Your journey to holistic wellness starts here.
As we step into a new year, it's a golden opportunity to reset our lifestyles, ensuring they align with the needs of our bodies and minds. Thanks to the wellness boom over the last few years, we're (hopefully) all aware of the importance of self-care, which goes beyond just being in good physical health. We cannot continue to work, socialize, work out, and be there for others if we aren't there for ourselves. Mental and physical health are very closely linked, and it's important to care for both equally because problems in one area can impact the other.
The question then becomes, where do we begin? The wellness landscape is vast and often confusing, with endless advice bombarding us from all sides, especially on social media. "Lower your cortisol with these simple hacks!" "Live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle!" "10 things I did to glow up!" But what does this all really mean in practice, and how can we do it, too?
With so many tools and devices on the market addressing everything from inflammation and hormone imbalance down to the seemingly simple (but most daunting) choice of the right water bottle, it's easy to feel lost in a sea of wellness products. But fear not; we've meticulously sifted through the noise to bring you a starter pack that our editors have tried, tested, handpicked, and endorsed, ensuring you understand exactly how each item supports your well-being. Together, we're entering a healthier, more harmonious 2024.
You might think all water bottles are the same until you meet the Owala FreeSip. It epitomizes the concept of an "emotional support water bottle" - once you have it, leaving it behind becomes unthinkable. The Owala strikes that "just right" balance, like Goldilocks' perfect find. Not only does it keep your water perfectly chilled all day, but its design allows for upright sipping without the need to purse your lips, cleverly keeping those wrinkle concerns at bay. It's the little things that make all the difference, and this bottle understands that perfectly.
Incorporating dry brushing into your morning routine is a simple step with big benefits for anyone starting a wellness journey. It's not just about smooth skin – though it certainly helps with that – it's about boosting circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage, and even helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Just a few minutes each morning can revitalize your whole body, making it an easy yet impactful addition to your routine.
In a world where we are constantly comparing ourselves to the people around us, either in person or on the screen that’s in our faces 24 hours a day, it is so important to remember how blessed we are. Daily gratitude is the key to happiness. Showing gratitude has proven mental health benefits, including improving your mood, lowering stress and depression, and making you more optimistic. The 365 Days of Gratitude Journal encourages you to reflect and have a positive outlook on life, allowing you to focus on the good things in life and become more positive every day.
The mind and skin are deeply connected, with stress and emotions significantly impacting skin health. To heal our skin, we must also heal our minds. Eyeam's Hormone Check Drops embrace this principle, formulated with potent anti-inflammatory ingredients and activated crystal infusions to balance hormones, lower stress, and support mental well-being. The brand's founder, Roxy Marrone, encourages users to pair their daily dosage with affirmations such as, "I am healed," "I am nourishing my skin," and "I am at peace," turning a simple routine into a holistic ritual for well-being.
Choosing the right fitness tracker can arguably feel like a workout in itself. The choices are endless, but the WHOOP band is a real game-changer. It's not just about counting steps or calories; it's also about understanding your body's need for rest and recovery. The WHOOP tunes into your body's unique rhythm, offering a holistic view of your health, tracking not just your physical exertion but also your sleep patterns and overall well-being. It's like your personal health coach, wrapped around your wrist, keeping you informed and in tune with your body's needs.
Aromatherapy has the potential to help you relax, improve clarity and focus, and boost your mood. Just the act of filling up your diffuser with water, adding a few drops of essential oil, and turning it on to start or end your day can become a great ritual to add to your routine and improve your overall quality of life. Some of our favorite essential oils include lavender for relaxation, peppermint for focus, and citrus for productivity and an uplifting mood boost.
If lymphatic drainage caught your interest, then dry brushing is just the beginning. While a weekly session with a masseuse is helpful, just a few minutes each day with this self-massage tool can significantly boost your results. Lymphatic drainage can reduce swelling, detoxify the body, and enhance skin tone, making you look and feel your best every day. All you need is a Body Contour Tool, a bit of coconut oil, and a quick TikTok tutorial to elevate your daily routine and start your day detoxified and snatched.
Maintaining steady blood sugar levels is key to our overall health, affecting everything from energy to mood and, most importantly, inflammation and illness. It's not just a cause for concern for diabetics or pre-diabetics; we should all be in tune with our blood sugar levels. Enter the Freestyle Libre Glucose Monitoring Sensor, a discreet, easy-to-use device that lets you monitor your blood sugar levels in real-time. This sensor sticks with you for two weeks and connects to your iPhone, offering a clear picture of your body's glucose trends. Take those two weeks as a case study for how certain foods, exercise, sleep, and stress influence your blood sugar levels, and use the results to inform how to make empowered health choices every day. Pro tip: Follow Glucose Goddess on Instagram for everyday tips and tricks to keep your blood sugar, and consequently your health, in harmonious balance.
When it comes to supplements, we enter a whole other endless maze of choices. That's precisely why discovering trustworthy adaptogenic blends, packed with natural ingredients and backed by proven health benefits, is such a game-changer in our quest for wellness. Mushrooms, long revered in traditional medicine, come packed with a host of health benefits, from boosting immune function to enhancing mental clarity. Each variety, from Lion's Mane for cognitive support to Reishi for stress relief, brings its own unique magic to the mix. Alongside these mighty fungi stands Ashwagandha, an ancient herb celebrated for reducing stress and promoting balance in our ever-hectic lives. Together with antioxidant-rich Cacao and the sweet flavors of Cinnamon and Vanilla, these ingredients form a symphony of wellness in every cup of House of Roxy's Shroom Mood Latte, offering a calming, mood-enhancing lifeline for your daily grind.
Whether you're getting into yoga, pilates, circuits, or just need a good stretch, you need a Budzy mat. These mats combine fashion and sustainability all in one, designed to fit any lifestyle effortlessly and help to improve your daily practice. Budzy mats are non-slip and made of high-quality rubber, free from toxic chemicals such as phthalates, lead, or cadmium. Their unique designs and eco-friendliness make them an SF favorite for workout gear.