to an upgrade that offers more features.  

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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.

PROS CONS 

✔ Uses behavioural psychology principles with the aim of building a daily routine filled with healthy behaviours and habits.

✔ Guided in-app “journeys” covering a variety of goals - sleep, focus, healthy eating, exercise, self-esteem, mental fitness, self-discipline, addiction, purpose, Stoic living, circle of support. The app starts small with drinking a glass of water in the morning every day and builds things up gradually.

✔ Customisable morning, afternoon, and evening routines.

✔ Weekly “live challenges” including exercise, deep work, love yourself, meditation, stretching, journaling, managing addiction, decluttering, social media detox, no sugar and no sugar weekend, intermittent fasting, better sleep, letting go, relieving anxiety, practicing gratitude, act of kindness, low carb, exercise, short walk, one big thing, healthy eating, breathe, log your time.

✔ As an example, for the exercise challenge the app guides the user through multiple behavioural strategies such as reminders, commitment, visualisation, optimising the environment etc.

✔ Uses some gamification principles with tracking of daily habit completion.

✔ “Daily coaching” which are self-help audio wellness guides, as well as guided audio exercises on a variety of topics.

✔ Information is presented in a range of ways including written, infographic, audio, and engaging video clips.

✔ The reminders are highly customisable.

✔ Community discussion section.

✔ Visually highly polished, using behavioural design principles. See https://design.google/library/fabulous-motivating-app-engagement/

✔ Actively maintained, and the developers seem to be responsive to feedback.

✔ The app had close input from the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University which are a team of behavioural researchers, and a professor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics.

✘ The frequent notifications can get a bit overwhelming and feel nagging.

✘ The design and audio may be a bit “cheerful” and overstimulating for some people and may not appeal to fans of minimalist design.

✘ Fairly pricey. Payment options are $70 for one year or $23 (sometimes offered $19) a month. The monthly option is not prominent.

✘ It seems to be “science based” but I couldn’t find any published peer reviewed research. There is a trial underway looking at heart failure due to be published at the end of 2020. https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/duke-study-two-mobile-apps-8000-patient-quality-improvement-trial

✘ You can’t remove a challenge, but this seems to be intentional, as it asks you to commit to checking off a habit.

✘ I feel like the app could be a bit more streamlined, it takes a bit of getting used
to.

✘ The introductory journey is one size fits all and may not suit everyone.

✘ The subsequent journeys can be inflexible in some areas.

✘ 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.




Review details

Date of review: August 2020
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 3.63

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