The New Year brings with it hope, contemplation and a reawakening of mind, body and skin – the chance to start again and live in harmony with ourselves and nature. From the outer environment to your inner world, discover our top five rituals for an incandescent New Year.
Water is the essence of nature so make hydration a priority this New Year. Choose fruit and vegetables that have a high water content such as melons, berries, cucumber, lettuce or celery; and increase your intake of water and non-caffeinated beverages. Avoid the dehydrating effects of hot showers and excessive sun exposure, and be sure to increase your fluid intake when exercising.
The rush to end one year can take its toll on starting another. So, finding ways to reduce stress in your daily routine and environment can help bring calm to the start of the New Year. Increase time away from digital devices such as phones and computers and instead, take to journaling to express your thoughts and ideas. Spend time with friends and family, or a pet, and take a moment each day to focus on gratitude through deep breathing.
The New Year is a busy social season however it’s important to acknowledge time for selfcare. Anchor to the present through mindfulness and commit to daily meditation to help eliminate negative self-talk. Give yourself a daily massage and treat skin to dry body brushing or a facial yoga ritual. Above all, learn to say no and ensure the New Year gives space to you, your needs and your dreams.
Appreciate the nature around you this New Year by spending deliberate time outdoors. Notice the changes in the seasons, the birdsong outside your window and the flowers in bloom. Whether you discover new hobbies such as hiking or climbing, or simply walk along the beach, nature is all around us. By adding more plants to your home and work area or seeking out a community garden or conservation project, we can embrace a New Year connected to nature.
A restful night helps power us through the day ahead so consider refining your New Year sleep routine. Plan a calm-down period before your head hits the pillow by reducing blue light exposure from electronic devices such as smartphones and computers and instead, light a candle or apply essential oils for tranquillity. Skin also benefits from beauty sleep with a regular evening skincare routine and frequently cleaned pillowcases to help support a radiant complexion.