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1. Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is popping up left and right on the interior design scene and it is changing how we view the impact a home’s design has on well-being. This branch of design uses natural elements such as wood, plants, and natural fibers to create an aesthetic that more closely resembles nature. Why? Studies show that we have a primal urge to connect to nature and those who are more connected, even in an artificial environment, are happier, healthier, and less stressed—and let’s be honest, who couldn’t use that trio! Embrace biophilic design by adding plants to your space, embracing natural light whenever possible, and swapping out plastic for more sustainable materials.

2. Forest Bathing

While guided tours for the grounding experience of forest bathing are available, you can spearhead this journey on your own by taking a slow, meditative walk through the forest. This method based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku should be a technology-free experience where you take careful notice of the sights, smells, sounds, and textures around you. This ritual not only offers a connection to nature and both physical and mental health benefits similar to biophilic design, but it also provides an opportunity to step back from technology and get away from the constant stimulation that comes with urban living.

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3. At Home Fitness

The gym crowd can be pretty thick in January with exercise being one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, if crowds aren’t your jam, if you don’t like the idea of sweating with strangers, or if you just want to rock your pajamas while working out, fitness apps and online courses are more abundant than ever. They offer something for everyone, from the beginner yogi to the experienced weightlifter, and come at a cost that is often less than a gym membership—with some even being free. Feel a subscription or app doesn’t offer you enough accountability or motivation? Enlist a friend to keep you accountable or join millions across the world with a free online challenge.

4. The non-diet

Intermittent fasting, Keto, Paleo, Whole30. Every year diet fads come and go with millions of participants enticed by the promise of weight loss and increased health. While 2020 definitely won’t be the end of these diets, we are now seeing a trend arise that focuses not so much on a particular diet, but on conscious and balanced dietary choices. What does this mean? You no longer have to forgo your favorite dessert because the latest diet trend said so—you just have to be mindful of how much you consume and what you are eating in addition.

5. Quality Sleep

Using aromatherapy in the form of essential oils has been around for a while and is expected to carry into the coming years. But even the most relaxing bath or aromatic meditation session is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Start off the new year right by evaluating your bedroom. In addition to doing away with clutter to create a more relaxed aesthetic and turning off technology at least 30 minutes before sleeping, consider a mattress upgrade to further enhance your sleep quality. The right mattress can not only help alleviate aches and pains, but it can also eliminate tossing and turning to ensure you look and feel your best during waking hours.

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