With so much happening in the world right now, it feels almost impossible to find peace in the present moment. So many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear, anger and so many other emotions. There’s been a palpable energy shift across the world, a turning point if you will, and we shouldn’t underestimate the toll this has taken on our bodies, our minds and our world. From breathing exercises to understanding conscious consumption, we hope these tips will help you reflect, refocus and reground yourself in the midst of our current public health, environmental and political climates.
2020 was a significant year filled with so much fear, uncertainty, grief and isolation. With so many unhealthy coping strategies readily available, we wanted to focus on ways to incorporate simple yet effective wellness advice that will help you to refresh and refocus- to flourish into your most authentic self in 2021 and beyond.
We’ve all heard of mindless scrolling, but what about mindless living? Conscious consumption isn’t only about the food you put into your body- it’s also about the news you read, the shows you watch, the products you’re putting on your skin- the list goes on and on. Take a look at what you’re consuming and really take stock of what you can release in 2021. Whether it’s an unhealthy habit or toxic relationship, now is the perfect time to say goodbye, bid adieu and clear space for new energy.
Follow your Intuition
Taking the time to connect with our intuition (otherwise known as your gut) is so important for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Understanding what foods feel right in your body, how to replenish your energy, when you need to turn off the news- everything in your life can be guided by your intuition. So quiet your mind and listen to your body- it knows more than you think.
Take a Moment to Breathe
Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed, take a moment to close your eyes and take a slow, deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. See if you can unclench your jaw, relax your shoulders or release any other stagnant energy or tension in your body. Open your curtains and go outside if you can. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and count 5 things you can see, 4 you can smell, 3 you can see, 2 you can taste and 1 you can feel. Take a few moments to reflect on three things you are grateful for to adjust your frame of mind. Think of it as a simple act of self-love.
Find Your Mantra
Working with a mantra can help you calm your nervous system, focus your mind and slow your racing thoughts. With constant scrolling and a never ending news cycle, you can start by saying a mantra out loud or in your head whenever you start to feel overwhelmed. Using a mantra as simple as, "My mind is calm and I am in control" can help redirect any unnecessary or distracting thoughts. Other examples include, "With each breath, I let go of my stress" "I handle overwhelming situations with wisdom" or "I can make it through this".