The New Year always brings with it a fresh wave of renewed commitment to better health. Unfortunately that enthusiasm for new beginnings normally dies out pretty quickly beyond the month of January.
At hundred, we aren’t interested in quick fixes or short-lived wellness fads. We believe in doing a few simple self-care practices consistently.
That’s why we’ve included a free self-care plan that you can fill out this New Year. We all know about the obvious ways to self-care like working out, eating healthy, and sleeping enough. But self-care can be even simpler than that. So before setting yourself tons of unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, take a moment to read this.
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5 ways to self-care this year
Take a breath
Breathing is probably one of the best tools we have for managing stress. So simple that its power is often overlooked. It’s free, accessible to everyone, and can be done at any time, in any place.
When we forget to breathe during intense exercise or moments of stress, our bodies no longer receive enough oxygen to function properly. So next time you feel tightness in your chest, just take three deep breaths.
Invest in healthy friendships
Notice who you are spending your time with. How do those people make you feel? If you feel drained in someone’s presence, it might be time for a friendship upgrade.
According to studies, having a strong social support system can boost our immune systems, and even help us to live longer. So schedule time in your calendar to connect with old friends, and develop friendships with inspiring people you want to get to know better.
Write in a journal
Journaling is a great way to help clear your mind of any burdens or self-limiting beliefs. Try writing for 5 minutes in a journal every day. Write down anything that you are thinking or feeling. Don’t judge the quality of your writing — just let it flow freely. The goal is to leave it all on the page. Over time you might even start to see some themes emerge. This simple daily practice can help you to cultivate greater self awareness in the long-term.
Take a walk
A little fresh air can go a long way. When you’re feeling stuck or low spirited, even a short walk can really help to shift your perspective on things. Take pleasure in your surroundings. Pay attention to nature. Learn to look at the trees in the park with a sense of childlike wonder and awe. This simple exercise of noticing what’s around you, and being mindful of every step can be just as effective as a seated meditation.
In general, our bodies crave real, unprocessed foods. A small change like having fresh fruit in the morning can already make a big difference. If you are experiencing a low and stressful moment, you could also consider adding adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha or a supplement like L-Tyrosine. Some studies suggest that Ashwagandha helps ease stress and L-Tyrosine has been shown to improve concentration and attention during stressful periods.
The bottom line
At hundred, we support you to live your healthiest life. To get you feeling inspired we’ve created a free self-care plan that you can fill out this New Year. It only takes a few minutes and is fun to fill out with friends or family.
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