We all know that as Netflix&chill season creeps upon us, health falls to the bottom of our list.
When you replace rooftop parties with chunky sweaters and holiday eggnog, why would you choose salad for lunch? Cheese plates are (always) so much better.
I’m totally with you, of course. But, what happens when you want to take a spontaneous weekend trip to Tulum for some mid-winter sun?
…Or, more importantly, when you decide that Adulthood means that you might want to start taking care of your body?
Over the past few weeks, I noticed that the after-lunch cookies have started to look way more tempting. And, I’ve tried to counter those temptations by reminding myself that the habits I make now — will stay with me forever.
That’s a scary thought for a commitment-phobe like me.
But, on the bright side, there are a handful of health habits — guys and girls alike — that nailing down now (especially as Winter approaches) will help you reap benefits long into the future.
What are they, you ask? Here are a few of our favorite wellness tips for 20-somethings like Us.
Sweat once a day
This commitment doesn’t leave any room for excuses.
It’s easy to convince yourself that you don’t have time or energy or will to run a marathon. Or even take a spin class. But, when you make a promise to yourself that you’re going to do something, anything to get your heart pumping — that pressure To Work Out subsides.
Especially as the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to make excuses about getting outside. Or doing anything besides curling up on your couch.
But, remember — this commitment to exercise is low pressure. You can do ten jumping jacks before getting ready for work. Or some yoga stretches before bed.
Anything that gets your blood flowing, and those endorphins awake.
Because, we all know: Endorphins make you happy. And when the winter sun sets before we venture outside after work, natural Happiness becomes essential.
Spend time with your mind
Meditation is like dental floss.
It helps to clean out all of that gross shit in your mind that can build up over time — without you even noticing.
I know some of you think that Meditation is John Lennon hippie shit. But, let me tell you — spending time (even 10 minutes!) in a state of relaxation is like a cold beer on a summer afternoon.
If meditating really does freak you out, find another substitute to get some mental solace. In our FOMO culture where every second needs to be Cool and Trendy and Documented, your mind needs some alone time.
You can journal. Or run sans Soundcloud. Or step outside — alone — for some coffee.
Anything to get yourself thinking and processing and developing.
Because, that’s what Adulthood is for.
Get a skin care routine
Winter-time really does a number on our biggest organ: the skin.
No matter what type of skin you have, or what type of environment you live in, this is an area that gets Old. Quickly.
You don’t want to be the oldest person in the room who looks like the oldest person in the room, right?
So, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin.
Good skincare is one of my biggest wellness obsessions. And, the best part is that it doesn’t even need to be as expensive as it seems.
People are always talking about these hundred dollar creams and masks and facial contraptions — which is probably why 20-somethings don’t think it’s necessary to invest in all that stuff.
But, you can seriously use fruits and veggies from your local farmers market to care for your face (didn’t think I’d say that, huh?).
Here are some of my favorite skincare products:
- Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Lotion — $5 @ Target
- Korres Wild Rose Brightening Cream — $38 @ Korres
- Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask — $10 @ Lush
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Grapefruit Scrub — $6 @ Target
But remember, skincare must be suited to You — your style, complexion, and budget. You can use this as a quick cheat sheet: weekly facemasks, nightly face washes & cream, and daily exfoliation are key.
You are what you eat
We all know that healthy food is important, which is why it’s last on the list.
Sometimes, we can get caught up in the Food we eat. For me, once I start eating shitty it’s really hard to stop.
And then, the downward spiral begins.
I become tired and lazy and feel downright gross. I don’t wait to Sweat (re: above), my mind becomes crazed, and my skin starts to get ugly.
But, when I eat foods that agree with my body, they make me energized— happy even.
So, take the time this winter to figure out which foods make you feel best. This will be difficult. Because, in the moment — chowing down on that apple cider donut does feel good. Amazing, in fact.
But, how about 10 minutes later? 30? The next day?
That food baby never goes away. And, all that sugar — makes you crave more.
Seriously, sugar and cheese and all those delicious-in-the-moment foods are just as addicting as crack. I kid you not.
It took me a while to get into my Food Groove; to figure out which foods made me feel best — long after I’ve consumed them.
And no, they are not always Kale and Spinach, and Grass.
I realized that I need protein at (almost) every meal. My body works best when I have small snacks every few hours. And yes, it is okay to have nights where I eat things that aren’t necessarily “good” for me — and that doesn’t mean it’s a Cheat night.
Because, Cheating makes you feel bad. And rebellious.
And, guess what? This is life and sometimes you’ve got to be a little rebellious. Especially in the winter.
But, remember: this season doesn’t equal excuses. No excuses for cuddles instead of Sweating, or reading twitter instead of your journal, or stopping your nightly facial routine because it’s cold.
Or eating cake and Thanksgiving leftovers for weeks.
Because, these are habits you’re forming — and starting Now means something forever.