As we look ahead to 2022, we are first looking back at some of the best wellness tips we reported in The Mab in 2021. From mental fitnessskills to workouts and beyond, read on for 5 ways to soar into the new year. 

  1. Learn how to relax — on demand.

A breathing technique called 4-7-8 can be considered a “natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.” All you need to do is inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold for seven, and exhale through your mouth for eight. 

You can also try other exercises, like coherent breathing and alternate nostril breathing, to help yourself relax. Learn about them here. (FYI: Calm Mab Sticks, with CBN, ashwagandha, chamomile, and more, can also help you to chill out on the fly.)

  1. Choose a workout you can stick to.

Over the past year, we’ve created a handful of expertly-programmed workouts you can do at home with little to no equipment — and none require much time. This upper-body workout is from a dancer-turned-trainer, this one is designed to alleviate lower back pain, this one hones in on strengthening your glutes, and this one is for all the runners — newbies and regulars alike. 

Get energized pre-workout with Dynamine in lieu of caffeine. Our Energy Mab Sticks have the goods. 

  1. Create your own recovery routine.

Especially if your new year’s plans involve starting, restarting, or leveling up a workout routine, your recovery needs to be on point. Our Recovery Cream and Recovery Sticks provide inside-out and outside-in support for sore muscles and tired bodies. Some of our friends like to foam roll before lathering on the cream while others like to apply a heating pad on top of it. Some of us ask our partners to apply it for us — it’s the perfect massage lotion, too. 

  1. Improve your focus at the office — or at home.

In order to work effectively, it’s important to take regular breaks, according to Amrita Mandal, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Here’s how to try one type of work-rest interval called The Pomodoro Technique: Choose a task you want to complete. Then, set a timer for 25 minutes and work away. When the timer rings, take a five-minute break, and use your break to do something relaxing. Every four intervals, take a longer 15- to 30-minute break.

You can find other ways to hack your focus here and grab some Focus Mab Sticks here

  1. Get inspired by our community of outdoor enthusiasts, trainers, and more.

Look no further for motivation than this roundup of Recovery Stories from a handful of awesome women we count as friends.