2020 Vision: 3 Simple Things You Can Do This Year, All Year, To Live a Longer, Healthier Life.

January 13, 2020

2020 Vision: 3 Simple Things You Can Do This Year, All Year, To Live a Longer, Healthier Life.

You know how they say that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit? While establishing truly engrained healthy habits into your daily routine may differ for every individual, we’re quite certain it’s possible that successful new habits can really make a positive difference in your life. After all, you’ve got nothing to lose, and a whole lot to gain. Perhaps you’re not on board with the “New Year, New Me” rhetoric, and frankly, we get it. Transformation takes more than just a new calendar year.

In order to implement healthy changes and improve your lifestyle, you don’t have to wait for a new year, a new month, or even next Monday. A new year may feel like a fresh start, and also a kick in the butt to finally take action. While your extensive list of resolutions for this year may include a whole range of goals from financial to travel, make sure that a few health items make the top of your list, as health is truly the greatest wealth and it must remain a priority, especially as we age. Now, with that being said, let’s dive into the Amandean self-love rituals for 2020.

#1 A Daily Nutrition Habit: Anti-Aging Collagen

As we head into the new year, Collagen remains the graceful aging protein on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Collagen’s place in the world of nutrition has been recognized for decades and has only recently become all the buzz in the beauty industry as everyone’s favorite ingredient. So, if you’ve already started enjoying collagen peptides as part of your daily routine, keep it up! On the other hand, if you’re not quite familiar with the powerhouse health & beauty benefits of adding a scoop of collagen powder to your drinks or recipes, keep reading!

Before we get into details, let’s offer an accurate definition of what collagen actually is: collagen is one of the most prominent proteins in our bodies required for its normal functioning. Although produced naturally, the production of collagen decreases significantly after the age of 25 due to the aging process in addition to environmental & lifestyle factors, leaving us responsible for getting collagen from other sources. The word collagen is actually derived from the Greek word kolla, meaning glue, which is precisely collagen’s main role in human health. Collagen is primarily a structural protein, responsible for the integrity and strength of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, skin, gut lining, blood vessels, as well as hair, nails, and teeth.

With every new year, new signs of aging start to appear on our skin and that’s certainly not the place where we want to store our memories. Collagen supplementation has been found to promote skin elasticity and vitality, decreasing the visible evidence of aging - such as wrinkles and fine lines - due to its presence in the very structure of the skin.

If one of your goals in 2020 is to spend less time on your phone and in front of a computer, and engage in more disconnected activities, you definitely want to make sure that your joints are up for the challenge. Joint pain is something many people struggle with and it can often be rather debilitating and limiting. All-natural collagen supplementation has been shown to decrease joint pain, increasing overall mobility. Furthermore, supplementing with collagen has been found to promote bone health, while also improving lean muscle mass, which is particularly appealing if you’re looking to improve your physique and reach your fitness goals this year. What’s more, due to its satiating effect, hydrolyzed collagen has also been found to aid the weight loss process. You’re likely to feel fuller between meals by adding an extra kick of protein to your diet.

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#2 A Weekly Self-Care Date

Have you ever noticed you always manage to find time for other people, no matter how busy you are? Even if you miss out on an event or a gathering, you feel a strong sense of guilt, even when you know you tried your best to attend. While you should definitely prioritize your social relationships, especially when it comes to family and close friends, it’s also critical and far more important to find time for yourself.

Selfish? Perhaps, but only once you’ve managed to find your peace and happiness can you truly be there for others. A little bit of selfishness in the name of self-care is 100% justified, and highly recommended!

This year, we advise you take your self-love to the next level, allowing yourself to have at least one self-care date a week. Pamper yourself, pour a glass of that wine you’ve been saving for special occasions, play your favorite song, and relax in a bubble bath. Catch up on your reading, watch your favorite shows, meditate, and do everything that makes your inner child happy to be alive. Only then can you truly unleash your productivity, and you will also feel how people become magnetically attracted to you. Energy doesn’t lie, and you should work hard on nurturing yours in 2020 in order to attract what you desire!

Weekly Self-Care Date

#3 A Monthly Wellness Indulgence

Once a month, you deserve to truly treat yourself and do something special. While your weekly self-care date often involves staying in, monthly wellness indulgence can be something entirely different.

That spa that you’ve been wanting to visit for months but never found the time? Book it now. That road trip you’ve been wanting to take for as long as you remember, but always ended up postponing it? Organize it this year and spend some quality time in nature. Monthly wellness indulgences don’t have to break the bank, but they need to provide a way to shut off your mind and recharge your batteries. So ask yourself, what helps you to do this? Think of these monthly indulgences as rewards for all your hard work and dedication that month. This way, even if things at work get too hectic, or you get caught up in everyday chaos, you’ll have something to look forward to each and every month. If anything, this is a great excuse to switch things up and avoid getting tangled up in monotony or the drudgery of routine.

What could make your monthly self-care ritual even more special is sharing it with others, inspiring them to acquire this healthy habit, and even starting a new tradition! Turn off your smartphones and truly focus on one another as you’re making new memories, each month of 2020! We’re sure by the end of this year you’ll have plenty of wonderful things to reminisce about.

Opening up to new experiences is one of the best things you can do for yourself in 2020. Often, being too caught up in the past, or too anxious about the days ahead, we tend to forget that all we really have is the present moment. Learning to live in the present, truly appreciating it and absorbing every moment, is the best gift you could give yourself this year. Think of these 3 changes not as hacks, but as investments in your future self. Have an unforgettable year of self-development!

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Article References:

  1. Anti-Aging Part 1: The importance of Collagen. (2020). Retrieved 5 January 2020, from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anti-aging-part-1-the-importance-of-collagen_b_583cd543e4b04e28cf5b8ac3
  2. Proksch, E., Segger, D., Degwert, J., Schunck, M., Zague, V., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacology And Physiology, 27(1), 47-55. doi: 10.1159/000351376
  3. Schauss, A., Stenehjem, J., Park, J., Endres, J., & Clewell, A. (2012). Effect of the Novel Low Molecular Weight Hydrolyzed Chicken Sternal Cartilage Extract, BioCell Collagen, on Improving Osteoarthritis-Related Symptoms: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry, 60(16), 4096-4101. doi: 10.1021/jf205295u
  4. Zdzieblik, D., Oesser, S., Baumstark, M. W., Gollhofer, A., & König, D. (2015). Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial. The British journal of nutrition, 114(8), 1237–1245. doi:10.1017/S0007114515002810
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