We all feel guilty about overeating at Christmas. Many find it a relief when they can dive into a health and wellness routine in January. But the concept of “taking care of yourself” isn’t just about going to the gym every day. It’s also about listening to your body, taking time out, paying attention to your surroundings, and realizing the needs of others. This taking care of yourself can look very different. So here are a few habits that will prepare you for a successful 2010.
1. Discover the power of meditation
We recently partnered with Headspace, which means that some of the Urban Sports Club team have started meditating every morning. I personally think this experience is wonderful. With just 10 minutes of meditation per day, I think more clearly, make decisions more easily, concentrate longer and am kinder to other people. If I spend a day without meditation, I can immediately feel the difference in my mood.
Many people fear that they cannot meditate or that they are doing something wrong. But with the meditations from Headspace you are guided through each exercise, step by step. This is how you quickly discover that it is impossible to do something wrong. Even the moment of meditation is good in and of itself, regardless of how focused your mind is.
2. Keep a gratitude journal
Many people wake up, pick up their cell phone immediately and start their day by scrolling through Instagram or liking Facebook posts. Before, I definitely wasn’t innocent either. But while social media is an inevitable part of modern life, it means that we start our day by looking at the lives of others rather than looking inside ourselves. Keeping a gratitude journal every morning means engaging with yourself every day and starting the day with something positive. No matter how negative you feel, if you list the things and people in your life that you are grateful for, you immediately start to think more positively.
I got a six-minute diary as a present this year. And that changed my morning routine. Now, while having breakfast, I write down three things for which I am grateful. Three things I can do to make my day great and one positive reinforcement. I list my plans and the work I need to do that day. And when I see these plans written down, the more likely I will implement them.
In my opinion, the best thing about Urban Sports Club is the variety of sports. You don’t have to limit yourself to one sport and the app is by your side even when you need a break and relaxation. When you’ve really exhausted yourself with CrossFit, you can check in for a sauna session and when your body is tense from bouldering, relax with a Yin yoga session. There is no better way to improve your mood, confidence, and social life than by staying active. And if you get into the habit of doing some exercise every day, you’ll feel so good that you’ll never give up.
4. Eat that Frog method
Mark Twain once said, “If your job is to eat a frog, it is best if you do it first thing in the morning. And if your job is to eat two frogs, you eat the bigger one first. ” “Eat that Frog” sounds strange – but actually makes a lot of sense. The idea is to get the most challenging and uncomfortable task of the day out of the way as quickly as possible. In fact, Canadian-American spokesman Brian Tracey wrote a book about this concept. Since your motivation is highest in the morning, it means there is no better time to do this challenging task right there. Try it for yourself: just pick one task each day and do it before everyone else. It is the ultimate procrastination destroyer and makes you more productive, positive and effective.
5. A daily act of kindness
It may seem strange to recommend this as part of self-care. But doing something for someone else is guaranteed to improve your mood and make you feel good. It is exactly as Barbara de Angelis says: “Love and kindness are never wasted. You are always important. They bless him who receives them and they bless you, the giver. ”
Get used to showing some kindness and doing something for someone else every day. You will see your mood lift and people’s reactions change you. These kindnesses can be small, such as Telling your boss that your colleague did a very good job on a project. Or they can be bigger, like volunteering at a dinner table. You can compliment a stranger, give a gift to a friend, or simply tell someone that you appreciate him or her. Whatever it is, no kindness will ever go unnoticed. The universe will give them back to you.
6. Get out of your comfort zone
Is there one thing you always wanted to try but were always too afraid of? It can be something as simple as trying a new exercise class or making new friends. Make it a habit to discover new things in January. It takes a dose of courage at first, but the magic really happens outside of your comfort zone. Whether climbing, parkour, trampoline jumping or meditation – there is no better way to start a year of healthy habits than to get out of your comfort zone with Urban Sports Club. With your membership you can try something new every day, make new friends, get fit and discover what you can do.