Often times it's the start of the New Year that we get that little kick in the butt to prioritize our health and wellness. The fact that International Mind Body Wellness Day falls on January 3rd, 2021 gives us that added reminder to prioritize the health of our mind and body. 

So I want to share 8 FREE things you can do to celebrate International Mind Body Wellness Day.

1. Take a virtual yoga class

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

Physical benefits of yoga include:

  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • weight reduction
  • cardio and circulatory health
  • improved athletic performance
  • protection from injury

Glo is a website that offers online daily yoga, meditation, pilates and fitness classes. While it's not always free this is a great time to take advantage of their 15 day FREE trial!

Girl stretching

2. Meditate

There are some yoga classes where you can kill 2 birds with one stone but I do enjoy a 5-10 minute sitting or laying meditation. I started meditating in 2020 (no explanation needed!) actually even before Covid hit. Having started my own wellness and skincare brand I live with a low level of stress and anxiety. No bueno!

I started meditating early in the year when I would go to a spa tradeshow to pitch Sanara and my stress and anxiety levels were much higher then usual. I didn't want that energy to be transferred or sensed, I needed to relax because nothing done under self-induced stress is productive. Admittedly, I've been not fantastic at making it a daily practice so I made the plunge for 2021 and purchased the app Calm for the year where I can be guided in my meditation once per day. 

January 1st I started my 2021 daily meditation practice and let me tell you. I'm in.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
― Joseph Campbell

Live with an open mind.

Head over to Calm to get your 7 FREE days!

3. Drink your h20
Is it just me or this one the easiest to do but hardest at the same time?! Today. I'm getting in. Start with one glass the moment you wake up. It's important to start drinking even before you feel thirsty. Once you're thirsty you're dehydrated! A fun way to drink water is by adding fruits and herbs; some of my favorites are blueberries, raspberries and mint. When you add fruit it's a treat to eat the fruit once you're done!
Girl drinking and reading with her cat.
4. Take a walk or run
In 2020 my husband and I started walking. Our goal was to walk once a day for an hour but realistically we get in about 5 walks a week and let me tell you I've loved bringing this habit into my life. I've discovered walking trails I didn't exist and it' so good to breath in that fresh air. If you're going from no exercise and looking to start implementing positive changes in your life this is one you won't regret!
5. Take a 30 minute cat nap
I've always been a 20-30 minute napper so I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to calm my mind. You can even use your meditation time as an intro to your nap so it helps you relax your mind. 
Napping offers various benefits for healthy adults, including:
  • Relaxation.
  • Reduced fatigue.
  • Increased alertness.
  • Improved mood.
  • Improved performance, including quicker reaction time and better memory.

Girl taking a nap

6. Smile more
Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including:
  • Reduced blood pressure.
  • Increased endurance.
  • Reduced pain.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Strengthened immune system
7. Take a bath
You are either a partaker of baths or you're not. I hope I can convince you to become one or maybe take advantage of International Mind Body Wellness Day and give it a shot. 
  • Baths can elevate your mood
  • They can help you sleep better
  • Help relieve muscle pain
  • Help relieve cold and flu symptoms
  • Soothe irritated skin (for some with Psoriasis, creating a bath ritual was important for my skin) I created the Natural Bath Ritual which includes our Yerba Mate Bath Soak with Aloe & Jojoba oil for those moments in life when I need to step away and heal.

Do not disturb sign

8. Light a candle
Creating an ambiance is important for ultimate mind relaxation. Find one that has essential oils and it can help you relax, feel calm and help your brain get into a more productive mindset.
Psst. We can not wait to share with you our very first candle in 2021 using our Tranquila Essential oil blend so stay tuned!
Girl meditating



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