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New year, new you and all that malarky but January does provide a clean slate and a chance for you to set yourself some goals. 

One thing we all should pay a little more attention to is our mental health.

We've set ourselves six New Year's resolutions to encourage better mental health and we think you should join us.

Awareness

Stress, mood swings and a lack of energy are all linked with our mental health.

Being aware that something is wrong is the first step in solving the problem.

If you had a cold for over a week, you’d go to the doctor.

If you’re feeling uneasy or upset for long periods of time, ask for help.

Sleep

Our bodies cannot perform properly if we do not get enough sleep – that also applies to our minds.

A good night’s sleep helps restore our bodies and brains and is incredibly important when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind.

Avoid tea and coffee in the evenings and try to wind down at least 30 minutes before the big snooze.

Food

A healthy diet is extremely important when it comes to both your physical and mental health.

Changing a few things in your diet can increase your energy, boost your mood and even help you get a better night’s sleep.

Try and eat as much fresh food as you can and you'll notice a big difference.

Positivity

While it’s natural to feel guilt, hanging on to it can have negative impacts on our mental health.

Beating yourself up constantly for something that is in the past only makes the road to recovery that much longer.

Try and take a step back from the problem and look at is for what it is.

Appreciate that you’ve learned something from the experience and try to stay positive.

Friends

Loneliness is one of the most intense of human emotions. Feeling disconnected from others can leave you dwelling on negative thoughts.

Make sure to make time for your friends this year. Making plans in advance or even setting up a schedule is a great way of making sure you don't neglect the important relationships in your life.

Not only is this good for your social life but it is sure to have you coming away feeling a lot happier and more positive.

Meditation

It might sound a little new age, but meditation is really all it’s cracked up to be.

Meditation is exercise for the brain and it encourages relaxation, calming and focus – all of which are great for our mental health.

While you may be a little intimidated to give it a try, there are tonnes of apps available to talk you through your first time and introduce you to the world of zen.

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Now that the New Year is upon us, most of us have gone into overdrive trying to organise our lives.

But of course, it's easier said than done and sometimes we wish we could have a personal assistant by our side to remind us how to operate (because we forgot sometimes). 

Well, now it may be simpler than before as there are personal assistant apps to help you out. Just imagine a little Lloyd from Entourage in your life:

 

1. Google Now

According to the app store, Google Now is the "intelligent personal assistant". This app organises just about everything you can imagine and will give you assistance all day, everyday. 

Your info is organised into personalised cards that will provide you with just about everything you need, without you having to spend time searching. 

 

2. Quip

If Mark Zuckerberg uses it, then we might as well use it too. Quip is known to be one of the best apps out there and is pretty much the virtual office used by Facebook and Instagram. It allows users to collaborate with others on various documents, spreadsheets and checklists. 

This is especially handy if your New Years Resolution is to get more organised in work. 

 

3. Wunderlist

If you love lists or simply need something to organise your thoughts, then Wunderlist is for you. The app organises your productivity and sets out classic to-do lists for each day/week. 

You can also share lists with others, which is handy for organising nights out, family dinners, etc. 

 

4. Speaktoit

Speaktoit is pretty much Siri after she has been promoted. The app lets you make calls, send texts and search the web, all the while remembering everything from your favourites. All you have to do is, you've guessed it, speak to it. 

It will answer all of your questions, perform tasks while your busy and even give you social media updates. 

 

5. 24me

If you're a forgetful person, then this app will work as your second brain. It generates reminders for everything like important work meetings, girls nights out and even paying bills. 

24me combines your calendar, to-do lists and notes all in one handy place. It also syncs with social media apps to send messages to your friends or give you reminders for important birthdays. 

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We love going on holidays but they can be lethal for our New Year’s resolutions – and we all know how one cheat week can ruin all our good work. Forever.

Researchers at Cheapflights have compiled a very useful list of destinations that can make or break the most common resolutions.

Here’s how you can stay on the straight and narrow while still having an amazing week away from reality.

Resolution: “I will save money”

Make it – Budapest, Hungary
A weekend break for you and your partner (or BBF!) is still achievable, even if funds are tight. It’s possible to snag yourself  a two-night stay at a 3 star hotel available in Budapest for only €162. Now, where did we leave our passports…

Break it – New York City, USA
Although you may get a good deal on a ticket to the Big Apple, you’ll pay through the nose for everything else. The average cost of a meal for two in NYC is €65 and a two-night stay in a 3 star hotel comes in at €400.

Resolution: “Curb my coffee addiction”

Make it – Sri Lanka
Did you now that Sri Lanka produces 12% of the world’s tea? Not a coffee bean in sight, so if cutting down on the black stuff is what you promised yourself this year then head to this eclectic Asian destination and down all the Darjeeling you please.

Break it – Sấo Paulo, Brazil
If you’re trying to cure your addiction to coffee then clearly Brazil is the wrong place to head to as it produces 40% of the world’s coffee – eek! Coffee is a integral part of society and Brazilian culture, particularly Sấo Paulo.

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