I’m a big believer in jotting down a few New Year’s resolutions every year, which is why in previous years, I wrote about committing to shopping local, and in another, spending the winter running outdoors, despite the temperatures.
This year, I’m all about healthy clean living, and not just when it comes to eating better and working out. In 2018, I’m committing to nourishing the mind. Whenever I’m on my yoga mat, I set an intention, and often, it centers around going through the rest of my day with the same sense of peace I feel in downward dog. Here’s to setting that intention for the entire year. Three ways I plan to feel healthy in mind, body and soul.
I meditate for five to ten minutes every morning, and just that little bit of time has helped center me through the rest of my day. I feel less stressed and it’s harder to ruffle my feathers. I’m also more energized. But in 2018, I want to take my practice into the evenings. Even with the craziness of baths, reading and tucking two kids into bed, I commit to making time for mindful breathing and meditation before bed.
Quiet the Noise
Recently, my husband and I spent a weekend at Canyon Ranch, a wellness resort and spa in the Berkshires. Whether it was a yoga teacher, a meditation instructor or a motivational speaker, everyone had the same message: Quiet the noise. Meaning: You can’t do everything and be everything to everyone, so edit your life. Say no when you need to. Don’t waste time on gossip. Focus on things you love. Surround yourself with people that inspire you. I’ve done a lot of that in 2017, but I’m always up for more.
Barry’s. Barry’s. Barry’s.
This one’s for my body. I tried Barry’s Boot Camp in Scarsdale in mid-December, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s a strength training and treadmill workout, but the instructors fire you up in mind and body. They’re these hyper personal coaches that jump around the room hollering at you to run faster, lift another five reps, and ultimately, believe in your own personal strength. This workout is not for everyone, but I love it, and it’s whipping me into shape. I plan to keep up with it until I can run outside again.