Happy New Year — I love this time of year as it gives us all a “fresh start” on the new year. I like to try and set new goals for the year ahead and I usually keep this to a short list of three things that I want to accomplish. I write these down on a post – it note and put on my bathroom mirror. The amazing thing is they almost always happen. Probably because I see this list everyday! There are also some easy things you can do to jump start the new year and make it one of your best ever! Here is my list :
Take a detox bath
This is a simple bath mixture that will help you relax, reenergize and rid your body of built up stress and toxins. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and afterwards and not stay in your bath for more than 40 minutes. It is best done in the evening before bed or when you have the time to rest afterwards to receive the full benefits from this bath.
Mix up this simple bath mixture
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
Draw a hot bath and soak for 40 minutes. You will feel all that 2015 gunk and toxins leave your body!
I have a friend that starts everyday standing outside in her bare feet winter or summer — this simple act of embracing nature and going outdoors will do wonders for your mind and body. A recent study from the University of Rochester found being outside in nature makes you feel more energized and alive!
Go to bed at the same time each day and try and sleep for at least 7 hours. Beauty sleep is a very real thing. Getting plenty of sleep is really necessary for optimal health and well being and a real crisis in our country, where many of us are sleep deprived.
Take good care of your feet
This is the year to learn to give yourself a really good pedicure and keep your whole body feeling energized. Here are some simple steps:
- Clean your feet and remove all old polish.
- Soak for 15 minutes in warm water, add a cup of vinegar to help soften rough skin.
- Scrub your feet with a wet pumice stone or natural brush and gently push back your cuticles.
- Trim toenails straight across. Wet nails are easier to cut and you get a cleaner cut.
- Massage and moisturize your feet well with a rich cream or natural oil.
Plan an adventure
Having something to look forward to is as much fun as the actual trip, class or get together. This is the 100 YearAnniversary for the National Park Service so maybe plan a road trip to a park near your home or across the country.
Happy New Year!!
This is going to be your year — Own it!!