The Best Sleep Hacks

It’s important to take care of yourself as the world reopens. It’s easy to go from 0 to 100 when it comes to socializing, but after a year of reduced social contact you might need a little extra TLC. The many options for movie nights, concerts and dinners out shouldn’t be made at the expense of your sleep schedule. Safely enjoy socializing to your heart’s content, but also don’t forget to eat some vegetables, drink water and get your zzz’s. According to the CDC, “Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health. Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems. However, these disorders can be diagnosed and treated, bringing relief to those who suffer from them.”  The CDC recommends that adults between the age of 18 and 60 get 7 or more hours per night.  The top sleep hacks for falling asleep faster and sleeping better: Put your phone away at least two hours before bedtime Utilize aromatherapy for soothing and relaxing scents  Buy a weighted …

How to Practice Self Love

I’ve been on my self love journey for the last few years. Some days are fulfilling, and others I revert back to negative patterns. That is normal! No matter how far we are in our journeys, we have to remember that they are just that– journeys. There is no before/after, there is no final destination.  We have to put in the work every day to love ourselves and know our worth. Here are 6 ways I practice self love every day. Focus less on what people say/think about me, and more about what I say/think about myself.  I’ve spent so much of my life wondering what friends, strangers and family members think about me. Are they talking about me behind my back? Will they like me better if I do this instead of that? What do they mean when they tell me this outfit isn’t flattering on me? I’ve been crushed time and time again by hurtful comments made about me and my body. I was allowing other people’s thoughts and opinions to take over …

The Many Different Types of Yoga – Explained

From vinyasa to hatha, there are many different types of yoga suited for different goals. Today we will cover the eight different types of yoga and their individual benefits. Read on for information on yoga and learn which one is right for you! When we say “yoga” you may picture a bunch of different poses in a hot room with tranquil music in the background. While you’re not wrong to imagine this setup, there is much more to yoga – and many different types of yoga – that you might not know about! And our favorite fact: while widely known for it’s stretching and stress relieving properties, yoga can also provide a killer workout! A short history of yoga Before we dive into the different types of yoga, we’ll cover a brief history of yoga. Yoga has been around for thousands of years and most major historical institutions believe that yoga originated in around 3000 BCE. The word “yoga” encompases much more than stretching, yoga was originally created as a spiritual practice that included working …

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been around for hundreds of years, but in the years of social media it has been popularized worldwide. Many wellness influencers and bloggers have touted meditation as their key for reducing stress, but meditation has many other benefits. According to Psychology Today, “the word meditation stems from meditatum, a Latin term that means ‘to ponder.’ Through the practice of meditation, we can seek to find a better connection with our body in the everyday moments that we often let pass us by, and create stronger awareness for how our emotions influence our behavior.” If you’re interested in meditation, but want to know more about the benefits, read on. There are so many reasons to start incorporating meditation into your daily routine. But the hardest part of starting a meditation practice is the actually getting started. The most frequent complaints about starting a meditation practice are time constraints and people being generally unsure if they’re doing it correctly. When people get frustrated that they’re not “doing it right”, they’re …

Morning Stretches: Stretches to Start Your Day Right

Picture this: you wake up in the morning and instead of reaching for your phone first thing, you reach one arm up in the air, stretching your spine gently. You repeat with the other arm, and immediately feel your mobility increase. Congrats! You’ve started your morning stretching routine and are on your way to a restful day. Unfortunately, most people do not start their day with some morning stretching, but instead dive right toward their cell phones. Deloitte shows that 43 percent of people check their phones within five minutes of waking up, and 17 percent check their phones immediately after opening their eyes. Using your phone first thing in the morning can have negative effects on your overall productivity. Kick that habit to the curb and start your day a new way, with some light morning stretching. Not sure how to start your morning stretching? We’ve got you covered. We also cover stretching in depth throughout the blog, so if you want more stretching content, check out: Static vs Dynamic Stretching, The Benefits of …

Self Care Ideas for Women

After a year that forced us to spend more time indoors, in our home, than we ever had before, the world turned away from typical comforts like going out for a movie and had to invent new rituals for self care. We were all isolated separately, our routines were shaken up and taking care of our mental health became more important than ever. During upheaval it’s natural to turn to comfort, and the demand for self care ideas rose. According to Healio self care isn’t a fad that’s going away anytime soon, 80 percent of Americans intend to regularly practice self-care after COVID-19 pandemic. And why should it? Taking care of yourself is a great method of improving quality of life. But not everyone practices self care in the same ways! What works for one person, might not work for another. So if you’re looking for self care ideas for women, from women, look no further. What is self care? The World Health Organization defines self care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities …