I know what you’re thinking – another article about setting goals, working out, and all the other cliché things people talk about come January. I promise you, this one is a bit different; it isn’t about writing our goals out and having some overwhelming list of things we want to get done in 2022 (which in itself can be very demotivating to look at). This is about wellbeing and going into 2022 with the right intentions.
Here are some things you can focus on to improve your wellness in the New Year.
- Mental Health
- Home Organization
- Gratitude Journal
- Taking Breaks
- Digital Detox
- Getting Moving
Pay attention to your mental health. We can sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day that we don’t check in with ourselves. Just assessing and recognizing our feelings can make such an impact on our mental health. Why do we feel the way we do, and what can we do to make it change going into the new year? It’s about recognizing your feelings and your surroundings and how they are impacting your mental health. Set boundaries and make small changes to move towards a happier – healthier – mental health.
Aside from the obvious benefits of having a clean and decluttered home, an organized house can improve your mental health by reducing your anxiety.
When your home is cluttered, messy, or dirty, the chaos that the mess creates can impact your ability to focus. Researchers have discovered that people are less irritable, less distracted, more productive, and better able to process information with an uncluttered and organized home.
We incorporate the “less is more” philosophy as one of our brand values because we believe we need to move towards more of a minimalistic lifestyle, not only to declutter our vanity but also to help with less waste, as the consumer culture has had a very destructive impact on the environment.
If you’re looking to declutter the vanity, check out our skincare sets, which are good for your skin from head to toe.
Ah, the science of gratitude and all its psychological benefits! Although the study of gratitude’s effect on the brain is new, there’s nothing new about gratitude. It’s been practiced throughout history and around the world and by religious leaders and philosophers. It serves as the backbone of human society, yet it’s a diminishing trait.
Let’s not forget that no one’s life is perfect. There are always going to be things that bother us, things we need to improve, things that make us unhappy. It’s easy to get caught up in the stressful moments of life; that’s just life. That’s why it’s good to remind yourself every day of what you’re grateful for. Again, start small – just write down three things a day. I prefer to do it first thing in the morning to set my positive vibes for the day.
We are firm believers in self-care and taking those moments for yourself, no matter how hectic life can get. Go for a coffee by yourself (maybe with your gratitude journal) or take an extra 15 minutes in the shower to relax. Incorporate the Refresh Set into your routine for the true spa getaway without getting away. Being alone and unwinding is actually a form of meditation.
Mediation can take many shapes and forms, not just sitting in a quiet room on the floor trying to think of nothing. You can, for example, just stand in the shower for five minutes, running the hot water on your back while taking deep breaths (try it with the Eucalyptus Mood Mist). That alone can give you calmness and a sense of clarity.
Social media – what a love-hate relationship we have with it. Am I right? I don’t think this needs much of an explanation because we all know taking a social media break would be good for us, but it’s probably one of the hardest things to do. Instead of going offline for a week (which, if you can, all the power to you), make your digital detox about setting clear-cut boundaries between your technology and yourself. Again, start small, like no phone at the dinner table or no browsing after 9 p.m. It’s refreshing and makes you more present with your surroundings.
Working out shouldn’t be about losing weight and being hard on ourselves. It’s about making ourselves feel good. Did you know that working out actually releases feel-good neurotransmitters in our bodies that give us a natural high? Let’s get that high!
Always start small, even if it’s one workout a week. Resolutions can get so overwhelming that we end up doing none of them. Just pick one small goal and turn that into a habit before tackling the next one.