On my morning run in the snow, I thought of some tips for 2022. With each year, comes new experiences, new knowledge, new ideas, and new ways to keep moving forward. While I am not an expert, these are some tips I plan to live by and hopefully some encourage others to open their minds as we enter a new year.
-Be conscious of what you are putting into your body. This includes food, water, other beverages, supplements, medicine, snacks, as well as daily household products and cosmetics, skincare, body wash, etc. I can not stress the importance of looking at ingredients now more than ever. Are you aware of the farmland being bought up throughout the USA? Are you aware of the dangers of the chemicals and vegetable oils in our food? Did you know our food lacks the nutrients it should? Supplementation is basically necessary at this point to ensure we are getting the minerals and vitamins our bodies need. This is a big reason why I started working with Arbonne, as they say NO to the harmful chemicals that are in so many of our daily products. There was a recent recall on sunscreens and shampoo for containing cancer causing chemicals. Learn what is good for your body and try your best to be conscious of what you consume.
-Take care of your mental and physical health. These years have been challenging. As inflation hits record highs in the USA, people are quitting their jobs due to mandates, and there is a constant battle between those who want to be governed and those who want to be free, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the day to day drama. Turn off the news, stop binge watching Netflix, call your family members, get sunshine daily, MOVE your body, journal, read, and complete hobbies you enjoy. Life is happening, enjoy it. I believe there is a lot of marketing out there meant to make us unhealthy, to promote unhealthy habits and unhealthy bodies, which lead to health issues down the line. Do not fall into the trap. Take care of your body both mentally and physically. I have exercise-induced asthma, yet I just went for a run in the snow and work out 4-5 times a week. You can do this.
-Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This applies to all areas of life. Stand up for what you believe in, even if you feel nervous doing so. We are way passed the point of staying silent and letting others do the talking. Join the conversation. Do not put workouts or healthy habits off until tomorrow, start now. Getting started is the hard part, over time this will become easier and you will be happy you started when you did.
-Now for the tough pill to swallow: No one is coming to save you.
No one is going to take care of your body for you, no one is going to take care of your finances or get your house in order for you. You have to be motivated to do things yourself and to make moves forward, or you will be stuck in the same place when 2022 ends. We are living through historic times right now, make your future self proud.