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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most consumers do not realize that the clothing industry is not overseen by a government agency like foods or drugs. This leaves the trillion-dollar clothing industry open to unscrupulous practices, particularly when clothing is manufactured abroad. A little-known fact is that there are over 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in the industry that contain toxins and are perfectly accepted by the majority of companies.
Most of this toxic clothing is produced in China with pesticides and other chemicals that have been proven to harm your health. Sadly, as clothing technology advances, the use of chemical processes in clothes increases. It is more important than ever that consumer stay educated on how and where their clothes are being manufactured.
Clothing comes into daily contact with our body’s largest organ: skin. When toxins are present, they are absorbed into our skin cells and into our body’s lymphatic system, which then leads to the liver. Each day, our skin works hard to remove these harmful chemicals, expelling nearly one pound of toxins daily.
Some of the most toxic clothes are made of nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics that make it difficult for our skin to breathe. The worst offenders are those that promise wrinkle-free, stain-free, anti-static and anti-stain fabrics. These fabrics are harmful no matter whether they are used in apparel, linens, bed sheets, or towels.
This is usually due to their high content of formaldehyde. Some Chinese companies even place false FDA-labels on clothing. It is important for consumers to be vigilant and not fall for such phony clothing labels.
The truth is no one likes changing their sheets, it’s one of the most boring chores there is. Because of this many people end up putting this task on the bottom of their to-do list and it often keeps getting carried over into the next day. Before you know it, it’s been a month and the bed sheets really need to be changed.
A recent study by an NYU-based microbiologist named Philip Tierno is now showing just how important it is to change your bed sheets frequently. He says that if they go unchanged for too long, bacteria festers and formed a funky “botanical park.” Changing your bed sheets is now not just part of maintaining a good household, it is also an important part of maintaining proper health.
Tierno explains that even when it is cool outside, people sweat while they sleep. It is this natural process that adds humidity to the bed and makes it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. On average, most beds contain about 17 varieties of fungus. Add shedding skin, dust mites, and bugs so tiny they can’t be seen with a human eye to this equation, and you can see what Tierno is talking about when he says botanical park.
These microbes are what cause you to have allergic reactions while in bed, and lead to sneezing and trouble breathing at night. Tierno says this is due to the proximity of your mouth and nose to your bed sheets. Wounds can even become infected from some of these microbes.
Luckily, the solution is an easy one. Change your bed sheets every week or sooner. Keep several different bed sheets on-hand as well so you are not inconvenienced when one set is in the hamper waiting to be laundered.
If you are one of many women who only get pedicures during the summer, you are seriously missing out. It’s a little-known secret that the winter is one of the best times to enjoy a relaxing pedicure and keep your feet feeling soft all year-round. Think about how great it would feel to slip your soft feet into a pair of beautiful Turkish cotton socks after a cold day outside shoveling snow.
Your well-pedicured feet will also help you seem more attractive and confident, as someone who pays attention to their grooming even when no one is watching. You can even enjoy this indulgence without spending boatloads of cash on nail appointments. Since your feet as less visible in the wintertime, you can give yourself an excellent pedicure at-home and no one will care if your polish is slightly smudged in the corner.
To begin, you need to gather the right tools. Grab a nail file, cuticle cream, pumice stone, moisturizer, clippers, a foot scrub, and some nail polish remover. Make sure you prepare your feet properly before your pedicure. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and remove any traces of old nail polish. Then shape your nails with a nail clipper and file them into your prepared nail shape.
Then get ready to relax. Fill your bathtub with warm water and dip your feet in for about a half an hour. Use cuticle oil, pumice stone, and a file to flake off any dry skin on the bottom of your heels. If preferred, select your favorite nail polish colors, and paint away after applying a clear base coat.
There is no better time to skip the shower than today. No, we’re not recommending that you practice poor hygiene, instead, we’re suggesting you relax and enjoy a long, indulgent bath. If you search today’s date, you will see it is the perfect day for doing so.
Long ago, baths were a common practice, but in more recent times as our lives are spent working more hours, fewer people find the time to take baths. Make it a point to utilize that gorgeous tub more often and linger in the bath.
To help you out, we’ve consulted with a retired bath butler who has drawn baths for celebrities and affluent members of society at the world’s top hotels. We’re lucky enough to have him share his best tips for the perfect bath.
According to our bath butler, a bath is an experience and needs to be treated as such. Focus on creating a relaxing environment with dim lighting and lots of aromatic candles. Fill the background with meditative, classical, or slow music that incorporates wind or string instruments. This will add to the Zen-like vibe.
Before you get into the tub, make sure it’s been properly prepped and is completely clean. Use natural lemon and salt to clean your tub, suggests the bath butler. He explains that this will prevent any possible allergic reactions or irritations that are a result of using harsh cleaning products.
Stock up on the essential bath products like plush bathrobes, comfy bath mats, natural loofahs, bath salts, soaps, and scented body wash. Indulge in some treats like fresh fruit and champagne while enjoying your bath, and bring your favorite reading material along too.
When its cold outside, there is nothing you want more than to wrap yourself in something cozy to keep you warm. This winter, consider purchasing a fluffy bathrobe to keep you comfortable indoors. There are many different styles of bathrobes ranging from luxurious and trendy to more traditional, classic versions.
A bathrobe is more than a piece of apparel, it is an experience. One that takes you down memory lane to a luxurious hotel that you’ve stayed in and leaves you with the coziness of a big hug. Get the full experience by lounging around the house in true hygge spirit. Catch a great movie and a sip of some honey and lemon tea, or a cup of freshly-made hot cocoa.
Robes have also played a major role in our history. In China, they were mainly worn by the wealthy, made of silk, and a symbol of good fortune. In Japan, their sleeves flowed in a kimono-style that was inspired by garb typically left for the boudoir.
Most bathrobes today are made from cotton, and available in a variety of options like terry cloth, microfiber, or waffle weave. Consider if you prefer a soft fabric on your skin, or one with faster wicking properties. Also, think about the wearer, is the robe going to be used after the shower or for lounging around? Is it for a man or a woman?
Once you’ve determined your purchasing needs, select your fabric carefully. Also take staple length, fabric weight, and thread loops into consideration. These are all factors that contribute to a well-made bathrobe. You want your purchase to last, and not all robes are made equally, so be mindful of this while shopping.
Holiday shopping can be difficult. You want to give a thoughtful gift but that can be particularly hard with the limited available time you have during the holiday season. If you know someone who wakes up at the crack of dawn, or someone who takes pride in their health, we have some perfect wellness gift ideas to help you through this shopping challenge.
This year, many people are putting health and wellness gifts on their wish lists. Even more, are asking for activities or event as gifts rather than tangible items. This makes spa visits and fitness classes excellent wellness gifts that your gift recipient is sure to enjoy. For someone struggling with weight loss, a personal training experience is another wonderful wellness gift.
Gift subscriptions to healthy food services are another popular wellness gift option. If your friend is more of a hands-on type, consider gifting a well-known healthy cookbook with lots of exciting recipe options. Fitness gear, tech, and accessories are also great gifts for the health-nut you know.
Of course, wellness incorporates the entire mind and body, so it is more than just fitness. Sleep, comfort, and relaxation are also major wellness gift themes. Get creative and put together a special gift wellness gift basket this holiday. Stuff it with thick socks, a colorful towel, scented candles, and a luxe bathrobe.
Also, consider gifting your friend a perfect night’s sleep with a new set of bed sheets, an eye mask, lavender essential oils, and more. Other gift ideas include a subscription to a health magazine or a detox cleanse diet.
If you’re like most women, the spa is a place you wish you could enjoy more often. This is because of how a spa makes you feel: relaxed and calm. This calming spa environment doesn’t occur by accident, it is a space that is intentionally designed with your peace and comfort in mind.
We are going to reveal tips for turning your at-home bathroom into a Zen spa-like oasis. This will not only help put money back into your pocket as you indulge at-home rather than at an expensive spa, but it will also add more value to your home.
None of these tips require hiring any contractors or performing major renovations. You would be surprised what a major impact the small details can have. To begin, start organizing your space. Remove cluttered items from counter tops and look for better storage solutions.
Purchase apothecary-style containers that many spas use, pretty wicker baskets, and glass jars. Place cotton balls, q-tips, and small toiletries inside. Place fluffy hand and bath towels into the baskets for easy access. Look for ones that match your new décor.
Consider replacing your shower head with a massaging or wider one that boosts water pressure for a more indulgent shower. Think about what makes you comfortable and make changes that suit those needs, like replacing an old bathmat with a cushioned, microfiber one. Bring natural elements like plants or aromatic flowers into your bathroom. Place lots of low-light candles around the bathroom to add to this relaxing feel.