It’s a new year and a fresh start to bring more wellness into our lives. After all, if living through a global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t take our health and wellness for granted. Taking care of ourselves, both mentally and physically, means we can achieve our dreams and lead happier, more peaceful lives.
But we don’t need to set impossible goals or make the same tired New Year’s resolutions year after year. Instead, incorporating a few new healthy habits for 2023 can make a world of difference.
Here are just a few ideas on how to have a healthier 2023:
Take Advantage of the Benefits of Acupressure
Looking for a healthy habit that has positive effects on both your mental and physical wellness? Incorporating acupressure into your daily routine is a simple way to increase your connection with your mind, body and soul.
Acupressure may be a new habit for you in 2023, but it’s definitely not a new concept! The Bed of Nails originated over 1,000 years ago and was used by gurus in the practice of meditation and healing. Use your Bed of Nails acupressure mat while meditating, doing yoga or by simply lying on it before bed. The stimulation of the nails releases endorphins and oxytocin into your body, creating a feeling of relaxation and happiness. The Bed of Nails products also help with circulation, pain relief and muscle tension, perfect if you’re incorporating more fitness into your 2023!
Develop a Morning Ritual
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Check your phone notifications? Hop on social media? How we start our morning has a profound impact on the rest of our day. But let’s face it, it can be a little hard to get motivated first thing after waking up.
That’s why having a clear and established morning routine can be so beneficial. Choose just a few ‘to dos’ that will set you up for a good day. Getting a little exercise or stretching, hydrating and doing something for your mental wellness are good places to start. Choose a routine that is realistic, makes sense with your schedule and will leave you feeling healthy and motivated to tackle your day. Using your Bed of Nails Mat first thing in the morning can be an easy transition from bed and set you up with a calm and present mindset.
Declutter Your Space
Keeping a clutter free space is a simple way to ease your mind and help you focus. Whether it’s your desk stacked with papers, that junk drawer you always mean to organize or the mess under your bed, cluttered spaces lead to a cluttered mind. The pile builds and nags at us throughout the week and we’re often too tired on the weekend to tackle it. Set aside a day or evening to finally clear out the mess and tick off any lingering tasks associated with the clutter.
Commit to keeping your space clean with the ‘two minute rule.’ The rule suggests that any action on your to do list that can be done in two minutes or less should be tackled right away. That means any simple bills, junk mail that needs to be tossed or paperwork that should be filed won’t build up over time. It’s also a great strategy for starting on your to do list by tackling simpler tasks first then moving on to longer tasks.
Create a Gratitude Journal
One of the most well-researched and effective ways to increase happiness is gratitude. Counting your blessings strengthens your positivity muscles and puts you in a more upbeat frame of mind for the upcoming year. Buy a simple journal and spend a couple minutes each day writing down what you’re grateful for. Want to take your gratitude one step further? Spend some time writing handwritten thank-you messages and sending them to the people you care about.
Breathwork is another tool for your mental wellness toolbelt that can be incorporated into any part of your day. Breathwork is simply the use of breathing exercises, in which you consciously control your breathing. Taking the time to purposefully slow down your breathing calms your central nervous system and allows your body to relax.
These exercises can be super simple, like box breathing - breathing in for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, hold for four counts. Of course there are tons of breathing exercises and methods you can try, including the Wim Hof method.
Pair your breathwork practice with your Bed of Nails to dive into an even deeper state of relaxation.
What healthy habits will you start in 2023?