8 Best Apps for Daily Wellness Journaling in 2021

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Jour

  • Those who want a solid app overall with basic guided journaling features and personalized insights
  • Daily check-ins
  • Guided journals
  • Motivational quotes
  • Password protected
  • Weekly and monthly insights (premium)
  • Daily personalized tips and advice (premium)
  • Audio guides (premium)
  • Breathing exercises (premium)
  • Questions can get repetitive
  • No dark mode
  • Not available for Android
  • Premium version is pricey

Daylio

  • Those who don’t have a lot of time and want a simple app to help them log their feelings with a few taps
  • Quickly select mood and activities with thousands of icons to choose from
  • Add notes and diary entries
  • Weekly, monthly, and yearly insight charts
  • Set goals and receive achievement awards
  • Back up via Google Drive (premium)
  • Export and print entries via PDF or CSV (premium)
  • Password protected (premium)
  • Portrait mode only
  • 1 photo limit per entry
  • No ability to transfer data across platforms
  • Android version is more developed than iOS version

Perspective

  • Those looking for a totally free app with basic journaling capabilities
  • Everything is included for free
  • Optional journal prompts
  • Track mood and interests visually
  • Add insights on past entries
  • “Life Calendar” view shows your mood across decades
  • Password protected
  • Only 3 mood options
  • No search or filter capabilities
  • No dark mode
  • No auto-save
  • Portrait mode only
  • No ability to sync data across devices
  • Not available for Android

Moodnotes

  • Those whose main focus is noticing and improving mood through cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Facial recognition to input your mood
  • Lots of feelings to choose from
  • Journal prompts
  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly trend charts
  • Export entries to PDF or CSV
  • Password protected
  • Insights based on past entries (premium)
  • Poorly designed user interface
  • Portrait mode only
  • No dark mode
  • Not available for Android

Stoic

  • Those looking for an all-in-one wellness app or those with an interest in stoicism and its philosophies
  • Variety of exercises to help cope with negative emotions
  • Guided and unguided journals
  • Daily quotes from philosophers
  • Daily affirmations
  • Add hand-drawn images
  • Weekly trend reports
  • Export and share your journals (premium)
  • Password protected (premium)
  • iCloud sync (premium)
  • Certain questions and exercises may be triggering for some people
  • Grammar and spelling errors can be distracting
  • Not available for Android

Grid Diary

  • Those looking for a unique grid diary format complete with several wellness-focused and goal-oriented features
  • Short guided diary entries that are easy to fill out
  • Daily affirmations and quotes
  • Stickers and tags to track moods and habits
  • Weekly check-ins
  • Password protected (premium)
  • Sync across multiple devices (premium)
  • Pre-selected questions can get repetitive
  • Free version limited to one journal
  • Limited customization with free version

Reflectly

  • Those who want a highly personalized app that uses artificial intelligence to help you reflect.
  • Positive affirmations and motivational messages sent to you throughout the day
  • Daily mood check-ins
  • Personalized journal questions
  • Daily insights
  • Insightful graphs
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly overviews
  • Free version is limited
  • Questions, mood options, and messages can be vague
  • Premium version is pricey

Journey

  • Those looking for a powerful app that includes tagging, guided journals, and multi-device support
  • Add location, weather, activity, mood, and custom tags
  • Add drawings
  • Different entry views (timeline, calendar, map)
  • Personalized insight charts
  • Coach programs
  • Password protected
  • Memory and milestone tracking (premium)
  • Advanced search capabilities (premium)
  • Format text (premium)
  • Add audio recordings (premium)
  • Desktop and web app integration (cloud membership)
  • Cannot add photos, videos, and audio to one entry
  • 10 photo, 1 video, or 1 audio limit per entry
  • Portrait mode only

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