All posts filed under: Wellness

How Are You Really? Making Our Case For Taking a Mental Health Day

From the moment you wake up, to the moment you drift off to sleep, making time for your personal wellbeing is a decision we all struggle with. This is our love letter in defense of the “Mental Health Day” – a day on which you advocate for your health and focus solely on YOU. It is no secret, we have a long way to go before mental health is treated with the same urgency as physical health. Too often conversations around mental health neglect to reiterate that what happens in the mind greatly effects the body. At times mental wellbeing seems like a mythical concept that we struggle to understand and treat, and that makes it an invisible illness with way too much stigma attached. Whether your depression or anxiety happens to be circumstantial, seasonal, or a life-long battle, you and your health matter. When we struggle, feel fatigued, and just plain have no hope, the experience is a lonely one. It is important to remember that you are not alone. There are people out …

Health and Wellness Empowerment: Inspiring Non-Fiction Books To Read For Fall 2022

From healing trauma, to DIY beauty, here is what we are making room for on our book shelves, and what we continue to love re-reading. The cozy Fall season is ideal for reading books as we practice mindfulness and critical thinking. Curl up with these top picks. Soon To Be Released This Isn’t Brave by Laetitia Duveau, is a self-love guide for anyone who strives to educate themselves on the female body. This is not your typical boring guide. It is packed with beautiful illustrations, facts, tips rooted in reality, and advice on radical self-acceptance and body positivity. Release date: October 11, 2022. Coming Back to Life: A Roadmap to Healing from Pain to Create the Life You Want By Rebecca Silence is one of those books we look forward to most. We are all about self-healing here, and this book promises to offer real tools, strategies, and support that will allow readers to get to the root of their pain patterns while also giving them hope, encouragement, and access to the light at the …

QC Terme Day Spa Opens on Governors Island: Come Along As We Experience The Charm of Italian Spa Culture in New York City

Enter the fantastical world of QC NY, a New York City Wellness Experience Unlike Anything Else In The City New York City might be known for its hustle, not its day spas, but one Italian wellness brand, QC Terme Spas & Resorts, is looking to change that. This past spring, the Italian spa and wellness experts celebrated their first property opening within the United States. The location of choice? New York City’s Governors Island. Admittedly, we often dreamed of a lavish day spa opening right on Governors Island, and had to try it as soon as they opened. For owners and brothers, Saverio and Andrea Quadrio Curzio, it proved to be the most ideal location, with plenty of space for diverse wellness experiences and water therapy. The Milan-based company is known for honoring Roman bath culture, making hydrotherapy an important aspect of their wellness philosophy. Governors Island truly is the ideal short getaway in close proximity to home. The island has 120 aces of open space, nature, and empty historical structures. It is one of …

Summer Worship: Slow Beauty Rituals To Help You Relish The Golden Days of Summer

Be mindful to stop and face the sun.Take a lover that you can dance with arm in arm.Run to feel the rain on your skin,let it dissolve like a blissful sin.Float on the salty sea of calm,shed winter’s dead skin,then heal it with nature’s balm. Summer ceremonies wake up the spirit, and allow it to run free until the sleepiness of autumn. This is your time to bathe in the sea, under the sun, and in the wilderness of the forest – then come home to a soothing self-care ritual. Play with your six senses by incorporating scent therapy, hydrotherapy, dry brushing, and massage into your every day routine. With the right tools in hand, smooth summer skin, and a relaxed mind, is never out of reach. 3rd Ritual SUN Body Gel SUN is an ironic name for this product, because it makes us feel cool in all the best ways. We made it an essential part of our apothecary tool kit, bringing it with us on road and plane trips. The tingling sensation and …

I Have a Major Depressive Disorder, Here Is My Guide To Treatments You Should Ask About

Clinical depression is an illness that is so good at targeting its victim that many times it convinces everyone around you that you are happy and healthy. This makes it an invisible illness, making healing a lonely and frustrating process. My personal story is not an uncommon one. My family and I immigrated to United States from a communist country, and started a new life. This meant obstacles and some hardships, putting mental health at the bottom of the priority list. Depression was not a word we used to describe the way we felt, and therapy was not an option as it would be too expensive and shameful. Besides, therapy and depression were a made up problem or a luxury, not a real life problem. The problem with that is that my depression was very real, and because it was never addressed during my childhood, the healing fell on my adult shoulders. As an adult, it was up to me to figure out what I was feeling and eventually realizing, and admitting to myself, that …

How The Well: Free Ways To Practice Self-Care Without Having To Buy One Product

Wellness and spas might seem like a luxury, but in fact, they are a necessity. Spas and wellness have become part of a billion dollar industry, and while that means more people we are willing to pay for self-care and healing, it also means that those who cannot afford it get left behind. With new and innovative brands and treatments on the horizon the next frontier of wellness might become even more expensive and inaccessible. Wellness and spas might seem like a luxury, but in fact, they are a necessity. This is especially true when you, or someone you love, suffers with an “invisible illness”, and could use extra self-care. An invisible illness is a label that explains what it feels like living with a chronic illness that often does not exhibit obvious physical symptoms to those around us. Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and Crohn’s disease are just a few examples of illnesses that are painful but not always visible. Invisible diseases are not invisible to those who lives with …

Wellness & The City: 10 Wellness Temples for Spa Worshiping New Yorkers

Living in one of the busiest cities in the world means we love escaping to the spa whenever we get the chance. At the start of the pandemic we naturally worried about the industry and its employees. We missed our community! This year, the International Spa Association re-launched its conference in Vegas, and the industry reunited. The International Spa Association has been the voice of American spas since 1999, and is known all over the world. Their latest statistics on the industry’s recovery prove that people value wellness more than ever. A Power Session at the 2022 ISPA Conference revealed the Big Five Statistics with the help of a study commissioned by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The US Spa Industry revenues grew from $12.1 billion in 2020 to $18.1 billion, an increase of more than 49 percent and just below the industry’s all-time high of $19.1 billion in 2019. The number of spa visits grew from 124 million in 2020 to 173 million, while the total number of U.S. spas fell only slightly from 21,560 in 2020 to 21,510 …

Easter Bathing: Slavic Easter Traditions To Help You Stay Healthy All Year Long

What would you say if I told you Slavic people celebrate Easter with whips and water fights? I know what you are thinking. Whipping? Bathing? Allow me to explain. As is the case with a lot of Catholic holidays, Easter is a mix of christian and pagan traditions. Pagans celebrated the festival of spring, and what a celebration it was! They jumped over fires, danced, hung eggs from tress, and made time for love. The resurrection of Chris was far from their minds. While Good Friday and Easter Sunday say Easter to most of the world, in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and other countries, the celebration continues on Monday. Monday after Easter Sunday is a national holiday in these countries, and it is purely reserved for eating and socializing. Here is where things get a little weird. It is on this day that women and girls prepare for company that comes over to whip them, and either gently sprinkle water on them, or outright drenches them in buckets of it. If you live near …

Upstate New York Experience At Kenoza Hall, An Upscale Wellness Retreat In A Class Of Its Own

These Are Not Your Grandmother’s Catskills Before airplane travel became the norm, New York families sought easily accessible refuge in the Catskill mountains. Then the grandkids stopped going. My own immigrant family settled in the Catskills in the 1960s, acquiring property that would help the slavic community vacation. Even though I live in New York City I consider upstate to be my personal refuge. Today’s upstate continues to reel in a new kind of visitor – younger generations from all over the world come to the mountainous region for relaxation and inspiration. Fortunately, some things remain the same. From blueberry picking and hiking, to nighttime campfires and vintage shopping, some aspects of upstate still remind me of childhood. It is safe to say that the Catskills are in their heyday once again. New and restored hotels sprouting all over Upstate New York have plenty to offer to new and loyal visitors alike. Among the many new retreats, Kenoza Hall is in a class of its own. Not only is it awe-inspiring and well-preserved, it has …

Your Guide To Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Tips From Experts To Help You Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

Sweet slumber could be yours! Sleep is a mystery, and I often want to solve it. As someone who likes to stay up late into the wee hours of the night, but also needs eight hours to function, I tend to struggle with finding a healthy rhythm. As a beauty editor I know sleep is important, not to mention the fountain of youth, yet I continue to fight it. Overall 35% of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, but an average of 6.8 hours is not that bad. Unfortunately when you start to break it down 97% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep, 6 out of 10 college students don’t get adequate sleep, and roughly 20% of Americans have a sleep disorder. 75% of people who suffer from depression and/or anxiety have problems with sleep and 45% of the world’s population have issues with sleep. There are many studies and statistics to show that on average we are much more sleep deprived than our ancestors. Many wellness and health experts have a …

Be Your Own Wellness Hero: Your Guide To Self-Love With The Help Of Experts

Self-love might seem straight forward, but for anyone who struggles with acquiring it, self-love is complicated. First let me say, this is a no judgement zone. The very idea that we lack self-love can be triggering. Like many out there, I was never told I am a special or a princess. I was not told that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. In fact, it was the opposite, but that is a story for another time. I grew up without praise, and yes, it effected my self-esteem. As an adult it is up to me to re-wire my brain and build myself up. I know what you might be thinking. That is no easy task and mistakes will be made. My only advice would be that in order to start on your self-love journey, you have to start someplace. Start by appreciating yourself. This means waking up in the morning and appreciating your body, your face, your heart, your mind, and even your past mistakes. It helps if you think of past …

Black History Month 2022: Healing and Soulful Self-Care With Tidal Streaming

There is no question that music speaks to the soul. Our bodies and minds react to different sounds, and when those sounds are positive or soothing we begin to heal. Harvard Medical School published a report that lists the benefits of music in a medical setting. According to their blog, “Healing through music“, music therapy eases discomfort during invasive procedures, restores lost speech in patients who suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases pain reception, helps improve memory and even physical coordination. Make music a part of your self-care routine. Let it gently guide to towards relaxation, inspiration and self-confidence. TIDAL streaming service is celebrating Black History Month with playlists like Soulful Self-Care, Black is Beautiful, Hip-Hop Workout and Black Girl Luxury. The global music and entertainment streaming service has dedicated its entire first week of Black History Month to content that encourages healthy living. Download the TIDAL app and start exploring with a Free Plan.