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Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 01, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Our Favorite Wellness Tips for a Better You in 2020 

Expert Advice
Meditation
Yoga
Acupuncture
Personal Growth

Whether it’s setting the alarm to work out in the morning, ditching negative body talk, or practicing yoga poses for a better night’s sleep, 2019 has been chock full of wellness tips. As the ball drops and we head into the new year, our resolution is to make 2020 the year of continuing to improve our wellness. Here’s a roundup of our favorite blog posts with expert tips and tricks on all things wellness!

8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

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8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

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Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

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How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

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4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

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5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

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Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

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4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

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Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

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How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

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7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

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4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
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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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.