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The New Year can come with a variety of new stresses and opportunities: new goals, new routines, new class schedules, etc. Having a variety of self-care tools at your fingertips can help you ease the transition into the ‘new’, whether you’re looking to improve your finances, relationships, mental health or overall well-being.

That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of apps that can help you make the most of 2022. While these apps aren’t a substitute for professional help, they can help support you and your goals throughout the year.


Tips for using apps

If you see an app that sounds like a good fit, try it out for a couple weeks before downloading another or giving up on it entirely. It can take time to build new habits and no app will be the perfect solution for everything. Ready to get started?


Lifestyle

Whether you’re looking to pick up new hobbies, improve your finances or be more active, there are plenty of apps available to support your goals.

Here are some apps to try:

Finances: Mint

This app helps you keep track of all your accounts, spending and budgets in one place. It even lets you set goals and spending limits to help you stay on track with your finances.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Friendships: Patook

Looking to make new friends? Patook is a free app that lets you swipe right on potential new friends. It operates similarly to dating apps but comes with one big caveat: platonic friendships only, no flirting allowed. 

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Food: Nourishly

This app allows you to track your hunger, activity, sleep, feelings and more to help you identify patterns and build a more positive relationship with your body and food. You can also set goals and milestones based on your own needs.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Physical activity: Jefit

This all-in-one workout tracking app provides customizable routines, video instructions for a variety of exercises and tools to help you track your progress over time. 

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Sexual health: Roo

While not technically an app, Roo is a free, private online chatbot that allows you to ask questions about sexual health, relationships, bodies and more. Roo is backed by professional health educators, so you know the answers you get are the real deal.

Get started:

Chat with Roo


Mindfulness and meditation

Practicing mindfulness or meditation can help us improve a variety of areas in our lives, including stress, sleep, focus, relationships and more. 

Here are some apps to try:

Smiling Mind

Practice quick meditation and mindfulness exercises for stress, sleep, focus, relationships, sport performance, mindful eating or more. This app also covers the fundamentals if you’re new to meditation or mindfulness practices.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Healthy Minds Program

This research-backed app helps you train your mind through meditation and podcast-style lessons to develop skills that can help you gain focus, reduce stress and maintain positive social connections.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

MyLife Meditation

This award-winning meditation and mindfulness app offers daily wellness check-ins and suggests personalized activities based on how you feel. Short activities help you stay on track and create a consistent practice.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Insight Timer

This app offers the world’s largest library of free guided meditations that are focused around different topic areas, including sleep, anxiety, relationships, stress and more. 

Get the app:

Download via SMS

Oak

Enjoy guided or unguided meditations and breathing exercises that include a variety of background tracks, interval chimes and a free 10-day Mantra Meditation course to help you deepen your practice.

Get the app:

Apple App Store


Self-help

Learning to evaluate our thoughts and how they impact our behavior can help us develop a greater sense of confidence in our abilities when facing difficult situations.

Here are some apps to try if you struggle with negative thoughts or general mental health concerns:

Woebot

Woebot is a friendly AI-powered app that checks in with you each day to evaluate your mood and guide you through different strategies for addressing stress, anxiety, depression and more. 

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

MindShift

This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies to help you manage anxiety, challenge your beliefs, face your fears and build confidence in yourself. It can also help you tackle worries, perfectionism, social anxiety and more.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Calm Harm

This private, password protected app is designed to help you resist or manage self-harm urges. It can also help you track your progress and work through quick coping techniques and strategies.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Bearable

Have you ever wondered how your mood is impacted by different activities or habits? This app allows you to track your mood and symptoms alongside activities like sleep, medication, exercise and more to provide insights about what makes you feel better (and what doesn’t).

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is a confidential online portal that offers programs for stress, anxiety and depression. This app allows you to work through a variety of modules that can help you learn how to challenge your thoughts, manage stress and more. CU Boulder students, staff and faculty can use their identikey to login to SilverCloud for free.

Get the app:

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

*Please note: These apps are not a substitute for professional help or therapy.


Campus resources

If you are looking for additional support, there are resources on campus that can help.

Let’s Talk

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides free drop-in services through Let’s Talk. Counselors are available in person and online to help provide insight, solutions and information about additional resources related to academics, stress, anxiety, substance use, relationships and more.

Peer Wellness Coaching

Meet one-on-one with a trained Peer Wellness Coach to set wellness goals and connect with campus resources. Coaches are available to help you create a plan to manage stress, time management, academics, sleep, relationships and more.

Workshops

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides free virtual workshops to support all CU Boulder students. Workshops cover a variety of topics and can help you develop coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, painful emotions and more.

Weekly programs

Health and Wellness Services offers weekly programs to help you develop healthy habits, participate in self-care and take a break from academics. Programs are available throughout the week and are free to all CU Boulder students.

Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC)

The CUCRC provides community, support and connection for students in recovery or seeking recovery from a wide range of behaviors. Join a weekly support meeting or become a CORE member.

Disability Services

Disability Services is dedicated to providing students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in university programs, courses and activities through reasonable accommodations and services.

Adventure Resource Center

The Outdoor Program’s Adventure Resource Center (ARC) is available to help you plan your next adventure, big or small. The ARC provides a welcoming space where you can plan a trip or get assistance and recommendations from knowledgeable staff. 

Nutrition Services

Meet with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for a variety of services, including nutrition assessments, food allergies or intolerances, sports nutrition, body composition analysis and more.

Food assistance

Feed the Stampede provides food assistance programs for the University of Colorado Boulder. They work to ensure students experiencing any level of food insecurity have the necessary knowledge, resources and access to enough food to meet their needs in an emergency or on-going basis.

Personal training services

The Rec Center’s nationally certified personal trainers can help provide motivation, education, guidance and instruction to help you improve your overall fitness and achieve your goals. They are also here to support you through assessments that can help maximize your workout while minimizing risk of injury.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Medical Services offers sexual health exams for all gender identities and sexual orientations. They can also help you navigate birth control options, hormone therapy, emergency contraception, gynecological services, sexually transmitted infections, testing services and more. 

Published: Dec. 14, 2021