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New Year, New You. That’s usually the mantra for every new year. It’s blasted across ads and social media trying to encourage everyone to reinvent themselves. Usually, that idea lasts about two weeks into January. This coming year may be a little different.
Lots of people’s usual routines have been greatly compromised. A big one that took a hit? The gym. Even the biggest gym rats have gained the quarantine-15 due to gym closings across the country. It’s been difficult to make fitness and wellness a priority when you are stuck at home, a little too close to the fridge.
Let’s get back on track in the new year, all things considered, and make taking care of our bodies top of mind once again. The question is, how does one do that? The answer, by becoming the best version of yourself! It’s easy to become the best version of yourself if you follow my 5F plan. I believe these 5 “F” words can lead us to self-actualization.
So, what is self-actualization? In the late 1940s to early 1950s, the great psychologist Abraham Maslow came up with the concept of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. He described self-actualization as “achieving one’s full potential, including creative activities.” Today, we would say that becoming the best version of ourselves is the same concept as reaching Maslow’s self-actualization.
This may all seem a bit more than you wanted to know but let me break it all down for you. Below are my 5 steps to becoming self-actualized. These five things, in my opinion, help lead us to our purpose, which in turn will lead us to become the best we can be.
The 5 F’s to self-actualization:
mDesign wants to help you (and me) to become the best version of ourselves! The toughest part is starting, so, let me show you how by breaking these down into actionable steps:
Family and Food
These two naturally go together. For an Italian American like me with seven siblings, our close-knit family relationships began at the dinner table. Whether your kids are in diapers or grown adults, dinner is that one time of day when everyone can come together. So, why not make it magical? Start by creating a welcoming kitchen and preparing a meal together.
The farmhouse look is popular and inviting. Update your family kitchen to include some of these beautifully appointed new kitchen accoutrements to give your kitchen a cozy, welcoming feeling.
Start with creating a family recipe book. This can be done online by uploading everyone’s favorite recipes and then creating a “Smith” family recipe book that you can proudly display. Use this sleek and simple recipe stand. Add a few coordinating pieces to bring the look together, such as a paper towel holder and an over-the-cabinet-door towel holder. Finish the cohesive look by adding the coordinating dish towels and wine rack. I mean, what Sunday pasta dinner would be complete without a splash of vino, no?
It’s a new year, so why not show your friends how much you appreciate them. I wanted to create a memory together. It doesn’t have to cost much to leave a lasting impression. For example, make them batch of homemade cookies, then display them in one of mDesign’s clear canisters. This set of canister jars is the perfect size for all of my besties.
To add a personal touch, you can monogram the canister with their name or initial, or maybe a “word of the year” they can reflect on, like “Joy.” I have a Cricut, a device that makes personalized items, but if you don’t have one, just hand write the message on clear plastic sticky paper and affix to the jar. Then, just fill it up with your favorite homemade goodies! Voila, the perfect “thank you.”
I saved this “F” word for last, and for good reason. I hate it! But what I hate even more is feeling unenergized. Even though I feel SO much better when I’m working out, I still need motivation. I have a treadmill at home, but I hardly ever use it. Why? I’m lazy. So, to get me motivated I have asked Alexa to wake me up at 6 a.m. every weekday morning to C+C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now.” Volume blaring, I jump out of bed, put on my sneakers and grab a cold water, already waiting for me in this water bottle holder in my fridge. I run up to my home gym and let it rip! Now if I can just keep this going all year…someone help me please! I honestly don’t think I can listen to that same song for 365 day.
While going to the gym may not be an accessible or safe option in the new year, you can still do things at home for yourself to take care of your mental and physical fitness. Workout at home, create calming environments and routines in the comfort of your own home, and virtually connect with your friends and support system around you as much as possible.
Check out our full New Year blog series for more inspiration.
Shaylee Dillen is a SEO Content Writer at mDesign
and considers herself a caffeine and cosmetics fanatic!
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Dec 16, 2020