It’s gifting season...and whether you love it or loathe it, we can all use a little extra lushness this time of year. Here's a roundup of good gifts for the modern wellness warrior: step up your own self-care game this season, or send a subtle hint that someone else in your life should.
I’ve never been a diehard coffee drinker. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried. I’ve had many mini love affairs with the stuff: I like the routine, the accessibility, the Americanness of coffee, but it never makes me feel as great as I want it to. Enter pregnancy and breastfeeding and, well, I’ve since learned to live a life that’s relatively devoid of caffeine, and tbh, I don’t miss it that much (have I waxed on about my love of Teeccino to you yet?). If you, too, are sensitive to caffeine and looking for a way to cut back, or if you're feeling super fatigued and coffee just ain't cutting it anymore, here’s the scoop on energizing alternatives that’ll help make mornings (and afternoons and evenings) a little easier.
The sleep hack I've been swearing by lately? Setting a strict 11 p.m. bedtime. I'm the type who can just keep on working until the wee hours but a timer on both my phone and my laptop help hold me accountable. I force myself to turn off my tech right then and there and I'll try to wind down with a mini meditation or reading a few pages of an actual book before I pass out. Bliss. After all, those endless to-dos can often wait till morning. More sleep, sex and skin ideas to make your life a little bit better, below.
If you’ve been wondering why you’re suddenly seeing mushroom coffee and turmeric-infused everything popping up, here’s the deal: these buzzy ingredients known as adaptogens are part of a highly select group of plants and fungi which increase the body’s resistance to physical, chemical or biological stressors.