Welcome to our 2018 Wellness Guide, a series of stories we're running this January to help you own your health and happiness this year—all curated with the knowledge that wellness is never one-size-fits-all. Check back all month for expert-led guides on tackling your goals, from choosing the best workout for your personality to staying mindful even when your schedule is absolutely insane.
With a degree in neuroscience and art history from UCLA, Rose Theodora is an expert when it comes to color therapy and astrology. Below, she offers insight on how to tailor your wellness routine to your zodiac sign this year.
Wellness isn't just about the food you eat or exercise, and we all know that diets are a thing of the past. You're becoming as well-versed about wellness in the literal sense as the importance of your dreams these days, and your astrological sign is something that intrigues you. In 2018, it's a door for living your optimal life.
Keep reading to see what the stars hold for your sign this year.
Expressing yourself creatively will prove positive for your health. Think long-term wellness goals rather than immediate indulgences for an impulsive sign like you.
Your action plan: Think big and small—write out your loftiest wellness goals (a triathlon? Why not?) followed by a list of the small daily rituals that make you feel your healthiest and most grounded. (Make sure you include some creative outlets, even if it's just doodling or playing around with your camera.)
Cultivating a deeper spiritual faith is your wellness program in 2018. It's easier to base importance on a tangible reality, but the sooner you understand that life extends beyond the physical, the sooner you'll open yourself to endless possibilities.
Your action plan: Try a yoga class or workshop that puts more emphasis on meditation and mantra than physical movements—kundalini is a great place to start.
Financial wellness is your goal this year and of course, cultivating a deeper belief in yourself.
Your action plan: If you aren't already, it's time to show yourself some tough love and get really analytical about your spending habits. Mint is a site that helps you set and track different budgets, monitor your cash flow, and plan for your financial future.
Developing a hefty dose of self-love is what you need because relationships will be front and center for you in 2018. When you truly love yourself, you are infectious to be around.
Your action plan: If positive affirmations aren't exactly your speed, follow fitness expert Claire Fountain's no-B.S. approach to finding support and love from within.
Time management and a keen focus on your health aren't always your cup of tea, but you can make it fun if you try. In 2018, try to view your body a creative temple—it's necessary for your future.
Your action plan: Set aside one night per week just to check in with yourself and pamper away any anxieties—staying grounded isn't always easy for spotlight-hungry Leos, but you'll be amazed by how much more focused and efficient you feel.
Getting in touch with what you consider fun is more important than you'll know. In 2018, doing what makes you joyful is the remedy to stress, and feeling joy is dire to living a healthy, balanced life.
Your action plan: It's time to apply the KonMari method to your life: What isn't serving you? What truly makes you happy? Clear out the proverbial clutter and engage in the activities that truly spark happiness. (PS: Research shows that journaling is a great way to figure this out and boost your mood.)
Having a tranquil home to retreat to will be your solace in 2018, and it will prove to be more important than anything else. When things are good at home, all things seem more possible.
Your action plan: Get a jump on spring-cleaning and start decluttering now. Consider bringing in some greenery too—research shows that indoor plants can boost our health and happiness in countless ways. Want to start small? Try lighting some incense or palo santo.
A positive mindset. Your thoughts will be your salvation in 2018—they're everything, and the sooner you master them, the healthier and positive you'll feel about your future.
Your action plan: Start gratitude journaling. Research shows that regularly writing down the things we're thankful for can have a significant impact on our mood, with effects lasting up to a month. The trick is to reflect on genuine and specific moments of happiness and appreciation, rather than a generic list of the "blessings" in our life—so instead of noting that you're thankful for having good friends, you'd write about how your BFF bought you a cup of coffee that morning when you were feeling really stressed about work and how that made you feel.
Self-love. When you value and respect yourself, no one or anything can come between that. When you love yourself through and through, you're unshakable in 2018.
Your action plan: Self-love is an ongoing journey—and sometimes a difficult one, at that—but it helps to start establishing rituals that foster nourishment and self-respect. That could be anything from journaling to spending time with the people who make you feel loved. Feeling stuck? Start with one of these 27 mood-boosting activities.
You're typically overcome with responsibilities, but in 2018, if you don't give the less urgent parts of your life equal attention, you'll find yourself feeling run-down. Try to place more importance on overall wellness: less sugar and more sleep and relaxation, as well as spiritual wellness.
Your action plan: Follow our #ThirtyIntentions initiative on Instagram if you aren't already, which focuses on small daily goals like drinking more water and cleaning out your vitamin cabinet. It's a great way to set the tone for a wellness-oriented year and to establish the rituals you'll come back to again and again even when January is over.
Exploring your subconscious by way of a therapist (or some new form of therapy) is just what you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle in 2018. Your wellness plan should include some meditation.
Your action plan: If therapy isn't quite your thing, you might consider dream journaling—it's a great way to start looking inward at a deeper level.
Healthy boundaries extend beyond 2018, only this year, situations will force you to make some drastic changes to your social circles. Not everyone is good for you, and the sooner you come to terms with that, the easier 2018 will be.
Your action plan: Rather than dramatically cutting anyone out, prioritize the people who value you and make you feel your best. The point is to lean into the positive to make less space for the negative—and this approach will help put those who aren't serving you into much sharper perspective.