Monday, May 16

Wellness

9 of the world’s best wellness retreats
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9 of the world’s best wellness retreats

Being pummeled by strangers, soaked in aromatic waters, or encouraged to throw yoga shapes in beautiful surroundings isn’t going to erase the problems of the past two years. But for those of us still carrying the baggage of anxiety or long-term health consequences brought on by these fraught times, such wellness-inducing activities will certainly come as a welcome escape. Whether you’re looking for deep cleanses amid the snowy peaks of New Zealand, massages in the Maldives and Saint Lucia, or spa therapy in Saint Lucia, here are some of the best rejuvenation hotspots the world has to offer. Aro Hā, New Zealand Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps, Aro Hā says it has a simple kaupapa, or purpose: to regenerate the mind and body. It doesn’t come easy though — guests are ...
Why understanding your personal wellness style matters – and the seven different types
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Why understanding your personal wellness style matters – and the seven different types

Over the last couple of years, the terms ‘wellness’ and ‘wellbeing’ have become as buzzwordy as ‘self-care’. Rather than being a genuine practice to improve your own mental and physical health, these words are often used to sell us things like scented candles and life coaches. Now, practically anything can be labelled wellness – from exercising and socialising to painting and face-masking. But new research by TUI Blue suggests that the term ‘wellness’ could be doing more harm than good. It found that 86% of Brits suspect wellness trends may have a negative impact, with more than half (54%) admitting to feeling worse after trying a new fad. In fact, the overwhelming nature of wellness causes a third of those surveyed to feel like a failure when it comes to maintaining it – which explai...
11 wellness tips that promise to boost both your physical and mental health
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11 wellness tips that promise to boost both your physical and mental health

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love scrolling simple, easy-to-implement wellness tips that boost your day-to-day quality of life. A bit like self-care ideas, incorporating wellness into your morning routine, daily life, and wind-down can boost both your physical and mental health. But with close to four million results for “wellness tips” on Google, where do you start? And how do you sieve the genuine, qualified experts from the click-bait sensationalists? By letting us – and our expert-led panel of pros – help. Keep scrolling for wellness tips from: Kayla Itsines, personal trainer and founder of SWEAT Alice Liveing, personal trainer Doctor Sophie Bostock, sleep expert and founder of The Sleep Scientist Doctor Julie Smith, clinical psychologist and author of Why ...
Apparently, there’s a ‘vibe shift’ coming, but what will it mean for wellness?
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Apparently, there’s a ‘vibe shift’ coming, but what will it mean for wellness?

Have you heard the news? According to a now-viral article published by The Cut, there is a ‘vibe shift’ coming – and it’s set to shake-up life as we know it. This isn’t the first ‘vibe shift’, the article says, but rather, just the latest in a series of ‘vibes’ that describe the dominant social wavelength of the day. Struggling to compute a) what the hell is going on, b) whether your early morning yoga and oat milk latte ritual is still a ‘vibe’ and c) if you even care? Let’s break it down… What is a ‘vibe shift’? Remember ‘normcore’, when everyone wore dad jeans and sneakers without a hint of irony? Well, that was a certified ‘vibe’ during the 2010s, coined by Sean Monahan, founder of trend-forecasting consultancy 8Ball, and former co-founder of art collective K-HOLE. Read more at...
Indy yoga studio aims to make wellness more accessible in underserved communities
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Indy yoga studio aims to make wellness more accessible in underserved communities

INDIANAPOLIS — In Jasmine Morrison's yoga class, she wants you to feel welcome, no matter your size, color, gender, or age. "Yoga means unity," Morrison said. She's completed 500 hours of teaching training at the Hot Room. Feeling included is important to Morrison, who said she felt invisible after visiting a boxing studio. "I felt left out. I was actually the only person of color in a studio. And I never was cued to do anything. I was never told, 'Hey, instead of do this, try this.' So I was left thinking I was doing it right ... but I wasn't utilizing my punches. I wasn't stepping into my fullest expression," Morrison said. Creating an inclusive wellness environment is intentional for Hot Room CEO Hye Jin Kalgaonkar. "A big part of our mis...
I’m a wellness expert and my simple trick will get you out of bed EVERY TIME your alarm goes off without hitting snooze
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I’m a wellness expert and my simple trick will get you out of bed EVERY TIME your alarm goes off without hitting snooze

IF YOU find yourself hitting the snooze button once, twice, or even more times before you pull yourself out of bed, you're not alone. Many people tend to have trouble starting the day right after their alarm goes off, but luckily there is a trick to combat that tempting snooze button. A wellness expert on the USA Medical TikTok page revealed how to get out of bed right as you wake up - and have plenty of energy to do so. He claims the trick can be used for anything in life you need willpower for and takes just five seconds. He calls the trick your "five seconds of power." The expert said that as soon as your alarm goes off, you have five seconds to decide whether or not you're going to get up. Get the full story at The Sun.
Here’s how candles lead the wellness industry during the pandemic
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Here’s how candles lead the wellness industry during the pandemic

Once the remit of last-minute, hastily-wrapped housewarming gifts, candles have had the glow-up of a century over the course of two years. Further proof can be found in the numbers, with reports stating that 49% of scent shoppers used their go-to fragrances less often in 2020, but 85% used home scents in the same time period, with candles leading the category. So, how did the needle move from gifting and decor to wellness essential for the candle industry? We investigate. Let there be light: How candles became the unlikely hero of the lockdown Abigail Cook Stone, co-founder and CEO of Otherland, believes that the extended periods of lockdown have altered the way we view candles. “The events of the past year have made us crave feel-good things to look forward to, such as the anticipatio...
Do I need a wellness screening every year?
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Do I need a wellness screening every year?

Physicians insist on the importance of regular wellness screenings — just don’t call them physicals. The term “physical” is outdated, says George M. Abraham, president of the American College of Physicians and chief of medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass. In reality, he says, what patients need is less a head-to-toe examination than an annual preventive visit — a chance for doctor and patient to check in and cover topics that might not come up during more focused sessions. Over the years, there has been a movement away from annual physicals and toward routine preventive screenings. Researchers are split on the concrete value of general health exams. In 2019, a systematic review of general health checks published in the Cochrane Database of Systemat...
The Fit List: Wellness treats from sustainable activewear to essential oils
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The Fit List: Wellness treats from sustainable activewear to essential oils

In need of some TLC? This week’s Fit List is all about care – whether for yourself, others, or the planet. Go sustainable with all natural dental care, eco activewear, and dairy-free milk, or soothe yourself with essential oils and a holistic fitness app. Plus, you can help a great cause when you buy a bottle of shampoo or conditioner from Philip Kingsley’s No Scent No Colour range. Reformation activewear collection LA-based brand Reformation promises to be Climate Positive by 2025, thanks to its use of low-impact materials, rescued deadstock fabrics and repurposed vintage clothing. The EcoMove fabric on its fitness apparel now comes in this funky Cheetah print. Read the list at Metro.co.uk
Seeking wellness: Unique spa treatments to try around the world
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Seeking wellness: Unique spa treatments to try around the world

As the world continues to recover from more than a year of lockdowns, relaxing and rejuvenating escapes are going to be at the top of the wish list for most travelers. In addition to heading out to pampering stays in exotic places, why not make your next trip all about a self-care and healing wellness journey with a unique back-to-nature experience? Here are some worldwide locations offering element-based (earth, water, fire, and wood) spa-cations that will refresh, revitalize and get you back in the mood for some international travel – whenever you feel comfortable with getting back out there. Huvafen Fushi - Maldives Heading the list in unique spa locales is the Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives. The Huvafen is home to the world's first and only underwater spa, where reef-facing treat...