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Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 26, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

Your Holiday Survival Guide: Fitness + Wellness Edition

Fitness
Pilates
Yoga
Personal Growth

The holidays are upon us! It’s such an exciting season - more family time, more social occasions, but ultimately more on your plate. 

With so much going on, life can get overwhelming. The holidays can be stressful! Before we enter full holiday mode, here is a quick 1, 2, 3 on how to survive the holidays and maintain balance and harmony in your life.

Keep moving.

The natural inclination when we get busy is that there’s no time to move. We have to use up every minute to conquer that to-do list. However, mindful movement is so important when practicing self-care. It’s a dedicated time for you to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health, before you use your energy to take care of others.

Movement can also help to keep sickness at bay. It is cold and flu season, so it’s time to strengthen our immune system. The more we move, the better it is for our cardiovascular health too!

Depending on your movement of choice, here are some great studios that offer low impact and effective options for you!

Lit Method: I love the resistance bands. Surprisingly, I feel that not many boutique studios offer this as a part of their regular programming. The bands, mixed with the rower, is the right combination to help you both break a sweat and tone your muscles. After each workout, the instructors always lead you through recovery with a foam roller too. Recovery after a workout essential, and I love that this studio recognizes the importance of it! 

Coreology: There is Pilates, and then there’s Pilates on a Megaformer. The Megaformer at Coreology helps you not just lengthen and tone your body, but you also hold the positions longer with more resistance. I am always surprised at how much I sweat!  

Y7 Studio: Speaking of sweat, Y7 is the ultimate yoga studio to help you do just that. Their classes are set up in an infrared studio, so even by just staying in Child’s pose, you’ll get centered and sweat out those toxins in no time.
 

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Keep moving.

The natural inclination when we get busy is that there’s no time to move. We have to use up every minute to conquer that to-do list. However, mindful movement is so important when practicing self-care. It’s a dedicated time for you to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health, before you use your energy to take care of others.

Movement can also help to keep sickness at bay. It is cold and flu season, so it’s time to strengthen our immune system. The more we move, the better it is for our cardiovascular health too!

Depending on your movement of choice, here are some great studios that offer low impact and effective options for you!

Lit Method: I love the resistance bands. Surprisingly, I feel that not many boutique studios offer this as a part of their regular programming. The bands, mixed with the rower, is the right combination to help you both break a sweat and tone your muscles. After each workout, the instructors always lead you through recovery with a foam roller too. Recovery after a workout essential, and I love that this studio recognizes the importance of it! 

Coreology: There is Pilates, and then there’s Pilates on a Megaformer. The Megaformer at Coreology helps you not just lengthen and tone your body, but you also hold the positions longer with more resistance. I am always surprised at how much I sweat!  

Y7 Studio: Speaking of sweat, Y7 is the ultimate yoga studio to help you do just that. Their classes are set up in an infrared studio, so even by just staying in Child’s pose, you’ll get centered and sweat out those toxins in no time.
 

Get more sleep.

Living in a society of constant “to-do’s,” I don’t think we emphasize the importance of rest and sleep enough. We are so often defined by how much we get accomplished. However, none of the things on our list will get done if we don’t take care of our health first. Sleep is crucial to replenish our bodies. It’s a time for us to repair and recover from the stress we put ourselves through during the day. Getting as close to eight hours of sleep a night should always be the goal.

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Get more sleep.

Living in a society of constant “to-do’s,” I don’t think we emphasize the importance of rest and sleep enough. We are so often defined by how much we get accomplished. However, none of the things on our list will get done if we don’t take care of our health first. Sleep is crucial to replenish our bodies. It’s a time for us to repair and recover from the stress we put ourselves through during the day. Getting as close to eight hours of sleep a night should always be the goal.

Change your scenery.

Plants aren’t just an Instagrammable moment; it’s so replenishing and nourishing for my soul. No matter how stressed I feel, being with greenery always helps alleviate any heavy energy I may be carrying. If you don’t have greenery nearby, even taking a moment to step away from your office or work area to go for a walk outside can help you! Transitioning from a potentially stressful environment to calmer surroundings can help you move through the rest of the day with more ease.

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Change your scenery.

Plants aren’t just an Instagrammable moment; it’s so replenishing and nourishing for my soul. No matter how stressed I feel, being with greenery always helps alleviate any heavy energy I may be carrying. If you don’t have greenery nearby, even taking a moment to step away from your office or work area to go for a walk outside can help you! Transitioning from a potentially stressful environment to calmer surroundings can help you move through the rest of the day with more ease.

Write it down.

Journaling and writing down thoughts is so important for my emotional well-being. It helps to clear out a lot of negative thoughts that might be throwing me off balance. Once it’s out on paper, it soothes my mind and provides more space for me to create and be productive. 

If you’re not the journaling type, the following quick exercise might help you if you are struggling with stressors this season.

Step 1: Split a piece of paper into three columns: In the first column, write down all of the stressors you have in your life. Perhaps it’s a relationship struggle, a problem at work, a health issue, anything!

Step 2: In the middle column, write down how you want to feel. If you have a problem at work because you aren’t getting the validation you need, your middle column would be that you want to feel recognized.

Step 3: In the last column, jot down a list of solutions. If you want to feel recognized at work, a few solutions could be setting up one-on-one time with your manager, talking to your peers, and letting them know of your needs, praise others more so it allows coworkers to return the compliment, etc. 

By being mindful of our approach to dealing with stressors, we can hopefully alleviate stress and find a sense of calm this holiday season!
 

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Write it down.

Journaling and writing down thoughts is so important for my emotional well-being. It helps to clear out a lot of negative thoughts that might be throwing me off balance. Once it’s out on paper, it soothes my mind and provides more space for me to create and be productive. 

If you’re not the journaling type, the following quick exercise might help you if you are struggling with stressors this season.

Step 1: Split a piece of paper into three columns: In the first column, write down all of the stressors you have in your life. Perhaps it’s a relationship struggle, a problem at work, a health issue, anything!

Step 2: In the middle column, write down how you want to feel. If you have a problem at work because you aren’t getting the validation you need, your middle column would be that you want to feel recognized.

Step 3: In the last column, jot down a list of solutions. If you want to feel recognized at work, a few solutions could be setting up one-on-one time with your manager, talking to your peers, and letting them know of your needs, praise others more so it allows coworkers to return the compliment, etc. 

By being mindful of our approach to dealing with stressors, we can hopefully alleviate stress and find a sense of calm this holiday season!
 

Rachel Rhee
Written by
Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
Holiday stockings hanging
Beauty
Published Friday Dec 06, 2019 by Paula Hoss

Under $25 Stocking Stuffers For the People on Your List

Skincare
Beauty
Expert Advice

It’s holiday gift-giving season, and if you’re like us, you’re starting to feel the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 
Sure, it’s tempting to take a single trip to Target to knock out your holiday shopping list. However, with this list of unbeatable products from some awesome small businesses, we’re making it easy to find gifts and Shop Small® this season.

NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

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NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

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Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

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Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

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Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

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CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

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Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

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Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

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Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.