Two Non-Resolution Apps That Can Actually Help You Be Healthier

December 22, 2011

1:00 pm

I don’t know anyone who makes New Year’s resolutions – and sticks to them – at least for longer than 2 weeks.  It’s so easy to say “I want to eat better or exercise more or stop drinking like it’s New Year’s Eve every day,” but with broad goals like that, actually making those changes is daunting.  So we do nothing.

Well, Boston-based MeYouHealth wants to help via 2 wellness apps.

The Daily Challenge is based on cutting-edge behavioral change research by BJ Fogg out of Stanford University – every morning at 7am, you get an e-mail with a specific challenge. Some are fitness-focused, some are nutrition-related, and some are just tips to help you relieve stress – but they break down healthy goals into small steps to help move you along the road to long-term wellness.

To keep you motivated, you earn points, stamps, and tokens to unlock 28-day challenges, or tracks.  Tracks include a Fit at Work, Sound Sleep, Financial Well-Being, and Work Life Balance.

The other app I just totally love for the name alone.  Called Anti-Resolution it also encourages you to take one small action towards your 2012 goals.  First you have to pledge to NOT make a resolution – then you can choose from 1 of 5 resolutions – quit a habit, lose weight, more family time, manage and reduce stress, or save money – and you can click through tips (and an explanation of why each tip can help).

In the meantime, instead of going overboard with the hot toddies, cookie tray, or pack of cigarettes you just furtively bought, here are 5 actions you can take today for some holiday stress relief:

1. Plan at least a 30-minute block of “me time” in the next week.

2. Instead of adding to your to-do lists (or your holiday wish list), write for 5 minutes about 1 thing that’s stressing you, so you can think about it more clearly.

3. Take a look back at photographs from last year’s holiday celebrations and find one that makes you smile or laugh.

4. Facing last-minute holiday shoppers in the mall parking lot? Slow down, and take 10 deep breaths.

5. Ask a friend to go for a walk this week, or try a fun winter activity together like ice skating or snow shoeing.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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