No matter where you look these days, everyone is talking about mindfulness. Luckily, you don’t have to overhaul your entire routine to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. There are few more opportune times than the start of a new year to incorporate mindful tweaks into your usual regimen, but these tiny tips can make a big difference. In fact, we’ve found a handful of options that are guaranteed to renew and refresh your life on a daily basis.
Practicing a mindful life is all about being present in the now. Whether you’re looking to invest in a refreshed skincare routine that’s sure to inspire a deeper sense of self-care (and a glowing complexion) or get your body moving, these mindful habits are here to make this your best year yet.
If you find yourself leaving notes and random to-do lists for yourself everywhere, consider investing time into a Bullet Journal. The customizable and creative take on regular journaling exploded as the new It trend in 2017 but has yet to fade for one reason: it’s effective.
Living in the digital age, writing anything down on a piece of paper may feel off-putting and outdated, but this analog system works for anyone looking to take precious care of their time. Not only does a Bullet Journal inspire you to get crafty (think: colored markers, stickers, rulers, etc.), it also consolidates random thoughts and tasks into an organized space. Whether you’re filling in your yearly, monthly, or weekly log, you’ll notice a difference in the kind of goals you find yourself actively manifesting for 2020.
START A RENEWING SKIN ROUTINE
Gone are the days of “just getting it over with.” It’s officially time to clear out your medicine cabinet for products you’re excited to use and offer visible results without a side of irritation. The solution: Burt’s Bees Renewal. This collection takes all of the guesswork out of hunting down products that utilize nutrient-rich botanical ingredients to tackle a range of skin concerns, from wrinkles to brightening dull skin.
What makes the line so essential is its hero ingredient: bakuchiol. The powerful retinol alternative is effective, but gentle by nature, so you can use the entire Burt’s Bees Renewal collection morning and night. While the Renewal Refining Cleanser deeply cleanses the skin with natural exfoliators to gently smooth the skin and reduce dullness, the Renewal Intensive Firming Serum offers a nutrient-rich treatment to improve skin elasticity and firmness, and the Renewal Firming Moisturizing Cream can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and improve skin texture and tone. Top everything off with the Firming Eye Cream, which firms and hydrates the delicate undereye area, leaving skin smooth and depuffed. To round out your new routine, add the Dark Spot Corrector to your rotation. In addition to fading the appearance of dark spots, it also reveals a brighter, more luminous complexion.
Once you restock your cabinet, start dedicating at least 15 to 20 minutes to indulge in this full regimen, packed with nourishing and firming ingredients that are sure to inspire you to mindfully engage in your routine. Your skin will thank you for it.
DRINK MORE WATER
You’ve heard the eight-glasses-a-day rule for years, but whoever handed down the age-old advice wasn’t lying: drinking more water on a daily basis is good for you. Of course, how much water you drink regularly is solely dependent on your unique biology, but committing to the tiny resolution will quite literally be refreshing.
Fancy reusable water bottles are a status symbol these days, so getting your hands on a water bottle that motivates you to get up and refill isn’t difficult, and the results will be worth it. Guzzling more water doesn’t only keep you healthy and hydrated, but it also offers potential skincare benefits. A higher intake of H20 has been proven to result in bouncy, dewy skin. An added bonus: drinking more water equals more bathroom breaks, and if you have the kind of job that keeps you in front of a computer for eight hours a day, the tiny break will do your body even more good.
SET A TIMER AND STRETCH!
In the realm of recovery and restorative habits, stretching is perhaps the latest and greatest. Yes, your gym teacher made you do calf raises once a week before running a timed mile (which, for the record, was the worst), but these days, stretching can be a crucial and relaxing part of your routine. Whether you participate in dynamic stretching to warm up your muscles before a HIIT class, do static stretching after an intense cycling ride, or join a stretching studio for a guided practice, your body is sure to feel renewed almost immediately after. Not only does daily stretching decrease muscle stiffness, relieve post-workout aches, and improve posture, but it also feels really good in the moment.
DEVELOP A HOBBY
When life is feeling especially stale, it’s time to get a hobby in your spare time. Unwinding during your daily routine can seem impossible when your calendar appears virtually impenetrable, but the benefits of learning a new skill that isn’t a side hustle or direct impact on your income can offer a range of benefits. Think: becoming a pro at managing stress, increased creativity, and, if your hobby involves a club or community of people with similar interests, you might expect improved self-esteem. Go ahead, join that book club, learn how to cross-stitch, or pick up watercolor painting when you have the chance — you’ll be happier for it.
by SAMANTHA SASSO