Happy New Year!

(And four tips for starting the new year off right)

Written by Elisa

Happy 2019! You just survived the holiday season. That means you survived shopping, gift wrapping, cooking (or ordering in), family gatherings, and possibly a family vacation. That is A LOT. The holidays certainly can be exhausting and now that we’re in a new year, maybe there is a little time to reflect. So, what are some good, simple, inexpensive tips to remind you to keep breathing and recharge for this new  year? Here are some of our favorites!

  1. Meditation: There are numerous studies that show that meditation helps people relax, and that relaxation leads to better health. But, if you’ve never meditated before, you might be perplexed about how to start. Gaiam (makers of great yoga wear and accessories) have some great tips to get you started. The easiest way to start is by doing breathing exercises. Just breathe -- in and out. This can relax you and have numerous health benefits including lower blood pressure and lower anxiety. Also, if you need some assistance, there are apps out there, including: The Mindfulness App, Headspace and Calm - just to name a few. Now is a great time to try something new like meditation.

    2. Minimizing screen time: You know what screen time can do to your kids and, well, it has a similar impact on adults too. The New York Times has a great article with some tips on how to minimize screen time. My favorite one is to “Make little changes. Refrain from using your device while eating or spending time with friends, and add one thing a day that’s done without the phone.” This allows us to be more present.

3. Exercise: We know, it’s hard to find the time. But the beginning of the year is a great time to try to carve that time for yourself. It can be as simple as choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or, ask your partner to watch the kid(s) so you can take a thirty  minute walk in the neighborhood (better yet, throw your little one in the stroller and take them with you). Or, take this time to try a new class. Numerous studios are open in the area, from Rock Salt Pilates to Barry’s Bootcamp (opening soon in Burlingame). These don’t require membership commitment and have many classes to fit your schedule.

4. Resolutions: For some reason, January rolls around and we feel the need to place a bunch of pressure on ourselves and set resolutions for the year. Instead, take it easy this year. If you feel the need to set some resolutions, use these tips to do so realistically and in a way where you will be able to be successful in accomplishing them. Here’s to 2019 being off to a great start!

Elisa and her first child, Andy, are new to Little Wonders. When not at work, Elisa can be found with her husband and son - possibly hiking, walking around the neighborhood, or at a park with their dog. If she has any free time on top of that, you might find her swimming, baking, or reading.