2020 was a year that went down in history, to say the least, and today, I want to share with you 8 Simple and Wellness Habits To Take Into 2021, Regardless of what we saw on social media or the news this year especially, we all went through our own personal transformation. Going through and being in the thick of transforming can often be daunting, unpleasant, and dark, but I always say that it’s growth in the making, and nothing more.
Throughout isolation, I managed to cultivate and pick up a few habits that have helped me not only manage the changes that 2020 brought upon us, but also helped me expand and uncover new topics and knowledge that helped me exponentially manage my emotions, mindset, and perspective on all things 2020. These are the habits that I am going to be sharing with you today. So, let’s get to it!
Mimi Method Meditations
Meditation is one of the most powerful habits to help us tap into the subconscious mind – the place where real change takes place for overall wellbeing. Since beginning to meditate with The Mimi Method, I can honestly say that I am tapping into so many uplifting and empowering emotions that before I could not get myself to.
Mimi Bouchard is a wellness coach and certified pilates instructor with an amazing skill to help transform health and wellness from the inside out. I discovered her walking meditation a little while ago, and since then got HOOKED with how innovative her meditations are.
From walking/moving meditations to writing and guided voice meditations, she offers this and so much more in her membership, which I can firmly say, has turned around how much I look forward to meditating each day, sometimes even twice a day. Her voice is so soothing, the music is absolutely amazing and empowering and not at all corny like other meditations I’ve heard before, the list is endless. I am a fan of these meditations, and I strongly suggest them if you’re looking into upleveling your meditation practices.
Incorporating travel in everyday things
This has been a highlight of my day, for a big part of 2020. Whether it was doing my usual things like cooking, cleaning, working, or going grocery shopping, I always tried to keep a mindset of travel to help me get through some of the mundane-ness of it.
When it came to pretty much-doing anything, I always had music playing, and I always put on my international music playlists, especially leaning on Italian and Spanish music lately. When it came to working out at home, I’d always have a walking tour of a city I wanted to “be” in (which endorphins and happy travel visuals = crazy manifesting – just saying!). For many parts of my day, I’d just try to look at things and activities from the perspective of a tourist visiting, such as why in the states you pump your own gas, while in other countries someone pumps it for you, etc. small observations that get the brain thinking and a bit out of autopilot mode.
I love music as I said, and maybe you do too. If you want to check out some of my favorite international music and songs, leave me your email down below and I’ll share with you access to 7 of my travel curated playlists.
Read More: The Travel Mindset Explained
Beautifying corners of the living space
There is no one quite out there like Kylie Flavell who is an extremely talented Australian filmmaker based in Italy, and finds poetry in the most simple of things and seeks and creates beauty from the every day, like her living space in Tuscany. She often talks about the importance of beautifying the corners of your home that you see the most, such as the place where you put your toothbrush or the sink of your kitchen. Taking the time, giving your attention to fully focus on your space, evelating it to a point where it’s beauty or style inspires you in a way, a form of self care in my opinion. Starting off the day looking at beauty, and looking at it throughout the day every time you glance at your corner, that is inspiring to you, is absolutely the mood booster we all need throughout the day. Carefully cultivating and creating a space of beauty where you can unwind, disengage from the world, and let your hair down in the perfect sanctuary that is so, well, beautiful.
Here’s some inspiration for you…
Moving the body
Again, moving your body whether it’s walking, running/working out, dancing, or even just cleaning up your space is SO important. Especially when we have heaviness in our minds or hearts, moving around literally shakes us from the negative thought train, and distracts us to focus on other things – things that we can actually control.
I found that switching my mindset around working out (this year) from focusing on my physical body to my mental clarity, has been an extreme game changer.
Rather than working out because “I have to workout” and feeling guilty if I missed a day, I chose not to make myself wrong for it, and instead focused on what I could do for my mental clarity, which would often be meditating or reading when I couldn’t fit in a workout video. Reframing the reason to work out and move your body to believe that moving your body is going to help clear your mind, allowing natural endorphins to do their thing and literally raise your vibration and mood, is everything. I now actually look forward to working out.
My favorite workouts are Barre, Pilates, or just running/walking, but really, choosing and experimenting with which movements feel good to you is part of it, so that whatever you’re doing should not only feels good but should also make you look forward to your workouts. This year I discovered the Mimi Method, which apart from offering the most amazing meditations, also offers quick and longer workouts that I have become obsessed with, so I have to recommend those! But even popping on a workout video on YouTube is also great 🙂
Cooking with music
Speaking of creating beautiful and inspiring spaces within your home, let’s talk about the incredible feeling of creating beauty and inspiration within you! Music is such a vibe changer, and personally, something I need to have playing almost all day. It brings so many people so much joy, happiness, and calmness, no matter the mood they’re in. Personally, I recommend starting the habit of playing a certain musical genre or style that is based on/inspired by the food you’re making. Are you making pasta for dinner? Play some Italian music! It almost sounds so simple, but it’s such a game-changer that takes an everyday activity like cooking dinner to the next level!
And if you’re into the world of manifestation, this habit is SUCH a good way of feeling into the feelings of what it would be like if you were traveling to any part of the world. Using the pasta/Italian dinner/music example, you could feel into the feeling of being in your Italian Airbnb cooking a dinner with the freshest ingredients you got at the market that morning, or you can tune into the smells which are heightened by the sounds of music, and pretend you’re at an Italian trattoria for dinner one night. Literally, allow the smells wafting in the kitchen and the music to create the scene and ambiance naturally, let yourself be the main character, and visualize with all the feelings you got. It’s quite a magical thing ✨
Dance breaks to break up the day
According to meditation leader and author of the book Intuitive Being, Jill Willard in this article explains the main areas of the body stress is typically stored – jaw/neck/face, the shoulders/heart, the diaphragm/lungs, the stomach/gut.
Specifically speaking about the importance of releasing stress and tension within the pelvic floor/hips, Jill shares that the more stress, which can come in the form of carrying old pain, leftover memories or illusions, or old (at times ancient) disappointments, the more we lose connectivity, resilience, and tone in that area of our body.
When reversed, the pelvic floor neuromuscularly connected, we learn how to let go and surrender, leading to more fluid, lighter, and flexible hip movement. So dancing is such a good way of moving your hips and elevating your spirits!
Creating a habit of dancing throughout the day not only feels good but it’s doing good, as you release stress and tension from your hips. Usually, we hear about places like the shoulder and jaws being the main stress containers, but if you think about it, tight hips are also an indicator of an imbalance. Breaking into random dance, especially when you’re not feeling your best or something is weighing on you can quickly help you shake off the feelings little by little – literally.
Human Design is a logical and empirical system that combines ancient and modern sciences, and offers a deeper understanding to each one of us about ourselves, as well as offering different strategies and techniques for making decisions and living a life of ease and fulfillment. Think of Human Design as your personal guide for life.
Letting go is often a theme many of us have to learn and learn to live with for our own benefit, rather than seeing letting go as a complete loss, and if there is anything that 2020 has taught us, this is one of them. I find that the more I dove into Human Design and started learning more about what it means and how others use this information for their own lives, the more I realized the guidance and reassurance present there in our charts is the validation that we often seek out externally in others. It’s almost as if on paper, you see and understand why certain things have happened in your life, why you have a knack and interest for certain things, and where your strength is in all of that. Discovering this topic throughout a year like 2020 was perfect timing, which is why it has resonated not only with me but many others who have discovered this topic this year.
If you’re interested in a deeper dive into the ins and outs of Human Design, click here to get that and even start your journey of discovering this for yourself! You can create your own chart here for free, and get going on what your “personal guide for life” suggests.
One of the most important habits to have is to always seek to expand your mind and knowledge, and reading was a way that I not only got to do that, but also a way I was able to travel and leave the current state of things this year.
Whether it’s an audiobook, kindle download, or a physical book, making the time to create the space to read and/or consume knowledge is so important. Something I’ll say about 2020 was that it was the year to learn the lessons. Now, 2021 will be the year of applying them. What did we learn? What did others learn? How can we apply that knowledge into the new year, and beyond? Whether it’s a dense book or an autobiography or a short story. What perspective do we take from all of these books, while also considering the times?
I love asking these questions, and even if there is no direct answer sometimes, it’s still something that gets the brain going. And books this year more than ever, have left us rethinking and creating – let’s keep it going.
Here are some of the books that I read this year that I have to recommend to you:
Much like travel that challenges us, forces us to adapt and see how we can adapt to the environment around us, and encourages even more connection with others, even those we don’t think we’ll have much in common with – 2020 in a way gave us that (in quarantine) but the lessons are pretty similar.
These suggestions of habits to take into 2021 and beyond are ones that really helped me personally change my perception of what was going on, and lessening the stress of uncertainty as well as control (or lackthereof). I hope this list of habits helps you, resonates with you, and encourages you that no matter what is in store for us, we always have control of ourselves.
To many more realizations like these ✨