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Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 12, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

November Picks: What We’re Reading on SCRIBD

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Personal Growth
Yoga
Meditation

The season of finding gratitude is here, and we’re all about reflecting on books that make our lives, our minds, and hearts bigger. 

Need a good read for the Thanksgiving trip home? Find something you’ll enjoy on the SCRIBD app. Search through audiobooks, snapshots, magazines—even sheet music!

The Little Book of Hygge // Meik Wiking

Wondering what hygge is? Pronounced hoo-ga, this cute little book has all the info you need to know about this Danish lifestyle trend. So take a break, get comfy, and learn about the cornerstone of Danish life while discovering advice and tips on incorporating more cozy into your routine. 

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The Little Book of Hygge // Meik Wiking

Wondering what hygge is? Pronounced hoo-ga, this cute little book has all the info you need to know about this Danish lifestyle trend. So take a break, get comfy, and learn about the cornerstone of Danish life while discovering advice and tips on incorporating more cozy into your routine. 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy // Jenny Odell

In a world where our value is determined by our constant productivity, doing nothing is a form of resistance. Artist and critic Jenny Odell shares her field guide to doing nothing and offers an insightful critique of what we think productivity is, what reconnects us to nature, and reveals what we are normally too distracted to see about ourselves and the world around us. 

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy // Jenny Odell

In a world where our value is determined by our constant productivity, doing nothing is a form of resistance. Artist and critic Jenny Odell shares her field guide to doing nothing and offers an insightful critique of what we think productivity is, what reconnects us to nature, and reveals what we are normally too distracted to see about ourselves and the world around us. 

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey // A.J. Jacobs 

Discovering that his coffeeand every other item in our liveswould not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted, New York Times author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. A journey that takes him all over the globe to individually thank farmers, chemists, truckers, miners, artists, and more, Thanks A Thousand is a great reminder of the power of connection and how gratitude can change our outlook on life. 

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Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey // A.J. Jacobs 

Discovering that his coffeeand every other item in our liveswould not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted, New York Times author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. A journey that takes him all over the globe to individually thank farmers, chemists, truckers, miners, artists, and more, Thanks A Thousand is a great reminder of the power of connection and how gratitude can change our outlook on life. 

Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga // Peter Sterios 

Looking for the perfect gift for the yogi in your life? Check out Peter Sterios’ groundbreaking book on the full, healing potential of yoga. An innovative yoga teacher and trainer, Sterios shares a unique set of principles to help anyonefrom beginners to advanced yogisrestore their approach to yoga by tuning into the body. 
 

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Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga // Peter Sterios 

Looking for the perfect gift for the yogi in your life? Check out Peter Sterios’ groundbreaking book on the full, healing potential of yoga. An innovative yoga teacher and trainer, Sterios shares a unique set of principles to help anyonefrom beginners to advanced yogisrestore their approach to yoga by tuning into the body. 
 

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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 23, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Unlocking Your Mindbody: How Not to Sabotage Your Wellness in 2021

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Personal Growth
Mental health
Wellness
Self-care

Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.  

Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.”  I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy. 

Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year. 

1. Lean into wellness.  

If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.   

While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.

2. Focus on the positive.  

Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.  

Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.   
  

3. Practice self-care. 

The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.  

To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level. 

4. Focus on what you can control.  

Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.  

If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.

And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass. 

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Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.