As much as we all wish we had access to Gwyneth Paltrow's wallet and Goop recommendations, that doesn't mean wellness can't be ubiquitous. It's no secret the wellness industry is booming -- from kombucha to cryotherapy there are countless trends to try. It can be overwhelming when it seems that everyone on your Instagram feed is trying all the latest services and you can barely afford your rent.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate wellness, without spending a penny.
Start Your Day With Warm Water
Kick start your day and your digestion with a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. For added benefits and taste, squeeze lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. Warm water will help cleanse the body of toxins, relieve bloating, clear congestion and increase metabolic rate.
Time to bare your piggies and put them on the Great Mama! Reconnect with the subtle energy and vibration of the Earth to help balance your nervous system and destress. Feeling grounded brings a sense of stability, strength and centeredness. Research has also indicated benefits of improved circulation, pain and inflammation reduction, and improved cardiovascular health. Find a patch of grass, or better yet the beach if you live near one. There is also research on the health benefits of living at the beach!
Reconnect With Breath
Ever noticed how after a hard workout you are short of breath... or after a relaxing savasana the breath seems slow and steady? That's not without reason. The breath is a powerful tool to use to balance out the nervous system.
Start by noticing the natural flow of your breath. Then, begin to shift into a more intentional breath, tracing the inhale from the navel center all the way up the body and release the exhale out through the mouth. On your next breath, slowly extend the length of the exhale so it becomes longer than the inhale. Continue with this breath pattern, in and out through the nose, for at least a minute. After releasing the breath, notice any changes in the physical body. You will most likely feel less tense and your mood more regulated. Pranayama, or breath control as it is known in yoga, is a powerful tool to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the relaxation response.
Put Pen To Paper
Take ten minutes at the start or end of your day (or both!) for self-reflection. Journaling is a proven way to reduce anxiety, stress and to help process any unresolved emotions. Try making a list of 5 things you're grateful for, or write stream of consciousness and see what comes out. You might be surprised at what's beneath the surface in the psyche, needing to be released.
Host a Women's Circle
Tap into the healing nature of the divine feminine, bringing your girlfriends together for a monthly gathering. In the wake of the #MeToo campaign it's more important now than ever, to unite in community and support. Healing circles are a primal instinct. It's time to break down our technological conditioning and spend more time together - to connect, support, and realize there is no need to suffer in solitude. Theme your circles around a variety of topics - dinner club, book club, full moon rituals... the sky is the limit, literally!