Every year I sit down before New Year’s Eve and make a list of resolutions or Intentions for the coming 365 days. Usually I include something really tough like running a marathon, and something simpler such as drinking more water. No matter what is on your list, invariably many of us do not keep these intentions because they are too difficult to add to our already busy schedules. So I wanted to give you five tips for actually keeping some of the wellness resolutions I’ve heard you want to do.
1.) EASY ACCESS:
Many people want to start drinking more water or creating a daily routine with supplements or essential oils in the new year. But one of the mistakes they often make is keeping those things far away from where they spend most of their time.
My first tip is to create easy access to the water, supplements, and essential oils you want to use. Carry with you all the time a stainless or glass water bottle that is full at all times with water and possibly your favorite citrus essential oil. Place your supplements in a container that either divides them by day, or by type so you can easily get them all in one place. Opening a bunch of bottles every single time you need to take your daily doses is a huge mountain of inertia for many of us.
Finally, for essential oils get yourself some cool holders, whether they be stone like mine, or wooden. Place the oils all over your house in locations you will use them. For example, I have a stone holder filled with my current favorite oils next to my diffusers. I have citrus oils in my kitchen. I have sleep oils near the diffuser in my bedroom. My daily internal use oils are all grouped together in one separate holder I see every time I go to my computer. I do not forget to use them because they are out and available at all times. Don’t merely put your oils in a drawer, under the sink or a closed box so you can forget them. My essential oil family will be doing a monthly challenge in January called The Daily Three and this tip will be one of my top ones to share. Keep your oils out in the open and USE them.
2.) Swap toxic things out one at a time:
Are you looking to up level your wellness in 2020 with some non-toxic switches? Are you worried it will take too much time and pre-made ones you already have are easier?
This excuse is one I hear frequently. To start switching away from chemicals to non-toxic natural products make the steps one at a time. Begin with something you use most often: hand soap. Making bar soap can be a challenge and quite messy, so stick with liquid hand soap. Purchasing plain castille soap, adding some fractionated coconut oil and essential oils of your choice is an easy way to make a swap.
Slowly integrate one non-toxic product at a time. As you add these you’ll see that it’s not difficult and it’s actually less expensive than buying pre-made toxic things at the grocery or drug store. Stop by my Pinterest board for ideas on all the many things you can easily create with essential oils and non-toxic supplies.
3.) Small snackable moments:
Is meditation or yoga on your resolution list? Are you wanting to start these mindfulness practices but aren’t sure you have enough time to do them?
One of my top recommendations to starting these practices on a regular and consistent basis is to start with small amounts of time, and practices you can do anywhere. For example, create mini-meditations by simply focusing on extra long exhales. Inhale for a count of four, exhale for a count of six. You can do this with eyes open or closed. You can do this in bed, on the couch, waiting for your kids in the car at the school pick up line, in your cubicle at work or even on a zafu or yoga mat.
Try Cats and Dogs for moving your spine as a mini-yoga practice or seated sun breaths. Cats and Dogs: Inhale drop your belly to the floor or bring your chest forward when seated, Exhale round your back to ceiling or round forward in your chair. Seated sun salutations: Inhale arms go out and up, Exhale hands come down the middle and meet at the heart in prayer position.
As you integrate the shorter practices on a regular basis, you’ll find that you can start lengthening and adding to them.
4.) Buddy system:
Making changes is wonderful but can be difficult for many of us since we are such creatures of habit. But there is evidence that doing things with a friend or accountability partner can help you be more consistent and on track.
Start daily text check ins with your accountability partner. Find someone who has similar wellness goals for 2020 and start going to yoga, meditation, exercise classes with them. Get together with your friend or partner and swap DIY recipes and essential oil tips.
5.) Forgiveness is Fabulous
When you are not good at keeping resolutions do not get angry, or frustrated or beat up on yourself. These actions only minimize your possibility of success. Instead, offer up and practice forgiveness. Let’s face it, life often gets in the way of our plans, but sometimes those challenges can be exactly what we need to shift our wellness goals to something more perfect.
Approach your inconsistencies and inactions with kindness, curiosity and forgiveness. Perhaps what you thought would be perfect in 2020 was actually a bit off the mark. Do you need to readjust your goals? Is there a wellness practice that is better for you?
As you sit down to figure out your wellness goals for 2020, I invite you to include these five tips for success. Let them guide you and support you in being successful all year long. Happy New Year and good luck. You’ve got this!
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