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The world is a hard place. Make no mistakes about that. I don’t need to sit here and list all the things that are wrong with it. You already know. What you may not know, though, is that you could be making things a whole load harder for yourself. If you practice any of the following eight harmful habits, you need to stop pronto.

1. Catastrophizing

Sometimes in life, things go wrong. As much as we’d like the world to be made of sunshine and butterflies all year around, it’s just not the case. Whether it’s losing your purse or falling out with your gal pal, we all have these little mishaps that ruin our day. The key here is not to let those things end up ruining your year as well.

When we catastrophize, we tend to take an ‘all or nothing’ attitude. That is to say if one thing’s bad then everything is bad. So, for example, if you lose your purse, you might internally scold yourself for being so ditzy and tell yourself that this is something that you always do, whether that’s the case or not. It’s making mountain out of a molehill.

2. Fixating On The Past

The past is gone. It’s never coming back… no matter what you do. While we can’t always forget the things that have happened to us, we can move on and grow from them. Spending minutes, hours, days thinking about how things should have played out is not helpful. What’s more, fixating in this way is likely to bring you down and make you feel as though the present isn’t worth anything. While it may be hard to move on, you absolutely have to do your best to do so. Forgive. Forget. Move forward.

3. Worrying About What People Think

When you’re in the midst of feeling anxious and self-conscious, you may well believe that the whole world is staring at you. Often enough, we walk around with the shadow of what people think of us casting over us. It’s not healthy. Plus, the truth of the matter is that people often don’t think badly of us at all. Most likely, they hardly give us or our lives all that much thought. Remember, people are wrapped up in their own existence (as they should be) so you don’t need to worry what they think.

4. Thinking Negative Thoughts About Ourselves

We’ve all been there. For whatever reason, you’re down on yourself and there’s nothing (you think) you can do to stop it. When you start thinking negatively about yourself, it affects pretty much everything you do. Soon enough, you will start believing your own nonsense. So, if you keep telling yourself that you’re a terrible person who is unworthy of love, eventually that will become a core belief. That kind of thinking can seriously mess you up, but there is something you can do about it. Cut. It. Out.

5. Believing One Fail Makes Us A Failure

Life is full of little ups and downs. You could say that’s what makes it so very interesting. You could also say that that’s what makes it hard to handle. Sometimes, we all get something wrong and, yes, fail at something. It’s not a nice feeling, but hey, we’ve all been there. The trick here is to make sure that this one small issue doesn’t become a metaphor for how you are as a person. If you start to believe that you’re a failure, you will eventually stop trying the things that challenge you. If you want to succeed, you have to keep trying.

6. Regretting Choices We’ve Made

If I had a cent for every stupid decision I’d made, I could probably go ahead and put a down payment on my first house. Yes, we all make mistakes. Whether it’s forgetting to buy someone a birthday present or getting a little too tipsy at a party and making a fool of ourselves, the best of us have been there. While regret serves to stop us making the same mistakes twice, it can also be a huge pain in the behind. Forgiving yourself when you mess up is quite possibly one of the kindest things you can do.

7. Comparing Our Lives/Bodies/Jobs To Others

Trust me, the grass is so not always greener on the other side of the fence. Sure, it may appear that everyone else has the perfect job, the perfect partner, and the perfect life, but that’s likely not the case. And even if it is, comparing your own life, partner, and life to them is not going to make any difference whatsoever. It’s only going to make you feel bad which is not helpful at all. Instead, you need to focus on yourself because, frankly, that’s what matters the most here.

8. Trying To Please Everyone All The Time

Try as you might, you really can’t please everyone in your life. You’ve likely heard it all before, but how much of it have you really taken on board? In all honesty, sometimes, people ask things of you that you just can’t give. Whether it’s an over the top friend who wants all your time or a boss who demands that you work overtime, you need to learn to say no for your own good. Remember, sometimes, you have to please yourself before you can please anyone else.

Which habits are you quitting?

Staying in shape is often easier said than done. Since we’ve all got a lot on our plates these days, finding the time and, indeed, the money to keep fit is often a trial. If you’re on a budget right now, the very last thing you want to do is spend your cash on a hefty gym membership. Here are some other ways you can reach your health goals without spending a single cent.

Free Fitness Apps

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

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One of the biggest things that holds people back when it comes to fitness is time. It’s the one entity that we all wish we had more of. If you’re a hyper busy person, here’s an app that might just help you. As the name suggests ‘Seven’ takes just seven minutes to use and it’s super easy. All you have to do is download it, press ‘start workout’, and get going. The routine has a little of everything from cardio to core exercises at just 30 seconds a time with intervals.

Spotify Running

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Of course, one of the most effective ways to get your cardio kick is by heading out for a good old-fashioned run. You may not realize it but the music you listen to really does affect your levels of motivation. In short, having one of your fave tunes on while you workout, might just make all the difference. That’s where Spotify Running comes into play. The app tailors your music to your movement, which means that the beat is in sync with you!


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Staying on track when it comes to your fitness goals can often be particularly tricky. Worry not because MyFitnessPal is here to help. The free to use app helps you monitor how much you eat, how much water you drink, and what exercise you do. Sometimes, the simple act of noting these things down is all it takes. If you’ve struggled in the past, it may well be worth giving this one a go.

Healthy Lifestyle Podcasts

The Nutrition Diva Quick and Dirty Tips

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We all know that we should eat ‘cleaner’ but few of us understand what that actually means! Luckily for you, nutritionist Monica Reinagel might just have the answers you need. In her podcast, she dispels myths about ‘healthy’ food and helps you to finally understand what you should be cooking on a daily basis. Genius.

Radio Headspace

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Meditation is often touted as one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy. If you’re ready to give it a go for yourself, Radio Headspace may just be the answer. Podcast host, Georgie Okell, will take you through an easy guide to this workout form. Subjects covered include kindness, fear, and stress. Once you start listening to this one, you’ll never be able to put it down.

Half-Size Me

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Weight loss can be tricky at the best of times. That’s something that podcast host, Heather Robison, knows first hand. Over a five-year period, this incredible woman managed to lose a massive 170 pounds; quite the transformation. Now she’s here to help you. Half-Size Me is a podcast offering tips and tricks to help you shed some pounds too.

YouTube Channels – Workout Videos

Blogiates — POP Pilates

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When you press that ‘play’ button, you don’t just want to get fit; you want to be entertained too. The YouTube channel is hosted by the ever-charismatic and chirpy Cassey Ho. All you need to take part is a yoga mat, a computer, and a whole load of energy. Whether it’s attacking those abs or burning some fat, Ho will take you through the steps in a quick and easy way. What’s more, you can choose your fitness level and the style of workout as you go!

Women’s Health

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For those days when you simply don’t have much time to spare, there’s only one thing for it. A quick and snappy workout video could be just the thing to get your heartrate up and your blood pumping. The Women’s Health workout videos take just five minutes, which means that you can easily fit them around any hectic schedule. There’s a whole load of aerobic routines that you may just love so they are really worth trying for yourself.

Yoga with Adriene

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We all know that yoga is good for us, and yet few of us actually bother to try it. If this type of workout has been on your ‘to do’ list for way too long, tune in to Yoga with Adriene. The channel has an easy introduction to the art of yoga, which means that you can master it in your very own home in no time at all. All you need to do is commit to a measly 30 minutes of exercise per day to start your journey to a healthier you.

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{Editor’s Note: This blog post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in this post.}

The summer is almost upon us, which means just one exciting thing: It’s vacation season! If you’ve got your next great escape booked already, we’ve got a nice little treat for you. Before you jet off to faraway lands, there are some handy apps that you definitely should have.

Here are just six that you need to download right now:

1.  App in the Air

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Image via App In The Air via iTunes App Store

In the lead up to your trip, you want to keep an eye on your flight’s status. The sorry truth of the matter is that delays and cancellations do happen these days. To save you checking loads of different sites and apps, there’s just one thing you need. App in the Air is a wonderful tool that lets you check out the latest flight details in mere seconds. Plus, it offers the very best coverage of airports and airlines all around the globe.

2.  Spotify

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Image: Spotify via Google Play App Store

One of the best ways to relax and unwind when you’re away is to listen to some of your favorite tracks. This app is ideal as it lets you access thousands upon thousands of songs and podcasts whenever you want them the most. It’s well worth downloading before you head on your travels. Oh, and if you’ve already got Spotify, you may want to take this time to make some chilled out vacay playlists.

3.  Citymapper

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Image: Citymapper via iTunes App Store

If you’re headed on a city break, this handy little app really is a must-have. Of course, you don’t want to spend all your vacay trying to work out how to get around town. That’s where Citymapper comes into play. All you need to do is type in where you are and where you want to go — the app will do the rest. It will find the quickest route to your destination along with the public transport that can get you there.  

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4.  Google Translate

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Image: Google Translate via Google Play App Store

Unless you’re fluent in an array of languages, you’ll have a teeny-tiny problem when you travel. Getting used to the local lingo is way harder than it actually sounds. That’s why, it may well be worth downloading Google Translate. With this genius little app, you can translate words and even phrases in real-time. What’s more, you can even point your camera at signs, menus, and the like and have the app give you a direct translation. ¿Fantastico, si?

5.  Time Out: Discover Your City

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Image: Time Out: Discover Your City via Google Play App Store

Research is key when it comes to having an incredible break away. Before you head off to your destination, it’s well worth checking out what’s there. Time Out is one of the best apps for tourists as it’s packed full of helpful information and tips. Make sure that you have this app ahead of time so you can take a peek at what your vacay has in store for you. While you’re there, you can also use the app to find the best places to eat, drink, and sightsee.

6.  Google Trips

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Image: Google Trips via Google Play App Store

There are some people out there who like to simply ‘go with the flow’ when it comes to their vacay. Then, there’s the rest of us who plan every single detail of our vacation down to the very minute. If you fall into the latter category, you will adore Google Trips. By using this app, you can schedule every single part of your break from your hotel to your travel. There’s also a whole load of information about places of local interest and curated day trips to boot. Nothing could be easier!

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{Editor’s Note: This blog post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in this post.}

Keeping fit and healthy when you’ve got a thousand other things on your plate can feel like something of a trial. Luckily, according to a recent study by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, using health and fitness apps might just be the answer. A massive 75% of people who used these apps reported being ‘more active’ in their lifestyle since they began using them.

If you happen to be looking for a quick lifestyle boost, you may just have found it. Since there are more than 1,000 different exercise apps for smartphones, you may not know where to start. Well, we’ve sought out the creme de la creme for you right here. Check out these eight healthy lifestyle apps for yourself.

1.  Nudge

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If you feel as though you need a little ‘nudge’ to remind you to keep to your health goals, here it is. This simple app links with your other fitness apps to let you know when you’re falling behind. What’s more, you can challenge your friends and family too.

2.  MyFitnessPal

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Fitness is not merely about what you eat or what you do; it’s an entire way of life. That’s just what the MyFitnessPal app is all about. This one helps you count your daily calories and monitor how active you are for a full breakdown of your health.

3.  Waterlogged

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You’ve likely heard it a thousand times before now, but we could all do with drinking more water on a daily basis. Not nearly enough of us remember to stay hydrated. That’s where Waterlogged can help. The app reminds you to gulp down as much as possible every day.

4.  Spotify Running

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Okay… We cheated! This one is actually a feature within an app rather than an app in its own right. Still, it’s well worth using if you’re hoping to get on the running trend. The neat feature tailors beats to your activity style for the best possible workout experience.

5.  ShopWell

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When you head off to do your grocery shopping, you likely don’t give more than a second thought to what you buy. After all, we all get into the habit of just reaching for the same old products. But wait a minute, how do you know what’s in them? The ShopWell app allows you to scan your favorite foodie treats and find out just how healthy they really are.

6.  Fooducate

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Much like the ShopWell app, Fooducate helps you to truly understand what’s in the products you eat on a day to day basis. Just scan the barcode on the packet and this little app will let you know what nutrients and fats are in it. Because, let’s be real here, knowing what you’re really eating is half the battle.

7.  HealthyOut

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It’s all very well monitoring what you eat at home, but what about when you eat out? HealthyOut gives you all the dietary information you could possibly need before choosing what to eat. Where most restaurants lack this nutritional information, this app picks up the slack.

8.  The Johnson and Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

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Image via The Johnson and Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

Finally, let’s talk about the days when you don’t quite make it down to the gym. What do you do? Well, you can still get a boost of cardio workout in the comfort of your own home. Seven has a preloaded seven-minute workout for you to try, which includes everything from push-ups to jumping jacks. Genius.

Which app are you most excited to try?

{Editor’s Note: This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in this post.}
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