With the start of a new year often comes the pressure for new beginnings, ‘better’ living and greater goal setting. It can feel overwhelming (particularly following the year we’ve just had), and quite simply, scary with a year of unpredictability ahead. So, our colourful friends at JOICO have provided 10 easy ideas that will tick the box of bettering your craft, mind and body with ease. Accessible to everyone and sure to make a difference. Here’s how.
ADD A NEW RECIPE
It’s all-too-easy to get into a food rut (particularly when dining out is limited). So, make it a habit to regularly check sites like Delicious, Taste, Gourmet Traveller (if you’re feeling fancy), or Food Network, and try your hand at one new recipe each week. This will shake things up kitchen-side and get your creativity flowing while sending your dinner party status to an all-time high.
ADD A STEP TO YOUR HAIR-CARE ROUTINE
You might not feel ready for a major cut or colour change, but getting your hair in the best possible shape for whatever whim or trend arrives in 2021, is always a good idea. Some ideas: Commit to adding a colour-enhancing shampoo to your regimen (like Blonde Life Violet Shampoo, to keep blonde hair brass-free); or deep condition in the shower once a week with Defy Damage Protective Masque.
ADD A WORKOUT MOTIVATOR
Feeling sedentary? Finding it hard to get the exercise bug? Then try creating a reason to get you outside or onto that treadmill (that has nothing to do with body image or numbers on a scale). Simply find an Audible book or podcast that excites the heck out of you, and only allow yourself to listen to it when you’re on the move. (Not in the car…not at home.) You’ll be surprised at how much you want to take that walk when you’re smack in the middle of a gripping crime thriller.
ADD A NEW PLAYLIST
Tired of the same old sounds on your iTunes list? Mix it up by downloading a fresh playlist inspired by all those Netflix and Amazon Prime Video binge-fests.
GET FRIENDLY WITH FRUIT AND VEG
Getting plenty of nutrients and fiber in your diet is key – but that can be challenging when you’re staring at the same spinach/lettuce/oranges every day. Try swapping your go-to produce with a new alternative, such as …
Instead of an apple…try an Asian pear
Instead of cantaloupe…try mango
Instead of spinach…try bok choy
Instead of carrots…try parsnips
ADD A HOT, NEW APP
From photo apps that allow you to edit in bulk, to unique password protection services, and even tools that customise your Twitter feed, there are plenty of fun, new tech options at your fingertips for 2021. Check out this hot-list from theverge.com
ADD FEWER STEPS TO YOUR DAY
Kind of daunting when you hear that 10,000 steps a day is a physical necessity (especially if walking or running isn’t part of your daily routine). But according to a Harvard University study, health benefits actually peak at around 7,500 steps. More won’t hurt, of course – but don’t feel like you have to go the distance in order to get the perks of hitting the pavement.
ADD A CALM-PRODUCING TASK
You may not WANT to make your bed every day, empty the dishwasher, go through the mail, or put away laundry…but if even one of those tasks brings you a sense of relief and mental de-stress, then it’s worth the few minutes it takes to get it done.
ADD A GRATITUDE RITUAL
Just a simple morning or evening moment in which you remind yourself of one or more things for which you are truly thankful. It could be something lofty (like the health of family or friends), or tiny (like finding your favourite foundation on sale or enjoying a great glass of wine). But recognise it…note it…and let it elevate your day.