1. Monthly Goal Setting
Goal setting is something that has been deemed as highly effective, and we couldn't agree more. The quote “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail” rings true. Monthly goal setting will allow short-term goals to form into the vision you have for your long-term goals. With goal setting, you’ll also be able to improve your time management skills, which is conducive towards living an overall productive and fulfilling life.
2. Food Journaling
Earlier this year we touched on emotional eating habits. Emotional eating can come in many forms which are often unknown to self. However, journaling about what you've eaten, how it made you feel, and why you chose to eat the item can be helpful in noticing patterns within your eating habits. You’ll also want to include how you are feeling, (ex; happy, sad, frustrated, bored, anxious etc.) What were you doing while eating? Also, be sure to list cravings you’re having if any.
3. Introducing Immunity Boosters
As we all move into a preventative and holistic lifestyle it is imperative that we take care of our immune system the same way we love on our skin with shea butter + oils. Eating more plant-based foods is great, but how much of those foods are considered superfoods? We suggest including two of these top immunity boosters into your dietary lifestyle regularly. Turmeric, Ginger, Boabab, Ginseng, Moringa, Garlic, Sea moss, Hibiscus, Elderberry, Wheatgrass, + Tamarind. Check your local farmers market for the best-sourced options.
4. Consistent Prayer/Meditation
There’s a saying “stand for something, or fall for anything”. This is heavily applied when speaking on spirituality and the many ideologies that exist within religious beliefs. One thing that is fact, is that we are all spiritual beings. However, it is up to each individual to tap into their own spirituality to gain a deeper understanding and receive a life-changing awakening. The best way to do this is through consistent prayer and meditation. For those that are new to the practice, it’s recommended to begin with just 15minutes a day. As you begin to gain clarity this dedicated time is likely to increase. Try downloading Calm, a guided meditation app.
5. Social Media Breaks
Social media is something that has become apart of our day-to-day lives. Though it has its benefits, it’s also beneficial to take a break and connect with the real world, be fully engaged with those around you, practice gratitude for the environment you’re in, and take some time to go off the grid into nature. Social media breaks can be done as often as necessary. The break can be for a weekend, a whole week, a month or longer. The idea is to remain connected with the present and practice gratitude without comparing our lives to others.
6. Setting Boundaries
This year boundaries has been a hot topic! Have you gotten comfortable with setting those boundaries to live a life that respects your needs? If not, it’s time to get comfortable. Make a list of the things or people you need to set boundaries with. It may be putting yourself in check or letting friends and family members know where your priorities lie. It may be limiting time with people who pressure you to spend when you're saving or encourage you to eat unhealthy when you're in the process of dietary change. Your boundary may simply be getting comfortable with saying “No”. Check out this episode ‘The Gift of Boundaries’ on Therapy for Black Girls. (Sidenote: Gentlemen, you will benefit from this episode as well.)
7. Remove + Replace
If you're trying to eat less meat, remove one or two of your favorite dishes and replace it with a vegan/vegetarian alternative. If you're trying to introduce more natural products such a deodorant, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, etc - finish up what's left and replace those items with cleaner options. Baby steps are still steps towards progress. Check out BLK+GRN an all natural marketplace by black artisans to get a head start on products you may need.
8. Eliminating Toxic People
There are some people who have a toxic effect on your life. In the wake of taking care of yourself, you must realize when to remove people who serve no purpose other than poison. Be attentive to current relationships and to new people who come into your life. TIP: Carry this quote throughout the year. “When people show you who they are, believe them” - Maya Angelou.
9. Drink Smart
Alcohol has plagued communities of color for years. There are more liquor stores than health food stores, and there's always your favorite artist promoting a drink you feel pressed to try because they mentioned it in a song. If you have any severe health concerns, heavy alcohol consumption will surely make it worse. Practice drinking in moderation for occasions and getting used to having organic fun. TIP:: Opt out for a glass red wine instead of hard liquor.
10. Social Wellness
Building and maintaining healthy relationships can play a role in contributing to not only your mental health, but someone else’s. It’s important to be aware of how we treat others, whether it’s a friend or a stranger. It cost $0.00 to be kind and respectful. Hold yourself and others around you accountable. Sometimes one simple conversation can change and save a life. Be mindful, be patient, be understanding, and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable should it allow room for healing + growth.
Tapping into your creativity is not only fun but therapeutic. Get serious about creating space in your life to flex on your creative outlet. Whether it’s art, music, photography, sewing, singing, dancing or writing- express yourself.
12. Collect Your Coin
Regardless if you’re an employee, an entrepreneur or self-employed don’t sell yourself short. Don’t settle for that job that does’t meet your financial requirement, don’t feel obligated to lower your prices for friends and family, don’t burn yourself out for missions that aren’t aligned with your values. Always go where you are appreciated, set your standards and the universe will listen.
13. Conscious Consumerism
As we continue to support black-owned business we want to be aware of where our dollars are going, how they affect our communities and our environment. Being a black conscious consumer is more than just buying from a business because it’s black-owned, but being conscious of what the brand mission is. How are they contributing to the wellness of individuals and of the planet we all share. This is why we are extremely intent on highlighting those brands whether black-own or inclusive mission based. Mission-based brands that are pro-active about sustainability, holistic wellness, and community is where we all can truly get a bang for our buck while remaining true to our values.
14. Get Physical
Each year everyone has goals to be more active. If you’re guilty of failing at this each year, it’s ok. This year try a different approach to increasing your physical activity. Go on power walks, take boxing classes, Zumba, participate in more active and fun sports. Everything doesn't have to be gym and yoga, find what works for you!
15. Chase Fears
We’re all about choosing faith over fear. Make a list of everything that scares you, every fear that you need to get over in order to become the best version of yourself. Then chase it. Do what scares the heebie-jeebies out of you. Be honest with yourself and pace yourself in the process.
16. Home/Room Makeovers
Home should be a peaceful safe space. A space where you can breathe easy, think clearly, and relax. Depending on your living situation, home may just be a room. In that case, make your room an physical vision board for what you’d like your next space to look like. Set the tone, and make the most of what you have. Become aware of what makes you feel good at home and what type of energy you need to feel comfortable, yet also productive. TIP: Add an indoor plant/herb such as the spider plant, snake plant or lavender to purify the air and promote healthy sleep.
17. Elevate your mind
Earlier this year Drake reminded us to ‘Elevate’, and we shall continue to do just that. Elevate your mind by continuing to educate yourself on issues you desire to be more knowledgeable in. Elevate your soul by tapping into your spirituality and creating moments to be still. Elevate your thought process, by ridding yourself of ignorance and naive thinking. Elevate your consciousness by being intentional about being consistently mindful. TIP: Start of the year by indulging in Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, a conversation about race, love + liberation.
Black business is on a continuous rise. In order for us to all be successful in our endeavors, support and connections are extremely necessary. Make it a priority to attend networking events to promote your brand, or simply connect and support others who are trying to make a great impact within black communities, and black culture.
Years of study have shown that 7-8hours of sleep is the most significant for overall wellness. Lack of sleep can be a symptom of an underlying issue such as stress, depression, anxiety, or dehydration. Become aware of your sleep patterns by utilizing the ‘bedtime’ feature on your phone. There’s also non-habit forming over the counter all natural melatonin supplements that can promote healthy sleep throughout the night. If you are a late night water/tea drinker, try not to drink anything 1hr before bed to eliminate those late-night bathroom disturbances. Healthy sleep is key for a fulfilling day.
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