We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. (Insert year here) is going to be OUR year! Cue COVID. Cue breakups, grief, unexpected career pivots, and every other unforeseen occurrence that can possibly befall us individually, or globally.
Not knowing what the year holds can be scary. We can take comfort in the idea that the calendar year and January 1st are rather arbitrary. Life keeps moving no matter what our calendars say, and very little depends on the literal date. But we can also commemorate and take inspiration from the traditional demarcation of ends, and of course of beginnings.
In fact, it’s vital that we take this year to celebrate what we’ve accomplished and compile our gratitude, striving for better in the coming year. It’s the most exciting time to create goals, small and large, that will gradually shift the quality of our lives.
In celebration of FOX’s new series, Pivoting, featuring Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Maggie Q, we’re giving you good reason to make room for all the pivoting (big or small) in your life this year.
Pivoting is a comedy about three women – and close-knit childhood friends – as they cope with the death of the fourth member of their group, when faced with the reality that life is short, these women pivot, and alter their current paths, by way of a series of impulsive, self-loving, and sometimes hilariously ill-advised decisions (here’s a sneak peek).
If you’re not sure where to get started, here are 22 mindful ways to pivot your life in 2022.
Make time for walks
There’s a whole slew of both mental and physical benefits from getting those steps in, even if it’s just a walk around the block.
Journal at least five minutes every day
Journaling has been proven to boost the mood, increase awareness and mindfulness, reduce anxiety, boost productivity, and help us manifest, heal, and gain perspective. All it takes is five minutes a day.
Mixing up our workout routines is the only way to stay motivated, excited, and in totally well-rounded shape. Remember jump rope? We might think of it as a very old-school way to get our hearts pumping (cue Rocky music), but it’s come a long way, like this LED Smart Rope that tracks your progress in sci-fi-esque real time. Pivoting’s character, Jodi, would appreciate this tech-savvy jump rope given her new fitness kick in the show.
Make a major pivot
Take a damn chance. Quit the job you’ve been complaining about for the past year. Go on that last-minute date. Plan an impromptu road trip with your friends. You get the idea. Life’s too short not to live in full happiness even if that means taking risky (career and personal) pivots along the way. Take it from Sarah in the show who ditched her job as a surgeon to become a grocery store cashier.
Update your bedding with silk
If you’re looking for even more ways to feel like a princess, silk bedding is it. But it’s not just for the glamorous high-shine. Silk is naturally antimicrobial, making it amazing for breakout-prone skin, and the smooth texture keeps hair soft and manageable while minimizing frizz.
Raising your body temp detoxes the body and burns major calories. If you can, set aside at least one day a week to get an inside-out infrared sweat session on in a sauna or otherwise. Bonus points if it’s in the comfort of your own home, like with this infrared sauna blanket.
Track your cycle and your individualized wellness
Not all bodies are created equal. In fact, most scientific studies are done on men and post-menopausal women, because menstruating women have too many variables. WTF? Say hello to the Ivy Tracker, the first-ever device to track biometric readings and lifestyle habits while correlating everything to women’s cycles. Amen.
Clean your air
Climate news may be devastating, but that means that we have to make the most of our space here on planet Earth. Getting an air purifier for your home will cut down on toxins and airborne pathogens so you can feel safest where you rest your head, and breathe easy.
Be a little self-indulgent
Yes, we’re all about moderation here at Poosh but every once in a while we all need a ridiculous self-indulgent moment. Maybe it’s a weekend getaway eating everything in sight or a lavish shopping spree to finally splurge on a bag you’ve been eyeing. Plan a monthly happy hour with your BFFs. Go for it and don’t feel a single ounce of guilt afterward.
Be sure to get an effective water filtration system, but also be sure to get minerals and electrolytes—most are leached out of tap water and filtered water. Make hydrating feel fancy and fun with additives, like these kombucha tablets.
Collagen production slows with age, but we can stay on top of it by encouraging our skin to produce more with regular exfoliation and more intense treatments, like this microneedling Ritual Set.
Even if you don’t have a garden, your compostable scraps can be put to use! They contribute to additional greenhouse gases when dumped in the, er, dump, so make sure to give them to a neighbor, find a local composting program, or even make it cute and chic on your kitchen countertop with this handy little device.
Up your pleasure game
Whether you’re engaging in partner play or alone, or both, getting some new toys will help you stay connected to your power source.
Schedule self-care dates with friends and family
Social time doesn’t always have to mean bars and expensive nights out. Carve out time to schedule self-care dates with friends and family, whether that’s a DIY pedicure night, face masks, cooking dinner together, journaling sessions, or a movie in. Be more like Amy from the show and adjust your priorities by putting your family first.
Eat more fiber
Did you know the recommended fiber intake per day is 21-25 grams? For the record, that’s kind of a lot, so even the cleanest of eaters may not be getting enough. Stop thinking so much about counting calories, and start counting your fiber grams, and maybe even try adding a fiber supplement to your smoothies or morning water. It’s prebiotic food for essential gut microbiota, and the difference will manifest in your energy levels, skin, immunity, and more.
Treat your face to a workout
We work out our bodies to stay tight and toned, so why not our face? Microcurrent has been around for a long time, and it’s not going anywhere due to its major efficacy. The name of the game is consistency, but you’ll see a huge change.
Be the softest you’ve ever been
Don’t just save exfoliation for vacations. Set aside a day or two a week to give your body a total scrub-down in the shower. These affordable gloves are a major game-changer.
Take care of your lymphatic system
Those aforementioned walks will do wonders for our lymphatic system, especially if done in the morning, but self-massage techniques and dry brushing are easy and pleasurable ways to make sure we keep all our fluids movin’ and flushin’.
Up your oral care game
Brushing and flossing are non-negotiables (seriously, please floss every day), but oil pulling and tongue-scraping are huge contenders for keeping harmful bacteria and odors at bay. Your dentist will give you a high-five.
Rethink how you caffeinate
Coffee addicts, we see you, we are you, we get it. If you can’t quit the brown stuff, it’s OK, but try upping your antioxidant game with these tasty chaga packets for some next-level nutrition. If you can fully switch to matcha, that’s ideal, but if not, try mixing up the days you drink coffee and go with this powerful, vibrant beverage. It’s a major dose of antioxidants as well, and contains L-theanine to help stabilize mood and get quality sleep later.
Start food prepping
Nothing says self-care better than pre-prepped healthy meals that will make the week, and eating well, go so much smoother. Future you could positively kiss yourself.
Read, don’t scroll to sleep
It’s tempting to get that dose of social media while lying in bed turning your brain off, but it actually does the opposite. It can uplevel cortisol and making you anxious and restless, and we all know about the dangers of extended blue light usage. Opt for a book to engage your mind, take it off your daily tasks, and lull you into some quality rest.