While we may not all be physically present with one another, the world has never felt more connected. Going through this global pandemic which did not discriminate race, sex, religion, or geographic location, made us truly aware of our humanity and that we are, at the very root of it, all the same. Our beliefs may vary widely, our skin color may differ in shades, and our home may reside on separate continents but we all know and were affected in some way by COVID-19. Being forced to slow our pace, cover our faces, and quarantine for weeks has certainly left a lasting impact. It spurred a time on reflecting what truly matters, what we value most, and what areas of our life may need refining. As we continue to navigate the current disruptions to our daily life, we may find ourselves reassessing our goals and plans both immediate and long term. It is a new year but the pandemic continues. We are now equipped with the awareness of the virus, how it spreads, and that an accessible vaccine is on the horizon. How does this affect your outlook for 2021? What do you want to do, achieve, or change this year? Perhaps I can help.
We took a look at online communities to observe how people are signing off the year and what new year resolutions they have set. The majority of these resolutions include spending more time with family, vacationing to ease off the stress that is 2020, and making plans for a beautiful start to the next year. We also established that the most common new year resolutions are:
If 1) a plank felt longer than this year did, 2) you have yet to tackle any of your holiday shopping and/or 3) you want to support local business instead of adding to your Amazon Prime cart.... our 2020 holiday gift guide is for you. You can conveniently check a gift AND workout off your to-do list without ever having to step in a store, wait on a long line or endlessly scroll the internet. This year was stressful enough; let's keep this holiday season stress-free, fit & healthy!
Our physical state is like a tangible printout of the synergy between our mental and emotional state. To a great extent, our lives are governed by our inner state of mind. If we could tap into the ‘backend’ of our minds and instill a mindset that supports wholesome living, we can live healthily. Three surefire ways to do this are gratitude journaling, mantras & meditation.
By keeping a gratitude journal, speaking and living by positive mantras, and practicing meditation consistently, you can improve your mental health, influence every dimension of your life, and live happily. You have to make the change in your mind, your soul and your spirit- and your body will follow.
Chromotherapy, or color therapy, is the science of the seven colors on the light spectrum. It works on various energy points to restore balance to the body and provide physical, emotional and/or mental healing. Color and light have been an integral part of healing therapy for thousands of years, tracing back to roots in Ayurveda, ancient Egyptian culture, and traditional Chinese healing. Light therapy has been used as a tool for alleviating headaches, allergies, insomnia, digestion, arthritis, nausea, and more. Our 'Chromatherapy Color Guide' below identifies each color's superpower.
When it comes to what we put in our bodies, inhaling is just as important as ingesting. This especially applies to the candles we burn. A quality candle not only means clean air, but also a clean conscience. If you're wondering what to look for in clean-burning, nontoxic candles, look no further than Charleston-based candle company, Scentervention.
Meditation has long been known for its powerful effects on the body and mind. Recent studies are proving that meditating regularly can decrease anxiety and depression and improve memory, concentration, and the longevity of brain function. It also enhances immune function and helps fight illness. Meditation creates a safe space that is capable of completely shifting our perspective, as well as making a lasting impact on our mental and physical health.
The environment we surround ourselves in can have quite the influence on our state of mind. This holds especially true for those of us who find ourselves merging our living and working spaces into one. If you’re looking to add a sense of balance and serenity to your space, these tricks may just give you the ‘zen’ ambiance we all seek.