There’s no way to sugarcoat it: 2020 was tough. We all deserve a fresh start, so here are some ways to bounce back, stay healthy and hydrated, and feel like yourself again in 2021.
Get Lost In a Good Book:
You can always escape by cracking open a book. Fiction can whisk you away to a fantasy land you could never dream up on your own. Instructional books can teach you something new and exciting. And no one’s judging if you flip through something from the self-help section. Here’s the best books of 2020, according to Amazon. If thumbing through pages isn’t your thing, scour the digital shelves of audiobooks. No matter how they’re consumed, books make for a great getaway.
Catch the Best Z’s:
If anyone deserves some R & R, it’s you. While we’re no sleep experts, we do know little things like weighted blankets, melatonin, chamomile tea, and sleep masks can help you get some satisfying shut-eye. A good night’s sleep can work wonders on your mood, your immune system, and even your productivity. Make the extra effort to ensure you wake up on the right side of the bed this year.
Clear Your Head With Meditation:
What do LeBron, Oprah, and Bill Gates have in common? They all practice meditation. Remember when meditation felt like some sort of strange magic reserved for monks, mystics, and hippies? Now it’s mainstream, and its health benefits have been proven for the skeptics. You don’t have to light candles, burn sage, or shave your head to reap the rewards. Instead, get started by downloading an app on your phone. Headspace and Calm are two popular options that teach you how to meditate from the comfort of home.
Whip Up Healthy Meals:
Anyone else feel like they’ve been living off of fast food and TV dinners? Cooking can help wean you off of takeout. You don’t have to go all Bobby Flay to toss together a reasonably healthy dish. Pick up some wholesome ingredients to prep a meal that leaves you feeling good afterwards. You might even find the kitchen rewarding, fulfilling, and — dare we say it — fun. If you want to eat healthy without doing the work (or dedicating the time), there’re more than enough meal delivery services out there that are better for you than the drive-through.
Take Up a New Hobby:
Exercise your creative muscles by giving drawing a go. Use gardening as an excuse to get some fresh air. Don’t forget it’s never too late to pick up an instrument. Or consider learning a new language to get ready for that next trip you’ve been daydreaming about. The mental stimulation is certainly a perk, but so is the opportunity to get some socialization, whether it be with an instructor or a group. There are plenty of virtual options out there for those who prefer to stay home. Plus, having a new hobby to showcase can give your self-confidence and self-esteem a major lift.
Drink the Good Stuff:
We’re not talking about top-shelf liquor. Alcohol, soda, and sugary drinks do your body more harm than good. The best investment you can make in your health is water. But it’s not as simple as turning on the tap and tossing back a glass. Tap water is often brimming with chemicals linked to cancer, bone disease, reproductive problems, and more concerning health issues. First things first: Invest in a powerful water filter so you know your water’s clean. Then have at it. Drinking water can help you lose weight, feel better, and perform better.
Sweat Away Stress:
Some gyms are still adjusting while others have closed their doors for good. Either way, you might not be so keen on rushing back to the gym atmosphere. If you’re searching for ways to get back in shape, you don’t even have to leave the house. Fitness streaming services exploded during COVID-19, several studios started streaming free classes on social media, and YouTube is always a gold mine for pre-recorded workouts. There’s something for everyone and every budget. All you have to do is press play.
How to Stay Healthy In 2021:
- Thumb through a book.
- Sleep better.
- Try meditation.
- Eat healthy.
- Discover a new hobby.
- Drink clean water.
- Work out, on-demand.
Cheers to a New Year:
We all get to start 2021 with a clean slate. No matter what happens next, know you can always count on us for clean water. Like you, we’re not going anywhere.