What Is a BFRB?
Happy BFRB Awareness Week! If you don’t know, the first week of October is dedicated to raising awareness about BFRBs and those who struggle to manage and overcome them.
BFRBs, body-focused repetitive behavior disorders, are a type of receptive self-grooming to one’s own body. The behaviors range between focusing on the mouth, hands, hair, skin, nose and eyes. For more information on BFRB types check out Trichotillomania & Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders.
Today’s apps are a compilation of free options available to either iOS, android or both. While some apps focus on specific BFRBs such as trichotillomania (hair pulling) or excoriation (skin picking), the other apps focus more broadly on monitoring habits, building mindfulness and keeping those darn fingers busy. So, without further ado, let’s get into the apps!
Apps Specifically for BFRBs (Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania)
This app allows you to document pulling urges and instances into the journal. After a while, the app can use the data to track patterns. Designed, tested and used by trichsters, this is the only current app specifically for those struggling with trichotillomania, the hair-pulling disorder.
This app allows you to document and track urges as well as instances. After a while, you can see patterns in your picking. Dermatillomania, also called excoriation or skin-picking disorder, manifests as automatic or focused behavior, both of which can help be negated by mindfulness of the act, which is what this app is trying to achieve.
Apps for Monitoring or Building (Habits & Mindfulness)
Strides Habit Tracker (iOS): 4.8/5 with 2,200 ratings
Strides allows you to track anything with goal trackers, reminders to hold you accountable and charts to keep you motivated. This is one of the highest-rated habit apps on the market. Strides is the “most comprehensive, user-friendly, beautifully designed goal tracking app available,” according to The New York Times.
7 Weeks: Habit & Goal Tracker (android): 4.4/5 with 6,062 ratings
Based on The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, 7 Weeks uses a simple strategy of completing one day of your habit or goal at a time. By taking things one day at a time, it helps increase motivation and willpower. This app is great for fans of a more simplistic style.
Habit List: Build a Better You (iOS): 4.4/5 with 114 ratings
Habit List allows up to three habits in the free version. Create streaks, stay on track with reminders, earn badges and view progress trends over time. This app is also flexible for taking breaks without ruining a streak (such as for a vacation) while also tracking personal bests (longest streaks) and total completions.
Mindfulness Coach (iOS): 4.4/5 with 27 ratings
Designed to help veterans and service members, the app is now a mindfulness coach to many. Featuring a dozen guided mindfulness exercises and catalog of exercises, this app can help track progress, set reminders, help master mindfulness and provide a resource for those needing support in times of stress or anxiety.
Nirow: Habits & Goals Tracker (iOS): 4.1/5 with 51 ratings
Nirow can track up to 40+ habits and endless manual habits including both active ones (running) and static ones (sleeping). The free version allows you to track as many habits as you wish. It also has graph applications, calendar integration with Apple Calendar along with new ways to group habits and actionable reminders you can set.
Apps for Keeping Fingers Busy (Coloring & Action Games)
Colorfy (iOS): 4.8/5 with 138,600 ratings
Colorfly is an insanely high-rated app and #8 in the entertainment category for all iOS apps. Based off of classic coloring books, it features mandalas, patterns, animals, florals and more to keep the fingers busy. With over a thousand pictures to paint, all completely free, there’s no reason not to try this app.
The Battle of Polytopia (android): 4.7/5 with 87,731 ratings
Built by Swedish indie game studio Midjiwan, this game is a strategic adventure about finding worlds, building cities and conquering enemies to rule the world. Auto generated maps make each game unique. For fans of Settlers and Risk, this game will keep you busy as you make a move for world domination.
Rayman Adventures (android): 4.6/5 with 590,394 ratings
Great for kids, this game follows Rayman as he goes on an adventure to rescue ancient eggs in order to save the enchanted forest. He and a band of friends travel across legendary worlds in order to save the Sacred Tree and forest. The game is available in many languages and is an excellent way to keep kids involved.
Alto’s Adventure (android): 4.6/5 with 526,010 ratings
Join Alto on an endless snowboarding journey across alpine wilderness, ancient woodlands and abandoned ruins. It is fluid, graceful and beautiful with ambient audio for an immersive experience. Called ones of the “best looking video games of 2015” by TIME, “game of the year” by Product Hunt and “a piece of interactive art” by WIRED, this game is a piece of relaxing art.
Card Thief (android): 4.5/5 with 8,869 ratings
This card deck-based game involves a stealthy thief (you) performing heists in order to steal goods and unlock power equipment cards. Move through the shadows, pickpocket guards and steal priceless treasure—without getting caught, of course. Winner of the Best Game Design 2017 by the German Developer Award and the Best Mobile Game 2018 by the German Games Award, this game is for Solitaire fans who like things a little dark.
Hearthstone (android): 4.4/5 with 1,497,764 ratings
From the studio that created Overwatch and World of Warcraft, Hearthstone is an epic card-based game. Collect cards, create mighty decks, summon minions, master strategies and control the battlefield. Featuring an ever-expanding universe and iconic heroes from the Warcraft universe, this game is sure to please any fan of WoW.
Vainglory 5V5 (android): 4.4/5 with 757,867 ratings
A group or solo real-time PvP multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Featuring unique heroes and play styles along with precise touch or intuitive joystick controls, the battles are rendered in high quality graphics and some of the highest frame rates on mobile.
Ingress (android): 4.3/5 with 392,229 ratings
A mystery energy has been unearthed by scientists in Europe. Some scientists believe it can control the way we think. Learn to control it or it will control us. The Enlightened want to embrace it; the Resistance want to destroy it. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2015 Japanese Media Arts Festival, this game is planet-saving game based on strategy and alliances.
Created by HabitAware, this app works in tandem with Keen Smart Bracelets. The bracelets are the “world’s first smart awareness trainer and subconscious-behavior tracker.” The main goal is to make a person aware of their BFRB behavior so they can stop or change it. I personally love my two Keen bracelets. However, this was not included up in the list because while the app is free, the bracelets needed for it are definitely not. I think they’re well worth it, though. For more info on BFRBs and just all-around great support, check out HabitAware 🙂
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