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As 2017 fades into the rearview mirror, I once again find myself staring at a proverbial blank slate—OK, a Google doc—with that recurring, possibly life-changing question: “What do I hope to accomplish in this new year?” Of course, I want to workout more. Eat less sugar. Be more patient (I’m a Leo, so that can be hard). But what about trying something totally new? What about the little things?
Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole resolution idea.
This year, I’ve established six “resolutions” based on continual positive empowerment and self-improvement. Goals that bring me back to basics. Actionable items that challenge my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Things that encourage me to try—and stick—to something new. Hopefully, my list (and tips) will inspire you to reevaluate your goals and achieve new ones. Are you ready to join me?
A thank you text is great. But in 2018, I am breaking out the pens, paper, and getting back to snail mail. The power of gratitude is proven to be good for the soul—and it’s almost guaranteed a thank you note will make someone's day. If Jimmy Fallon can do it, so can I.
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead and buy a pack (or two) of colorful thank you cards. Keep blank cards + stamps at home and work so you can write one quickly when the time is right.
It's time to put my mind where (hopefully) my muscles are as I get ready to focus on flying high. Aerial silks and hoops, anyone? Not only can I work my way up into the air with this great full-body workout, it also makes for some pretty awesome Insta-worthy images.
My Tips to Succeed: Make it your new happy hour! Recruit friends who will commit to trying aerial, so you can hold each other accountable. Use the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android to discover aerial studios and book classes in your area.
Do you find yourself snuggled into bed scrolling through social media and answering emails? I do. Way too much. And I wonder why I can’t sleep well. It’s time for me break the bedtime cell phone addiction. Ignoring my cell is not always easy, but I’m committing to unplugging at least one hour before bed.
My Tips to Succeed: There are many ways to fall asleep faster, but one of the most important has to do with putting down the phone. Don’t get under the covers until you are ready to commit to shut-eye (and that means not answering work messages). Also, if you charge your phone in your bedroom, plug it in out of arm's reach.
This fermented gut-healthy drink continues to be all the rage, and with kombucha becoming even more popular and craftier in 2018, my ‘booch’ budget is going to make me broke. With many easy-to-follow tutorials on the internet, I am prepared to become a kombucha brewer (warning, there might be some trial and error stories to follow!).
My Tips to Succeed: Save your glass bottles from your previous kombucha purchases and use them for your homemade concoctions. Also, experiment with different flavors and recipes—I’m currently all about the tropical taste of pineapple during these chilly winter months.
Yogis unite! This year I will l use my musical festival funds and put them towards a weekend of Zen—by myself. No social media. No texting. No distractions. I want to detach and be inspired by the energy of those around me. Plus, festivals like Wanderlust and Camp Yoga take place in numerous locations so one might be just a short drive or flight away! Organizers make you feel super welcome, no matter if you’re a newbie to the mat (like me!) or a seasoned vet.
My Tips to Succeed: Book sooner than later! Sometimes there are ticket price breaks for early booking. If your finances allow, travel to a festival location far from home and spend an extra day before or after the festival exploring the area—that's my plan!
If you’re like me, I tend to use my time off at work to go-go-go on vacation. In 2018, I’m saving some time for a “mental health day.” More and more employers are encouraging employees to take mental health days, and I think it’s a great idea. Find time to unplug—and get some fresh air!
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead when it comes to your workload so you can ensure your mental health day is all about YOU. And if you’re comfortable, let your coworkers know your intentions. Make sure you are taking your mental health day for the right reasons, though (not because you stayed out too late last night).
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.