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Back to School Gift Guide: 13 Essentials to Promote Healthy Habits (for college kids & parents)

Let’s face it; going to college is a significant transition for students and parents alike that offers joy, excitement and opportunities for personal growth. And at the same time can evoke stress and separation anxiety.

One of the best ways to stay grounded during a barrage of change is to establish a daily self-care ritual—activities that keep you calm, organized and help you settle into a new normal. A ritual is a routine with intention that helps you focus on you and sets the tone for the day. Over time, this self-care routine can lead to healthy habits to boost your mood, happiness and your general outlook on life.

Creating a daily ritual is easy. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. Don’t try a whole new self-care routine all at once. Focus on just one new habit at a time to give yourself the best chance for success.

Ready? Here are 13 gift ideas to help create healthy habits and back to school routines for stress free living.

  1. Happiness Planner. Commit to fill each day with optimism by setting goals on paper. The Happiness Planner is designed to help you reflect on the positivity, joy, and passion in your life. By applying the practices of mindfulness, positive thinking and gratitude on a daily basis you’ll learn to stay focused on things that truly matter. The best part is the planner is undated so you can start it anytime.
  1. Portable, BPA-Free Tea Infuser. Whether you’re driving the kids between school and soccer practice or running around campus from class to class, staying hydrated helps boost your energy. An all-in-one tea capsule gets you quickly get on your way with a flavorful & calorie-free way to stay refreshed all day.
  1. Organic Matcha Set. Discover an oasis of calm with a daily tea ritual. The high concentration of L-theanine, a natural amino acid found in matcha green tea helps ease the mind and relax the body while enhancing alertness; one of the reasons it's been used for centuries by Buddhist monks as a meditative aid, and makes the perfect coffee replacement for afternoon studying.
  1. Bamboo Matcha Whisk. With a bamboo whisk, making matcha adds a bit of Zen to your day. You’ll feel comforted and connected knowing that the simple act of gently frothing a creamy cup of tea has been performed for thousands of years by millions of people and will continue to be done for centuries to come.
  1. Wabi-Sabi Matcha Bowl. Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that reminds us to embrace imperfection and find beauty in nature. This Japanese tea bowl is slightly irregular and will bring joy to your daily tea ritual. It’s also large enough to double as a bowl for noodles, so go ahead and pack some ramen with it… your student will thank you later.
  1. Gift that Gives Back. Let the soft touch journal featuring original watercolor inspire your inner artist while supporting scholarships for young women. For a new twist on the gratitude journal, take 5 minutes in the middle of the day to jot down a short list of beauty around you. Choosing to see beauty is a simple, creative act that can help add joy and positivity to your day.
  1. Digital Detox. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break", it's often to post a photo to Instagram or share a story on Snapchat. Give yourself or someone you love a reminder to unplug, unwind and stay connected to the physical world with analogue devices.
  1. Tea is always a good idea. So often when we’re busy and stressed we eat and drink without thinking, and no more so than in college during late night cramming sessions for that important test. Mindful eating helps us slow down and restore the body-mind connection and there’s no better way to do that than with a soothing cup of tea.
  1. Marrakesh Mint Rooibos. Mint contains an impressive amount of Vitamin A and is well recognized for it’s soothing properties. This hand blended herbal tea with notes of fine cut peppermint and African green rooibos will encourage you to practice deep breathing while you enjoy the refreshing aroma with each inhale.
  1. Royal Apothic Hand Creme. A luxurious hand cream with fragrant notes of orange, magnolia, geranium, and bay rose will transport you to a peaceful garden wherever you are.
  1. Gratitude Journal. Deadlines at school and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. Reduce stress and anxiety by taking a few minutes at the end of each day to unplug and write down your reflections, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for.
  1. Home Spa Day. A soothing blend of essential oils is designed to relax and renew. Sit back, breathe deeply and allow the tension to melt away.
  1. Adult Coloring Book & Flowering Tea Set. Discover how adult coloring books can help you practice mindfulness meditation. By immersing yourself in a creative activity, you can unplug, unwind and let go of the day’s stress while being fully engaged and present in the current moment.

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” What are your favorite back to school routines? Share them below.

 

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Let’s face it; going to college is a significant transition for students and parents alike that offers joy, excitement and opportunities for personal growth. And at the same time can evoke stress and separation anxiety.

One of the best ways to stay grounded during a barrage of change is to establish a daily self-care ritual—activities that keep you calm, organized and help you settle into a new normal. A ritual is a routine with intention that helps you focus on you and sets the tone for the day. Over time, this self-care routine can lead to healthy habits to boost your mood, happiness and your general outlook on life.

Creating a daily ritual is easy. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. Don’t try a whole new self-care routine all at once. Focus on just one new habit at a time to give yourself the best chance for success.

Ready? Here are 13 gift ideas to help create healthy habits and back to school routines for stress free living.

  1. Happiness Planner. Commit to fill each day with optimism by setting goals on paper. The Happiness Planner is designed to help you reflect on the positivity, joy, and passion in your life. By applying the practices of mindfulness, positive thinking and gratitude on a daily basis you’ll learn to stay focused on things that truly matter. The best part is the planner is undated so you can start it anytime.
  1. Portable, BPA-Free Tea Infuser. Whether you’re driving the kids between school and soccer practice or running around campus from class to class, staying hydrated helps boost your energy. An all-in-one tea capsule gets you quickly get on your way with a flavorful & calorie-free way to stay refreshed all day.
  1. Organic Matcha Set. Discover an oasis of calm with a daily tea ritual. The high concentration of L-theanine, a natural amino acid found in matcha green tea helps ease the mind and relax the body while enhancing alertness; one of the reasons it's been used for centuries by Buddhist monks as a meditative aid, and makes the perfect coffee replacement for afternoon studying.
  1. Bamboo Matcha Whisk. With a bamboo whisk, making matcha adds a bit of Zen to your day. You’ll feel comforted and connected knowing that the simple act of gently frothing a creamy cup of tea has been performed for thousands of years by millions of people and will continue to be done for centuries to come.
  1. Wabi-Sabi Matcha Bowl. Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that reminds us to embrace imperfection and find beauty in nature. This Japanese tea bowl is slightly irregular and will bring joy to your daily tea ritual. It’s also large enough to double as a bowl for noodles, so go ahead and pack some ramen with it… your student will thank you later.
  1. Gift that Gives Back. Let the soft touch journal featuring original watercolor inspire your inner artist while supporting scholarships for young women. For a new twist on the gratitude journal, take 5 minutes in the middle of the day to jot down a short list of beauty around you. Choosing to see beauty is a simple, creative act that can help add joy and positivity to your day.
  1. Digital Detox. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break", it's often to post a photo to Instagram or share a story on Snapchat. Give yourself or someone you love a reminder to unplug, unwind and stay connected to the physical world with analogue devices.
  1. Tea is always a good idea. So often when we’re busy and stressed we eat and drink without thinking, and no more so than in college during late night cramming sessions for that important test. Mindful eating helps us slow down and restore the body-mind connection and there’s no better way to do that than with a soothing cup of tea.
  1. Marrakesh Mint Rooibos. Mint contains an impressive amount of Vitamin A and is well recognized for it’s soothing properties. This hand blended herbal tea with notes of fine cut peppermint and African green rooibos will encourage you to practice deep breathing while you enjoy the refreshing aroma with each inhale.
  1. Royal Apothic Hand Creme. A luxurious hand cream with fragrant notes of orange, magnolia, geranium, and bay rose will transport you to a peaceful garden wherever you are.
  1. Gratitude Journal. Deadlines at school and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. Reduce stress and anxiety by taking a few minutes at the end of each day to unplug and write down your reflections, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for.
  1. Home Spa Day. A soothing blend of essential oils is designed to relax and renew. Sit back, breathe deeply and allow the tension to melt away.
  1. Adult Coloring Book & Flowering Tea Set. Discover how adult coloring books can help you practice mindfulness meditation. By immersing yourself in a creative activity, you can unplug, unwind and let go of the day’s stress while being fully engaged and present in the current moment.

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” What are your favorite back to school routines? Share them below.

 

Read more


How to Combat Wedding Planning Stress When You're Busy

You might be a mere month or so away from your wedding day, and you would love to be basking in these last few weeks of engaged bliss. Instead you’re feeling tired, stressed out and overwhelmed. Maybe you need to check in with guests who haven’t RSVP’d, get vendor contracts signed and figure out when to apply for your marriage license. Oh, and you’ve probably got a day job and a normal life that is on overdrive at the moment.

Combat Wedding Stress

It’s time to take a moment – or two – to relax! Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. Here are a few simple ideas for quick and natural stress relief to help you feel happier and more peaceful while you plan your wedding day:

    • Plan a day to hang out with your bestie – no wedding talk allowed. In the hyper digital age, it's so important to unplug and connect in person. Get away from all of it and catch up on news that has nothing to do with organza, flatware, delivery times or a cake.

 

    • Stop trying to keep it all in your head. You’ll forget and get more frustrated. List all of the things you need to get done on paper.

 

    • Prioritize your to-do list in a healthy way. Don’t assemble your favors, when you haven’t finished finalizing your guest list. Organize your plan and check off the important items firstso that you aren’t scrambling to finish everything at the last minute.

 

  • Schedule some ‘me’ time. Use things you already have around the house and plan a spa day in your own home, or treat yourself to a spa gift box. Here’s an easy, stress relieving recipe for a Green Tea Body Scrub that will leave you glowing and refreshed:

Green Tea and Lemon Body Scrub

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons warm coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons loose green tea
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 8 drops of Bergamot essential oil (optional)

Mix Epsom Salts and baking soda in a bowl. Add oil and mix thoroughly. Add tea and zest (and essential oil, if you are using it). Mix everything together and add to a sealing container. This relaxing and rejuvenating scrub will last for a couple of months (if you don’t use it all quickly!).

Unsure where to start? For a self-care routine to be effective you need to be deliberate and mindful of the act, so no multi-tasking. Establish a morning ritual, as we previously wrote about, to support mindfulness and help bring focus to your day.

How to combat wedding related stress

Still need a boost? One of my favorite rituals is my mid-morning tea—the simple act of gathering the leaves, taking in the aroma of the tea while practicing breath awareness followed by slowly sipping it from my favorite cup is a subtle reminder to slow down and enjoy the experience.

 

Read more

You might be a mere month or so away from your wedding day, and you would love to be basking in these last few weeks of engaged bliss. Instead you’re feeling tired, stressed out and overwhelmed. Maybe you need to check in with guests who haven’t RSVP’d, get vendor contracts signed and figure out when to apply for your marriage license. Oh, and you’ve probably got a day job and a normal life that is on overdrive at the moment.

Combat Wedding Stress

It’s time to take a moment – or two – to relax! Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. Here are a few simple ideas for quick and natural stress relief to help you feel happier and more peaceful while you plan your wedding day:

    • Plan a day to hang out with your bestie – no wedding talk allowed. In the hyper digital age, it's so important to unplug and connect in person. Get away from all of it and catch up on news that has nothing to do with organza, flatware, delivery times or a cake.

 

    • Stop trying to keep it all in your head. You’ll forget and get more frustrated. List all of the things you need to get done on paper.

 

    • Prioritize your to-do list in a healthy way. Don’t assemble your favors, when you haven’t finished finalizing your guest list. Organize your plan and check off the important items firstso that you aren’t scrambling to finish everything at the last minute.

 

  • Schedule some ‘me’ time. Use things you already have around the house and plan a spa day in your own home, or treat yourself to a spa gift box. Here’s an easy, stress relieving recipe for a Green Tea Body Scrub that will leave you glowing and refreshed:

Green Tea and Lemon Body Scrub

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons warm coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons loose green tea
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 8 drops of Bergamot essential oil (optional)

Mix Epsom Salts and baking soda in a bowl. Add oil and mix thoroughly. Add tea and zest (and essential oil, if you are using it). Mix everything together and add to a sealing container. This relaxing and rejuvenating scrub will last for a couple of months (if you don’t use it all quickly!).

Unsure where to start? For a self-care routine to be effective you need to be deliberate and mindful of the act, so no multi-tasking. Establish a morning ritual, as we previously wrote about, to support mindfulness and help bring focus to your day.

How to combat wedding related stress

Still need a boost? One of my favorite rituals is my mid-morning tea—the simple act of gathering the leaves, taking in the aroma of the tea while practicing breath awareness followed by slowly sipping it from my favorite cup is a subtle reminder to slow down and enjoy the experience.

 

Read more


3 Ways To Boost Happiness At Work

As a busy professional it's important to take time for yourself. Being constantly connected and on-the-go can leave you feeling exhausted and over time can be destructive to your health, relationships and career.  Many successful leaders are turning to simple mindful techniques that are easy to fit into a daily office routine. Try them and you'll be left feeling relaxed, recharged and able to achieve your goals without sacrificing yourself.

Here are three ways to help you practice mindfulness and feel happier at work:

3 ways to boost happiness at work

1. Keep a small journal with you and if you're feeling stressed write down what you're worried about or what's distracting you. By acknowledging the issues, you take control. Don't let the problem escalate and don't start thinking of solutions in the heat of the moment. Simply jot it down on paper, take notice of how it makes you feel, and then let it go. You might even want to crumple up the paper, physically tossing away the worry.

2. Take three­-minute breathing breaks, in which you think of nothing other than your breathing. Take these breaks several times a day. Fit them in each time you’re about to get up to get a glass of water, or right before you're ready to get on a conference call with a client. You can even set the phone alarm every two or three hours as a reminder. The breathing breaks will clear the noise out of your head and help you feel calm, confident, and ready to make smart decisions.

3. Take a walk. That might sound tough to do in the middle of a hectic day, but how about scheduling your next meeting out of the office? For example, instead of holding your next one­-on­-one meeting with a team member in your office, suggest meeting at the café down the street. Walk silently to the meeting by yourself and that idea that's been escaping you all day? It just might find you while you're outside listening to a bird or simply breathing in the fresh air.

Practicing these short focused moments doesn't require any special equipment and can do wonders for your mood, which will help you be your best, both at work and at home.

 

Read more

As a busy professional it's important to take time for yourself. Being constantly connected and on-the-go can leave you feeling exhausted and over time can be destructive to your health, relationships and career.  Many successful leaders are turning to simple mindful techniques that are easy to fit into a daily office routine. Try them and you'll be left feeling relaxed, recharged and able to achieve your goals without sacrificing yourself.

Here are three ways to help you practice mindfulness and feel happier at work:

3 ways to boost happiness at work

1. Keep a small journal with you and if you're feeling stressed write down what you're worried about or what's distracting you. By acknowledging the issues, you take control. Don't let the problem escalate and don't start thinking of solutions in the heat of the moment. Simply jot it down on paper, take notice of how it makes you feel, and then let it go. You might even want to crumple up the paper, physically tossing away the worry.

2. Take three­-minute breathing breaks, in which you think of nothing other than your breathing. Take these breaks several times a day. Fit them in each time you’re about to get up to get a glass of water, or right before you're ready to get on a conference call with a client. You can even set the phone alarm every two or three hours as a reminder. The breathing breaks will clear the noise out of your head and help you feel calm, confident, and ready to make smart decisions.

3. Take a walk. That might sound tough to do in the middle of a hectic day, but how about scheduling your next meeting out of the office? For example, instead of holding your next one­-on­-one meeting with a team member in your office, suggest meeting at the café down the street. Walk silently to the meeting by yourself and that idea that's been escaping you all day? It just might find you while you're outside listening to a bird or simply breathing in the fresh air.

Practicing these short focused moments doesn't require any special equipment and can do wonders for your mood, which will help you be your best, both at work and at home.

 

Read more


Unlock The Hidden Benefits Of Writing, From Happiness To Well-Being

 Even if you don’t aspire to be the next Ernest Hemingway, you can benefit from writing. The simple act of jotting down your thoughts on paper helps reduce stress, strengthen relationships and unlock creativity. Here's how to tap into the benefits of writing to improve your well-being.

Reduce stress: Deadlines and decisions at work and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. One way to reduce stress and anxiety is to keep a journal by your bed and take a few minutes each night to write down your reflections on the day, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for. This simple but mindful act of writing down your thoughts puts the mind at ease and helps you fall asleep on a positive note.

Beauty Sleep Gift Box

Strengthen connections: Remember when you would go to the mailbox, see an envelope from a friend, and feel that rush of happiness? Now, when you go to your mailbox, you're most likely to find bills and junk mail. We just don't write letters that much anymore. Instead, we send emails or tweets. Why sit down for an hour to write a letter when instead you can blast out 140 characters in an instant? Because texts and tweets are fleeting; handwritten letters linger. When you take time to write on paper, you take the time to think of the person you're writing to, and your words take on a deeper meaning. A handwritten expression is a gift the receiver will treasure for years to come.

handwritten note

Unlock creativity: The act of writing itself is a creative experience, from choosing beautiful paper to picking out just the right pen. But perhaps even more importantly, writing gets your creative juices flowing, helping uncover new thoughts and ideas. Writing also helps you remember things better. So, take a minute to write down that flash of brilliance when it appears out of thin air. Then when the time to act on it comes along, you're more likely to remember it. There's an old Chinese proverb that says it best: “The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.”

So try something old that will feel new again. Turn off the smartphone and pick up a fresh piece of paper. You won't regret it.

 

Read more

 Even if you don’t aspire to be the next Ernest Hemingway, you can benefit from writing. The simple act of jotting down your thoughts on paper helps reduce stress, strengthen relationships and unlock creativity. Here's how to tap into the benefits of writing to improve your well-being.

Reduce stress: Deadlines and decisions at work and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. One way to reduce stress and anxiety is to keep a journal by your bed and take a few minutes each night to write down your reflections on the day, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for. This simple but mindful act of writing down your thoughts puts the mind at ease and helps you fall asleep on a positive note.

Beauty Sleep Gift Box

Strengthen connections: Remember when you would go to the mailbox, see an envelope from a friend, and feel that rush of happiness? Now, when you go to your mailbox, you're most likely to find bills and junk mail. We just don't write letters that much anymore. Instead, we send emails or tweets. Why sit down for an hour to write a letter when instead you can blast out 140 characters in an instant? Because texts and tweets are fleeting; handwritten letters linger. When you take time to write on paper, you take the time to think of the person you're writing to, and your words take on a deeper meaning. A handwritten expression is a gift the receiver will treasure for years to come.

handwritten note

Unlock creativity: The act of writing itself is a creative experience, from choosing beautiful paper to picking out just the right pen. But perhaps even more importantly, writing gets your creative juices flowing, helping uncover new thoughts and ideas. Writing also helps you remember things better. So, take a minute to write down that flash of brilliance when it appears out of thin air. Then when the time to act on it comes along, you're more likely to remember it. There's an old Chinese proverb that says it best: “The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.”

So try something old that will feel new again. Turn off the smartphone and pick up a fresh piece of paper. You won't regret it.

 

Read more