5 Great Apps to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2021
Happy New Year, CREDO family!
As challenging as 2020 was for all of us, we’re looking forward to a new year with hope and optimism — and that means making New Year’s resolutions to keep us happy and healthy in 2021.
But we know all too well that it’s never easy keeping those promises to ourselves beyond the first few weeks of the year. That’s why we’ve put together a list of handy apps that can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions well into 2021.
Resolution: Reducing screen time & social media use
Yes, we’re a mobile phone company, so why would we want you to reduce the time that you use your phone? Because we care about your health and well being! (We are the “Carrier with a Conscience,” after all.)
During the pandemic, screen time shot up significantly: The average adult now uses the internet on their phones 3.5 hours every day, and all that screen time can lead to various physical and mental issues, including eye strain, anxiety and depression.
While there are many apps to help reduce screen time, check out Flora, an app that will help you reduce the time on your phone by blocking time-wasting apps like Facebook and Instagram. The gamified app lets users set goals and stay focused by planting a virtual tree over a selected period of time. If you touch your phone during that time, the tree dies (sad, we know). The best part is that Flora has partnered with Tree.org to help users plant trees in real life and help save the Earth.
Get Flora from the App Store (Google Play coming soon).
Resolution: Giving back to the causes you care about
If you’re reading this, you already know that CREDO gives back every month — nearly $2 million every year — to progressive causes working to make change in the world, all at no cost to our customers. But what if you’ve resolved to do even more by giving back a little every day to the organizations doing important work across the country and globe?
With Coin Up, you can. After you download the app and link your credit or debit card, you can choose your favorite charities to receive a rounded up donation every time you make a purchase. It’s that easy. Coin Up has partnered with dozens of well-known non-profit groups working on hunger and poverty prevention, girl empowerment, childhood education and more. Check out the list of eligible groups here.
Learn more on the Coin Up website, or get the app from Google Play or the App Store.
Resolution: Hitting your goals & sticking to your routines
Sticking to your goals is always easier when your friends are around. But during these times of social distancing and isolation, keeping your motivation is a bit more challenging. That’s where Habitshare can help. This habit-tracking app combines setting goals and tracking your habits with a social network to help keep you motivated and share your progress with friends. This way, you and your friends remain accountable to each other — especially with regards to your New Year’s resolutions — and during these times, it’s another way to stay connected with your loved ones.
By default, your progress and habits remain private, but you can choose what and with whom to share your goals and updates to add personal accountability with friends and family.
Habitshare is free and available from Google Play and the App Store.
The be.come project
Resolution: Body-positive exercise
It wouldn’t surprise you that the top New Year’s resolutions year after year are “exercise more” and “lose weight.” And if you’re looking for an app for that, there are a lot available — but most don’t offer a strong body-positive and body-neutral experience that we’re willing to recommend.
That’s why we’re re-upping last year’s suggestion to try out the be.come project which helps users get active in a non-judgmental, positive way. Focusing on “body-neutrality” – the belief that some days we love our bodies, other days we don’t, but always by respecting ourselves – the be.come project is an app that focuses on how you feel, not how you look, and gives users a once-weekly curated workout routine that can be performed at home as many times as a user feels comfortable.
The app offers a free 10-day trial, and $35 per month after. Available in the App Store and Google Play.
Resolution: Drink more water every day
Water makes up 60% of the human body, but most Americans don’t drink enough of it, which can lead to persistent health problems.
The solution? Drink more water — but forget the “drink 8 glasses of water each day” myth. My Water and Drink Reminder app will help you stay hydrated with custom daily water goals, water requirement calculator, notifications to drink more and motivational rewards. For iOS users, the app is Apple Watch ready and integrates with Apple Health.
Install the app from the App Store or Google Play.