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Whether you want to boost your hygee (AKA the art of optimal coziness), or you're searching for ways to bring wellness into your dwelling, we're right there with you. We aren't talking about a room-by-room makeover, but finding a few simple elements of decor to add beauty and balance to our homes.
Whether you find inspiration in the ahhh-mazing Zen design of your favorite studio, all those new stylish home brands at Target, or the trendy decor at your hair salon, we’ve got three easy ways to keep those good vibes coming every time you open your door, all year long.
Indoor greenery has come a long way since your mom’s spider plants. Pinterest boards, pop-up shops, Instagram pages…all dedicated to the hip botanical trend that’s here to stay. Creating a mini urban jungle is a simple way to refresh your pad this new year. Not only do plants up your decor game, they rid your air of toxins and can increase positivity and make you feel better.
No matter the size of your space—of the strength of your green thumb—succulents are a good place to start. They are tough (thanks to the desert sun), diverse, texturally appealing, and just look cool. Anything we can’t kill is a win in our book, especially with the heat cranking all winter long. Plus, budget-friendly succulents easily ship fresh from online retailers, like San Diego, California-based Pigment. We suggest using soil that drains quickly and is meant specifically for succulents, which you buy online or find at most garden retailers. Using fun, funky, and modern pots and planters—like animal heads or terrariums—will also spice up your space.
Purple is a timeless favorite—you really can't go wrong. And when it comes to crystals, the power of the purple hues in amethyst is always popular. You don’t have to be an energy expert or crystal guru to have amethyst in your home!
Promoting stress-relieving powers and balance, amethyst is visually appealing and can add serenity to your home. You can purchase amethyst in a variety of shapes and sizes, but we suggest going to pick out your crystals in person to ensure you choose the texture and size that you desire for your dwellings. After selecting your crystals, incorporate the amethyst into your decor by placing it around your home—wherever you feel like you need a little extra Zen.
Discovering your daily dose of motivation shouldn’t just come from social media, it should come from where you live. Inspire your decorating endeavors by spreading positivity throughout your house with motivational phrases. From trendy throw pillows to wall art, we suggest surrounding yourself with small touches of beautiful, modern encouragement.
When choosing inspiring imagery and decor, select one item that will be a focal point in the room where it is placed. The motivational item you choose should be something you don’t mind seeing on a daily basis to help boost your mood (and make you smile). Etsy is one of our favorite places to search for motivational and inspirational decor. Be sure to pick a color scheme that will stand out but is complimentary to your current design aesthetic.
Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.
Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.” I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy.
Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year.
If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.
While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.
Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.
Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.
The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.
To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level.
Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.
If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.
And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass.