January always brings a flurry of New Year’s resolutions. Instead of setting big goals (which can often feel unattainable or overwhelming), a better idea is to shift your focus to making small changes and building good, healthy habits that you can stick to well past February. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide filled with tips for boosting your wellness and well-being, along with tips for better productivity.
SET YOUR GOALS
Start by making measurable goals and be sure to write them down so you can hold yourself accountable. Set a reminder to do a progress check halfway through the year so you can track how you’re doing. A planner or a journal will help you to make, track and achieve those goals. There are also many different kinds to choose from, whether you prefer something simple or more elaborate. Here are a few options to get you started.
GET YOUR MOVE ON
Incorporate at least 30 minutes of movement into your day. Even if you can’t get outside, you still have options for a good sweat session indoors, whether it’s via a live-streamed class, a YouTube video or a fitness app. Another option to help you stay accountable? A fitness tracker that monitors how much you’ve moved and alerts you when you need to get your steps in. Below are a few fitness trackers and tools to help you get your move on.
TAKE STRETCH BREAKS
Hunched in front of a computer screen all day? Break up your workday with regular stretch breaks. Set alarms throughout the day as a reminder to stop and stretch tense muscles. If you’re at your desk, incorporate some tasks that require you to move around. You can also schedule a mini stretch session during your lunch break. Check out this at-home gear to help you stretch and relax those muscles.
Keeping hydrated does wonders for our minds and bodies, but it’s also one of the easiest things to forget to do. Upgrade to a smart water bottle that’ll light up when you need to drink some H20. You can even download an app that will remind you to replenish your fluids. Don’t forget about your face because the dry indoor air can also wreak havoc on our skin (that’s where moisturizers and face mists come in). Give yourself and your skin a boost of moisture with these eco-friendly water bottles and hydrating skincare picks.
Get into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night if you can. While it might be tempting to watch TikTok videos or scroll through your Instagram feed in bed, swap screen time for less stimulating activities like reading or meditating instead. Creating a bedtime ritual for yourself can also help ease you into a sweet slumber, whether it’s thanks to a calming blend of essential oils or a soothing cup of chamomile tea. These sleep-worthy items will help you fall asleep and get a better night’s rest.
Research shows that multitasking can actually be bad for productivity. Focus on one task at a time (experts call this “single-tasking”). Try the Pomodoro Technique, which allows you to work in 25-minute intervals and then take a five-minute break.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER
There’s a direct correlation between clutter and stress. In other words, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. Tidy up your space so you’re free of distractions and can both live and work in a clean environment. That can be as simple as putting away things in clear boxes and labelling them. The items below will help you get organized and create a cleaner, calmer space.
REMEMBER TO UNPLUG
We’re all glued to our devices 24/7. Even if a digital detox isn’t possible, try putting away your phone to enjoy time offline. Apps like QualityTime will help you track how much time you spend on your phone and alerts you when you’re using certain apps too much.
The year 2020 has been a challenging and unprecedented year. All of us are still figuring things out and that’s okay. Regardless of how big or small your goals are for the year ahead, we’re here to help you get there. In the meantime, catch up with us on social media for more information, inspiration and everything in between.