Vibe Check 2020: New Year Better You Edition

2020 is off and running, along with the arrival of a new year comes a revitalized sense of energy and determination! Want to make 2020 your year? Now is the perfect time to shed what no longer serves you, and to redefine and improve your routine. It’s time to let go of the old ways that used to deplete you in your daily life, and to focus on the positive aspects that bring you the most joy.

Renewing your health & wellness lifestyle will empower, restore and heal you, all crucial to starting this year off on the right foot!

To get our mind & body to its optimal performance this year, we’ve outlined simple tips to implement in your new year routine. These small steps lead to big change, but most importantly they will help you foster a healthy mindset to reach your wellness goals this month & every month!

1. Sweat it Out

During this frigid winter season, a sweaty workout class or sauna session truly hits the spot by taking care of your physical & mental wellbeing! Find a workout plan that you love, whether it be hot yoga, pilates or a high intensity circuit class – sweat it out in whatever way feels best for your body! No matter how you make it happen, sweating is crucial, here’s why:

reasons to get your sweat on:
  • Boost endorphins & energy
  • Detoxify the body
  • Improve immune system
  • Protect your heart
  • Fight inflammation

To complement your preferred exercise plan, we recommend including a sauna session in your self-care routine. We love infra-red saunas since they make you sweat from a deeper level! One of our favourite studios is SweatFX in Montreal!  So what are the benefits?

  1. Weight loss and deep detoxification from heavy metals & chemicals
  2. Pain relief, quicker muscle and injury recovery
  3. Promotes healthy glowing skin and supports cellulite reduction
  4. Lowered blood pressure and improved circulation
  5. Stress relief and improved sleep

Setting aside the time to move your body and sweat it out in a sauna invigorates the body, resets and recharges our mind – creating a deep mindbody connection!

2. Make Everyday a Spa Day

Pamper yourself with a massage treatment that targets one of the most crucial systems in your body – your lymphatic system. This is a complex structure in the body that works to remove waste from every cell while helping the immune system. A lymphatic drainage massage encourages movement of the lymph fluids around the body which greatly assists with removing toxins from bodily tissues.

JK TIP: Be sure to drink extra fluids before and after this treatment to reap all the benefits & truly flush the body!

This form of gentle massage WILL help:
  • Reduce swelling
  • Improve circulation
  • Treat skin disorders
  • Increase energy levels
  • Manage stress
  • Combat digestive problems

 For when you can’t fit a massage in your busy schedule, a simple at home lymphatic drainage massage will do the trick! By using a tool such as a Gua Sha massager, you can give yourself an effective facial massage that promotes lymphatic drainage. You can shop & learn how to best use this tool here!

Take care of your lymphatic system & it will take care of you!

Dry brushing is yet another at-home treatment you can easily do! Dry-brushing is a simple, affordable way to boost your lymph system. It helps eliminate toxic build up on the surface of the skin and increases lymphatic drainage through the entire body. Try it before you shower so you can rinse off any dead cells afterwards.

3. Release the Pressure

The start of a new year signals transformation, however on the side of this positive intention comes unnecessary pressure and stress that we place on ourselves to be “perfect” and achieve all of our goals ASAP. Because of this mentality so many of us tend to fall prey to drastic diet changes or exercise plans this time of year, which only stresses the body even more! In the long run these practices are not sustainable and end up doing more harm than good.

2020 is your year to build a strong foundation for long-lasting well-being!

Be more mindful about the daily stressors that creep up and wreak havoc on your overall wellbeing. Catch yourself when these thoughts come into your mind and push them out! Being aware of this will help eliminate unnecessary energy drain, impatience, irritability, and will improve your physical & mental wellbeing.

JK TIP: Don’t dwell on the little things that tend to stress you out, this isn’t the energy we want to bring into 2020!

Try breathing exercises, meditating and spending more time in calming environments. Rediscover activities that ground you, like baking, journaling or picking up a novel. A quick cure can simply be a cup of soothing tea like our Fortified Calming Tea. For even more relaxing effects add a few drops of our Sedatonic Calming Ashwaganda Tincture to your tea, to truly feel zen.

2020 is the year to focus on yourself – Own your happiness!

4. Alcohol: Lush it Less

Challenge yourself to remove alcohol from your diet for at least 21 days. Immediate benefits you will experience are: improved sleep & energy levels, brightened mood, reduced anxiety, improved concentration, and hydrated glowing skin! 

So next time you’re reaching for that glass of red wine before bed, rethink it. We are sure you’ll wake up feeling more energized without it! It’s important to take a step back every so often and reconsider our relationship with alcohol. This year try to be present in the moment without relying on an alcoholic beverage to enjoy yourself. Being more mindful of our consumption will foster a healthy mindset whenever it comes to indulging in our cravings. As a refreshing alternative, we love to make virgin cocktails with seltzer water, fruit & herbs! Here’s one of our favourite healing mocktails, bottoms up!

Glowing Spicy Citrus Sipper

Prep time: 2 mins – Makes 1 mocktail

Glowing Spicy Citrus Sipper

Picture credit: @mindbodygreen

  • Juice from 1 lime & 1 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of raw Manuka honey
  • 1 droplet of Curatonic Anti-Inflammatory Tumeric Tincture
  • 1 cup of seltzer water
  • Handful of ice
  1. At the bottom of a tall glass combine the Curatonic Anti-Inflammatory Tumeric Tincture with the lime and orange juice, paprika, ginger, and honey, and mix with long spoon.
  2. Add seltzer and ice and mix again. Top with slice of lime. Serve & Enjoy!

5. New Year, New Relationship with Food

2020 is the year to stop counting calories. Finding peace with our food choices starts once we stop counting calories and focus on an overall healthy lifestyle. Resist setting unrealistic diet goals and succumbing to weight loss pressure, instead focus your attention on building a strong foundation and healthy relationship with food. Here are a few healthful habits that will lead you down the right path:

  • Schedule meals & snacks: Make it a goal to establish a consistent eating routine to best fit your busy schedule!
  • Increase nutrient variety: Try at least one new fruit or veggie next time you’re grocery shopping, focus on eating the colour spectrum and produce that is in season!
  • Be good, not perfect: Our everyday diets can’t and shouldn’t be perfect. As opposed to restricting, make it your goal to add more “good” at each meal; namely whole & nutritionally valuable foods!

Results don’t happen overnight, but 2020 is the year to manifest your health & wellness goals – you got this!

By thinking about these tips & tricks in your daily routine it will make it easier to attain and maintain your health & wellness goals. In order to see physical results, you must start by focusing on your mindset, this will allow you to develop a healthy lifestyle for the long term. Remember when it comes to your overall health, it’s a journey not a sprint!

Live your life. Adopt the Global Glow Lifestyle.

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