4 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

4 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Help with everything from learning a language to saving more money.

New Years is around the corner! And with it comes New Years Resolutions. But New Years Resolutions are hard! As a matter of fact, most people don't succeed with their resolutions. But hey, you're not most people! Here are 4 apps to help you achieve your goals this year:

1. Learn a new language with Duolingo.

Learning a language is one of the most common resolutions people make on New Years. Duolingo is quickly becoming a popular way to learn new languages. Anything from Spanish to Korean, Duo's got it! Not only that but Duolingo is ridiculously fun. It makes learning seem like a game, which is great if you get bored easily.

2. Lose weight and get healthy with MyFitnessPal.

MyFitnessPal can help you reach your goals the healthy way. It offers recommendations for caloric intake, macros, and micros. And it never lets you go under, making sure you approach your weight loss in a healthy and safe way. The best part is it makes room for you to treat yourself every so often while staying on the plan.

3. Read more with Goodreads.

Goodreads is like the Facebook of the book reading world. It lets you keep up with what your friends are reading and offers suggestions based on books you've previously liked. The best part for New Years is it lets you set a yearly goal each year for how many books you want to read. Just the motivation you need!

4. Save money with Qapital.

Saving money is not fun. But it can be! Qapital makes saving money easy, simple, and actually enjoyable. It lets you set goals based on specific things, rather than arbitrarily saving money in nameless accounts. You can also set rules for yourself like: Every time I go to the gym, I'll save 5 bucks. Simple.

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What are the Real Benefits of a Healthier Lifestyle?

There seems to be so much pressure on us to be ever-increasingly conscious of our fitness, what we consume & how we consume it. Here’s why.

Do you feel as though life is passing you by at an alarming rate? Well, it is! Life is fast and it’s also short, so we have a responsibility to live it well. We should maximise our time on this earth, squeeze as much enjoyment as we can from it and live every day to its fullest. That doesn’t mean we have to party like there’s no tomorrow or quickly work our way through a crazy bucket-list, bungee-jumping, hand-gliding, climbing Mount Everest and learning to stilt-walk. It actually means that we should look after ourselves. Take care of our minds and bodies, eat well, exercise, build meaningful relationships and cherish what we have.  

We’ve all heard the spiel about being fitter, stronger, leaner and basically much better than we currently are. The problem is many of us work hard and play hard but don’t pay enough attention to ourselves and therefore neglect our health and wellbeing. That lack of dedication to ourselves can lead to emotional and physical issues and have a negative impact on our lives. Serious stuff? Well, life is pretty serious, but let’s not get all fired-up about it (we’re far too busy for that). Maybe, if we better understood the benefits of a healthier lifestyle we would be more inclined to follow one.

Lean and Trim

Eating well can help us to shed those pounds. Healthy eating shouldn’t involve fad diets – these might provide fast results but you won’t be able to maintain the changes and the weight will end up piling back on. Better to make-over your eating habits in general and there’s no secret formula for doing that! It’s common sense – cut down on the fat, sugar and salt, stop snacking on rubbish, replace processed food for fresh, eat 7 a day of your fruit and veg, drink plenty of water and enjoy a well-balanced diet that provides the wholesome, healthy nutrients your body craves.   

Fit and Strong

Living a healthy lifestyle means taking regular exercise. Don’t worry about splashing out on expensive gym membership or start developing a plan based on how to train for a marathon. If you start to get overwhelmed by the task in hand you are more likely to give up.  

Start small, leave the car at home and move your feet – walk briskly rather than stroll at a leisurely pace. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk your dog – or even borrow a dog. Help out a neighbour or friend by offering to take Fido for a long amble, he will be happy and you get your quota of fresh air and exercise. Following a healthy lifestyle can help stave off illness too, many medical issues are caused or exasperated by bad habits or not taking care of yourself, for example, eating the wrong foods can lead to obesity, which can cause heart problems and diabetes.  

Sharp and Focused

Get your brain in trim as well as your body. A healthy lifestyle can help to make you more focused and improve your concentration. Avoid the sugar highs and lows by snacking on healthy alternatives such as nuts and seeds. This will stop your energy levels from dipping and help to keep you sharp and on the ball as you do your best to climb that slippery career ladder.  

Bright and Active

Regular exercise and a sensible diet will leave you feeling as bright as a button. A poor diet and lack of exercise could leave you feeling lethargic and overweight, and can even have a negative impact on your sex life. Erectile dysfunction is a very real problem and common amongst men who are more mature, overweight or suffering from mental or physical issues. Treatment is available, in the form of medication, (such as Viagra or the little blue pill as it’s commonly known). Viagra is renowned for its erection-inducing properties and is widely used. A GP may also suggest a lifestyle change or counselling.   

Calm and Centred

Stress can play a huge part in your life and if it does it might make you end up feeling restless and unable to cope. Practising mindfulness and breathing techniques can be a useful way of quietening the mind and bringing yourself into the present. Feeling tired and ill can take its toll, so maximise your chances of staying well by adopting a healthy lifestyle. 


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21 Things I Learned By The Age Of 21

The age of 21 is so adventurous, terrifying, and crazy all at the same time.

1) Fake friends go, real friends stay

In reality, we don't want to actually say that some of our "friends" really aren't there for us. We give second chances, we succumb to peer pressure, and we sort of lose ourselves in people who have no real energy for us. Your real friends will always love and support you, and be there for you when you fall. If you have to give more energy into a friendship than the other person, it's not healthy.

2) Patience is a virtue

As someone who seems to get irritable the more time passes, patience is super important to have as you grow. I've learned to let little things go, but also discovered when to not be walked on. I can focus on small and large tasks without become frustrated easily, and I can also work on bettering myself as time passes.

3) Asking for help is important

I've let so many things slip out of my grasp because I was too afraid to reach out and grab someone's hand. From missing an assignment in class, to letting my depression get the better hand, I've finally learned that asking for help is healthy. Asking for help does NOT make you weak, or helpless. Trust that those who love you will really be there.

4) Trust your gut

Over the years, I learned that my gut is usually right about many things. Whether it's telling you to eat, or dump somebody, trust that your gut is telling you what's right for you. Trust in yourself that you are capable of making hard decisions and ending out on top.

5) Take care of your body

Eat regularly and healthily, and drink plenty of water. I understand that coffee and other fancy drinks may be more tasteful, but when you eventually become dehydrated and starving, your body begins to age quicker and stop responding to signals. Shower. Clean your hair. The more you take care of yourself FOR YOU, the easier it becomes to love and want to take care of yourself.

6) Take care of your mental health

If you need a break, take one. If you need to do something that helps you, do it. Understand that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Coming from someone who self-harmed, it's important to engage in positive and healthy activities to help your mental health. HURTING YOURSELF ISN'T THE ANSWER, I PROMISE.

7) Actually do what you say you're going to

Don't make empty promises. You will lose valuable people in your life over a hollow phrase. If you're going to do your homework by a certain time, do it. If you're going to take better care of yourself, do it. Don't tell yourself or other people you'll do something if you have no real intent on doing it.

8) Practice what you preach

I know this is so overheard, but it's true. Being a hypocrite is not a fair way to live. Stand up for what you believe in, and don't let anyone stop you from doing what you want to do. Give people advice you'd give yourself, and take that advice.

9) Cut negative people OUT

It's so hard, but once you do it, it's so relieving. Don't let anyone tear you down, and make sure you have no room or time in your life for people who don't see the best in you. Humbly understand that you are the most important person in your life, and that negative people will take that away from you.

10) Pay attention in school

Actually listen to your professors and supervisors. The less you pay attention or go to class, the more you fall behind. You're wasting your time and money by not listening or caring enough to be there. If school isn't for you, make a change and do what's best for you. You're here to learn and grow, so don't hinder your chances of that.

11) Listen to advice

Whether the advice seems stupid or really credible, listen to what people have to say. Taking the advice is another thing. Most people share stories and advice with you because they want you to succeed without making similar mistakes they've made. Granted we all make mistakes, but hear people out.

12) Step outside of your comfort zone

Some days it's great to stay comfortable, but stepping outside of comfort can be super healthy and beneficial. You begin to push your own personal ideas of yourself with how much you conquer by straying from comfort. Understandably it isn't always a good idea to leave your comfort zone, but don't knock it until you try it.

13) Embrace your strengths

You know yourself better than anyone else. Use your strengths to your advantage, and take pride in yourself for having these strengths. Use your strengths for personal goals, rather than harming others or putting others down. Utilize your gifts and make them stronger.

14) Understand your weaknesses

While you have great strengths, your weaknesses as also crucial to notice and accept. Just like your strengths, however, your weaknesses DO NOT define you or your capabilities as you grow. By knowing your weaknesses, you can start to gradually change and overcome them.

15) Strive for happiness

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT let anyone stand in the way of your own happiness. Put yourself first. Realize that life isn't perfect, or near perfect. Grow in the fact that no one can make or break your happiness besides you. You have the power to be happy. Let yourself be happy.

16) Do your best

Doing the best you can do is really all you can do. Putting in all of your effort and devoting time to doing your best pays off. Even if doing your best falls short, you still tried your best. Don't let yourself fall short of achieving things because you weren't trying.

17) Treat yourself

No, I don't mean spend all of your money at once. If you see something you want in the store, buy it. If you want to spend a little extra on a special drink at your coffee shop, do it. It's totally normal to spoil yourself with whatever you want- just be warned. I've spent all of my money at once on treating myself, and while it was nice in the moment, I didn't have money for essentials.

18) Rough times will come along

Honestly, you will experience rough times your entire life. By accepting this, you can work towards taking these times and using them to grow. Yeah, it sucks losing a friend or falling short in classes, but know that this isn't the end and it will get better. You have survived 100% of your worst days so far.

19) Don't hinder your own growth

Please don't stop yourself from changing if you want to change. Change is hard, and sometimes change is terrifying, but you have the ability to grow with change. Don't stop yourself from doing something you want to do. Want to chop your hair off? Lose weight? Eat healthier? Study more? Whatever it is, don't be afraid to do it.

20) Appreciate and respect the world around you

We are inhabiting the world, and frankly, we don't respect it. Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Don't litter, don't vandalize, don't harm the nature and animals within it. You may think it's funny now, but the world is crumbling and will only crumble quicker from our actions.

21) Love every part of who you are

You are uniquely you. No one else can be exactly who you are. Embrace, understand, love who you are. We are all who we are for reasons beyond us, and by accepting yourself, certain parts of life become easier. Love your stretch marks, love your scars, love the wrinkles on your face from all the emotions you've experienced. Understand you are human, you will make mistakes, and you'll have downfalls. Find it within yourself to love everything about yourself. Even the parts you hate the most.

In 21 years of living, I never thought I would be who I am today. You may have a completely different view, but sharing personal experiences can potentially reach others. I'm thankful for everything that has happened and will happen, because I know the greatness I can achieve.

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