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Mindful Tips to Carry into the New Year

The start of a New Year can be a lovely time for renewal-a chance for a clean slate and a fresh start. 
Making small easy-to-implement changes in our daily lives can do wonders for us both mentally and physically. Did someone say less unnecessary stress and more joy? Sign us up. 
Here are a few simple practices to mix into your routine to start the year refreshed and relaxed. Start with one, or try them all! 


1. Sleep with your phone in the next room

We all know looking at our phones before bed isn't doing us any favors. The same goes for reaching for it first thing when you wake up, scrolling social and checking emails. An easy method to resist these temptations is to sleep with your phone outside your bedroom. We've been practicing this for a few months now, and it's surprisingly easy to get used to. (The alarm tends to be loud enough to hear even with the door closed.)

woman in bed looking at her cell phone

Need more convincing? Check out this article on How Electronics Affect Sleep from 


2. Incorporate Mantras & Affirmations 

Reciting a few positive affirmations or mantras is a great way to start your day on a positive note. You can create your own, or use a guide like this one from The Everygirl and choose a few that resonate. We recommend doing this first thing when you wake up, and anytime through the day when you need a little pick me up. 

A few we like from The Everygirl are: 

"My contributions to the world are valuable"
"I am enough." 
"I'm free to create the life I desire." 


3. Use a Gratitude Journal 

The act of simply writing down 3 things you're grateful for each day can be transforming. By looking at life from a place of abundance rather than scarcity, your perspective starts to shift and you'll begin to see things in a more positive light. The Five-Minute Journal is a great tool to keep by your bedside where you can record what you're grateful for each morning and night. 

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 You can purchase your own Five-Minute Journal here


4. Download a Meditation App 

Reduce stress and anxiety and promote calmness by carving out just 10 minutes of your day to meditate. Developing a consistent practice is way less daunting with the help of an app. We recommend Calm or Headspace but you can check out Healthline's list for 20 of the top-rated apps for both Android and iPhone.


5. Practice Mindful Eating 

So often we are distracted while we eat, eat too quickly, or don't fully savor our food. Unhealthy habits revolving around eating can create numerous health problems, and practicing mindful eating can allow you to regain control. 

"Mindful eating takes practice. Try to eat more slowly, chew thoroughly, remove distractions, and stop eating when you're full" 


Mindful Eating 101-A beginner's Guide is a great place to start. 


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