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5 ways Alexa can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

Enable these 5 Alexa skills on your Amazon Echo and reap big benefits in 2022.

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With a little nonjudgmental help from Alexa, you can achieve those resolutions you just made. 
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Do you always have trouble keeping your New Year's resolutions? Do you make a plan every January to improve your diet, exercise more or save money, but end up giving up before the end of the year? You're not alone. A 2019 Statista survey conducted in the US found that only 9% of those surveyed said they never break their resolutions. 

Keeping your promise to yourself would be easier if you had a little nonjudgmental help. That's where Alexa comes in. Here are some ways to use Alexa to make your New Year's resolutions stick.

Read more: The 50 most useful Alexa skills for your Amazon Echo

Alexa can stop that bad habit

When you have a moment of weakness, use the Talk Me Down skill. The goal of the skill is to talk you out of breaking your resolution. 

After enabling the skill, say, "Alexa, talk me down," and she'll give you a motivational pep talk that will help you drop the fork, push away the pack of cigarettes or recork the bottle. It sounds cheesy, but it can actually help.

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Alexa can help you have better mornings

If your resolution is to be more productive and positive in the morning (guilty!), then you may find the My Morning skill helpful. It uses minute-long prompts to guide you through a wake up routine. 

For example, Minute 1 could include silence or meditation, Minute 2 could be a prompt to visualize your day, Minute 3 could ask you to think of five things you're grateful for, Minute 4 could have you list your top three priorities for the day, and so on. Basically, it's Alexa getting your rear in gear with some motivational techniques.

Alexa can help you save the planet

Taking better care of the Earth is always a great resolution. One step you can start with this January is taking shorter showers to conserve water and electricity. 

The Shower Timer skill tracks your time in the shower and challenges you to beat your record each day. It kind of makes a game out of being greener.

Alexa can help you get better sleep

If you can never get to sleep on time and resolve that 2022 is your year to finally get on track, try the Sleep Helper skill. It guides you through breathing exercises while you lie in bed. The exercises are meant to relax your body and put you to sleep quickly.

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Sleep does more than help you feel rested -- it has huge benefits for your health.

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Alexa can help you be more adventurous

The hardest part about being more adventurous in the new year is coming up with ideas. The Daily Things skill gives you something new to try every day. Just say, "Alexa, ask Daily Things to give me an idea." If you don't like the suggestion, just ask for another one.

Some ideas the skill has given me are to play a new board game with friends, learn a new dance like salsa and write an article for a magazine.

Do you have any more recommendations for how Alexa can help you keep your resolutions? Let us know in the comments. 

For a great start to 2022, also check out these five tips to manage your money this year and CNET's predictions of the five ways the world will change in 2022.