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5 Changes for a Happier, Healthier You

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Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! With every New Year comes the expectation of renewed excitement and reignited passion for the things we gradually forgot we cared about over the course of the year before.

The most common resolutions seen every January focus on healthy eating, losing weight and being a more productive person in general as soon as the 1st comes along. The fads are everywhere: Dry January, No-spend January, New Year New Me, and the list goes on.

Fact is, it doesn’t matter the time of year, switching your habits cold turkey is simply not the most efficient way to create an effective and lasting lifestyle change. Instead, try these simple alterations to your daily routine that will put you on the right track this year.

Here are 5 small changes you can make today to become a happier, healthier you:

  1. Drink more water
    Next time you’re feeling the need to refresh, take a pass on the pop or juice and reach for water instead. I recommend purchasing a reusable water bottle that can fit in your bag and be with you at all times.
  2. Keep a food journal
    If one of your goals this year is to start eating healthier, don’t just throw out all your junk food and rush to the grocery store to stock up on fruits and veg. A better way to eat healthily is to be aware of what and how much you consume on a daily basis. Once you have an understanding of your typical eating habits, it’s much easier to see where adjustments and improvements should be made.
  3. Save spare change
    Spending zero money for an entire month sounds pretty fantastic but is it actually reasonable? What happens when you’re faced with an unexpected charge? Do you start over or give up? Disappoint yourself or lie to yourself? Instead, I suggest you switch tactics. Anytime you get change back from a purchase, save it! At the end of the month or year, crack open your money box and see how much you have!
    Tip: you can do this electronically as well by transferring spare dollars and cents to a savings account.
  4. Take short walking breaks
    Getting exercise in the winter is hard. The urge to hibernate under a pile of warm blankets and not move until spring is almost too much to resist. Still, physical activity is vital to our overall health. If you sit at a desk most days, be sure to stretch your legs for at least 5 minutes every hour.
  5. Meditate
    Your mental state is just as important as your physical health so make sure you’re focused on both! If you’ve never tried meditating before, there’s no better time to get started than right now. There are even a few handy apps that will make the process seamless for beginners.

Make 2019 the Year of Self-Gifting

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It’s far too easy to forget our most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. After the craziness of the holiday season, it’s necessary to take a step back from making everyone around you happy and focus a little bit more on yourself. Whether you want to call it self-love, self-care or as I like to say – self-gifting – the fact is we all need to contemplate whether we are giving ourselves just as much as we give others, so what better time to do this than the start of a new year?

And no, I don’t mean self-gifting in the sense of reckless spending when you blow your savings, feel good today but worse tomorrow cause now you have to choose between eating and putting gas in your car for the next month. There are certainly times I will advocate for the treat-yo-self movement, but what I actually mean by self-gifting can be narrowed down to the Four Rs of the New Year: Relaxation, Reflection, Reassessment and Rejuvenation.

So put down the phone (unless that’s how you’re reading this, of course), turn up some music, pour a glass of wine and let’s get down to the business of you.

Relaxation
Congrats, you survived the holidays! Take a second to breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back because you made it through (somewhat) unscathed. Rest is probably at the top of your to-do list and I definitely don’t blame you. You deserve a break after making sure your halls were decked, gifts were bought/wrapped under the tree and Christmas dinner was perfectly prepared to put the entire family into a peaceful food coma. But more than that, what you need is the chance to actually sit back and relax. Like, really relax. I’m talking pampering, trashy television shows, a little (moderation is key) alcohol or anything that will help you to stop stressing for one precious moment before the walls of reality start to close in.

Reflection
Once you’ve had a chance to relax, you can start to reflect on the year gone by and the year ahead. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to? If yes, that’s amazing! If not, that’s amazing too! You know why? Cause personal growth doesn’t have a deadline. It’s an ongoing process that should never feel like work or a chore because investing in yourself is the greatest decision you can make. And anytime you have a chance to better yourself, you should also celebrate yourself because how great are you for realizing you could be even greater, and taking steps to get there. Your accomplishments are yours, and you should feel proud. Announce them to the world with an engraved necklace or bracelet that says just how awesome you are. Not only is engraved jewellery a way to remember, but also a cute way to keep yourself motivated.

Reassessment
You know the feeling of euphoria that comes with finding the perfect gift for someone in your life? When you’re so excited to see their reaction that it becomes all you can think about? Now, imagine making yourself feel that way every single day. Sounds pretty damn incredible, right? So my advice to you is at least once a month makes sure you surprise yourself with a well-deserved treat or token of appreciation just for being the awesome person that you are. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers, send yourself a love letter or prepare a candlelight dinner for one. Love requires dedication so, this year, be more dedicated to loving yourself.

Rejuvenation
Whatever your mantra is this year, consider how to reinforce that statement in your daily life. One idea I absolutely love is embroidering your goals on a personal item like a pillow or throw. It’s a constant reminder that doubles as home décor, adding a touch of positivity to your routine and your personal space! I don’t know about you, but when I see an inspirational quote, I can’t help but feel ready to take on the world. So surround yourself with good vibes and life will naturally fall into place.

Self-care isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Likewise, self-gifting is more than buying yourself the occasional present. It takes time and consideration to train your brain into treating yourself with the same care you show others. So in 2019, make yourself your main priority. Do what makes you happy, whether it’s going on that spontaneous trip, buying the expensive bag or simply taking a day for yourself. And remember, always be kind, to others and yourself.

 

Cheers To The (Not So) Humble Flask

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Here at Things Engraved, we know a thing or two about flasks. After all, flasks are among our BEST selling gifts! People love to give them for wedding party gifts, bachelor/bachelorette gifts, birthdays, or just because a flask is a FUN gift to give to someone OR to yourself!

We also love them because they have SO many options when it comes to style and engraving options. You can be funny, sarcastic, silly or literary in the engraving you choose for your flask.

Surprisingly, the flask has a very long place in history, and has also played a key part in character development in many movies, TVs shows, and in music. It also has a long and varied history, which you can read more about in this article. But most interesting, was it’s use during prohibition. The flask was a way to discreetly conceal your small supply of liquor.

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Photo courtesy of Historic American Building Survey, 1929

If you need another reason to convince yourself to buy a flask for a friend or for yourself, and for having it personalized with engraving, Drunkard Magazine, in this article called 86 Rules of Boozing, says that “A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there’s something in it.”  I would say on THAT authority, you should feel confident in choosing to gift a flask to the kind of friend that can appreciate an article written by Drunkard Magazine and would love to know all 86 rules of bar culture etiquette (which definitely IS a thing!)

We offer 34 different flasks on our website, and in-store where you sometimes can find even more options. Here are a few of our favourite flasks in our product line up. These are JUST the beginning:

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The CLASSIC Stainless Steel Flask

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Black Flask with Plate

Carpe Diem

Mahogany Box Flask Set

Sweat is SEXY

Dragonfly Bling Flask

Believe In Miracles

Golf Flask with Tools

There is still time

Pink Stud Flask

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

Things Engraved Social

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Classic, sporty, glamorous or practical, our line up of amazing flasks offer something perfect for the drinkers among us.

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To purchase any of our flasks, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

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