How are you investing in your wellbeing and personal development in 2020?
There are so many different things you can do to improve the quality of your life so you can bring greater fulfillment and contentment to everything you do.
Here are 8 ways you can invest in yourself in 2020:
Meditation has been around for millennia. Although it was mostly for yogis and spiritual seekers, it is now practiced as a powerful tool for improving your mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing.
There are various forms of meditation like Vipassana and Transcendental meditation. Try sitting or standing still for a few minutes and watch your thoughts. Even though it doesn’t seem like you’re doing anything, a few minutes of mindful observation can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety.
2. Practice Qigong or Yoga
According to Harvard University, yoga can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Basic yoga poses can be learned online. Qigong refers to a Chinese practice that promotes healing of the mind and body.
Both practices help you connect your body to your mind, meaning that you become more conscious of sensations and feelings in your body. As this connection gets stronger, you begin to feel more whole.
3. Switch to a More Comfortable Mattresses
A basic building block of human health is sleep. You won’t feel rested until you have a comfortable mattress in your bedroom. If you normally sleep on your back, for example, and you’re sleeping on a soft mattress, your body is always out of alignment. When we don’t sleep with the proper support, it negatively impacts your sleep, whether or not. you’re aware of it.
For this reason, be sure to find a super-comfortable mattress that supports your sleeping style. Also, make sure you’re sleeping on a non-toxic mattress as well.
4. Stretch Before Going to Sleep and When Waking Up
Five minutes of stretching at night and in the morning can make a measurable difference. It can help you have a good night´s sleep or be more energetic during the day whatever the case may be.
Some popular stretches are the knee to chest, spinal twist, and the upper back stretch among others. You don’t have to stretch for a long time; just do it long enough for your body to feel more loose and relaxed.
Taking care of your body is one of the first things you should be doing to invest in your wellbeing. Changing to a new mattress is helpful for nighttime, but simple things like supporting achy and swollen ankles with Open Toe Compression Socks can help your health and happiness during the daytime hours as well and should be used whenever possible.
5. Go on a Media Fast
We are bombarded by media all the time. Media exposure increases adrenal and puts our nervous system in a constant state of “fight or flight.” This state means that our bodies and minds can’t relax and we end up feeling stressed and anxious for no valid reason.
Dr. Andre Weil recommends going on a media fast in his bestselling book, 8 Weeks to Optimal Health.
6. Have an Offline Weekend
In addition to going on a media fast, consider going “offline” for an entire weekend. Unplugging your TV, laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices will allow you to “reset” your mind and return to your center. This will improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.
If you decide to take things even further, then you may decide to rent a cabin in the woods, or just go for a long hike or camping trip.
7. Try Sound Healing
There are frequencies in music such as isochoric tones, Schuman resonances, Solfeggio frequencies, and Tibetan chants, bells, and bowels that are aimed at promoting sound healing in the human body.
Binaural beats range from Delta (0.1 to 0.4 Hz) to Beta Waves (13 to 30 Hz) each one with its own healing specific purposes. Each frequency is associated with a specific state of consciousness, like alertness, meditative, or deep sleep. By consciously listening to these sound frequencies, you can alter your state of consciousness.
8. Read an inspiring book
Whether it’s self-improvement, financial, or just universal literature, reading a book can be relaxing and rewarding. So far the best books of 2020 include Long Bright River by Liz Moore, Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Also, you can always return to a classic self-help book like How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Wrapping it All Up
2020 can be the year in which you decide to become the best version of yourself. There’s nothing better than starting a new decade having this in mind. Improving your physical and emotional health by developing useful habits as well as investing in your career, retirement, and personal development is the way to go this New Year.