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    5 Really Good Wellness Hacks From the World’s Healthiest Country

    The Bloomberg Global Health Index released its 2023 list of the healthiest countries in the world. The country that claimed the #1 spot (and has for many years now)? Spain. FYI, the index looks at metrics such as health risks (tobacco use, high blood pressure, obesity), availability of clean water, average life expectancy, malnutrition, and causes of death to determine its rankings. Because of these factors, more developed countries with access to healthcare and clean water are higher ranked. Yet I still couldn’t help but wonder what else contributes to Spain’s top ranking. As it turns out, there are a lot of reasons why Spain is such a healthy country—from their diet to exercise and mental well-being. Read on for the best wellness tips Spain and its people have to offer.

    1. Eat lots of healthy fats and smaller dishes
    It’s no surprise that diet is a contributing factor to a country’s overall health, and the Spanish diet is made up of many healthy fats and legumes, fruits and vegetables, and less red meat and processed foods. One of their most popular dishes, Paella, is high in omega-3 and protein from the combo of seafood. But aside from Paella, their Mediterranean diet is filled with olive oils, nuts, and fish that are high in healthy fat.
    Spanish cuisine is also made up of tapas (AKA small snacks or small-portioned dishes), which allows for a diverse collection of food that you can graze on and savor. If you’re looking to incorporate some Spanish influence into your diet, try subbing red meat for more seafood and opting for snacks such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, and crackers with hummus instead of packaged foods as a starting point.

    2. Walk everywhere
    Spain’s number one mode of transportation is walking—there’s no denying its beautiful climate helps. Walking not only keeps your muscles strong, but also boosts your vitamin D intake, which is beneficial for cognitive health, cancer prevention, and more. What’s more, traveling by foot also helps produce better air quality with lower emissions from vehicles. And while many cities in the United States aren’t designed for walking everywhere, getting outdoors more—whether going for a stroll around the block or sipping your coffee on your balcony—or in the winter months, walking on a treadmill, can drastically improve overall health.

    3. Make time for social connections every day
    One of my favorite parts about Spanish culture is that they prioritize social connections above all else. While most of us spend mealtimes in front of the TV or while on our phones or computers, the people of Spain see meals as a chance to connect with their friends and family. Instead of rushing through eating, they spend hours chatting with loved ones while savoring every bite. This helps to reduce overeating as well as boost happiness.
    Many countries prioritize working and a successful career above all else, but Spain promotes a more balanced lifestyle, which explains why their mental health is ranked so high. With our busy schedules, eating hour-long meals with friends every day may not be realistic. So instead, make it a point to spend a couple of nights a week socializing over a meal with friends and put all electronics away during meals to ensure mindful eating. 

    4. Spend a lot of time outside
    The Spanish terrain is filled with plenty of greenery and a seaside scape, both of which add to the health of the country. Its vast amount of forest helps keep the air clean and the sea breeze is an aid in reducing pollutants. If you’ve ever wondered why an oceanside city surrounded by nature smells so refreshing and clean, the luscious landscape is to thank.
    When you live in a country with a beautiful setting, you’re naturally going to spend more time outdoors. Between walking everywhere, dining alfresco, working in cafes, and hanging out with friends in the park, the Spanish lifestyle is one designed to be enjoyed outdoors. Taking in fresh air is not only beneficial for your physical health, but also your mental health by reducing stress levels, lowering cortisol, and decreasing muscle tension. Even if you don’t live in an oceanside country like Spain, making it a priority to step outside even once a day can go a long way.

    5. Seriously lower stress levels
    The Spanish people are the epitome of work-life balance and they believe that happiness comes from the little things—whether it be enjoying time with friends and family, cooking a meal with fresh ingredients, or even taking naps in the middle of the day. They don’t let their jobs define them, and instead, they find purpose and passion by focusing on the things they love. In other words, the Spanish lifestyle is relatively free of stress, something not easily attainable in the United States (it’s safe to say most bosses aren’t about to hop on a company-wide nap train).
    Rather than simply daydreaming about a carefree life, implement one small act a day that will help you emulate the Spanish way of life and appreciate the seemingly mundane experiences in your life. Maybe it’s waking up a little earlier to implement a morning routine that brings you joy or working at a coffee shop once a week. The small acts add up and can make for a much calmer, happier week, month, and year.  

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    5 Wellness Trends Everyone’s Talking About This Season

    Summer 2023 is finally upon us, and luckily, this season has a handful of wellness trends that are sure to make this your best summer yet. While summer often means late nights, parties, and no shortage of “treat yourself” moments, there are plenty of ways to ensure that you enjoy the season without any major next-day regrets. Whether you’ve got big health and fitness goals or simply want to feel your best each day, incorporating the following products and practices into your summer routine can make a major impact. Read on for the trends that you’re going to be hearing about all summer long.

    1. Mocktails and sober curiosity
    While a glass of rosé on a rooftop is usually a staple come summertime, many people are experimenting with sobriety and trading in their alcoholic drinks for yummy mocktails. Excessive long-term alcohol consumption can be associated with a variety of health risks, but even short-term, more and more people are over the hangovers, social dependency, poor sleep, delayed recovery, and hangxiety that can follow even one alcoholic beverage. Not to mention going alcohol-free can mean a major benefit to your wallet (fruit-infused club soda comes in way cheaper than a margarita).
    Sober curiosity is a growing trend that our bodies (and wallets) are here for. If you’re curious too, experiment with swapping your beer, wine, or liquor with a mocktail or go-to beverage that still feels fun and refreshing. Start with a club soda base, add in splashes of your favorite juices, then dress it up with some fruit garnish and a cute straw. BTW, if you still want to (safely) partake in alcohol, you don’t need to quit altogether to feel like you’re doing something for your health. Check out these tips to drink alcohol in a healthier way,

    2. Sleep as first priority
    What’s on the agenda this summer? Getting 8+ hours of quality sleep because prioritizing sleep is making a comeback! With devices like the Oura Ring, Whoop, and other health-monitoring wearables measuring sleep data such as sleep stages, duration, and quality, we’ve never been more obsessed with being rested. Visit any drug store and you’ll find no shortage of sleep-encouraging gummies, supplements, and elixirs to help you achieve the coveted eight hours.
    Ready to prioritize sleep like the trendy It-Girl you are? First and foremost, make sure your bedroom is dark (blackout curtains work magic), quiet (or noise-dulled with a white-noise machine or tower fan), and at a comfortable temperature. Try to maintain a consistent bedtime routine each night, including avoiding using your phone for 30 minutes before lights out. Finally, don’t forget a good workout during the day and a peaceful meditation to calm the mind after dinner. Bonus tip: Kill two trends with one stone (sober curiosity and prioritizing sleep) with the viral Sleepy Girl Mocktail.

    3. Electrolytes
    Everyone knows that you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, but what about replacing all of the other nutrients we lose in sweat and everyday bodily functions? Hydrating with water alone is so last year, which is why we’re drinking electrolyte concoctions now.
    Electrolytes are essential minerals, such as sodium, potassium, and calcium, that are vital to bodily functions and easily lost in sweat. Water alone can’t lead to optimal hydration. The body requires electrolytes to actually absorb the water. Add electrolytes to your water to replenish essential minerals lost through sweating and aid in maintaining proper hydration levels during physical activity or hot weather. Add flavor to your water while optimizing hydration with electrolyte packets (just beware of sugary options with a ton of additives), or for a (basically) free version, add a pinch of sea salt to your water.

    4. The 80/20 rule
    Gone are the days of drastic, cold-turkey habit changes and huge health commitment challenges like 75 Hard. This summer, we’re living our best lives by focusing on small, daily positive habits (such as the ones listed above), while still fully enjoying our lives. While previous years have glorified demanding, lifestyle-overhauling changes, this summer is all about lifestyle changes that can be lived with and lived in. Major health challenges are inflexible and do not cultivate lasting lifestyle changes. 
    As a form of finding a “balance” between achieving health goals while still enjoying life, the 80/20 rule is all the rage this season. Think: 80% of foods you eat are nutrient-rich foods that make you feel good, while 20% are foods that you want to eat for pure enjoyment. That means getting in our fruits, veggies, and other foods that make our bodies feel amazing, but not restricting the foods we enjoy either (think: mac n’ cheese at a barbecue, a hot dog at a baseball game, s’mores during a bonfire). This can also apply to other healthy habits as well. If you move your body, hydrate, meditate, or get good sleep most of the time, you don’t have to (and should not) feel guilty for those days when you don’t move from the couch or have a late night out.

    5. Walking pads
    The buzziest new technology that everyone’s swearing by, a walking pad can keep you energized and help you get your steps in even during the workday (or while watching TV after work, if you don’t want to or can’t set up a walking pad in your office). What exactly is a walking pad? Imagine a treadmill that is controlled by your footsteps. In other words, instead of setting a tempo and having to stick to it, a walking pad has sensors that allow you to control the tempo with how you walk. Walk closer to the front to go faster, and walk further back to slow down. These lightweight and foldable pads are easy to store in a closet or under a bed, quiet, and can be used under a standing desk or purchased with a desk, attachment. An under-desk treadmill also provides an easy way to get your body moving (without the high-tech sensors) while watching TV, working, or attending meetings.

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    Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Swears Her Routines Changed Her Life–Here’s the Breakdown

    Let me preface this by saying I’ve never been a morning person. Most of my colleagues know I’m not a fully functioning human until 9 a.m., no matter how hard I’ve tried. And believe me, I have tried–I live and breathe wellness practices. I’ve attempted every variety of morning routines, hoping to reap the benefits that come from an early morning workout or journal practice, but none of them have stuck. That is until read about Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and her morning and nighttime routines. 
    As a mom of two and founder of her wellness platform, Melissa Wood Health, Melissa understands what it’s like to have a busy schedule and knows that your routines don’t have to be perfect—they just have to work for you. Whether that means your morning meditation is interrupted by a screaming toddler or you only have time for a quick 10-minute yoga flow, she’s designed her routines to be realistic, yet effective. She looks at them as non-negotiable moments to reset before a long day and unwind at the end of one. So, if you too are struggling to master a morning and nighttime routine that works for you, read on to get the details on Melissa’s for major inspiration. Spoiler alert: They’re game-changers. 

    Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s Morning Routine

    1. Think of something to be grateful for
    The very first thing Melissa does as soon as she wakes up is think of something she’s grateful for. She shared the details of this practice on her podcast Move with Heart, saying that no matter where she is or what’s going on, she’ll spend the first couple of moments upon waking up thinking of a few things she is grateful for. This can be as simple as being grateful for the cup of coffee you’re about to have or the fact that the sun is shining. Starting the day with gratitude instantly changes your state of being, no matter which side of the bed you woke up on. 

    2. Drink water with lemon
    Melissa makes herself a cup of warm water with lemon, which has been shown to jumpstart your digestion as the acid from the lemon helps to break down your food. During this time, she also takes a Seed Synbiotic (on an empty stomach), which is a combination of a prebiotic and probiotic. This combo is not only great for your digestion, but also your gut health.

    3. Practice 15 minutes of meditation
    At this point, she moves to a space where she’s comfortable sitting down for 15 minutes of meditation. Melissa shared on her Instagram that sometimes this ends up looking like five minutes or less. On other days, she’s interrupted by her kids or noises from the New York City streets. Instead of letting these disruptions ruin her meditation, she welcomes them. “This is life, lean into all things,” she shared on her podcast. 

    4. Drink a matcha or oat milk latte
    My favorite part of her routine comes after meditating: when Melissa makes herself either a matcha or oat milk latte. She’s been vocal about her love for coffee, but how she doesn’t love to drink it every day, and on those days, she’ll opt for matcha instead. Whatever form of caffeine or beverage you reach for in the mornings, listen to what your body is craving.

    5. Move for 15 minutes
    Instead of pressuring herself to do a full 30-minute (or more!) workout, she moves her body for just 15 minutes. Sometimes this looks like an ab or Pilates workout from her fitness platform Melissa Wood Health, and other days it’s a walk around the neighborhood. Moving your body first thing in the morning is a great way to get the blood flowing.

    6. Make a loaded smoothie and avocado toast
    No morning routine is complete without an energy-fueled breakfast. For Melissa, that’s a loaded smoothie and avocado toast. You may be wondering, what’s a loaded smoothie? Essentially, it’s a smoothie loaded with superfoods, protein, and antioxidants. For her, this includes spinach, cilantro, strawberries, blueberries, coconut water, mango, dates, lemon, and spirulina powder. 

    7. Dry brush before a cold shower
    Melissa ends her morning routine with some dry brushing, which is extremely beneficial for the lymphatic system and can easily be done at home. After this, she hops in the shower. Before she finishes her shower, she will turn the water freezing cold for anywhere from 1-3 minutes. Similar to cold plunging, a cold shower can help boost immunity and improve your circulation.

    Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s Evening Routine

    1. Dim all lights
    Melissa swears by the effects of a good nighttime routine to help prepare for sleep. She starts her evening routine by dimming all the lights in her home. Bright lights can actually affect your circadian rhythm and tell your body to be awake. Dimming the lights at least two hours before bedtime can make it easier to fall asleep, especially if you struggle with this at the end of the day.

    2. Make a nighttime tea with a warm bath
    Melissa loves nighttime tea (such as the Sakara Sleep Tea and Detox Tea, both of which contain ingredients to promote relaxation and calmness) with a couple of pieces of HU Chocolate. She’ll then opt for a warm shower or bath to help lower cortisol and bring the body into a state of rest.

    3. Put away all electronics
    At least 30 minutes before sleep, Melissa tries to maintain the practice of putting away all electronics. Phones, computers, and TVs all have bright screens that make falling asleep harder than it already is. Unplugging from technology is never easy, and Melissa shares that sometimes she has to skip this step, but she always notices the benefits when she follows through on it.

    4. Do a legs-up-the-wall meditation
    The ever-popular legs-up-the-wall practice is also one Melissa loves. Every night before going to sleep, she lies down with her legs up against a wall while listening to a meditation or reading. This practice helps to drain the fluid and inflammation from the day as well as increase circulation. By this point, Melissa shared she’s always ready for 7-8 hours of quality sleep.

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    10 Things Successful Women Do Before 9AM

    If you’re a wellness or corporate girly, you’re no stranger to morning routines. Your feeds are flooded with the GRWM for my 9-5 or the “my 5-9 before my 9-5” trends. I personally love these videos because they’re #aesthetic and they give me ideas for what I can incorporate into my own morning routine to optimize my day and life.
    However, sometimes I wish I could get a breakdown of the different components so that I could pick and choose what makes the most sense for me.
    After listening to hundreds of podcasts, reading blogs, and watching thousands of morning routine videos, I’ve compiled the different components of a successful woman’s morning routine so you can create one that works for you.
    Let’s dive into the 10 things successful women do before 9am.

    1. They prepare the night before
    Technically the night before is before 9am the next morning. Successful women know that the less they have to decide in the morning, the better their days are going to go and the more energy they’ll have for bigger decisions. 
    Set out your clothes the night prior and if you’re heading to a morning or after-work workout make sure your gym clothes are ready to go, too. Take it a step further by getting your water bottle ready for the morning and making sure you have your snacks and lunch ready, as well as your breakfast ingredients organized ahead of time.
    On top of ensuring items are in place, I like to review my calendar the day before so that I know what I am walking into the next day, this way I know in advance if I need to get up a little earlier or have more time for my morning walk.

    2. They don’t waste time
    Kiss the snooze button goodbye. Successful women know that snoozing will only make you more tired and feel less productive. Try putting your phone away from your bed or investing in an alarm clock that is placed in a spot that forces you to physically leave your bed to turn off.
    Remember, you set this alarm at this time for a reason, it’s important to respect yourself enough to honor that and get your morning started on the right foot.

    3. They hydrate
    WATER. Upon waking up, it’s extremely important to drink a glass of water to rehydrate after your long night’s sleep (you know, #science!). Hydrating with water before your morning jolt of caffeine can help you feel more energized throughout the day and be a mini act of self-care first thing after waking up.

    4. They focus
    One of the most critical things successful women implement in the morning is reviewing their goals and intentions. The morning is a great time to ground yourself and remind yourself what you are ultimately going after. 
    Consider creating a note in your phone of your goals or using post-it notes to stick your affirmations on your mirror to reframe your thinking while you get ready for the day. Habit trackers are another way to ensure you are staying on track. Consider reviewing a tracker each morning that outlines different habits or goals you are trying to achieve, mark what you tackled the day prior, and set intentions for the day ahead.
    For work, take a look at what is on the list for today and remind yourself of the larger career goals you are going after in order to propel you into a successful day ahead.

    5. They move
    This is no surprise, but moving your body in the morning prior to your work day is key. It can feel overwhelming for some based on your schedule, so remember that moving can be as simple as taking a short walk or stretching! While getting to the gym to lift or doing an online pilates class would of course be great, a little movement also goes a long way.
    Bonus points if you habit stack and listen to a meditation or podcast while you move.

    6. They breathe in the fresh air
    Successful women don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. In the morning, it’s important to get fresh air. Specifically, in the non-winter months, prioritize getting outside even if it is just for a minute of vitamin D and a few deep breaths. 
    This is a game changer to boost your mood and clear your mind for a productive day ahead.

    7. They practice good energy
    This is the fun part. I’m a big believer that how you decide to face the day is how it will go. So start your morning off with a positive attitude and mindset. This will look different for everyone, but this could mean listening to your favorite playlist, journaling on your current dreams and aspirations, listening to a podcast that inspires you or helps you grow, meditating on your future self, or being present in the day.
    Again, this will change for everyone—maybe you just want to dance around your house to Camp Rock (just me?). Just ensure you’re choosing to feel lucky and uplifted in the morning so that the day can unfold for you and not to you.

    8. They take care of themselves and their space 
    Successful women make their beds. They clean their breakfast dishes. They don’t skimp on their skincare routine. Make sure you are incorporating the practices that make YOU feel your best. Maybe it’s a lymphatic face massage, dry brushing, a cold shower—maybe it’s none of those things. 
    Find what self-care practices work for you, and implement them into your daily routine as you get ready.

    9. They keep it simple
    Of course, doing all of these things each day would be amazing! But we don’t all have 4 hours to do every single self-care thing we can find on the internet.
    After years of trying to do the PERFECT routine, I realized that for me, incorporating just one or two of these things daily is what works best. Some days I’ll do more than others, and that’s okay too. Life ebbs and flows and the best way to stay on track is to adjust with it, giving yourself grace as you navigate the different seasons of your life.
    If you don’t know where to start, try doing one of these things for a month and see where that leaves you.

    10. They keep it fun
    While it could be great to be someone that wakes up at 4:00 AM and hits the gym for leg day, meditates for an hour, then eats a large breakfast, and so on and so forth—we can’t do it all, and we don’t have to. As you’re crafting your own morning routine, remember to do it in a way that makes sense for YOU. It should light your life up, rather than drag you down. It won’t always be easy, but it shouldn’t be something you absolutely dread. So give yourself some grace, and incorporate just a few positive items into your morning to be the successful woman you know you’re meant to be.

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    33 Ways to Romanticize Your Life This Summer

    Like most kids, I grew up impatiently counting down the days until summer. With a wide-open calendar in front of me, I could dedicate my days to reading for hours, biking until the sun went down, and taking spontaneous swims whenever I craved a cool-off. But as an adult, my anticipation for the June-through-August freedom of summer has shifted to anxieties about the unbearable heat.
    I think summer is somehow both the easiest and the most difficult time of year to romanticize your life. With flowers in bloom, picnic season in full swing, and nap dresses taking the place of cozier layers, everything can feel straight out of a Jane Austen novel (add in a wedding or two to seal the deal). But summer can also present a challenge because of the brutally hot days we seem to forget about all year until they arrive in July. 
    But romanticizing your every day is about finding the beauty in moments that bring both ease and challenge. While aesthetics play a role, creating and leaning into this magic is a gift to yourself; an act of self-love. Yes, we can move through our days tied to the rhythm of routine, but sprinkling in a little whimsy is the perfect antidote to living on autopilot. So, here are 33 ways to embrace your summer self and romanticize your life this season.

    1. Experiment with vibrant smoothies. Summer food is all about color. Add beetroot powder to your strawberry sipper, matcha to a classic green bevy, or spirulina to brighten up a simple vanilla smoothie.
    2. Transition your wardrobe. Speaking of color, while summer black might be trending, this is the season to go bright and lean into vibrancy with pink, light blue, or minty green. This a reminder to embrace an “anything goes” mindset as your summer affirmation.
    3. DIY your decor. Who doesn’t love a handmade home? I have my eyes on this minimalist console table or this easy mushroom lamp.
    4. Upgrade your supplements routine. If you have a hard time remembering your morning vitamins, set up a supplement station. Source a cute tray, add a bud vase, and perhaps throw in a crystal or two for *vibes*—you’ll never forget your supplements again.
    5. Become a farmer’s market girlie. You know, the girls who make it a point to get out of bed before nine on Sundays, stroll to the market (woven basket in tow) and get the first pick of all the fresh in-season produce. This summer, you can be that girl.
    6. Shift your work routine for summertime. Blue skies and sunny days can make writing emails even more of a drag. Head to a coffee shop, co-work with a friend, or if you work from the office, prioritize completing your to-do list on a sun-soaked patio. Vitamin D, y’all!
    7. Schedule walking dates with friends. Meet up with a neighbor or set up a regular walking routine with a gal pal. It’s the perfect way to get outside, socialize, and get that aforementioned vitamin D. 
    8. Go camping. If you haven’t embraced the great outdoors yet, summer’s the best time to make it happen. Gather your friends or go with your partner: pack a tent, car camp, or find a cute cabin near your city. It’s the best reset.
    9. Visit a small town. If camping isn’t your thing, this is especially for you: book a bed and breakfast in a charming town near you, and cue the Hallmark vibes.
    10. Redesign your nightstand. If your nightstand has become a dumping ground for all your miscellaneous items, Marie Kondo it up and keep only the essentials. Your journal, your current read, a glass of water, and maybe a small lamp (notice how I didn’t say phone? That’s part of the nightstand detox too).
    11. Embrace summer baking, or work your way through all the no-bake recipes you can find. Lemon poppyseed muffins, strawberry shortcakes, icebox cakes… the possibilities are endless.
    12. On a really hot day, take refuge from the heat in a museum. PSA: they’re not just for rainy days. Grab a friend, partner, or go by yourself, and soak in the inspiration all around you.
    13. Try a summer-proof updo. My long locks and I have a love-hate relationship come summer. Instead of my go-to pony, this is the year I debut a braid crown (slicked-back buns à la The Clean Girl aesthetic work just as well).
    14. Shake up your summer lunch. As much as I love the convenience of my meal prep routine, my midday grain bowls need a revamp. Update your lunch with seasonal veggies, a mix of fresh herbs, and a sauce or two to keep things tasty.
    15. Reorganize your fridge, because it’s about time. Take everything out, throw away or compost the yuck, and give what’s left a home. Store leafy herbs in glass jars full of cold water, treat yourself to a cute egg tray, and pick up a pack of those pastel crates everyone’s obsessing over to add more seasonal color. Reminder: It should be a joy to open your fridge.
    16. Mail postcards, because there’s something so summery and vintage about a good ol’ fashioned postcard. But you don’t have to take a trip to let friends and family know you wish they were here. Spend a Sunday afternoon writing cute little cards and mailing them out.

    17. Swap in summer candles. Save your white cypress and fir for next season–now’s the time for florals, citrus, and linen scents to make an appearance.
    18. Up your lighting game. If there’s one romance-your-life rule to live by, it’s this: add dimmers to your lights or swap in smart bulbs to play with the ambiance as you please.
    19. Take it outside. Whether it’s a meal, a reading sesh, or your journaling routine—in the summer, take everything you can outdoors. 
    20. Grab a go-to hat. Sun protection? Sexy. Whether you’re a ball cap gal or sun hats are your coverage of choice, it’s the must-have accessory of summer.
    21. Find creative ways to stay hydrated. Electrolyte powders? Check. Floral ice cubes? Of course. Your version of the viral Stanley tumbler or security bottle? Always within reach.
    22. Perfect your version of the no-make-up-makeup look. When summer hits, forget your foundation. Instead, throw on a primer, some bronzer drops, and whatever else you need to feel like your shiny, sun-kissed self.
    23. Go extra with your mani. Everyone might be opting for OPI’s Funny Bunny, but in the summer, I like to stand out. Go for lemon-kissed yellow tips, abstract swirly blue, or cosmic vibes instead. 
    24. Plant your own herbs or veggies. You don’t need a backyard to grow a garden. Plant herbs on your windowsill, patio, or balcony, or sign up for a community garden plot in your neighborhood. 
    25. Freshen up your bed linens. Make weekly washes a routine and swap in cooler sheets for warm summer nights.
    26. Make flowers a weekly buy. We have Trader Joe’s for a reason—and it’s not just the snacks.
    27. Judge a book by its cover. That’s right, go ahead—it’s not a rule, but many of the best recent reads are also the most Instagrammable. Exhibit A, B, and C.
    28. Drink your coffee (or tea) from tea cups. Grandmillennial decor is holding strong, and it’s making our morning beverage habit all the more enjoyable.
    29. Go to the movies by yourself. It’s an excellent way to stay cool on those hot days,  cosplay as a mysterious cinema girl, and spend quality time with yourself.
    30. Make a summer vision board–they’re not just for January! Cut up old magazines or take to Pinterest to set the tempo for the months to come. Manifestation isn’t a pipe dream; it’s an intention for all you want to bring into your life.
    31. Schedule a midday movement sesh. It doesn’t have to be complicated or long, just a simple way to stretch your body between meetings. A 20-minute yoga flow, a quick walk outdoors, or a lazy girl workout. Think of it as a reset for the afternoon to come.
    32. Refresh your content consumption. We love rewatching Ted Lasso as much as the next girl, but find the summer content that will always remind you of this season. Need a new podcast? An inspiring read? Or how about a fresh show? 
    33. Reinvent your social media self. Take time to reflect on how you want to show up on your accounts. Personal story: I’ve realized that I’m a bit unhinged and actually funny—and it brings me joy to connect with others by embracing those truths about myself online.

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    Sofia Richie’s Health and Fitness Routine Leading Up to Her Wedding

    ICYMI, Sofia Richie tied the knot in what has been dubbed this year’s star-studded “royal wedding,” and it’s all anyone on Instagram and TikTok could talk about. The 24-year-old model, fashion designer, beauty director of Nudestix, and little sister of Nicole Richie said “I do” to Elliot Grainge in the south of France. Thanks to Richie launching her TikTok just days before her nuptials, we got glimpses of her wedding prep, complete with GRWM videos. And with Vogue’s play-by-play of the day-of wedding festivities, they left no stone unturned (can we take a moment to gush over Richie’s, not one, but three custom Chanel dresses?!).
    So we got the inside scoop on her bridal beauty and fashion looks, but being the wellness diehard that I am, I had to get to the bottom of Richie’s workout and diet routines leading up to her big day. Luckily, she shared most of it on her social media. I got the lowdown on her go-to fitness regimen and eating habits (you can thank me and IG later). Read on for some major #fitspo. 

    Her workouts
    As Richie was getting into bride mode starting last December, she took to Instagram Stories to share her sweat sessions. Two three-pound hand weights and a 10-pound weight vest were all she needed for “getting snatched” before getting hitched. Courtesy of Richie’s “Fitness Journal” highlights, we can channel Richie exercise by exercise: After sprints with her hype squad—her trainer Elizabeth Vidor and two cute AF pups—she moved on to a lateral lunge and twist combo, jumping jacks with punches, a knee-pull-and-punch sequence, and squat shuffles—performing each movement for 30 seconds and completing the circuit for six rounds.
    But wait, there’s more… Then, Richie went straight into a single-leg-glute-bridge-and-crunch exercise, followed by a knee-plank-and-arm-row move, a wall-sit-hold-and-inner-thigh burner, arm circles, and tricep extensions. Finally, Richie ended her one-hour workout with a deep stretch with her trainer. As if that wasn’t already a doozy of a routine, her pre-wedding workouts didn’t stop there. She documented three other workouts (check ’em out here and give ’em a try!). Also, she’s a hot girl walk stan like the rest of us: “I try to walk for at least an hour every single day!” And as for the activewear brand she’s obsessed with? Her favorite seems to be Splits59. 

    Her diet 
    According to US Weekly, Richie shared on her Stories that she went on a “strict diet” to “get an early start” on her wedding prep. “I try my hardest to fast until 12 p.m. (with the exception of coffee),” Richie said in December. “For lunch, I have either a salad or a high-protein meal. I eat my dinner around 6:30 p.m., which is the last meal before I go to bed (no snacking).” Her high-protein go-to’s? Egg whites and bacon. She went on to say another diet staple of hers is “tons of veggies.” While Richie conveyed that she tries her hardest to avoid carbs and sugar, she sometimes left room for “a little treat.” In the same vein, she expressed: “You should do what feels best for your body. Incorporating some carbs isn’t horrible when you are training hard.” As for her fave snack? Seaweed. Hot take: Healthy eating should be flexible (read: eating and enjoying what you love), so take a cue from Richie and do you.

    let the festivities begin ✨
    ♬ original sound – Sofia Richie Grainge

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    Unlocking Your Body’s Full Potential: A Beginner’s Guide to Biohacking

    Full transparency: When I first heard about biohacking, my initial thought was oh no, not another wellness trend… I know firsthand what it’s like to spend money on supplements or memberships that promise drastic changes only to be disappointed by their short-term benefits (or lack thereof). The truth is wellness trends come and go because more often than not, they aren’t actually making a huge difference in our well-being. To my (pleasant) surprise, when I dug a little deeper into what biohacking is exactly, I discovered that it’s not a current wellness trend—it’s a tool everyone can use to make effective, long-lasting changes in their health.

    What is biohacking? 
    The term biohacking has been around for quite some time, first originating as a part of the molecular biology movement where people were implementing technology to enhance the human body (yep, straight out of a sci-fi movie).But in the world of wellness, biohacking is a little different. It’s defined as changing your physiology and chemistry through science and self-experimentation, with the goal of understanding what your body needs to function optimally. In other words, biohacking is literally trying different “hacks” for optimal health.
    These hacks can be as minor as slight adjustments to your nighttime routine, or as complex as cold plunging and heat therapy. Biohacking can mean purchasing a hyperbaric oxygen pod or supplements such as nootropics, or can be totally free like getting sunlight in the morning for your circadian rhythm or walking barefoot on grass or sand to reduce inflammation. While the degrees of biohacking vary by price and extremity, the goal is always the same: the optimize your health, reverse aging, and live as healthy as possible.
    Biohacking has been praised by celebrities like Tom Brady, Brooke Burke, and Tony Robbins, but what makes it so different from all the other wellness trends out there? Biohacking is really about self-improvement, but on an advanced level. If you’re looking to make incremental, highly-effective changes to your wellness routine and optimize the health of your body, biohacking may be for you. Read on for some life-changing biohacks you can try for yourself below. 

    Biohacks to try right now:

    If you want better sleep…
    Whether it’s the struggle to fall asleep, wake up, or get enough quality hours, lack of sleep is a challenge we’ve all faced, and getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for our health. Sleep is a chance for our body to detoxify from the day and it allows for healthy brain and body function. If you’re looking to biohack your way to healthier sleep routine, the key is to make changes to hack your circadian rhythm, or the internal clock that regulates the sleep–wake cycle. The first step is to ensure your environment is set up for optimal sleep, including no electronics at least an hour before bedtime and ensuring you’re sleeping in a completely dark room, or using a sleep mask if you have any light from windows or electronics. Also ensure that you’re going to bed and waking up at the same time every day so your body can become accustomed to a sleep schedule.
    If you’re looking to advance your routine a little further, try taking CBD or sleeping with a weighted blanket. Both of these tools help calm the nervous system and lower your heart rate to prepare for sleep. You can also try replacing your lightbulbs with red lightbulbs to naturally stimulate melatonin and opt for a sunrise alarm clock, which will wake you up to natural light as well as softer sounds. Don’t forget the natural sunlight first thing upon waking–open up the curtains, go for a walk, or sip your morning coffee by a window. 

    If you want to boost your workouts…
    When it comes to enhancing workouts, it will look different for everyone because our bodies are all different. But whether you prefer a fitness routine focused on cardio or one that revolves around Yoga and Pilates, there are ways to hack every workout. For starters, tracking your workouts with technology like a Fitbit or Oura Ring gives you stats such as daily steps, heart rate, and other health metrics. These products can help track your progress and guide you in making any necessary changes to boost your fitness routine.
    If you have a menstruation cycle, another way to hack your fitness routine that I personally love is implementing the Cycle Syncing® Method. When you work out according to each phase of your cycle, you are essentially biohacking your metabolism to make each workout more effective. Cycle syncing can help you burn more fat and build more muscle while aligning with your hormones and energy levels. Whether you menstruate or not, choosing a workout that gets you sweaty (i.e. hot yoga, jogging on a warm day, etc.) not only has fitness benefits, but counts as a biohack for your lymphatic system. 

    If you want to improve your nutrition…
    Important disclosure: The key to biohacking your diet isn’t focused on how to lose weight or eat less calories, but rather becoming more in tune with your body. The healthiest people don’t restrict certain foods in their eating habits—they are listening to their body’s cues and honoring them (read: intuitive eating is the ultimate biohack, and the only one you really need). Once you’re connected to what your body needs, you can evaluate whether a pescatarian versus a keto eating approach is better for you, and explore further biohacking techniques like intermittent fasting, introducing certain supplements for deficiencies or wellness goals, or adding more superfoods to meals. Another effective way to biohack your diet for people who menstruate is by cycle syncing (just like for your fitness) or eating based on the phase you’re in. 

    If you want better mental health…
    Let me start by saying there’s no easy hack to great mental health. It’s a journey—we all have good days and bad days—but there are ways you can hack your wellness routine to assist your mental health journey. Incorporating practices such as gratitude journaling, meditation, sound baths, and breathwork are all helpful for getting out of your head and into the present moment. Personally, gratitude journaling is my go-to for those days when I feel like everything is going wrong. Practicing gratitude instantly reminds us of all the good in our lives, as opposed to the negative. Biohacking your mental health can even be as simple as getting outside. Go for a walk, step into your backyard with bare feet and ground into the earth, sit on a park bench, and soak up some sun. We spend a lot of time indoors and sedentary—fresh air and movement are necessary for our wellbeing. 

    If you want glowing skin…
    In a dream world, my skin is always Hailey Bieber-level glowing, and while I’m not quite a glazed donut yet, the skin hacks I’m about to let you in on are helping me get there. You’ve probably heard it before, but the skin is the largest organ in the body, and hacks like drinking more water and using SPF really do work. Starting each morning with a large glass of water and then continuing to drink water throughout the day is a game-changer for your skin health. Another way you can hack your skin is by trying a lymphatic drainage massage. Not only will it help with de-puffing, but it also does a great job of detoxifying the body.
    Dry brushing can also help with lymphatic drainage and helps to exfoliate the skin (a double biohack!). The last hack for glowing skin is to try an elimination diet. If you are prone to breakouts or redness, there could be something in your diet that is causing it. After a recommendation from my doctor, I cut out dairy from my diet and my skin became much clearer. Work with your doctor to discuss possible food intolerances or allergies because our skin is a direct reflection of what is happening inside the body.

    Please consult a doctor or a mental health professional before beginning any treatments. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

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    Secrets to Personal Growth: 7 Strategies That Helped Me Become My Best Self

    For years I felt like I was going through my life on autopilot. I would wake up early, immediately start work, and then wouldn’t stop until night, leaving me too exhausted to do anything but watch Netflix for the rest of my day. I spent my weekends doing activities I didn’t enjoy which would leave me feeling drained because I felt like I would let people down if I said “no.” Finally, after one particularly stressful week, I realized I hadn’t created the life I truly wanted. I had financial security, an amazing husband, a sweet dog, a fantastic family, and a lovely apartment, but still, I wasn’t happy. 
    If I wanted to feel my best and show up for the people I love, I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes. So over the course of a few months, I implemented habits that transformed my mood and my life. Not only did these habits make me happier, but they also improved my health and relationships. Curious how you can get more joy from life? Keep reading to learn the seven simple strategies I used to help me become my best self. 

    1. I pursued activities with no end goal
    We live in a society so focused on optimizing every activity that we often forget it’s OK to do things simply because we find them fun. Studies show that people with hobbies have fewer negative emotions and are less stressed than those without hobbies. Making time in your week for a little leisure not only makes you feel more zen, but it can also help you rediscover parts of yourself you’d forgotten or discover new aspects of yourself you didn’t know existed. 
    I studied English in college, devouring 3-5 books a week. But after starting a demanding career, I barely got through a handful of books each year. Younger me was eager to get lost in stories and passionate about dissecting the themes of novels. I felt like I had lost this part of myself in my 20s and I wanted to get her back. So I set myself a reading goal of one book per month. The best part of this goal for me was that it wasn’t time-consuming. Rather than scrolling Instagram in the morning, I curled up on the couch with my dog and spent 15 minutes reading a book. This simple habit helped me start my day with joy, which positively impacted my attitude for the rest of the day. 

    2. I started saying “no”
    When was the last time you said “no” to a coworker, friend, or family member? If it’s been a while, you’re not alone. 65% of American women report that they struggle to say “no” to others. But it’s a word you should get in the habit of saying more. Setting boundaries can significantly reduce stress and make room for what matters most to you. I used to be a “yes” girl. I said “yes” to extra projects at work even if I was already drowning with projects. I said “yes” to late night drinks with friends even if I really wanted to save money and hit the sheets. I tried to be as accommodating as possible because I wanted people to like me. What I learned was that being a “yes” girl didn’t make me more likable. It made me tired and stressed. 
    So I started saying “no” and setting boundaries to protect my mental health. This meant not taking on more work than I could tackle in an eight-hour workday and telling my friends that I’d be happy to meet up for a walk in the park Saturday morning, but I wasn’t going to make it out for happy hour (which, let’s face it, never just lasts just an hour). Saying “no” was incredibly uncomfortable at first, but every time I said “no” to something that didn’t align with my values, I was saying “yes” to something that did. Saying “no” to more work than I could handle meant I could say “yes” to Wednesday date nights with my husband. Saying “no” to drinks with my friends meant I could say “yes” to a hangover-free walk with my dog. 

    3. I stopped comparing myself to others on social media
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen into the social media comparison trap. I know I have. Having access to other peoples’ lives is captivating, but it can also be incredibly damaging to your mental health. Studies have found a link between using multiple social media platforms and higher rates of anxiety and depression. Experts believe this is likely due to many reasons including increased social comparison. For me, social comparison manifested in how I felt about my body. As a wellness fanatic, I tend to follow mostly women in the health and fitness space. However, this space is dominated by people with a very specific physique. Seeing these images of primarily one type of body made me begin to dislike my own.
    I started to notice that every time I scrolled through social media, a series of hateful thoughts about my appearance followed. So, I did a social media cleanup, unfollowing accounts that consistently made me feel like crap and following others that celebrated women with a variety of ages, ethnicities, and body types. Changing the type of content I was exposed to slowly began to change how I thought about myself. Seeing images honoring women in all our forms helped me realize my own beauty and released the pressure to have a leaner body and chiseled six pack. 

    4. I spoke kindly to myself 
    We all have a little voice in our heads that pushes us to be better. However, that voice can quickly turn from a motivational speaker to a bully. Most people experience 12,000- 60,000 thoughts each day, and on average, 80% of them are negative. Experts agree that this type of self-talk can lead to a multitude of harmful repercussions like low confidence and depression. 
    In an interview with Jay Shetty, Kendall Jenner confessed that she keeps an image of her childhood self on her bathroom mirror to remind her that whenever she says something unkind about herself, she’s also saying it to the little girl in the photo. I’ve adopted this practice into my own life, with an image of a toddler me holding a puppy as my lock screen. I’ve found that I have a harder time saying hurtful things to myself when I’m looking at that smiling little girl, and now spend my energy telling her she’s smart, successful, and loved. 

    5. I did workouts I actually enjoy
    For years, the fitness industry told women that we need to punish ourselves with grueling workouts every day in order to have the body of our dreams. While the new wave of female fitness focuses on balance and honoring our bodies, many women still hang onto the mentality that exercise must be intense to be effective. However, pushing yourself through a HIIT class you hate could actually do your mind and body more harm than good. 
    According to research, the top predictor of whether or not you’ll stick to an exercise plan is how much you enjoy it. Participating in workouts you love encourages you to move more frequently, which will ultimately help you stay consistent with your workouts. 
    I used to be guilty of forcing myself to get through workouts I hated for a month only to lose motivation and not exercise again for another two weeks. I knew that if I truly wanted to reap the benefits of exercise, I needed to create a routine I could do consistently. So I ditched the workouts that didn’t bring me joy and swapped them out for activities I love doing daily, like outdoor walks, yoga classes, slow trail runs, and occasional weight lifting. By creating a routine that catered to what I enjoy, it’s been easier to stick to an exercise plan, helping me feel more energized throughout the week. 

    6. I ditched the diets
    Nearly every woman has felt the societal pressure to diet at some point in her life. This exhausting pursuit of thinness starts young, with 80% of 10-year-olds reporting that they have been on a diet, according to recent data released by the Keep It Real campaign. This food mentality often doesn’t lead to a healthier body. Instead, women frequently report feelings of deprivation, guilt, and anxiety. Like so many other women, I’ve fallen into the trap of yo-yo dieting. I would follow a strict eating protocol that left me tired, unsatisfied, and inevitably binging when my body and mind couldn’t take it anymore. This created extreme anxiety around food, making it challenging to go to social events, on vacations, or on date nights without panicking about what would be on the menu. 
    I was tired of making my life smaller and avoiding activities I loved in pursuit of an unattainable body. So I ditched the diet mentality. Now, I ask myself what I can add to my plate to make my meals as enjoyable and nourishing as possible. I try to include protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and my favorite fruit or veggies with every meal so that my body gets the nutrients it needs to thrive. But if I want to eat a slice of pizza or go out for ice cream with my sister, I do so without guilt, knowing that the experience will nourish my soul. It took a lot of practice, but eventually, I eliminated food guilt and now have an amazing relationship with nutrition. 

    7. I gave myself more grace
    I used to struggle with an all-or-nothing mentality. If I couldn’t do something perfectly, I would be overly critical and wonder why I even bothered setting new goals. This would cascade into feelings of failure that killed my motivation and kept me stuck in self-destructive habits. Letting go of perfectionism and giving myself some grace gave me the ability to tackle the above strategies and stick with them. Reframing mistakes as learning moments instead of failures helped me see the progress in any slip-ups that occurred, which helped maintain a growth mindset. 

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