Do you make New Year’s resolutions only to give up days or weeks later? You aren’t the only one.

Apparently, only 8% of us stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Sounds like the majority of people need a little helping hand along the way.

Thankfully app stores are jam-packed with solutions that’ll help you keep your resolutions well into spring and beyond.

Look after your mental health

Headspace

Headspace app
Price: Free (optional subscription)
Operating system:
Android, iOS
Loads of people join a gym in January, but how about a membership for your mind? Headspace offers a selection of proven meditation and mindfulness techniques, starting at just ten minutes a day. The app aims to help you with performance, anxiety and relationship issues. If you choose to pay for a subscription, the company will donate another one to someone in need.

Chasing your dreams

iWish

I Wish app screenshot
Price: Free
Operating system:
Android, iOS
It’s always good to start a new year with some personal goals you hope to achieve over the next 365 days. iWish lets you jot down your dreams, visualise and plan for them. Whether it’s places you’d like to visit, fitness targets or setting a mission statement for your life as a whole, this app will help.

Chronicle your year

1 Second Everyday

1 Second Everday app
Price: Free/£2.29
Operating system:
Android, iOS
If you record one second of video from every day of 2016, you’ll have a six-minute video. If you do it for 10 years, it’ll last an hour! As well as providing a new perspective on your life, only being able to record one second should make you pause and think about what you do with your time. Why not create a film of your own life, your children’s or even your pet’s life?

Check out the video by clicking the arrow in the main picture to see the app in action.

All-in-one wellness

Diet Plan

Diet Plan app
Price: Free
Operating System:
Android
If you’re looking for a simple, free, one-stop app to embrace your New Year diet and fitness goals then look no further than Diet Plan. This innovative app offers a personalised plan that’s tailored to your body type and goals, while serving up recipe suggestions suited to your budget. It also doubles up as an activity and weight tracker so you can build up a full picture of your progress.

Fitness first

Map My Fitness

Map My Fitness app
Price: Free
Operating system:
Android, iOS
One of the most popular and comprehensive fitness apps out there, Map My Fitness lets you log over 600 different activities. For GPS-based activities like cycling, walking and jogging you’ll benefit from real-time voice feedback and precise stats like calorie burn, distance and pace.

Kick the habit

NHS Smoke Free

NHS Smokefree app
Price: Free
Operating system:
Android, iOS

Designed as a helping hand for those looking to kick the habit, NHS Smoke is a four-week program offering daily motivational messages and gifting badges to reward users for their progress. If the cravings are getting a little too much, there’s a help button with tips, videos and distracting games to help you get past those weak moments.

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Learn a new language

Duolingo

Dualingo app

Price: Free
Operating system:
Android, iOS
Are you one of the millions of people promising to learn a new language in 2016? If so, the free Duolingo app is an essential aid to learning Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, German and Swedish.  This intuitive, quiz-based app allows you to learn a little bit every day with a host of reading, speaking and listening tests.

Look after yourself

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle app
Price: 99p/Free
Operating system:
Android, iOS
If your New Year’s resolution is to look after yourself and feel more refreshed then the Sleep Cycle app is just what you need. It helps you get a better nights sleep with very little effort. Just place your phone next to your pillow and the motion sensors will do the rest. The app will wake you gently at the lightest point of your sleep cycle, so you feel fresh and ready to take on the day.

Help more people

Charity Miles

Charity Miles app

Price: Free
Operating System:
Android, iOS

Many of us resolve to be more socially responsible and charitable at the start of a new year and the Charity Miles app lets you earn money for a wide range of charities by running, walking or cycling. You can pick the causes you care about, from Save the Children to Stand up to Cancer and the World Wildlife Fund. The money comes from corporate sponsors and more you move, the more money you’ll raise!

If you want to donate, raise money or promote a charity check out BT’s mydonate scheme. BT doesn’t take a percentage as commission and there are no monthly charges or set-up fees. 

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