By February, nearly 80% of all New Year’s resolutions will be broken. Ouch! The list of most common resolutions includes staying fit and healthy, reducing stress, enjoying life more, spending more time with friends and family, and saving more for retirement. It’s not hard to see why it’s so heartbreaking to lose sight of these lofty goals: the one thread that runs through them all is often the easiest to compromise — better self-care.
We talk about sustainability in our external environment a lot — whether it’s the materials that make up our goods or the workers along the supply chain. But one thing that most people neglect (especially social justice activists!) is themselves. Why do we put our own well-being so low on the list of priorities? While the answer to that question might require some personal soul searching, we’ve got some suggestions to help you start the year strong, stay the course, and prevent burnout.
Pay more attention to your daily habits. In the rush of life (especially post-holidays!), it’s easy to let the truly important things in life go unnoticed while we tend to the day-to-day grind. We recommend the United By Blue Adventure Bound Journals for their size — fitting right in almost any pocket — always with you to catch your ideas, sketches, thoughts, and dreams perfectly!
Whether it’s a soak in the tub, a short meditation session, rejuvenating catnap, or using essential oils to breathe in more deeply, quiet your mind any way you can! It’ll help eliminate unnecessary distraction and give your life greater focus. We swear by Badger's line of all-natural healing products to soothe what's ailing.
It takes a little forethought and planning to pack a lunch for work or school, but healthy routines will definitely make you feel better. Since the average person gains 13 pounds over the holidays, it’s no wonder January is full of “get back to the gym” ads everywhere! Want some easy lunch ideas? Visit our “Get Packing!” Pinterest Board, which includes the mason-jar salad shakers that we’re obsessed with.
To feel better about the future means we need to let go of the past that’s holding us back. Find ways to break old routines that you know aren’t the best for you. When you encounter something that triggers you, consider redirecting that emotion by lighting a scented candle, going for a walk, or calling a sympathetic friend when you need a little encouragement.
Sometimes we’re just too hard on ourselves. You spent an hour on the treadmill? Great, enjoy a Netflix and chill night to yourself. A “no more chocolate ever again” diet is probably unsustainable. Balance is the key to happiness.
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