Well, we’re into the second week of 2016 – Happy New Year!
This year is an exciting one for me – I get to marry my best friend and the love of my life :). September is the big month for us and our planning is going great!
I know you don’t have to wait for a new year to begin new resolutions or new goals, but it does feel refreshing to start off on a fresh foot in a brand new year.
I usually take the first week of a new year to think about the things I want to focus on in my life and make a plan as to how I’m going to ensure I follow my plan.
This year I’ve set out intentions to improve my mindfulness, practice yoga as much as I can, eat foods that make me feel great and surround myself with positive energy.
I’m all about energy. Whether it’s in the form of food, people, fitness, location or work – if it doesn’t feel good, I don’t want to be around it.
Sometimes negative energy is inevitable though – there may be a co-worker who bothers you, a long to-do list of items that you can’t avoid (but wish you could), or not enough time to get that ‘feel-good’ workout in. The good news is that you can balance those negative energies with positivity. A good workout, a few deep breaths during the day or even a cup of tea (or glass of wine) can help you relax and de-stress from any frustrations or negativity you felt during the day.
A few things that I love to use or do to help me become more mindful and balance out the negative energies in my life are things that I have aimed to use more of in 2016 – they me feel happy, relaxed and quiet my mind. Below are just a few:
Number one on the list is my nebulizer (which I wrote about yesterday).
It’s the BEST invention and my new obsession.
I don’t know how I lived without aromatherapy until a couple months ago. The AromaGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer by Saje Natural Wellness is a heat-free, oil diffuser that acts as an air purifier and humidifier. It puffs out a soft mist of healing essential oils into the air, along with negatively-charged ions that help to clean the air of allergens and bacteria…pretty cool eh?
It’s super simple to use and on the intermittent cycle (puffing out air every 10 seconds) lasts around five to six hours. There are a variety of Saje oils that can be used and each oil comes with various benefits.
My favourite oils are Yoga, Immune and Refresh. To read more about my favourite oils and a review of the ‘Best of Saje Deluxe’ blends, click here.
My next stress-busting item that I’ve been loving since the summer has been my Himalayan salt lamp. It is super relaxing and apparently it helps to neutralize the “electro-smog” in the air to reduce allergens, irritants and create a soothing atmosphere full of negative ions (just like the nebulizer). Whether it does so or not, it’s still relaxing. I love the warming light it exudes and it’s the perfect element to my yoga and mediation practice. It also makes a room feel inviting, relaxing and comforting. I got mine at a health food store – most wellness stores carry them, including Whole Foods.
See the photo in the corner?…that’s my fiance 😉
One of my newest favourite shower additions is the Eucalyptus Mint OGX shampoo and conditioner. It makes the shower smell like a eucalyptus steam room and makes my scalp feel tingly and refreshed – I love ending my day with this before I get into bed! The conditioner is especially amazing.
Next on the list is my honey, lemon, cinnamon hot water in the morning. I boil water and add half of a freshly squeezed lemon, a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon. It’s feels so refreshing and warms up my whole body. It makes me feel great and I love starting my morning sipping on it.
Because I can’t take my nebulizer to work, I love spritzing the Saje ‘Arrive Revived’ mist around my desk when I need a boost. Although it’s intended for ‘jet lag and travel’, it still does the job of boosting my energy and helping me de-stress while I’m at work.
Lastly is my meditation practice. There are no props required, just a quiet room and the intent to focus on yourself for however long you wish. I was introduced to the practice of meditation last winter and it seriously changed my life. The skills I’ve learned from it have helped me learn to ease my mind in times of stress, anxiety or just daily life and have made me love myself for who I am.
The best tip I learned for meditating was that your mind doesn’t have to be 100% quiet. Unless you’re a monk or an experienced meditator, it’s very rare to kick out all the chatter that goes on in your head. As long as you can focus on breathing, a positive intention and recognize what thoughts linger into your mind as you practice your meditation, you will be fine.
I like using this book to guide my meditation practices – there a bunch of ideas to give you meditation inspiration. There also a bunch of great YouTube sites that can take you on a guided meditation.
I’m so excited for 2016 and I also have lots of great things planned for the blog!
What are you excited for in 2016? What are your resolutions and goals?