Published: January 14, 2022
With the holidays being over and the new year in full swing, people can find themselves with the new motivation to improve themselves in 2022. Whether your goal is to improve your diet or get in better physical shape, it’s vital to remember the importance of self-care. When our stress is heightened, we tend to lose sight of taking care of ourselves. This year, consider developing habits that will help you ease stress and increase your overall life satisfaction.
It’s undeniable that your diet can provide stress relief and also reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. Now that you’ve indulged yourself throughout the holidays, allow this new year to be your time to reset your body. Instead of restricting yourself, enjoy foods in moderation. As a rule of thumb, try and make healthy choices most of the time, as fat and sugar can negatively impact your mood and energy. Speak with your healthcare provider to get a better understanding of how to nourish your body and make a diet that works best for you.
Recreate a Spa at Home
Outside our spa and fitness offerings, we want you to feel your best this coming year. There are many stay at home options to indulge in when it comes to self-care. We offer exhale® on demand to bring our fitness classes to you, and there are many amenities that spa-goers can replicate at home. Keeping things simple, look into dry brushes, steamers, and sugar scrubs to keep your body fresh. While recovering from heavy holiday spending, look into different ways to fund your larger at home spa projects. Dipping into savings, using a credit card, or looking into the cost to refinance your home can help you out if you want to take the extra step to replicate more costly spa amenities. Using a cash-out refinance to purchase a hot tub, massage chair, or sauna makes these purchases doable, allowing you to give yourself an at-home spa fix in between visits.
Take Time for Yourself
Coming back from the holidays can be stressful, between going back to your typical schedule and returning to work. Having a packed schedule is when you need self-care the most. Be sure to schedule time throughout your day to focus on yourself. Even taking 10 minutes throughout your day to practice deep breathing can recenter yourself and positively impact your mental health. Along with deep breathing, practicing meditation is a wonderful tool for helping you become aware of your surroundings and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Each exhale® fitness class begins with mindful meditation to recenter yourself and focus on your body.
Going outside and moving your body can help boost your energy and help relieve stress and anxiety. Whether it’s through taking a virtual class on your patio or taking a quick walk around the block, fit in physical activity wherever you can. Our lack of sun exposure in the winter diminishes our vitamin D levels, ultimately leading to a negative mood. Being outside and moving your body are great ways to boost your spirits. Make sure to stay hydrated as well, especially when active! When we’re busy and it’s cold outside, we forget to drink an adequate amount of water. Dehydration can make you feel downright sluggish. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins from your body and keep you feeling energized.
This new year is a time to turn our attention to ways we can improve our lives and make ourselves a priority once again. Allow yourself to recenter and make the most of the new year. Forming healthy habits with these tips above can help you destress and improve your overall well being.