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    I Tried Ashley Graham’s Wellness Routine–Here’s What Happened

    Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t have a crush on Ashley Graham? The supermodel and fashion icon slayed the cover of major fashion magazines like Sports Illustrated, redefined the fashion industry, wrote a best-selling book on body positivity, and has such a killer personality, her millions of Instagram followers think of her as their personal best friend. The best part about Ashley (yes, we are on a first name basis) is that she is known for so much more than her stunning lingerie line or for gracing the cover of the world’s biggest fashion magazines. She’s a body positivity activist who is redefining what self-care means.
    Since Ashley is so open about how she takes care of herself to inspire her fans and followers to take care of themselves too, I had to investigate for myself to get all the secrets of her wellness routine. Besides her supermodel genes, Ashley has an undeniable glow, infectious confidence, and limitless energy (I mean, her workouts are tough). Basically, I would try just about anything to be a little more like Ashley Graham. I scoured interviews, YouTube videos, and her Instagram to find all the details of Ashley’s enviable (and relatable!) wellness routine to try for myself. Here’s what happened. 

    Daily prayer
    Ashley’s faith is a huge part of her life and she has credited it to helping her with everything from coping with fame to keeping her relationship strong. In an interview with Bustle, Ashley said she prays every morning and will have prayer nights where she’ll turn the lights off and pray out loud. “I pray out loud because my words have power, impact, and directness over my future,” she said. “It’s like making a vision board with your mouth.” OK, let’s unpack this because I don’t know much, but I know I absolutely need to try anything that’s “making a vision board for your mouth.” I’ve dabbled in meditation, but staying consistent with affirmations or manifestations has always been hard for me. 
    For a week, I made an effort to do my version of prayer every morning, which, in most cases, looks like writing or meditating on a few things I’m thankful for and also what I hope to feel throughout the day. Before bed, I tried to make my routine as similar to Ashley’s prayer nights as possible by turning off the lights and saying things out loud like, “I love my life” or “I am worthy of reaching my dreams.” I’m going to be honest: Saying these things out loud was way out of my comfort zone (and my boyfriend thought I had officially lost it), but it was insanely powerful. IDK if I’ll always be Ashley-level confident enough to speak out loud my desires and prayers, but after trying it for a week, I totally get why she’s so badass.

    Stretch or do some kind of movement
    It’s no secret that Ashley is a workout addict. In addition to sharing her workouts consistently with her Instagram community and in interviews, she has a workout series on YouTube so you can work out with Ashley from the comfort of your own home (a true dream!). I found details of her intense and demanding workout routine on Insider, but TBH, I don’t have enough motivation to go that hard every day and don’t have enough knowledge, equipment, or skills to try kickboxing. So instead, I stuck to her advice to just stretch or do some kind of movement every single day. I always try to move my body in some way every day (as any good wellness editor would do), but the most impactful takeaway from my week living as Ashley Graham was the “why” behind exercise. 
    When internet trolls left body shaming comments on a workout she shared on Instagram, Ashley responded, “Just for the record, I work out to stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of ’em, stay flexible and strong, and give more energy. I don’t work out to loose [sic] weight or my curves—I love the skin I’m in.” Fitness often focuses on change, whether it’s losing fat by burning calories or toning up by strengthening muscles. I loved her perspective on exercise: It’s not really about change but rather a way to just maintain health and feel your best (no change necessary). Since then, I’ve stopped working out to be better, faster, stronger, or fitter. Instead, I’m working out to feel good in the moment. 

    Be choosy about who you spend your time with
    You are who you hang out with, and Ashley Graham knows it. “Bad company corrupts good character” is one of her go-to one liners because she is extremely intentional about who she surrounds herself with and how she spends her time. I’m a huge believer that we are the sum of the five people we surround ourselves with, but I don’t always act on it (read: I often get together with people who are boring or like to gossip because I don’t want to say no).
    But this experiment made me think that Ashley wouldn’t be as confident as she seems if she was spending time with people who made her feel lesser than or wasting time with people who didn’t make her feel heard or happy. I don’t think some of us are born with confidence and other’s aren’t—I believe that we become confident when we have boundaries, practices, and relationships that make us feel good. Every time we make decisions to protect ourselves and live our best lives, we’re inherently telling ourselves what we deserve. So PSA to myself and all of you: Earn confidence by setting boundaries with people who aren’t serving you, and be choosy about who gets your time. 

    Keep skincare simple
    Finally a celebrity with (achievable) flawless skin who doesn’t spend thousands of dollars and hours a week on their complexion. As the relatable queen we know and love, Ashley likes to keep in simple when it comes to skincare (a quick wash, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and SPF, to be exact). I love her reasoning that the body is already healing itself, so it doesn’t need much help (amen, Ashley!). I’ll be honest: I am not as cool when it comes to skincare.
    What I wish was a low-maintenance routine is actually quite high-maintenance (like I have five to 10 steps morning and night). I pared down to the four simple steps Ashley swears by, and to my chagrin, my skin looked the same as it did with the much more complicated routine. Note to self: Sometimes simple is better. This was also a good reminder that while we often think of skincare as a pinnacle part of self-care, in reality, if a practice isn’t actually de-stressing you or making you happy, that’s not caring for yourself. If a 10-step skincare routine is your favorite way to relax and pamper yourself, fit it in every single day. But if you’d way rather spend your time (and money) on other ways to take care of yourself? Keep skincare simple (à la Ashley) and focus on what actually feels like self-care. 

    Leave the phone out of the bedroom
    And now for the hardest practice I had to do while living like Ashley Graham: Keeping the phone out of the bedroom. It was hard—and I also had to buy an old school alarm clock and TBH, I did not remember how to work it. “Ever since I interviewed Ariana Huffington for my podcast, Pretty Big Deal, I have not slept with my phone next to my bed,” she told SELF. Her baby monitor typically serves as her alarm clock (AKA she wakes up when baby Isaac wakes up), but since I have no baby or monitor (just a French Bulldog who sleeps hours longer than I do), an old school alarm clock from Amazon would have to do. I had way more time in the mornings when I didn’t check my texts and emails first thing (even five extra minutes makes a difference), but the biggest change was no social media before bed. I felt so much more calm, centered, and relaxed, and I swear I slept better. The old school alarm clock is here to stay. 

    Talk to yourself in the mirror
    You know someone as confident as Ashley has a self-love affirmation as part of their routine. She swears by repeating her affirmations to her reflection every morning or whenever she looks in the mirror. Yes, it’s weird to talk to yourself in the mirror, but Ashley said you “just have to get over it,” so I got over it. Specifically, Ashley says, “I love you, I’m bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful, I am worthy of all,” so I started saying this phrase to myself whenever I looked in the mirror. Yes, it felt forced and awkward and silly, but it also felt kind of good.
    After all, most of us look in the mirror and say things like “I hate this outfit,” “I need to lose weight,” or “Look at this fat roll.” Our minds form habits, so every time we look at our reflection, we think something bad out of habit. What if we changed the habit? What if we said “I love you” and “You’re perfect” instead of “You’re ugly” and “I wish you were different”? Would we be a little more confident, happy, and more like Ashley? Confidence is a skill, and Ashley Graham practices it every day, which means we can (and should) too.

    The Verdict:
    Even just thinking like Ashley Graham and trying a few of the practices from her wellness routine made me feel different. Maybe it was because I was pretending to live like a Sports Illustrated supermodel or maybe it was because I made self-confidence a practice instead of just something I wish I had more of, but I did feel a shift in my self-love. What I learned most about getting a little too obsessed with Ashley Graham for a week is that she puts her entire life on Instagram for 14 million followers and bares it all in skimpy bikinis on the cover of major magazines, but she still cares more about the way she feels than how she looks. “There’s no pressure to look good for people—I just want to feel good,” she told Forbes. We should all feel confident in our own skin and take care of ourselves as a gift instead of a punishment to our bodies. How you look is not an accomplishment, but loving your body unconditionally and helping other women love theirs too? Now that’s an accomplishment worthy of a magazine cover. 

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    What Is “Ear Seeding” and Can It Really Improve Your Health?

    Step aside, hoops and diamond studs—ear seeding may have just won the accessory game, and the best part is that they’re more of an ancient wellness practice for optimal health than an accessory trend that upgrades your OOTD (even though that’s true too). The internet may be buzzing about these tiny beads that are strategically placed around the ear (cartilage piercing, who?), but the practice has thousands of years to back up the claimed benefits.
    When I first found out about ear seeding, they had me at “stylish ear accessories that can make you happier and healthier,” but if you need a little more info on what they are, how they work, and whether or not they’re worth it, I got you. I asked Gudrun Snyder, a doctor of East Asian acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine expert, and founder of Moon Rabbit Acupuncture, to give me the details on all things ear seeding. Read on for a 101 guide to ear seeding and how to reap the benefits for yourself.

    Meet the expert
    Gudrun Snyder, D.Ac., MSAc, LAc
    Doctor of East Asian Acupuncture
    Dr. Snyder is the founder of Moon Rabbit Acupuncture in Chicago. Snyder instills a “whole body” approach to health and wellness that focuses on the body as an interconnected whole.

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    What is “Ear Seeding?”
    While the practice of ear seeding has been blowing up on Instagram and in trendy wellness spas as of late, it’s a practice that has been used in wellness routines for thousands of years. “Ear seeding is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine, which is a 3,000+ year-old system of health techniques that also uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other modalities to care for the mind and body,” Snyder explained. “The original ear seeds were seeds of the Vaccaria Plant (thus the name “Ear Seeding”), which is a plant that is native to Eurasia and was most often used with traditional acupuncture.”
    So why stick “seeds” (today, everything from 24k gold to Swarovski crystals are used to add an element of style) on our ears? It’s a practice of acupressure, which is acupuncture’s less invasive sibling (and no, needles or piercings are not involved—the beads simply apply a light pressure you barely feel). There is said to be more than 200 pressure points in the ear that correlate with conditions throughout the entire body. When you place the bead in a specific spot, you’re triggering the nervous system to benefit various parts of the body that correlate with each tiny spot. “Like acupuncture, ear seeding works on the meridian system, which is a series of energetic pathways that are found throughout the body,” Snyder said. “Stimulating certain points on the ears will help with the flow of energy and restore balance in the body.”

    What are the benefits of ear seeding?
    According to TCM, every system of the body (digestive, respiratory, reproductive, hormonal, etc.) is energetically connected to pressure points on the ear, meaning activating those pressure points can provide everything from pain relief to less stress. Snyder explained that ear seeding is similar to auricular acupuncture (or ear acupuncture), which has been used for many benefits like decreased cortisol, less addiction cravings, better sleep, and healed pain. While many of Snyder’s clients get ear seeding to help ease anxiety and stress, she said that ear seeds are also a great way to help treat digestion issues, insomnia, weight issues, addiction, and chronic pain. They can work to benefit both the mind and body. 
    While the results of ear seeding may not be as drastic as regular acupuncture appointments with a professional, many people use ear seeding as a way to extend benefits between acupuncture appointments. Better yet, ear seeding is a way for more people to get some of the benefits of acupuncture and acupressure at a cheaper cost from the comfort of their own home in a safe, effective, and even stylish way. 

    Are there any possible risks?
    Since ear seeds are essentially tiny beads that gently stick to the ear for light pressure, there are little to no risks, and you shouldn’t feel any pain. “Given that ear seeds do not puncture the skin, there are no long-term or serious risks with ear seeds,” Snyder said. “Even if you do place the ear seeds in the wrong area, the worst case scenario is that nothing happens.” However, any fabric, formula, or adhesive you put on the skin can cause allergy or sensitivity for some people. Snyder recommended if you do develop an irritation to ear seeds (like itchiness, redness, peeling, or pain), remove them as soon as you can and contact a doctor or dermatologist. To decrease the risk for irritation, quality matters—real gold and sensitive-skin friendly adhesive (like Snyder’s ear seeding kits) are less likely to cause irritation than plastic or metal. 

    How long do the effects last?
    Ear seeds typically stay on for three to seven days and will either naturally fall off on their own or can easily be pulled off. Just like most health practices, the results and length of effects depend on each individual body. “Some people are incredibly responsive to acupuncture and ear seeding, so they will likely see results the same day and the effect will last longer than those who may take a few applications to see a difference,” Snyder said. In other words, you may notice results the day of application or after a few days with the ear seeds on, and benefits can last during the days the ear seeds are on or even for weeks after. As with any other health practice and wellness routine, talk to your doctor or acupuncturist about the best practice for you and how long to leave ear seeds on. 

    If you’re interested in trying ear seeding for yourself…
    Talk to your doctor or acupuncturist to come up with a plan that’s best for you.
    Snyder recommends ear seeding to her clients to either bridge the gap between acupuncture sessions or for clients who aren’t into acupuncture and would much rather go a non-invasive route, but talk to your acupuncturist to identify if ear seeding is right for you and what’s the best approach, plan, and pressure points based on your body, health concerns, and goals (individual kits will come with maps so you know where to place ear seeds based on your health goals as well). Ear seeding is also a great option if you are interested in acupressure but cannot visit an acupuncturist in person. Talk to your doctor about a plan that would be best for you, and if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation, check in with your dermatologist on what type of adhesion is best for you. 

    Find an acupuncturist or brand that you trust for application.
    Of course, the best results come from seeing professionals, so if you already have an acupuncturist or TCM doctor you trust, ask them about services or which brands they recommend. Since ear seeding is fairly easy to apply, you can also purchase an at-home kit to do it yourself, which will typically include instructions and tweezers to make application as easy as possible. Snyder warned to be wary of seeds or adhesive that are poor quality, as they may be less effective or cause skin irritation. Look for a brand with pure gold, Swarovski Crystal, or hypo-allergenic beads for the best results. 

    Care for them properly.
    If you are applying the ear seeds yourself, simply press each seed gently against your skin for 30 to 60 seconds in the desired location and take deep breaths for extra connection to the nervous system. “The best way to make your ear seeds last the longest is to apply them to a clean ear,” Snyder recommended. “This can be done by wiping your ear with an alcohol swab prior to application.” Snyder also suggested taking breaks in between applications, though they can be worn as often as possible. “Ear seeds can be applied as often as needed, but try switching sides to give your ear a break or leave at least one day between applications.”

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    12 Wellness Products That Will Help You Stay Healthy During the Busy Holiday Season

    From now until New Year’s Day, your schedule will likely be packed with holiday parties, work events, shopping for gifts, and family get-togethers. Throw in a busy to-do list and extra stress at work, and it’s no wonder most of us tend to lack the motivation, time, and energy to keep up with our workout routines through the holiday season. Even the most dedicated joggers and biggest gym rats can struggle to stay active with schedules this packed. However, just because the holiday season is festive and busy does not mean we need to stop prioritizing our bodies. In fact, we need to prioritize our health even more when we feel like we don’t have the time. Scroll on for our shopping list of wellness products you’ll need to help you stay active, prioritize your body, and keep yourself healthy through January.  

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    Weighted Bangles
    These weighted bangles are going to be your secret weapon to stay fit through the holidays. They strap on to your wrists or ankles for full-body toning, are easy to throw in your carry-on for travel, and can be worn during any exercise like walking or jogging for an added boost. And most importantly, look how cute they are!

    Wellness Journal
    When we’re busy with holiday plans, sometimes it’s more about being intentional about our schedule in order to fit in some exercise. This daily journal will help you set intentions and arrange your schedule based on health goals and self-care, so you’ll find time to fit in movement where you can and be held accountable to actually follow through.

    Percussion Recovery Gun
    For days where you’re too tired, sore, or busy to work your muscles, give a little TLC to the body with a deep tissue massage instead. This genius device breaks up lactic acid to help with sore muscles and to improve muscle recovery, because when we barely have time to work out, we don’t have time to be sore for days.

    Bee’s Wrap
    Food Wrap
    When we prioritize getting nutritious foods, it’s easier to prioritize staying active, but remember that health is always holistic! Since taking the time to meal prep, cook, and grocery shop for healthier food is harder when we’re busy, having sustainable, easy tools that make prepping easier is essential. This eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap or aluminum foil will help you prep healthy foods in advance to store throughout the week (including turkey leftovers!).

    Under Desk Elliptical Machine
    For the days your schedule is packed from the second you get off work, fit in movement while you have Zoom meetings and check off work tasks, thanks to this elliptical that fits under your desk for a little extra movement (without having to get up from your chair).

    Weekly Pill Organizer
    With visiting family across the country (or the world), there’s a lot of traveling through the season. These nifty and cute weekly pill organizers pack all the probiotics and vitamins that help you feel energized and healthy. Keeping up with all the habits that make you feel your best will help you prioritize exercise too.

    Time Marker Water Bottle
    When we’re drinking peppermint mochas and eggnog all day, it can be easy to forget to get enough water. This bottle with time stamps will help you keep track of your water intake and also keep you accountable to drink more. The body needs optimal hydration to stay energized and for healthy muscles to keep up with your exercise. This water bottle will help you get there.

    Light Therapy Lamp
    When the weather is cold and cloudy every day, it’s easy to lose motivation and energy to get out of bed, much less to do a full workout. The reason? The lack of sunshine can leave us feeling drained. This light therapy lamp is the next best thing to actual sunlight to boost energy, vitamin D levels, and sleep. Don’t let the weather keep your energy down—you can still have the motivation to crush workouts until spring.

    Portable Lunch Bowl
    You’ll be much more tempted to skip a workout and binge Hallmark movies after a day of cookies, stuffing, and holiday leftovers rather than a day full of eating fresh, whole foods that make the body feel good. These portable lunch bowls pack or store food, so you never have to skip your veggies while on the go. Bring some roasted veggies to the office instead of getting takeout for lunch or bring a homemade meal while traveling instead of opting for fast food. Your body will thank you later.

    The Good Patch
    B12 Awake Patches
    Thanks to long travel days, hangovers after holiday parties, and a busy schedule, we can easily lack energy to move the body. While you should always prioritize rest when the body needs it, if you’re dealing with more of a lack of motivation than fatigue, try these patches to help restore the body for more energy. Use them when you’re traveling, have an extra busy day, or just need a boost. Be sure to talk to your doctor before adding any new supplement into your routine (even if it’s an external patch).

    Sunrise Alarm Clock
    Especially for early risers who love to fit in a workout first thing in the morning (or may only have time for a workout if it is first thing in the morning), this time of year is especially hard because the sun rises later, so it’s pretty dark and gloomy in the morning. This alarm clock will mimic the sunrise to bring you optimal energy whenever you wake up to get that workout in.

    Foam Roller
    Staying active is not just about intense cardio or sweaty sessions at the gym. Staying active means tending to your body whenever you can, and doing a little foam rolling before bed is the easiest way to give your body some TLC and help with muscular health. Plus, this one is easy to travel with for self-care on the go.

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    9 Ways to Become a Morning Person (And Not Feel Miserable)

    As someone who is used to staying up until early hours of the morning to write (it’s good for the creative process) and has been known to not eat dinner until 9 p.m., I am a self-proclaimed night owl at heart. I’ve always pictured “morning people” as those irritatingly chipper, yoga-at-sunrise-just-for-fun, birds-help-you-get-dressed-in-the-morning type of people. *Major eye roll.* But here’s the funny thing about becoming an adult: Unless you have a cool job like an entertainer on a cruise or a night-shift security guard (Night at the Museum style), you kind of have to become a morning person if you want to be as healthy, productive, and happy as possible.
    I’ve been on a long quest to become said “morning person.” My quest is especially interesting because I live on the West Coast but my office is based in Chicago, which means my workday starts at 6:30 a.m. I had to get serious about becoming a morning person (like a real morning person) if I wanted to have a morning routine. And guess what? With a few tips, tricks, and early morning hacks, it happened. And if it happened to me, it can happen to you. So here are nine ways you (yes, you!) can become a morning person without having to fake it.

    1. Create a ritual you look forward to (even if that means waking up earlier than you need to)
    Not all of us can be the wake-up-and-workout type of people. If the thought of 50 squats or a yoga flow gets you pumped to get up and going, more power to you. But if you’re not the kind of person who gets excited for exercise, don’t force yourself into it first thing in the morning. You’ll get up much earlier and easier when you’re getting up for something you’re looking forward to the night before. My ritual consists of a cup of coffee, telling Alexa to play French café music, and reading for 20 minutes. But if French music doesn’t relax you and coffee isn’t your thing, don’t do my ritual—find your own. What’s something that centers you, inspires you, or gets you excited? Is it 20 minutes of meditation, taking your time to cook a nourishing breakfast, or a 10-step skincare routine? Rearrange the way you plan your mornings so that they’re not spent rushing out the door with a smoothie to-go but instead an entire ritual that you look forward to the night before.

    2. Streamline your morning routine
    In order to make extra room for all the good things you will look forward to, take care of all the things you won’t look forward to the night before. Make a list of every little thing you do in the morning that doesn’t bring you joy. Is there any way you can do these things the night before or at least do some prep work so it takes less time tomorrow? For example, make your lunch, clean the kitchen, get gas for your car, pack your gym bag, and lay out your outfit before your head even hits the pillow. Do everything you can to make sure you wake up every morning feeling prepared, calm, and ready for the day.

    3. Go to sleep five minutes earlier each night
    So you know you need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but how many of us are actually getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night? The honest answer: not many. Of course you will struggle to wake up if your body needs more sleep. While an earlier wake-up time is the goal, in order to feel your best, you still need to reach those seven to nine hours. To train your body, start by getting into bed five minutes earlier. The next night, get into bed five minutes earlier than that. In just two weeks, you’ll be getting into bed over an hour earlier. Not only will it seamlessly adjust your body so you’re not lying in bed awake, but for those of you who are thinking, “I don’t have time to go to bed earlier!”, you’ll realize you actually do. Everybody has five minutes to spare. 

    4. Get natural light right away
    The first step after your alarm goes off should be to open your curtains or blinds so you’re getting light right away. Sunshine isn’t just a cheery way to start a new day; it’s a physiological need to wake up and feel energized. According to Sleep Advisor, sunlight tells the body to suppress melatonin, or the chemical that makes us fall asleep. In other words, natural light tells your body that it’s time to wake up even better than a cup of coffee can. If you’re waking up earlier than the sun or don’t have access to natural light first thing in the morning, try a wake-up light alarm clock that mimics the sunrise. Take “rise and shine” seriously, people! 

    5. Make it a habit
    Habits make change possible because they free our minds from decision making. In other words, morning people don’t think about getting up early, they just do. So don’t just set your alarm and hope for the best; know that early rising takes time to become a habit, and put in the work for a couple of weeks or until your body is used to the early wake-up call. As tempting as it may be to sleep in on weekends, try to wake up within an hour of your weekday wake-up time, at least while your body’s getting used to it. Use apps like Streaks to hold you accountable and help you make early rising a habit.

    6. Try “inverted snoozing”
    “Inverted snoozing” is kind of like playing a mind game on yourself. While it may sound silly, this technique has been the only thing to effectively break my snooze button habit. The trick is that you actually do hit the snooze button, but you don’t keep sleeping. For nine minutes (one snooze cycle), I do everything I can to not go back to sleep: brush my teeth, open the blinds, drink water, make a cup of coffee, etc. The trick is that I tell myself that once the snooze cycle ends, I actually can go back to sleep if I’m still tired. However, nine minutes of activity is more than enough time to tell the body to wake up. I’ve never felt the need to go back to sleep after the nine minutes are up, but having a fixed milestone (nine minutes) feels much easier than willing myself to wake up for the whole day.

    7. Don’t check your phone or computer for 30 minutes after waking up
    My typical morning goes like this: I groggily shut off my alarm clock, lay in bed for approximately 60 seconds while internally complaining that nap time isn’t a thing for adults too, and then grab my phone and scroll through Instagram for five to 10 minutes (or until I can will my tired body to get out of bed). Starting your day off with a scroll through social media instills in your mind that you’re already missing out on something. Plus, that’s approximately 10 minutes (more like 20, if we’re being honest) that I could spend doing something good for me. Break yourself of your phone habit by not checking texts, calls, or even emails until at least 30 minutes after waking. If it’s too hard to resist, keep your phone in a different room and use an actual alarm clock to wake you up.

    8. Work on saying “no”
    Ah, the mythical work-life balance: It’s an age-old conundrum that few claim to achieve and most struggle to find. But no one said balancing your well-being with professional and personal responsibilities would be easy. The truth is that getting enough sleep and feeling good the next morning requires mastering the art of saying “no.” If your roommate presses you to watch another episode of Love Island or your boss assigns you a last-minute project that will take you all night, don’t people-please your way out of your chance at better sleep. Of course, there will be the nights that are worth losing sleep for (life is about enjoyment, after all), but don’t stay up until midnight watching TV because you don’t want to say no to your roommate, and try suggesting to your boss that you’ll do better on the project the following day when you’ve had ample time to recharge.

    9. Schedule more things in your week that you look forward to
    Your appointment book or weekly calendar might be reserved for work meetings and doctor’s appointments, but start scheduling in things you’re excited about and can look forward to all week long. Honor and respect those “appointments” as you would everything else in your calendar because they’re actually just as important. Have at least one thing scheduled every day that you look forward to, whether it’s after-work drinks with coworkers, a fun Zumba class, or a packed lunch you’re especially excited to eat. Don’t go through every day following the same routine and going through the motions and to-do lists. The simplest way to get yourself out of bed: Give yourself a reason to get out of bed.

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    How To Turn a Detox Into a Lifestyle

    Juice cleanses run rampant on our favorite celebrities’ Instagrams, popular headlines promise recipes for three-day detoxes, and the number of retreats dedicated to detoxification has spiked in the past few years, as more and more people are looking for a quick detox after an indulgent weekend or before a big event.
    “Detox” is such a trendy word, but what does it even mean? “Toxins are toxic molecules that can be ingested by the body through external sources,” explained Dr. Alejandro Junger, MD, an LA-based cardiologist, founder, and medical director of the Clean Program and best-selling author (and also commonly known as “the father of detox”). “Fortunately, a majority of these toxins can be converted and expelled, thanks to the ‘detoxification system’ in the body,” Dr. Junger said. That’s right, the body is meant to detoxify all on its own (no pricey juice cleanse required). 

    However, if there’s an overexposure, the body cannot work fast enough to get rid of them all. Plus, the liver, digestive system, and kidneys need some TLC in order to do their job. For more information on what “detoxifying” really means, click here, but the bottom line is that you know your body works best when you treat it well, and that goes for the detoxification system too. In other words, a three-day diet or wellness retreat isn’t how you detoxify. Instead, you treat your body a certain way that helps the body’s detoxification system in the long run. So stop the juice cleanse, cancel your short-term meal prep subscription, and get on with your life already! (In a detoxifying way, of course.) Here’s how.

    Get in your greens daily
    No surprise: What you eat matters. But you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) focus on cutting out food groups or limiting what you can and cannot eat (that can lead to bingeing or an unhealthy relationship with food). Instead, focus on adding in more of the fruits and veggies that support the body’s natural detoxification process. Leafy greens are especially beneficial, so aim to add them into at least two meals a day. For example, add spinach to an omelet, throw kale in a pasta sauce, and order a side salad when you’re eating out, or check out some of these delicious ways to eat your greens.

    Increase your water intake
    “Drink more water and stay hydrated, as water helps the kidneys flush out toxins more easily,” suggested Dr. Chris Airey, MD, the medical director at Optimale and a practicing physician with the NHS. One of the major ways we get rid of those toxins is through—you guessed it—our urine. So not only does hydration assist the kidney’s flush of toxins, but it also makes you urine more frequently, meaning you’re eliminating more toxins (so I guess it’s not a badge of honor that you can hold it through a six-hour flight?). Forget detox teas, powders, or juices. All you need is good ol’ fashioned water to help the body get rid of what it needs to. 

    Opt for organic when available
    Do you ask every restaurant you go to for their list of organic vs. conventional farms and grocers or only eat at a salad bar if every item is certified organic? No, you can enjoy your life and get in those fruits and veggies wherever you can. However, if you’re deciding what type of produce to get when shopping for your home, consider going organic when possible. “By purchasing organic foods, you can avoid many herbicides, pesticides, and other hormones that contribute to toxic waste,” explained Dr. M. Kara, MD, a longtime doctor at The Cleveland Clinic and founder of KaraMD.

    Move the body every day
    Exercise is good for your strength, mood, and well-being—all things that help keep your body working as it should. As if you needed more reasons to exercise, sweating is another form of detox that your body naturally does on its own. “Exercise promotes lymphatic circulation and sweat, both of which are crucial to the body’s detoxification process,” explained Dr. Airey. The lymphatic system is another important part of the body’s detoxification, and one of the ways to move “waste” to the lymph nodes is through moving and working the muscles. Plus, sweat not only expends electrolytes and water, it also rids the body of toxins. Win, win! 

    Make changes to your home
    Besides just helping your body be healthy overall so it can work optimally, you can also make some changes to avoid exposure to toxins to reduce the amount of detoxification the body has to do on a regular basis. Many toxins are unavoidable (especially in our modern world), but be aware of where you can make simple swaps or changes that are not only better because they reduce your body’s exposure to toxins but are also better for the planet. There are lots of different ways to reduce your toxin exposure, so it’s all about identifying which ways are best for your lifestyle. A few examples are filtering your air at home or using non-toxic/clean cosmetics, toiletries, and laundry products.

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    12 Things Healthy Women Do Before 7 A.M.

    Even if you wouldn’t call yourself a “morning person,” the wee hours before the day begins can serve as a great opportunity for self-care, wellness, creativity, reflection, and productivity. What you do when you first wake up matters because how you spend your morning can set you up for success for the rest of the day. Stop scrolling through TikTok or hitting “snooze” and try these 12 things right when you wake up. FYI, you don’t need to check every item off the list every day to be considered “healthy” (nobody got time for that!). The goal is to offer inspiration for you to prioritize your health, turn happiness into a routine, and make the most of your mornings, whatever that looks like to you. Use these 12 things as inspo to experiment with or adapt to your morning routine in whatever way feels best, but above all, make your mornings work for you (yes, even before 7 a.m.). 

    1. Drink a big glass of water
    Drinking more water is one of the best things you could do for your body. Especially after sleeping all night, it’s important to rehydrate as soon as you wake to feel more energized. Make it a goal to drink a big glass of water in the morning right after waking up. Yes, that means before downing a cup of coffee, grabbing a bite to eat, or taking a shower. Make it a part of your usual morning repertoire to avoid feeling sluggish or tired and rehydrate the body as soon as possible.

    2. Establish a skincare routine and stick to it
    So you work out, you eat healthy, and you drink water, but don’t forget to take care of your skin too. All you need is a quick 4-5-step process, but if you have the extra time or love a little extra indulgence, put on a face mask or massage in oil while you brush your teeth. You’ll be taking care of your skin for the long term while reaping those instant-glow benefits for the rest of the day. Also remember that it’s not just the skin above your neckline that’s important, so take care of the rest of your body with hydrating body lotion or oil, and apply the same care as you would to your face on the neck and décolletage.

    3. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier than you need to
    If your mornings feel like a race against the clock, consider waking up extra early to have a slow, calm start to your day. You might have limited control over your mornings (like an early work start time or a child to take care of), so waking up just 10-15 minutes earlier than you need to will help you feel more in control and calmer throughout the entire day. Whether you spend your time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you will not miss the 10 minutes of extra sleep.

    4. Don’t look at your phone
    If the first thing you do after your alarm goes off is check your email or answer text messages, you’re starting your day off reacting to what others need from you instead of giving yourself time to focus on what you need. Give yourself at least a little time to be fully present instead of falling prey to the reactive, response mode from all those notifications and alerts. Stay off social media, don’t check your email, and ignore that text message alert for at least 30 minutes after waking up.

    5. Make your bed
    Not only will it feel good to get into a made bed later at night, but it’s also important for the success of your day. Making your bed first thing every morning means one small win before you even have a cup of coffee, which subconsciously will motivate you to achieve thousands of small wins throughout the day (and you know what they say about small wins: They lead up to really big ones). Plus, Gretchen Rubin found in her research that it’s the easiest and most common daily habit you can do to boost happiness.

    6. Carve out 15-30 minutes for yourself
    Maybe you’re used to getting straight to work tasks or your to-do list, and you tell yourself you’ll meditate, move your body, or sit and read later in the day, but how often does that really happen? Place “me time” at the top of your to-do list instead of hoping you’ll have time later by setting aside 15-30 minutes every morning to do something just for you. Write, draw, paint, listen to your favorite playlist, practice French—whatever it is, make sure it’s something you’re excited to do. Another option is to spend a few minutes reflecting before beginning your day by journaling or meditating.

    7. Connect with someone you love
    We’re all about some “me time,” but connecting with the people you love is a crucial part of your self-care routine too. Connecting first thing in the morning will give you those warm and fuzzies all day long and help you remember that the point of life is to enjoy it. Pause for a minute and pet your dog, smile at your roommate, call your mom, kiss your significant other, or write a thank you card to a coworker. All it takes is 60 seconds to check in and reconnect with the people you love most. 

    8. Eat (or prep) a healthy breakfast
    PSA for those of you who claim to not have time for breakfast or that you don’t want breakfast: Breakfast is a crucial opportunity to fit in more nutrients and give your body energy to get through the day. If you don’t feel like eating when you first wake up, no worries. Try to prep something for later in the morning when you are hungry so you can make sure it’s ready to go. Not sure what to make? We’ve got you covered. Try these breakfast bowls, healthy breakfast ideas, and sweet or savory options. If your mornings are usually rushed, try prepping your meal the night before.

    9. Clean one area of your home
    Ugh, we get it. Who wants to do any chores in the morning before a long day of work? We’re not suggesting you pull out the mop bucket or deep clean an entire room first thing in the morning (we can’t all be Monica Gellar!). You can truly make a huge impact in less than 15 minutes by putting away laundry, wiping the counters, or unloading the dishwasher. You’ll be able to enjoy your entire day and feel less scattered when your space is clean, and you won’t be pushing off more chores to do later. 

    10. Prep lunch or dinner
    The healthiest people know that eating healthy requires thought and preparation. If you wait until you’re starving to think about your next meal, you’re more likely to go get fast food or heat up something from the freezer. If you only have a minute, plan what you’re going to eat for the rest of the day, much like you plan out your calendar and to-do list. It can either be a recipe based on what you’re craving or what you’re going to order from the restaurant down the road. If you have 10-20 minutes, start chopping veggies or even throw ingredients in your instant pot. It will save you time later and ensure you’re making the healthiest decisions possible. 

    11. Make a to-do list
    It’s easy to start the day with your head swimming with everything you need to do. Stop, take a breath, and start writing. Writing everything down on paper will make it easier for you to focus on one task and feel less overwhelmed. Don’t forget to also prioritize life goals. Of course, you’ll always have to do the mundane house chores or tedious tasks, but figure out where you can outsource these items and prioritize what will get you closer to your goals first thing so you make sure to get it done (yes, that means a workout or the brainstorm meeting you’ve been putting off).  

    12. Move your body
    Aside from helping you feel accomplished, morning workouts help your body feel more awake, energized, and productive through the day. But don’t worry: If you don’t have the time (or energy) to go on a run, do a fitness class, or get to the gym before 7 a.m., you don’t need a full workout to reap the benefits. Try going on a walk to get outside, do a quick yoga flow to move the body, or stretch to warm up your muscles. No matter what type of movement your body craves in the morning, it will help wake you up and keep you energized through your day. 

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    15 Non-Toxic Wellness Products To Score From Target (That Are All Under $30)

    As a wellness editor, it probably comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone that I live for wellness products. Supplements, essential oils, non-toxic skincare—you name it, I’ve tried it. But shopping for wellness products is different from shopping for a foundation or pair of jeans: A lot more goes into it than finding the right size or shade. The world of supplements can be totally confusing—”all-natural” doesn’t always mean healthy, and everything from essential oils to SPF can get expensive AF. What’s a girl to do? The answer: Head to Target.
    That’s right, the store you go to “just for fun” on Sundays is not only good for wardrobe basics or home decor items you definitely don’t need (but always talk yourself into buying). The aisles of Target are loaded with wellness hidden treasures, from sexual health items to skincare that’s actually healthy for your skin. And because it’s all from Target, you know it’s totally affordable too. I scoured the aisles so you don’t have to—shop 15 natural wellness products you’ve got to try, all under $30. 

    Dr. Bronner’s
    Pure-Castile Soap
    There are a few reasons why this basic soap has a very un-basic cult following. For one, it’s as clean as it gets, with 90 percent organic ingredients. But it’s also certified fair trade, comes in sustainable packaging, and has an amazing scent. It’s called 18-in-1 because you really can use it 18 ways (I checked). Try it for face/body wash, hand soap, house cleaner, or as a gentle soap for makeup brushes. Trust me, you’ll want to buy in bulk.

    Organic Cotton Tampons
    Let’s talk tampons for a sec. You’re literally inserting them into your body, so shouldn’t we care about how they’re made or what chemicals they contain instead of just how much they absorb? Expect better from your period products: This cotton is not only organic, but it also comes with a BPA-free applicator. If that’s not enough to convince you to switch, every purchase gives period products to girls who need them. Not a tampon fan? Check out Cora’s other amazing period products.

    Vital Proteins
    Collagen Beauty Greens Powder
    Most of you are probably already collagen stans, but for those who live under a rock or have yet to get on the collagen bandwagon, Target has you covered. This one is made with organic wheat grass and spinach, so you’re getting many antioxidants and benefits from greens as well as the collegen. As with any supplement, talk to your doctor before taking.

    Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum – SPF 35
    PSA: There are so many non-toxic SPF options that are better for you and the environment—there’s really no reason to stick to plain old chemical sunscreen. My personal favorite is this gem from Versed. Made with non-nano zinc oxide physical sunscreen, the formula offers protection from the sun without leaving a white tint or cast (even on deeper skin tones).

    The Honey Pot
    Feminine Wash
    Now onto vaginal care. Your vagina deserves (and needs) more TLC than just splashing your normal body wash down there. This wash is made with only clean, natural, and plant-based ingredients, so you know you’re giving your vagina only the best. It’s intended to keep pH levels healthy, prevent infection, hydrate the area, and relieve irritation.

    Charcoal Whitening Mouth Rinse
    Yes, there is such thing as non-toxic oral care, and yes, you should be using it. If you’re looking for whiter teeth but don’t want the price tag of in-office treatments or the toxins (and sensitivity!) from basic white strips, check out Moon. It uses activated charcoal to whiten and brighten instead of chemicals, and it contains 10 antioxidants and essential oils for fresher breath and oral health. Win, win, win!

    Body Oil
    On your next visit to pick up faux greenery or cheap wine, do yourself a favor and add this non-toxic oil to your cart. This genius product is meant for anywhere hair meets skin, meaning sensitive areas like pubic hair and under arms, but it can also be used on legs, face, or anywhere you grow hair. If you prefer hair removal, the oil is intended to keep skin hydrated and prevent ingrown hairs. If you like to grow it out, the oil keeps course hair soft. It’s not only clean and good for sensitive skin, but it’s also dermatologically and gynecologically tested, so you know you’re treating your body well.

    The Seaweed Bath Co.
    Firming Detox Body Cream
    Confession: I read somewhere that Kim Kardashian uses this lotion like seven years ago (way before KKW Beauty), so I obviously bought it and have not looked back since. All it takes to be a convert is to read the ingredients list (see: green coffee bean extract, green tea, hyaluronic acid). The superingredients work to deeply nourish the skin with antioxidants and help protect it from damage. I swear, you can feel the 65+ vitamins and minerals working within one use.

    Organic Warming Balm
    Since you can probably already tell that I’m a Cora fan, let’s talk about their Period Balm. The powerful essential oils help soothe period symptoms like cramping or bloating, and the formula has a warming effect that works to treat inflammation and ease tension overtime. Think of it as the 2021 version of the heating pad or hot water bottle your mom used to place on your stomach when you had cramps.

    Hero Cosmetics
    Mighty Patch Original Acne Patches
    If you have yet to hop on the pimple patch bandwagon, allow me to change your life. Basically, these little stickers stick onto a pimple or breakout and suck out all the gunk in six hours. Seriously. You’ll wake up and any zit will be gone (it’s like magic!). This one is cleaner than patches from other brands and is strong enough to stay on through a whole night (looking at you, restless sleepers).

    Foaming Shave Gel with Aloe Vera
    Full disclosure, I have opted for conditioner or body wash instead of shaving cream since I was 15 years old (I mean, does it really do anything?). That is, until I tried Flamingo. This clean shave gel is so creamy and moisturizing, it is now a staple in my shower. You’d be a fan from the scent alone.

    Pure Epsom Bath Salt Soaking Solution
    Every good wellness enthusiast has a bag of Epsom salt on hand. I like this one because it’s cheap, large (basically the Costco of bath salts), and only contains one ingredient: magnesium sulfate (AKA Epsom salt). The magnesium soaks into skin to help relieve muscle pain, tension in the body, and overall inflammation (my doctor recommended I try Epsom salt baths for help with anxiety!).

    Black Girl Sunscreen
    Make It Matte Sunscreen – SPF 45
    One of our go-to sunscreen brands of all time also happens to be paraben-free, vegan, and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance (AKA chemicals that can irritate the skin but is found in many beauty products). This one contains shea butter and coconut oil, so you’re getting in some major hydration while protecting your gorgeous glow.

    Blackberry & Green Tea Deodorant
    IDK who needs to hear this, but there might be a lot of sh*t in your deodorant. Do your research and talk to your doctor about recs that are right for you. But if you’re ready to switch to a cleaner kind, I suggest Native’s aluminum-free and paraben-free option. Sure, we love it for the long-lasting protection against odor and all the reasons to love (and need) deodorant, but we’re partial to Native because of the amazing scents. With hints of jasmine, cucumber, or citrus, you’ll subtly smell like you just came from a spa.

    The Honest Company
    Hand Sanitizer Spray
    Who could’ve guessed a couple of years ago that hand sanitizer would be the #1 wellness must-have? Since 2020, I’ve kept a hand sanitizer in every purse I carry and use before every meal or after touching a public door handle (obsessive or smart, IDK). However, if you’re using hand sanitizer more (good job!), it could be drying out your hands. This one is just as effective (kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria) but doesn’t contain methanol (one of the main ingredients that leaves hands feeling dry) and contains aloe to help soothe and moisturize skin while you protect yourself from germs.

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    Bored of Your Wellness Routine? Here Are 8 TikTok Wellness Trends You Can Try at Home

    Another day, another TikTok trend. I have a love-hate relationship with this app because it introduced me to feta pasta and pancake cereal, but I can also waste hours of my life scrolling through the explore page without even realizing any time has passed (I used to have hobbies!). Love it or hate it, there is some good that TikTok has brought to my life: updates to my wellness routine. If you are bored of your workout schedule, need new go-to recipes, or are just looking for some overall updates, the secret might just be the app that brought us the Renegade dance and whipped coffee. Bring out your main character energy and try one of these eight wellness trends from TikTok. 

    1. 12-3-30 Workout

    @laurengiraldoGame changer honestly♬ original sound – Lauren Giraldo

    This workout method that went viral might just be your new go-to. Originally shared by influencer Lauren Giraldo, the “12-3-30” workout is as straightforward as it sounds: Set your treadmill to 12 percent incline and three miles per hour, and then walk for 30 minutes. As for why the method went so viral? TikTokers swear by it for a number of reasons, from being sustainable to helping them tone up. Especially if running feels intimidating or you don’t have more than half an hour to fit in a workout, you might want to hop on your treadmill and see what all the buzz is about. 

    2. Liquid Chlorophyll

    @sakaralifeA must try springtime detoxing refresher ##sakaralife ##chlorophyll ##chlorophyllwater ##fyp ##plantbased♬ LoFi(860862) – skollbeats

    Let me flex for a second and say that I’ve been a chlorophyll stan way before TikTok was a thing. Personally, I notice a huge difference in my skin and energy levels when adding drops of the green stuff into my water. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants, and liquid chlorophyll is a supplement you can take to get the antioxidants and nutrients from plant chlorophyll. For more information on chlorophyll, click here, and always talk to your doctor before adding a supplement to your routine. 

    3. Cloud Bread

    @linqanaaa1 YEAR! ##foryoupage ##fypシ ##fyp ##itsanaaa ##myroutine ##foodietiktok ##cloudbread ##anniversary ##foodtrauma ##eggwhites ##nothinggoestowaste ##celebrating♬ Morning After – LLusion

    I could watch TikToks of cloud bread all day long (and I seriously mean all day long). The DIY bread that’s made out of only egg whites and corn starch (and whatever other additives you want to adjust the flavor) is taking the internet by storm. Not only is it easy to make and falls under popular diets like paleo or keto, but it is also insanely satisfying to watch the egg whites get so freaking fluffy. Nutritionists and food-tokers have even been turning cloud bread into pizza by topping it with sauce and cheese or making DIY cupcakes by adding sugar to the batter. 

    4. Push-Up Challenge

    @kev.the.nexusReposting one of my most viral videos! 😊 ##fitness ##kevthenexus ##foryou ##duet ##viral ##fyp ##plankchallenge ##workoutchallenge ##pushups♬ original sound – ᴀʟᴇx ʀᴀɢᴇ🐲

    Leave it to social media to turn the exercise series you did in P.E. class into a full-blown viral challenge. Even Carrie Underwood tried it—and nailed it—so you know it’s good. Started by fitness trainer Kevin Edmonson, the challenge is basically following his moves (including push-ups, planks, and arm reaches) to the music and fitting in every push-up by the end of the song clip. If your workout routine is starting to feel mundane, millions of viewers and a killer song might be enough motivation to push yourself. 

    5. Nature’s Cereal

    @natures_foodnature’s cereal ##fruit ##fruits ##share♬ original sound – 🥭Fruits & Leaves🍃

    I love a fruit bowl as much as the next girl, but I never thought I’d go so far as to call a bowl of berries and pomegranate seeds with coconut water “cereal” (I love my Cheerios, OK). The trend started when a health blogger and content creator called his fruit bowl “nature’s cereal,” but the trend blew up when our queen Lizzo tried it for herself (and admitted she was addicted). Consider this trend wellness editor-approved because topping fruit with coconut water has become a go-to of mine (but TBH, I’d do anything to be more like Lizzo). 

    6. Salad Jars

    @sweetpeasandsaffronSo here’s the deal with jar salads… 🥗 ##jarsalad ##mealprep ##lunchtime ##foodtiktok ##healthyrecipes ##saladtok ##foodtok♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] – Elliot Van Coup

    Watch your back, bowls: Salads have found a new home, and it’s way more attractive, convenient, and useful. Layering your salad ingredients in mason jars is trending, and it’s not just because it’s so Instagram-worthy. If you’re packing your lunch or prepping salads ahead of time, mason jars just make sense. Think about it: You can put wet ingredients on the bottom, and dry ingredients (like lettuce) on the top so they don’t get soggy. When you’re ready to eat, simply add dressing and shake. You’ll have a perfectly crisp salad—with evenly distributed dressing—every time. 

    7. Hot Girl Walk

    @cearakirkmy take on the ##hotgirlwalk! (Originally by hot girl @exactlyliketheothergirls but my spin on it 🤓) ##hotgirlsummer ##walk♬ Juless Edits – Shou

    Megan Thee Stallion coined the term “Hot Girl Summer” in 2019, and in 2021, we have ourselves the “Hot Girl Walk.” Spoiler alert: It has absolutely nothing to do with what you look like and everything to do with confidence. The idea is basically to add four-mile walks into your routine to not only get some exercise and fresh air but also to work on your confidence. Many fans even call it a manifestation practice. For the entirety of the walk, you’re supposed to think about three things: what you’re grateful for, how hot you are, and things that you want to achieve. Now that’s a walk I can get behind. 

    8. Becoming “That Girl”

    @.becomethat.girlbecome that girl with me. we start tomorrow. follow to join our journey. ##thatgirl ##fyp ##4u ##foryoupage ##follow ##like ##aesthetic ##monday.♬ Seaside_demo by SEB – SEB

    I have a love-hate relationship with TikTok, and I also have a love-hate relationship with the “Becoming ‘That Girl’” trend. You might have heard sound bites saying “this is your sign to become that girl” or seen a series of clips showing a glow-up to “that girl.” So who is “that girl” and why is TikTok obsessed with her? While many “Becoming That Girl” TikToks portray waking up early, going to the gym, drinking green smoothies, and meditating, I think “that girl” is really just the best version of ourselves, whatever that looks like. While many TikToks portray a certain type of “girl,” try this trend by becoming the best version of you, no matter when you wake up, what you eat, or how you take care of your mental health. Identify what makes you happiest in life and then practice those things every day. And if you happen to record the process for a 30-second TikTok that goes viral? It’ll be an added bonus. 

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