2020 Wellness Vision
It’s once again time for the “best of” lists for the previous year and predictions for the year ahead. You can read some 2020 Wellness Trends here, here, and here. I’ve always been a “do my own thing and wait for everyone to catch up” kind of gal but, I read them to see in what direction the wellness industry is going.
One thing is for sure, SELF-CARE is the buzzword that’s here to stay…and for good reason, it is absolutely necessary! It is not selfish and it’s not about extravagance but rather simplicity and consistency. It can be defined as “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health” or “something that refuels us rather than takes from us.” It is through these activities, these moments of wellness woven into our daily routines, that our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing starts to shift. My challenge for you in 2020 is this – what actions will create long-term, sustainable behaviors that will make you feel good? What can you do today to alleviate stress, reduce suffering (for you, your friends/family, your world), and instill happiness? What is the ripple you can initiate to generate a wave of transformation?
Feel Good Goals for Mental, Emotional, and Physical Wellbeing
- Do something for someone else…every day. The surest way to feel good is to to do good! Simply, be kind. Hold a door open, allow someone to cut in line, pay for someone’s coffee, say thank you.
- Meditate. It really does work! Headspace, Calm, 10% Happier, and Insight Timer are great apps to get you started. All it takes is 10m a day!
- Clear clutter. I’m a bit of a neat freak but my motto is, messy car (desk) = messy life! Stay organized every day so you’re not left with a big weekly task. A clear space reduces stress and creates a peaceful energy within that space.
- Move. Incorporate 15m of exercise daily. Betty Rocker or countless youtube channels can get you going. Moving more instills not just physical health but relieves stress, boosts brain activity, and balances your mood.
- Rest. The “busyness culture” is bullshit and it’s detrimental to your health! Being productive is a good thing but let’s all stop repeating the narrative that we’re “so busy”. All. The. Time. It’s not a badge of honor! Slowing down and sleeping are crucial for good health. Your body repairs itself at night – your nervous system switches off, your brain cleans itself and creates memories, and your immune system is boosted. Follow the Nap Ministry for great reminders and tips.
- Consume less animal products. I’m vegan, you had to know I’d add this one! Veganuary starts Jan 1. It’s so incredibly easy these days and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
- Breathe. Fact – focusing on your breath instantly relaxes you. Inhale through your nose, expanding your belly, for a count of six. Exhale through your nose for a count of six. The Breathing App and iBreathe app can help.
- Daily digital detox. We are bombarded with information 24 hours/day and it causes unnecessary stress if mismanaged. Delete or offload apps for a break. Set scrolling limits or utilize your phone’s usage report features to manage your time better.
- Give thanks. It’s proven that expressing gratitude shifts your mindset. Whether it’s a mental process you go through upon waking or at bedtime, or you jot it down via apps or on paper, take some time each day to make a gratitude list.
- Take care. Do something each week for yourself – walk in nature, face mask, infrared sauna session, take a bath, do yoga, do nothing, read a book, go to a movie, eat a pint of ice cream.
Resolve to Rest
My intention with each session is to create s p a c e within your body and mind for rest and repair. I’m also here to remind you that investing in your physical and emotional health pays off. This year I encourage you to make YOUR wellness a priority! Above I listed little things that when done consistently can create big changes. If lowering your stress level is a priority for you, how will you accomplish that? I can certainly help but you need to commit to making a change, to accept that slowing down doesn’t mean slacking off, that maintaining your wellbeing is important. When your body and mind are in a state of rest it’s amazing what can happen! Switching on your parasympathetic nervous instills deep relaxation which can have profound effects on every system within your body not to mention the reboot your brain receives. If you regularly receive massage I encourage you to experience a gua sha face therapy or Healing Touch session next. I’ve seen tremendous esthetic results from gua sha but what I believe is even more important is the deep DEEP relaxation clients are feeling. If you’re in need of a more nurturing, meditative relaxation experience try Healing Touch.
Make it a priority to feel good in 2020!