It’s a new year, and websites at this point usually advocate a new you. But we have all been too much through to give in to such pressure from the outside world or ourselves.
Still, there is something to be said for taking the time to recalibrate yourself and practice true self-care. Resolutions can instead be reformulated to be things you want to achieve in order to live a calmer, healthier life, especially now. To remove the burden of your sorting through ways to get started with some changes, we’ve found some apps that can help.
If you need one app to manage them all, keep track of your resolution progress with Strides (iOS) or Loop (Android). For something a little more specific, check out the list below.
Live life to the fullest
How to live a satisfying life has confused philosophers for centuries. One practice that has been shown to help you get there is to take stock of what you already have. You can do that Grid Diary (iOS, Android), which lets you record your day via helpful instructions to focus on gratitude, family, and friends. The prompts can be customized so you can set what is important to you.
Eat healthier – and smarter
To track calories, MyFitnessPal (iOS, Android) makes it easy with a database of over 14 million foods. If something is not there, enter it manually or scan a UPC code. But its integration with fitness trackers and apps really makes it a winner, giving users an overall picture of calories in, calories out. If you want a more formal program, you are wise to participate in the time-tested Weight monitors (now known as WW) and use its associated app, which includes 24/7 support from a coach.
If you are concerned about the quality of your food, download Fooducate (iOS, Android), which gives all foods in its database a letter grade for nutrition. Scan a product’s barcode to find a healthy alternative to favorite splurges, and the app will come up with suggestions.
The only way to know exactly what you are eating is to make it yourself. With PlateJoy (iOS, Android), you can get customized meal plans, shopping lists and recipes that meet your lifestyle or nutritional needs.
Maybe 2022 is the year you become vegan or vegetarian. forks over knives (iOS, Android) has step-by-step plant-based recipes, a meal planner and more.
For those with eating disorders, just the thought of food-related decisions can cause anxiety. Rise Up + Recover (iOS, Android) and RR: Management of Eating Disorders (iOS, Android) can help you deal with emotions related to food related issues.
Get in shape the right way
Most workouts are now home-based, and obé Fitness guides you through the lessons, whether you are a beginner or a gym rat. For a monthly fee, you can take unlimited live and on-demand HIIT, dance, sculpt, yoga, pilates, cardio boxing, barre and other classes from your phone, tablet or streaming device.
When you do not have enough time for a full workout, give it a try J&J official 7 minute training (iOS, Android). The name of the app is a bit wrong, but in a good way. It offers a range of workouts from seven to 32 minutes each, developed by the Director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.
There has not been a time in our collective memory where we have truly absorbed the lesson that health is everything. However, getting a clear picture of your medical history can be overwhelming. Follow MyHealth (iOS, Android) is a great place to start for a store of basic health information, a way to track doctor appointments and a source to share with (and in some cases communicate with) your doctors.
Almost everyone who has scheduled a personal physician interview has experienced that it has been transferred to telemedicine. Doctor as needed (iOS, Android) comes to your phone or tablet. You can see a doctor right away or schedule an appointment. Prescriptions are sent to a pharmacy near you. Doctor on Demand accepts insurance, but also accepts uninsured.
Stop smoking now
Besides the fact that it is difficult to text and smoke at the same time, your phone can help you put the cigarette away from you forever. No smoke (iOS, Android) has clinics, tips and a chatbot to guide you.
For additional motivation in the form of meditation, supplement a smoking cessation app Quit smoking with Andrew Johnson (iOS, Android). The Sean Connery-sounding hypnotherapist is soothing and effective.
Renew your career
The work has changed fundamentally. This time outside the office may have made you realize that you need a job or career change. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for a new job, LinkedIn (iOS, Android) allows you to manage how employers see you and puts you in touch with colleagues and employers in the past, present and future.
To ensure that your resume is in top shape if you get called up, use Canva (iOS, Android) to make it look its best.
Once your connections and resume capture you an interview, be sure to be prepared by reading up on the interview questions you are likely to be asked, and even scoop on whether the company is a place you want to work. Glass door (iOS, Android) has reviews of jobs from current and former employees, salary ranges and the downturn on what else it could take you months at the water cooler to learn.
Spend less and save more
Budgets may not be for you, but having one can give you peace of mind. Mint (iOS, Android) allows you to hook up some basic banking information, make a few decisions about how much you want to spend on what, and then stay in line.
If you are trying to find a way to save and it seems impossible for many reasons, you are far from alone. Give Ciffer (iOS, Android) a try because the app analyzes your spending and puts what you can afford aside on savings accounts targeted at your goals.
Having debt can pull you down mentally. You are welcome in the new year with a plan to pay it down with Planning for debt repayment (iOS, Android).
Use your time better
Productivity does not mean taking on stress. However, mastering your habits can help you achieve more of a sense of calm. With Productive (iOS, Android), you can see your progress as you build good behavior. It is a useful way not only to see how you spend your days, but also to decide how you will have to use them.
If you feel that productivity management can actually take too much time out of your day, then you will probably benefit most from a simple but effective to-do app such as. Todoist (iOS, Android).
Prioritize mental health
Therapy is one of the most valuable things you can do for yourself. Yet it can also bring up its own problems, such as costs, inconveniences, and worries about the stigma of seeking help. Fortunately, there are many online therapy apps that can help reduce and eliminate some of these concerns.
Meditation is another way to bring more peace to your life. Even a few minutes a day can make a difference and there are plenty of apps to help you.