New year, new habits, new perspective, new goals. It’s the year of new opportunities and we’re challenging you to prioritize self-care more than ever before by adding a few of these habits to your daily agenda.
Set a Reading Goal
We all claim we’re going to read more books in the new year, but let’s actually do it this time! Reading helps to expand your vocabulary, teach you new things, feed your creativity, and make you a better writer. Set a realistic goal to read one chapter a day or start a book series you know you’ll get lost in.
Buy Coloring Books or Puzzles
It’s amazing what a mindless activity can do for our mental health. We’re not telling you to turn Netflix off, but grab a coloring book or do a puzzle at the same time to stimulate your brain. You may find that one of these activities is exactly what you need to feel like you’re doing something without doing much at all. Plus, the beautiful end result is always worth your time.
Try a New Recipe Each Week
Cooking at home isn’t easy for everyone. In fact, it can be incredibly frustrating when you spend an hour following a recipe word-for-word only for you to end up not liking it with a dozen dishes in the sink. We see you and we understand you, but we encourage you to get back on the horse and try again. Unless cooking is out the window, then maybe try your hand at baking? Find a recipe book that has rave reviews and make it a goal to create one new masterpiece each week. Practice makes perfect!
Repeat Positive Affirmations
We’ve preached this before and we’ll preach it again: Positive affirmations are life-changing. And once you start, you’ll never want to stop. Making an effort to say positive things about yourself and your life has the power to change the direction of your future. When you start believing that you’re as special as you are, life will be a little sweeter. Trust us.
Start a Journal
Now we know this one might seem like it isn’t for you or like it’s a daunting hobby to pick up, but we’re here to simplify things. Having a journal or notebook nearby to jot down your thoughts is not only rewarding at the moment, but it’s also cool to look back on in the years to come. Maybe you could start a designated skincare journal to record your skin’s progress and the ingredients that make your skin happy? Or maybe you’d prefer an overall mental health journal where you can put your feelings to paper and also keep track of what you’re doing on a daily basis. Either way, your future self will thank you.
Keep in Contact with Family & Friends
Life happens and relationships fade, but if the last couple of years have taught us anything, it’s to keep your friends and family close. Be intentional this year to not let work control your life and mind, and do your part to strengthen your relationships. Set up a monthly Facetime gathering, plan a brunch with your besties, or set a reminder to text the people you love.
Deep Clean your Space
Start the new year off on a clean note by purging, sweeping, and wiping down the areas you spend the most time in. If your desk is cluttered with papers you haven’t looked at since you got them, throw ‘em out. If your closet has clothes you haven’t worn in over a year, throw them in the donation bag. If your shelves haven’t been dusted since you moved in, you know the drill. A clean space is a clear mind.
Go on a Daily Walk
If you have yet to implement daily walks into your routine, grab your sneaks and go. Walking outside and breathing in fresh air does wonders for your mental health and physical health. You don’t have to go far, but something tells us that if you put on a podcast and tune out the world, you’ll be walking for a lot longer than you anticipated.
Simplify your Skincare Routine
We saved the best for last. Glowing doesn't require a daunting (and let's face it, unrealistic) 20-step routine. Keep your skincare routine simple and do-able by following these 4 steps:
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We hope these self-care habits have inspired you to make this next year your best yet. Get excited… because a smarter, stronger, happier you is on the horizon.