The end is here. Exhale. Somehow, we've finally made it to the final days of 2020, and many of us are feeling a combination of relief and disbelief, and likely reflecting on the past 12 months and what may go down in history as one of the most unprecedented years of our lives.
Along with the typical year-end activities and mindsets comes the usual content looking forward into the New Year - the long anticipated 2021. There's no shortage of "New Year, New You" messages, pushes to set New Years resolutions and intentions, create your 2021 vision boards, and claim 2021 as your year. But, do we really need to make grand plans for next year and set lofty goals for ourselves when some of us have barely made it out of this year in one piece? 2020 has been different than almost any year in our lives, so perhaps the ways in which we enter the new year should also be slightly different than usual.
Maybe moving into 2021 should be less about big dreams, plans, and aspirations, and more about slowly, mindfully, and calmly integrating the shifts in values, challenges we've overcome, and the wisdom we've gained during this trying year. It's safe to say nothing went as planned in 2020, and some weeks the most control we had over what was happening in our lives was our decision to learn how to bake sourdough bread from scratch!
So, maybe this year we swap out our plans to get super fit for a daily morning meditation, or traveling the world for daily movement outdoors, or even practicing gratitude for exactly who and where we are instead of looking forward to all the milestones we've yet to reach. 2021 doesn't have to be our "Best year yet," but it can be peaceful, powerful, and better than last year if we slow down and stay in the moment.
We've put together a list of New Year's intentions that are simple, accessible, and achievable to help ease yourself into 2021.
1. Spend less time scrolling
Setting a timer on our social media apps, establishing a "no phones in the bedroom" rule, and cutting back on time "doom scrolling" on our phones to make more time for things that matter are all good ideas for 2021. This year included information overload, so taking back your time with more intentional information consumption can help you feel more peaceful and hopeful. Your mind will thank you.
2. Create a morning and evening ritual or routine
Set the tone for your morning and evening by creating a routine that works for you. The time after you wake up and before you go to bed are sacred moments to de-stress, collect your thoughts, and have agency over the day's mood, energy, and productivity. Meditation, gentle movement, mindfully crafting a beverage, or a nightly bedtime ritual are great ways to turn a regular morning or evening into a grounding experience you can look forward to that signals the beginning and end to your day. CBD can both help you focus during the day, as well as wind down and sleep better. Juna Nightcap drops, Sagely Naturals and Nu Bloom Botanicals Essential Oil Roll-ons, or Rhythm Seltzer beverages are great options to incorporate into your daily routines.
3. Develop a simple skincare routine
Even though the skin is our largest organ, many of us don't ever develop a proper skincare routine until adulthood (if ever!). 2021 is the perfect year to protect, hydrate, and care for our skin, especially during the drier winter months. Whether you add a nighttime face mask to your routine, a serum for an extra layer or hydration, or even explore using a body lotion or oil, there are a variety of luxurious, high quality skincare products on Arrive Market to consider introducing into your routine. And don't forget to use SPF! Your skin will thank you!
4. Create a list of books you'd like to read
Whether you're an avid reader, or it takes you months to get through one book, reading more is always a good idea. Creating a list of books or topics you'd like to read in the upcoming year is a great way to fulfill your curiosity, improve brain cognition, and de-stress. When you're in the mood to curl up with a good book, your list is already there to choose from! We love taking Plant People's Stay Sharp capsules before sitting down to read to promote increased brain function, energy, stamina and alertness to get the most out of reading time!
5. Take up a new hobby, just because.
We live in an age where everything has to be part of "the grind." Not every hobby needs to turn into a side business. Maybe 2021 doesn't need to be the year you become an expert in what you already know, but instead it can be the year you try new things and aren't afraid to fail! If an activity, craft, or instrument has been calling you, try it out! Without attaching to the need to succeed, our hobbies are able to serve the purpose of bringing joy to our lives. Who knows, you might even find your next passion!
6. Spend more time nourishing YOU
Need we say more? 2020 was hard, and it threw A LOT of curveballs at us. Prioritizing ourselves, even if it's just once a week, helps us keep our cup full so we can pour ourselves into our lives and loved ones more sustainably. Taking time to recharge and take care of ourselves will help us not only cope with change and uncertainty, but thrive and still find moments of calm and happiness. Dropping the Luna Volta Earth Bath Bomb into the tub after a long day is one of our favorite ways to get grounded and relax.
As one year closes and a new year begins, we hope that you're feeling proud of yourself for making it through 2020, hopeful for a new beginning, and inspired to find simple ways to enhance your existing reality. It's easy to think ahead about what we want our life to be like in the next year, but if we're too caught up in the future, we miss the small moments right in front of us.
Wishing everyone a peaceful New Year full of gratitude, calm, and joy, even in the midst of chaos. From the Arrive Market family to yours.