As we enter 2022 (with hope and fair amount of trepidation), we’re not exactly feeling the pre-pandemic drill of resolutions, affirmations and goal-getting. After all, if we can’t let go of frantic self-improvement two years into a pandemic, when can we?
Here are five low-lift ways you can stay on top of things when the world feels wilder than ever...
Schedule Your Check-Ups.
Do not sleep on this, friends! Due a Pap? Get it on your calendar. Mammogram? Mark it in! We must be our own advocates when it comes to our health.
Sometimes it can be scary and overwhelming to take the lead on appointments and check-ups, especially if you’re worried about something— but please know that taking action and ownership over your health is always, always worth it.
With self-compassion we accept that the moment can painful, and embrace ourselves with kindness and care in response, remembering that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.
This allows us to hold ourselves in love and connection, giving ourselves the support and comfort needed to bear the pain, while providing the optimal conditions for growth and transformation.
Some people come by self-compassion naturally, but not everyone does. Luckily, it is a learnable skill. This Harvard Health article has some easy, actionable tips.
Look in a Mirror.
A shocking number of women we’ve spoken to have never looked at their vulva in a mirror. If this is you, do not blame yourself. So many of us have grown up without the resources and information we need to truly know our bodies.
We can’t say this enough: when you know what’s normal for YOU, you’ll be in the best position to be able to advocate for your health and give your doctor the information they need to support you.
Take a peek— it’ll be illuminating.
This is a refrain we heard throughout 2021 and are wholeheartedly bringing on the ride for 2022. The counterpoint to years of crippling hustle culture, the value of deep rest is finally being recognized and we are here for it.
In the words of the wonderful Brené Brown: “Be bold and take a nap.” Whether it’s taking a stroll through your favorite neighborhood, sinking into a hot bath or re-watching Schitt’s Creek, we heartily salute whatever forms of rest work best for you.
Get Vaccinated. Please.
The World Health Organization and expert health authorities around the world are urging us more fervently than ever to get vaccinated. The surges in COVID-19 are coming in more frequent and severe succession.
That's a fact— and proof that we cannot outrun COVID-19, hide from it, or defeat it with only faith, will, or more green vegetables. We must, en masse, get vaccinated. Do it for yourself. Do it for your people. Do it for the people that aren't your people, but make this world an interesting and evolutionary place to be.
If you are pregnant or undergoing fertility treatment and have concerns, please speak to your healthcare provider. We also love OB-GYN Lucky Sekhon’s Instagram page, where she goes deep on vaccine myth-busting for women.
Wishing you all a calm, safe start to 2022. Be well.
Mia, Ellen, Eden & Aubrey (Nyssa)