Rather, I’m here to tell you 10 small things that I actually think will help you, some of which I already practice, and some of which I learned from my 2-week social media detox.
- Limit Scrolling!
Yes I am an influencer telling you to stop scrolling lol. Get your fix and move on, but please don’t spend your life scrolling. It’s toxic for so many reasons.
- Unfollow or mute accounts that aren’t serving you
If there’s anyone triggering you or crushing your soul, you know what you gotta do This refers to your ex, the influencer who over-exercises, the friend that’s living the beach life, etc. Take control of your life, and make sure to follow people who inspire you and brighten your day.
- Don’t add junk food to your shopping cart
Sure everything is fine in moderation, but if you stock your pantry with crap it’s impossible to be “mindful”. Processed foods like chips and cookies aren’t designed to be eaten in moderation. They are highly addictive, and when we crush a full bag of chips we never feel our best. The goal isn’t restriction, but rather setting ourselves up for success. I get my ‘fix in’ when I order in something I’m craving in the moment.
- Put your phone away during dinner
Is your phone typically face up or down next to your dinner plate, awaiting your next text or notification? If the answer is YES then you can definitely benefit from a phone-free dinner detox a few nights a week. Even if you’re eating alone or not engaging in conversation, it’s a great way to be one with your thoughts and savour the food you’re eating.
- Stop being available all the time
If you pick up every single phone call and respond to every text it means you’re permanently ‘on call’. You’re not a god-damned heart surgeon. Ditch the invisible lab coat and pager and get comfortable with the uncomfortable notion of not always being within reach. P.s – if you are a heart surgeon i praise you
- Cook more often
Yay if you already do it and yay if you’re just getting started! Doesn’t need to be fancy. Instagram is full of healthy yummy food inspo. Save recipes, and pick 1 day a week to make something new! We’re in a friggin pandemic, now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen. Oh, and drink more water and eat more vegetables please and thanks.
- Plan your workouts like a business meeting
Working out from home has never come natural to me, and I will forever miss group fitness. I do love my daily movement and rotate between 30 min a day of walking/Peloton, but I really want to push myself to do more strength training workouts. My plan is to commit to at least 1x 30 minute workout a week for the month of January. ( I’m purposely starting small because I know once I’m in, I will increase the frequency of workouts) I’m going to put it in my schedule the same way I would a business meeting. * If you are currently over exercising, a great goal is to reduce your workouts! Movement is healthy as long as you are honouring your body.
- Get into podcasts/audio books
Listen to a podcast on your next walk or while you’re cooking. You’ll learn something or be entertained I promise! My go to’s = The Skinny Confidential, Boss Babe, Genius Life, U Upp (hilarious dating podcast)
- Morning Routine
You don’t need a full out routine, but I would recommend committing 5-10 minutes every morning to start the day off right. Maybe it means waking up 10 minutes earlier, but I promise it will change your life! Ideas: savour your coffee before work without your phone, write down 3 things you’re grateful for every morning, put on an energetic song.
- Be Kind to yourself
At the end of the day we can only do our best. It’s important to challenge ourselves and grow, but we also need to slow down and not put too much pressure on ourselves. We don’t need to be perfect. Focus on feeling good, being patient with yourself, and being your own cheerleader.
If any of these ‘goals’ resonate with you, I would encourage you to get specific with your goals without being unrealistic. For example, if you aren’t currently working out, don’t plan on working out 6 days a week. If you order dinner every night, set a goal of cooking 1x week. Baby steps my friends! Happy New Year loves!
What did you think of this list? I would love to hear what you’re working on in 2021!