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As the recent freak warm weather suggests, the start of warmer weather and daylight saving time is upon us. As the clocks spring forward by one hour, we’ll benefit from lighter mornings and later sunsets. However, losing as little as one hour can be enough to leave people feeling groggy for a day or two.
Research from a recent study by MINDBODY found that on average, people who went to the gym got more sleep over a 24-hour high-intensity period. But what happens when the clocks change? We’ve asked the experts—and compiled some trusty tips—for what we can do to better prepare ourselves for the time difference.
“Whether it’s a brisk walk outside, a jog or a high-intensity class, it all counts and you’ll feel less restless when your head hits the pillow, making it easier to get an early night,” says Fiona Crossley, the owner at F45 Kingston.
“For the week leading up to the clocks changing, move your routine up by a few minutes each day. For example, begin to wind down 45 mins before going to bed (instead of your usual 30) and ban screens and reading material in bed,” says Leon Taylor, an Olympic medallist and yoga teacher. “Put your phone in another room (use an alarm clock if needed) and ensure your room is dark, quiet and slightly cool in temperature for best quality sleep.”
Need a little *extra* help when it comes to adapting to the time change? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our battle-tested tips and tricks:
- Channel the positive energy: Introduce a short meditation practice every day to help you unwind and calm the mind. Try Re:Mind on for guided sessions.
- Let the light in: Soak up some Vitamin-D! Get off the bus one stop early on the way to work, park further from the office or take your morning meeting outside to give yourself some extra natural sunlight.
- Sweet dreams: Bank your sleep and try taking a power nap on Sunday—but no longer than an hour—to reset your body (and mind) for the week ahead.
- Just breathe: Try 10 minutes of stretching with focused yoga breathing before bed to release the day’s tension and better settle in for an early night.
- Say ‘no thank you’: Coffee or cocktails? Politely decline. Avoid stimulants that can interfere with sleep, like caffeine and alcohol.
Whatever you try this daylight saving time, resetting your internal clock the healthy and natural way will have you embracing those extra hours of daylight all spring and summer long!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!