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Your Wellness Resolutions for 2018

If you call BS on resolutions and think there is no way to achieve everything you set out to do at the start of the year, try to keep an open mind. Science has found that right now is the ideal time to assess the direction of your life and course correct it. This will help you live a more intentional, meaningful life.

In setting wellness goals for yourself, consider both your mind and your body. Ask yourself the tough self-reflective questions that you have been avoiding all year. The more specific the resolution the better. Take it a step further and come up with a multi-step, actionable plan for each goal as well. Celebrate the small achievements to stay motivated throughout the year.

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Why Companies are Encouraging Their Employees to Take Naps at Work

Sleep derivation world-wide is at an all-time high. As technology has allowed us to be more connected than ever. Many companies have demanded longer working hours, and expect to receive a response from employees around the clock. Adding to this crisis are the many executives who publicly claim their success is due to their early working hours. They brag about their short sleeping schedules and send an underlying message that sleep is for the weak.

Innovative companies are combating this sleep deprivation, and round-the-clock schedules by allowing their employees to take naps on-site. Many are also putting a cap on working hours. Much like NASA in the 1990s, these employers are noticing that their employees are much more productive after taking short naps.

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Tips for Getting the Perfect Night's Sleep

Having a blissful sleep requires easing your mind and body into a state of relaxation. In order to do this, you need to make your bedroom a space intended for a blissful sleep. Ensure that your room is dark and cool. Carefully, select the right bed sheets, pillows, and mattresses. Keep pets and other distractions out of the room as well.

Get your body prepared for sleep by slipping into the most comfortable pajamas and cozy socks. Keeping your extremities warm will lull you to sleep quicker. Also, stop eating, drinking caffeine, and exercising by the afternoon to start unwinding. Try to maintain a strict sleeping schedule for a better sleep.

Putting your mind to rest early will also help you sleep. Process your day in the early evening before entering the bedroom. Use essential oils and practices like meditation or yoga to keep your mind calm. These tips will ensure a perfect night’s sleep.

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Escape Winter and Travel to These Hot Destinations

There is something about magical about leaving the Northern Hemisphere in the dead of winter to escape to a warmer climate. While packing your swimsuit and beach towel can feel a bit odd, the moment you get to the airport, you’re bound to be hit with an overwhelming feeling of joy.

You get to miss the storms, the shoveling, the shivering, and more. Plus, plan it right and you don’t need to miss out on the holidays with family. Take advantage of those airline miles and get going. One of the best spots for trying out this strategy in South America, specifically Argentina. Its temperatures this time of year reach the high 80s and 90s due to its proximity to the equator.

While in South America, learn to tango from the locals and eat some delicious dulce de leche treats. Also, take in the Mendoza wine region for some excellent Malbec. Check out Chile and Uruguay as well on your adventure through South America.

If you’re less of a cultural explorer and more of a beach lounger, there are many warm islands that are extremely welcoming during our winter months. Consider escaping to a place known for escape, the Grand Cayman Island, or visit St. Martin / San Marteen for a two-country visit in one. If you’re up for adventure sports in a beach setting, Turks and Caicos and Maui are your best bets.

Another toasty spot to flee winter is St. Lucia. If you go, you must check out Jade Mountain Resort. Its infinity pools and rooms that are practically carved mountain-side will leave you never wanting to go back.

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Get Inspired By These Do-It-Yourself Holiday Bath and Body Gifts

If you want to give the gift of relaxation this holiday season, consider a bath and body gift that lets your recipient indulge and spend time pampering herself. Rather than draining your budget by rushing to the mall and picking up name-brand products, get creative and make handmade products for your loved ones. Here are some of the easiest, yet most lavish and professional looking bath and body products that you can make for your friends.

We promise it will leave them in stock that these were actually a do-it-yourself project. One of the simplest bath gifts you can make is bath bombs. They are also incredibly indulgence and perfect for a relaxing, scented bath. All it takes is some Epson salt, essential oils, olive oil, and water to complete this easy DIY project.

For those you know who can’t start their day without a cup of coffee in the morning, this next project is sure to please. Create an exfoliating coffee soap that will jolt them awake in the shower. The ground coffee provides the scrubbing particles while moisturizing coffee butter softens dry skin.

You can even add your own spin to this project by adding some extras to your soap blend. Consider ingredients like hazelnut, cinnamon, or peppermint to really create a coffee soap that is customized to your gift recipient’s preferences. All we hope is that you know how they take their coffee.

Other easy DIY projects included in this article are playful bath crayons that any kid will love and an aromatic foot scrub that will leave your gift recipient with the soften feet. Read more for the full tutorials on how to make these excellent handmade bath and body gifts.

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