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How to own 2021

A guide to treating yourself kindly in the New Year

A conversation about the new year often revolves around change. The change in question tends to be about reinventing yourself in the upcoming year with grand schemes to improve your life. 

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to slow down and be kind to oneself and others. However, being alone in quarantine and adapting to new conditions has led to difficulties with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

In late June, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 40% of U.S. adults were struggling with their mental health or substance use. What’s more, elevated levels of adverse mental health conditions have led to increased suicidal thoughts. 

With that in mind, making health a priority in 2021 is a must. Below are a few ways to make attainable and simple goals to better day-to-day life and health in the coming year.

Hydration station 

According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking water is essential to good health. Health benefits of water include temperature regulation, lubrication of joints and protection of sensitive tissue. 

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine states that about 15.5 cups of fluids a day for men and 11.5 cups a day of fluids for women is adequate for health. 

If you struggle with maintaining a healthy water intake, there are some water bottles to help keep you motivated. Seeing the marks on the water bottle can help inspire continuous drinking throughout the day. 

Prioritize you 

In the past, Spending time taking care of yourself has been related to vanity, but we now find ourselves with more time than ever to relax. Instead of turning on Netlfix at 9:00 p.m. , dedicate just fifteen minutes to take care of your skin. 

Creating a nightime skincare routine can help with relaxation and any skin woes one maybe facing. Take a few extra minutes a night to drown your skin in oils, serums and moisturizers. If skin care has never been a priority in the past, there is no time like the present to start putting time into the health of your skin. 

If you are lost on where to begin, Kari Molvar, a beauty writer for T Magazine, suggests the basics of starting a routine in this article.

A walk a day

Being locked inside during the stay-at-home order often makes it difficult to work out in the ways we used to. Step one for exercising at home is finding motivation, which can be done by mapping out your days.

UCLA Health reccomends these at-home workouts: Yoga, bodyweight workouts, fitness videos and apps, active-play video games and going outside. Taking a walk a day helps with vitamin D exposure—  an immunity booster— and exposure to sunshine increases serotonin. 

Meditation

In recent years, mindfulness has garnered much attention. Mindfulness is a mental state found by focusing on internal thoughts while acknowledging thoughts and feelings. Studies have shown mindfulness and meditation can help with physical and mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, psoriasis and depression. 

Recommitting to mindfulness in 2021 can be a helpful approach to small changes throughout your life. Something as simple as taking five minutes in the morning to meditate or reflect can work to improve day to day life in 2021. Taking some time to process inner thoughts and deep emotions instead of repressing can do wonders for your mental health.

Chef’s kiss reality

2021 should be the year you embody the chef’s kiss mentality. Learning to cook new recipes can instill excitement around normal days. Looking forward to what you are going to create that evening for dinner can motivate you to get through monotonous work tasks. 

Pinterest is a fantastic place to find new recipes. Below is a board of a few simple recipes with videos to help guide you through the steps. 

Ears wide open

In 2021, committing to personal entertainment is key. Finding ways to brighten your day with your favorite podcast is essential to maintaining happiness during COVID-19 monotony. 

Below are some recommendations among various podcast genres.

Comedy

True Crime

Lifestyle

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News

Eye exercising (A.K.A. reading)

A simple commitment to benefit you in 2021 is reading a book a month. Reading can lead to improved conversational skills and educational advancements according to Donald Bolger, human development professor at University of Maryland. 

The more you read, the more words you learn and the better you are able to communicate. So in 2021, exercise those eyes and commit to bettering yourself by reading a few more books. Take the nonfiction route to expand your understanding of the world. In the mood for escapism? Dive into an exciting fiction tale.

Journaling

Taking note of your emotional health can help improve healthly and mindful habbits. Northwestern Medicine recomends journaling to keep track of thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

Research posits that journaling can improve happiness and work to manage anxiety and reduce stress. Starting a journal in 2021 is a fantastic way to document negative thoughts and reinfroce positive experiences. If you’re not so much into free writing, there are specific journals for anxiety or gratitude work.

Taking care of yourself in 2021 is a must. 2020 tore down our reality and in the rebuilding process, why not put more time and thought into caring for ourselves? Happy New Year from everyone at Culturas! 

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Sophia Ungaro
Sophia Rose Ungaro is Culturas resident writing intern. Ungaro hails from San Pedro, California. Growing up with a Navajo/Meztizo mother and a Sicilian father has given Ungaro a unique perspective on the world. In 2021 Ungaro will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism. Her beats are race, pop culture, and entertainment.
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