The New Year means a fresh start, a chance for a do-over and perhaps, a motivation for a much-needed reset in any part of your life. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy to keep up with a new year’s resolution. By day three, most of us would probably be back to our old unwanted habits. Fortunately, there are ways to help you stay on track and it’s as easy as checking your phone.
Most people would probably make “lose weight” as their top new year’s resolution. Forget about going on a questionable fad diet for the perfect body and stay away from that cabbage soup recipe. Instead of stressing over what to eat, think about leading a more active lifestyle.
Choose to allocate more time for a physical activity like running, walking more or just dance. The best part is you can do it all in the comfort of your own home.
Stay motivated with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app with a comprehensive list of exercise routines and exciting music playlists. You can also keep track of your fitness activity with the app. Other recommended apps include MyFitnessPal that can help you plan a routine based on your fitness goals and Yoga Wake Upto get started on a yoga workout.
Money, money, money
Places to go, food to eat and people to meet - face it, these things cost money. In 2018, you have probably spent a lot of time wondering where did all your hard-earned cash go.
Instead of stressing over money, use an app to keep track of your finances in 2019. Think of it as a way to help prevent you from spending unnecessarily so you’d have more money for the important things.
Bean is an app with plenty of features for you to stay on top of your finances. It can even help you figure out how to save money like notify you to cancel an under-utilised gym membership. Mint is another app that can you use to create a financial budget. You can also use it to send notifications to yourself about bill payments.
So you don’t want to be single anymore? You want mom to stop feeling sorry for you? Friends keep setting you up with the wrong people? Take charge of your romantic life in 2019 with dating apps.
It’s 21st century modern romance in a nutshell. On most apps, all you need is a nice profile photo and an honest or witty description about yourself. You can even express your intentions for a casual or long-term relationship. Either way, it’s your call. One app to consider is the classic Tinder where you can swipe right on someone you’re interested with and if there’s a match, you can start chatting right away.
Another app is Bumble where the woman is required to make the first move by taking the approach to message a potential match first. Then there’s also apps like Hinge, where you get matched with someone who may have the same interests as you. You start by creating a detailed profile, answer some questions about yourself and the app will find someone for you. Love is everywhere. It’s time you make the first move.
The thought of keeping up with a new year’s resolution or two is making you feel a bit jittery? Wish you could spend the year dealing with stress better? Yes, you can. You could have a great body or all the money in the world but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not feeling okay. Take care of yourself with an app like Stop, Breathe & Think. It can help you achieve better sleep with a soundscape feature, erase stress with breathing exercises and some meditation. There is also a tracker to help observe your mood and emotions. Other apps like this include Calmwhich has a music selection to help you achieve calmness and then there’s Pacifica with a peer support feature. Get away from it all by giving yourself some time to relax.
Are you that somebody
You can be anything in the new year.
Give yourself the chance to pick up a new skill and be good at it. All you need for this one is just YouTube! The video platform with app you can download to your phone has plenty of content for you to learn how to do everything from playing the guitar to photoshop and even get better at making Chinese food.
But we have to admit that there are plenty of distractions on YouTube like endless amount of cat videos and somehow, you can end up watching a conspiracy theory video about Beyonce. So if you want to maintain some sort of discipline, then check out an app like Duolingo which is dedicated to help you learn a new language. Another app is Smartplantto teach you how to be good with plants.
Or if you just want to help someone in need, then sign up as a volunteer with Be My Eyes. It’s an app that helps connect blind or low-vision people to sighted volunteers for visual assistance. Another great app is Brightest that connects you to a local cause so you can lend some much-needed support. Then there’s also an app like One Todayby Google that lists out causes around for the world you to be aware of. You can also contribute to provide financial relief from just USD1.
You can start the new year by supporting others. Just like that, you’re already a better version of yourself.
Writer l JEM
I like Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain. Not into yoga. Wait, how does that song go again?