January 2022 marked the debut of the ODU Alumni Association’s Monarch Wellness Series, featuring virtual events designed to get your mind, body and spirit primed for a healthy new year.
In connection with the Monarch Wellness Series, we turned to alumna Lauren DeVera ’10 for valuable tips on how to be happy and healthy in the new year. DeVera is a wellness educator, certified life coach, choreographer and host of the Thrive and Thread podcast. She presented a vision board workshop earlier this month and will host a cardio dance class on January 26.
Enjoy DeVera’s advice for starting out the new year right:
- Develop a morning routine that sets the tone for the day and gets you excited. Don’t overcomplicate it by trying to do EVERYTHING – select a few rituals that bring you energy and get your mind right for what’s to come.
- Listen to your body – for everything. When it’s telling you to rest, when it’s telling you to move and create, when it’s telling you to not do something – our body never lies.
- Stop judging yourself. We average 12,000 – 60,000 thoughts a day, and, more often than not, they’re either worrying about the future or ruminating on the past. Come back to the present moment, take a breath and love on yourself with kind thoughts. Speak to yourself the way you would to a loved one during a hard time.
- Audit your calendar, relationships and media consumption. Remove what doesn’t align with you and make room for the good, for your passions and for thriving relationships. This is perfect to do at the end of each month: reassessing and reflecting to ensure you’re setting yourself up for health and success.
- Create better habits, not goals. Habits make up our life and if we get into a rhythm of doing things that are healthy and productive, we don’t have to worry so much about meeting a “mark.”
You got this!