5 Ways to Reset Your Mind and Body in 2021

    It would be an understatement to say that 2020 was chaotic. As the world was forced into shelter, many took to some substandard routines. Whether it be boredom-baking or sleeping in till the afternoon, the quarantine habits have got to go. That said, it’s time to hit the reset button and set healthy goals for the year ahead.

    Get In A Healthy Sleep Routine

    The saying, ‘the early bird catches the worm’ exists for a reason. And besides, it can’t be a bad thing to have more time in the day to get things done. All it takes is hitting the sheets early and setting your alarm clock before that quarantine ‘I-don’t-care’ time. Having a healthy amount of rest can encourage productivity the next morning and even make you feel more energetic. Moreover, it can nourish your mental health by giving yourself ample time in the day to address responsibilities. After some time, you may even find that being an early riser suits you well. 

    Exercise

    Many have stuck to their guns and  developed a workout routine in 2021. Some even started healthy routines throughout the pandemic as gym closings encouraged outdoor exercise. However, many aren’t ready to go to gyms, and are struggling to get motivated in their homes. If you are the latter, then it’s time to get creative. Both Youtube and Instagram offer quick and free exercise sequences. Whether you’re craving Zumba or a high-intensity interval class, virtual sources are rich with exercise you can do right in your living room.

    Drink More Water

    While it may seem obvious, drinking water is essential to good health. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water a day. By doing so, you are allowing your organs to function properly, nourishing your skin, promoting cognitive function, and even boosting your mood. Everyone can stand to drink a little more water. It can be the simple solution to acne breakouts, and even the solution to feeling tired all the time. So fill up that reusable water bottle and drink up when you can! 

    Make Your Bed Every Morning

    No one can deny how great it feels to come home to a nicely made bed. As miniscule it may seem, making your bed every morning is a fantastic goal to set for the year ahead. Starting your morning by accomplishing this seemingly small task can give you momentum for the day ahead. And if you are at home these days, then making your bed keeps you from crawling back in! 

    Meditate for 5 Minutes a Day

    With such busy schedules, we often forget to take a step back and breathe. Putting aside five minutes of your day to meditate could be a great way to recharge. And no, this does not mean you need to sit criss-cross on a pillow surrounded by candles; meditating could happen anywhere from your desk to your kitchen table. All it takes is a few moments of focusing on your breath and clearing your mind of all worries. A daily routine like this is an easy and effective way to support your mental health in 2021.

    Resetting Your Mind & Body

    By setting simple yet accomplishable goals, you can prevent yourself from overshooting and reverting to old habits. These tips for resetting your mind and body in 2021 can be a great start to a healthy year ahead.

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    • Laura is a passionate writer, and especially enjoys writing about the latest in science and mental health. She is on track to becoming a certified yoga instructor, currently leading meditation classes at a local nursing home. In addition to writing for New Theory Magazine, Laura works in an elementary school with autistic students as an ABA Aide. She hopes to one day pursue a PhD in clinical psychology so she may work towards bridging the gap between yoga therapy and psychological treatment.

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