New year, new you! The new year is a good way to reset and redefine what wellness and self-care means to you. We’ve all experienced different highs and lows over the last couple of years, so now more than ever taking care of yourself should be a top priority. You might know that eating well and drinking eight cups of water are important but what are other ways to upgrade your wellness routine? And how can you make wellness something that feels good? (Which makes it more likely that you will stick with it.) We’ve got some tips to help you out so you can feel and look your best this year.
Love Yourself Where You’re at Right Now
Too often when we are setting new goals for our wellness routine, we do so out of frustration and disappointment with ourselves. But it’s important to understand that wellness starts from the inside out. No matter how much you exercise, eat healthy, or meditate—if you don’t love yourself right now, that other stuff won’t work or last in the long-term. So, love yourself now! Write down five things each morning about what you’re most grateful for in your life and about yourself. Make a habit of giving yourself a compliment when you walk by a mirror. Smile at yourself. Loving yourself first will make all the other upgrades that much easier and enjoyable to do.
Make Hydration Delicious and Fun
Water is essential for good health. It keeps our skin glowing and our brain working, but drinking the necessary amount can get boring fast, so make it fun by adding some lemon and cucumbers to your water bottle each day. Create a chart so that you can cross off how many glasses of water you’re drinking. Add fun stickers to your water bottle to mark off how many ounces you drink per hour. Soon, drinking water will be your new favorite thing!
Add a New Healthy Food to Your Diet Per Week
Make eating healthy more enjoyable and dynamic by adding one new food to your menu per week. Experiment with new recipes to get your imagination going. You might even want to pick a new food based on the alphabet. For example, start the first week with avocados for the letter A, and add something starting with a B the following week. Eating healthy will become easier and more sustainable by mixing things up.
Find Movement That You Actually Like
We all know exercise is good for us, but why does it feel like such a grind to do? Probably because you’re forcing yourself to do something you hate. Exercise doesn’t need to be a chore! In fact, if you focus on finding movement that you genuinely enjoy, you’ll probably think of it less as dreaded exercise and more as a fun activity to do. Movement can be anything from dancing to walking to swimming. Pick something you like to do and incorporate it into your day for 20 minutes. You’ll notice a difference in no time!
Choose a Mantra to Calm Your Mind
Meditation is a great way to calm your nerves and bring peace to your mind. But what about during the day when you’re not meditating? This is where the beauty of a mantra comes in handy. Find a mantra that speaks to you, such as “I am calm” or “All is well”—so when you’re in the midst of a stressful situation you can repeat that mantra silently to yourself to find instant calm.
Make Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Something You Look Forward To
The power and importance of sleep can’t be overestimated. Ensure you’re getting quality ZZZs by switching off your phone at least an hour before bed and staying away from your computer and TV, as well. If you have trouble falling asleep, a diffuser with essential oils like lavender can help you relax. Invest in cozy pajamas and an eye mask, and make the room as dark as possible. Invest in a weighted blanket if you’re prone to anxiety. Making your sleep time an occasion will make it something you look forward to, and you’re more likely to commit to those seven or eight hours that are so necessary.
By adding a twist to the classic self-care tips, you can easily upgrade your wellness routine and feel your best in 2022 and beyond.