We know that it may seem a little too early to start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Generally, most of us prefer to wait until the haze of the holiday feasting and indulgence has reached its apex to realize that we are going to have to start embracing some better habits for at least the next couple of months. But one of the main reasons why so few of us end up sticking to these resolutions is because so many of us make them precisely at that point. When we know that we need to make some urgent changes so we make some unrealistic commitments with no plan in place for how we can follow through.
If you want to make resolutions that will stick, one of the most important things that you can do is to give yourself the structure and framework to support you. That means thinking about what your goals are ahead of time, and what you can use to make sure you can achieve them. Well, there is good news on the second point, as there are so many handy apps and pieces of tech that can keep you on your path towards a healthier, better organized, more productive you. Here are just a few examples of the apps, hardware, and software that can play a big part in getting you ready for the new year.
Fitness Apps Help You Track Your Progress
Losing weight and getting in better shape is one of the classic New Year’s Resolutions. We all know why: after a good couple of months of comfort eating and home-cooked indulgence over the holidays, we all have that moment of panic when we realize that fitting into anything except our sweats is going to be an uphill struggle. We know it’s important too, nearly half of all American adults suffer from a form of cardiovascular disease. However, this is one of the resolutions that proves to be hardest to keep because we set goals that are almost impossible to achieve. We expect to see results quickly, and when we don’t, we throw those resolutions out of the window.
If you want to keep a fitness-related resolution, a fitness app can be a real difference-maker. You can plan and think about how much time you want to spend exercising every day, the type of exercise you want to be doing (are you going to be going out jogging or are regular HIT workouts more your speed?), and you can track your progress every day. Even if you aren’t seeing results on the scales or in terms of how hard those workouts feel, the data will show that you are moving forward. Getting in better shape is as much about psychology as it is about results, and these apps can give you real support.
Finance Apps Can Help You Take Control Of Your Money
The holiday season can often be the point at which a lot of us really start to feel the pinch, financially speaking. By the time the New Year rolls around, we have all been paying an awful lot on energy bills, healthcare, winter clothing, and fixing all those household issues that seem to crop up whenever the weather gets worse, and that’s not even counting the cost of holiday gifts. When this happens, it can start to get difficult to keep up with our regular payments, and if we have outstanding debts that we are repaying, it can start to get very stressful very quickly.
That’s why so many of us try our best to get control back over our finances when January appears on the horizon. There are a lot of people out there who find handling their money to be anxiety-inducing and overwhelming, and this is where finance apps can make a real difference. There are apps out there that can show you exactly where your money is going every month, and apps that can help you work towards a savings goal by automatically transferring a certain amount to your savings account on a pre-set date. You can set a spending limit on your cards to cut down on impulse purchases.
There are also a lot of different strategies created by finance experts to guide people through baby steps towards financial peace. There is no one complete financial plan that will suit absolutely everyone, but if you are struggling to get a handle on your outstanding debts, then a credit card payoff app like Tally could be the perfect fit. Their lowest-interest credit line is designed to help you get out of debt and it offers rewards for staying on track with your repayments.
Mental Health Apps Can Make A Real Difference
Over the last eighteen months, we have all learned a lot about mental health. There have been a lot of reports written about it, but we have also seen in our personal lives how people can struggle, and how we can help. Winter can be a really difficult time for people even when there isn’t a pandemic going on, as the cold dark days, and stress pile up. The good news is that we do now have a better understanding, not only mental health issues but our own mental health. We have gotten better at identifying potential warning signs and finding solutions and strategies to help us get through these difficult periods. Whether it’s avoiding alcohol during a difficult period, getting out into the sunshine for some fresh air and exercise, or reaching out and talking to people we trust about how we’re doing, everyone is finding their own ways to feel a little better every day.
So how do mental health and wellness apps fit into this? There is a wide range of different options out there, that range from guided meditation to sleep therapy to help you to structure your day. This is another area where there is no one size fits all treatment. You probably have a good idea of what you find difficult when it comes to mental health and the kinds of situations that are always going to be problematic. It is well worth doing your research and trying out a couple of different options to see what fits. You could also think about signing up for an online therapy service. There are options available that pair you with a counselor based on a questionnaire, and you don’t even have to have a video call, it can be audio-only.
You Can Cut Down On Your Screen Time With An App
Finally, one of the most common complaints that we heard over the last eighteen months was that we were all spending too much time on our devices, specifically our phones. There were obvious reasons why screen time went up drastically in 2020 and 2021, for kids as well as adults. But now that we can start getting back out there and seeing our friends and families, this is a good time to try and cut back down on all that blue light.
There are apps available that limit the amount of time that you spend on your devices, and which show you how long you spend on each of your social media apps. There is medical advice that suggests that you should stop looking at your screens at least an hour before you go to sleep, so why not start there, and see how much screen-free time you could claw back?