Well Being

These Apps Will Help You Balance Every Aspect Of Your Messy Life

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Every December, I convince myself that THIS will be the year that I finally keep those loft resolutions I keep talking about when I'm drunk. So far, I've had very little luck. SHOCKING, I know. I have, however, been doing a lot better over the past few months when it comes to meeting small goals in my personal life… and I owe that all to a few smartphone apps. If you're looking to make a healthy habit, reach a goal, or just find some semblance of balance in your life, you might want to try one of these out!

1. Clue.

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I. Am. Obsessed. With. This. App. It's pretty much your standard period tracker, but it's just so superior to all the other ones out there. I appreciate that it has a gender neutral look to it (ideal for both trans men and women who don't care for the girly-girl thing), and I appreciate that it help you track every little thing that has to do with your period and fertility, from temperature to headaches to sex drive. It definitely helps me feel more balanced!

2. Lift.

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This is one of my all-time favorite apps! It's basically like having a life coach in your pocket. The basic idea is to help you build good habits. You set a list of goals (no smoking, go for a run every day, drink eight glasses of water) and give yourself credit every time you meet one. I love that it's a helpful reminder without being super naggy, too.

3. Balanced.

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I've actually talked about this app once before, but I can't help but bring it back. One of my friends will NOT shut up about how much she loves using this. It really helps you get back on your feet when you're dealing with something difficult or just under a lot of stress. It can help you lose weight or kill a bad habit, and it's super upbeat, too!

4. Healthy Habits.

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Similar to the ones above, this app helps you improve yourself by cheering you on as you get closer to making a goal into a habit. I like that it encourages things beyond just “work out” or “drink water,” too– I've used it to remind myself to call my grandma regularly and check my bank statement even when I don't feel like it.

5. One Thousand Gifts.

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My mother is in love with the book that inspired this app, and she swears by it. The premise is incredibly simple: life is full of beautiful moments, and it can really help to pull you out of a bad spot if you focus on the blessings. The app helps you log photos of things you're grateful for so that, when you're feeling low, you can reflect on all the reasons to be happy.

6. My Fitness Pal.

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I know I sing this app's praises a lot, but it's hard not to. It's a calorie counter that doesn't encourage bad habits– they even give you a little warning when you haven't eaten enough that day– and it has a really large, active community that's always around to give you moral support. I use it just to maintain balance in my life, even when I'm not looking to lose weight or tone up.

7. Way of Life.

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This app uses simple graphs to show you how you're improving over time. It can be really inspiring, when you don't see results from your workout or you don't feel like you're getting anywhere when it comes to phasing out alcohol, to see a nifty chart that proves you're getting somewhere!

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