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Between traffic and deadlines, finding your daily dose of solitude and wellness can seem like it’s a world away. Whether you’re seeking a reset over your lunch break or in need of a mental health day, here are a few of our favorite ways to escape the daily hustle.
Lyon Street Steps
Whether you stroll or sprint, the Lyon Street Steps offer a daily dose of zen amongst the go-go-go. A hidden gem that can be hard to find means fewer crowds and more solitude. Stand at the summit, take a deep breath, and embrace the epic views of the Palace of Fine Arts Dome, the San Francisco Bay, and neverending (foggy) sky.
The Pad Studios
Center your mind and body on even the busiest day with a class at The Pad Studios. Offering a variety of practices at all times of day, you can easily drop-in and roll out your mat in between meetings or after work. From power flows to restorative yoga, Pad Studio’s welcoming environment will help you reset and feel more inspired.
Yes, it’s home to The Painted Ladies, but the lush grass, sunshine, and beautiful views make it an easy escape. Grab a blanket, a book, a snack (maybe even your furry friend) and embrace this iconic urban oasis. Something about this green grassy place makes us feel good!
An urban oasis in the heart of the Mission, Laughing Lotus will uplift your spirit and strengthen your soul through inspirational practices. Whether you need to disconnect and just be in silence or find positive vibes in a fun flow, this studio offers classes in a beautiful, cosmic space. Welcome your day and awaken your brain by dropping into a Morning Mantras practice, a 30-minute Morning Meditation or invigorating Sunrise Flow.
Conservatory of Flowers
Sometimes you need a little natural beauty (and people watching)—that’s why we love the Conservatory of Flowers. Take a seat, embrace the fragrant flowers, and take let the impressive Victorian-era greenhouse transport you to another time. There’s something magical about this botanical wonder!
To put it bluntly—2020 was a real bummer. When we entered the year, we all had that “20/20 vision” mindset of making the year one of travel, joy, discovering new hobbies, and conquering our fitness goals. But come March, that vision became a blurry mess of sheltering-in-place and being forced to throw our normal routines and our aspirations out the window.
Who would have thought that something like getting a haircut would be off-limits? Or that those monthly massages wouldn’t be around to help us unwind? 2020 forced us to get creative, and you blew us away with your stick-to-itiveness.
We recently polled you on Instagram to see which beauty and wellness services you missed the most and how you’ve re-vamped your self-care routines to stay sane during this train wreck of a year. And I must say, as I read your responses in my sweats, rocking the messiest top knot of all time, I definitely felt like I need to take it up a notch when it comes to getting ready for the workday.
Seriously—an alarming number of you have been on point when it comes to sticking to your daily morning routines and actually wearing work clothes while on Zoom calls. Kudos to you!
Curious to see what the takeaways were from our Instagram poll? Keep reading.
According to your responses, you're all sick of your exposed roots and split ends equally, with 51% of you preferring to get a haircut and 49% opting for hair color. The numbers were also pretty close when it came to your nails—with 52% of you opting for a manicure over a pedicure. Due to the pandemic, the state of the beauty industry has been on a rollercoaster of openings and closings—and they need our help and support now more than ever. If you happen to live in an area where you’re able to enjoy beauty services, make sure you show your stylist or nail artist a little bit of extra love when tipping them.
Anybody who knows me will tell you the thing I miss the most is getting a monthly massage—and 71% of you seem to agree. With most of us working from our beds or hunched over our laptops on our couches, our posture (if not our comfort) has taken a serious hit. While most of us either live in an area where massages are off-limits or we just don’t feel safe going in for one quite yet, there are some touchless spa treatments you're ready to try.
Call it wishful thinking, but I was fully expecting most of you to say, “Zoom camera off” as your go-to beauty tip—but I guess that’s just me. Instead, you've all been pretty consistent with your morning routines—working out, showering, and dressing like you're actually going into an office. Some of you are even going the extra mile and putting on a red lip and some earrings. I’m taking notes.
And even though this year’s challenges put a damper on our normal routines, it's inspired us to get creative with our skincare regimen. Some of you have added new serums and masks to your skincare arsenal, while others have tried out at-home facials for that quarantine glow. By far, one of the most popular answers was the incorporation of Gua Sha to help detoxify, brighten, and tighten your skin.
This year was one for the books. But I think it made us realize there is always wellness—and that taking care of ourselves is crucial. If you're in an area where in-house beauty services are an option, book that appointment (if you feel safe to do so). If your only option right now is to stay at home, keep carrying on with your feel-good, at-home routines.
If you're curious to see what some other wellness trends you should take note of in 2021, check out this blog.