If you, like many of us, have a long list of REsolutions for this year, isn’t it about time to ditch the prefix?
The good news is – if you got a problem, there’s probably an app for that. Luckily, for the growing number of modern addictions we tend to embrace, there’s a (possible) solution a few clicks away.
Here are 5 apps to help you get started on breaking those bad habits this year.
- The best way to start a year is to rethink your eating habits, especially, to cut down on junk food.
There’s a growing number of apps designed to help us eat healthier food, such as Fooducate, a free iOS and Android app designed to show you the right way to eating real food. It’s easy to develop unhealthy eating habits because most of the time we know nothing about the food we eat. So, next time you pick up something in a store, scan the barcode to get the facts about what you’re eating. You can also use it if you need to lose a few pounds.
Eat better and be healthier, that’s the goal of the app. A good alternative is Eat this, not that app, which you can use to find healthy alternatives to your favorite junk food.
- The next big decision this year might be for you to replace the couch with a gym.
If you think you need a little motivation, it’s time to consider using Endomondo, your personal trainer. Endomondo is a free social network-like app that integrates with a wide range of watches and sensors to help the keep track of your exercise habits. The best of all is that the app is dedicated to creating a community of people who can become your support and motivation. There’s a good alternative, Challenges by Nexercise, a health and fitness tracker that turns exercise into a social challenge.
- If you have been putting things off until the last possible second, there’s another challenge for you.
Yelling Mom is a categorized to-do list that will help you eliminate the word procrastination from your vocabulary. If you are bad at managing your time, stop running and start doing, that is, try Procraster, an app designed to understand your tasks in order to prioritize them and organize with charts and statistics.
- If you are having problems with your budget, try Level Money or Mint.
Level Money is a free Android and iOS app, a visual wallet that links to your banking accounts and tracks your spending. A simple pie chart shows you how much money you’ve spent in a day. Mint is a budget-managing tool that helps you set spending plans and financial goals.
- Finally, smoking is the hardest addiction to beat.
If you hadn’t had luck with patches and pills, there are many apps designed to help you quit smoking. Quit It is a free iOS app that helps smokers quit and motivates ex-smokers to stay on the right path. It gives statistics about how much money you are saving, how many cigarettes you managed not to smoke, how to manage your weight after you quit smoking, statistics about your general health, and more.
Kwit is a motivational app built around the concept of Gamification that makes the quitting process easier; it’s available for Android, IOS and Windows Phone. My Last Cigarette helps you stay on track by showing your health success and counting your financial benefits.
- If you wish to start a year with a good habit, try meditating.
Headspace will help you learn how to meditate in 10 minutes a day, how to make your day stress-free, how to sleep easily, and more. It offers guided meditation sessions through modern meditation techniques.
Stop Breath Think helps you focus on the present by prompting you to check your emotional, mental and physical state. It offers recommended meditations for your current mind-set.
Remember, „it’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end” (Leonardo da Vinci).