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It’s time to turn that clock forward and say hello to longer days and later sunsets! But are you feeling a little out of whack from losing an hour of sleep? Maybe it’s the morning darkness that’s throwing you off, or maybe you’re just having trouble adjusting your body clock. Who knew this yearly 60-minute change could make such a difference in our routine? If you are anything like me, “springing forward” really puts a wrench in my schedule (but let’s be honest, those pre-sunset commutes sure are beautiful).
Here are four wellness tips and real-life hacks that can help you adapt to Daylight Savings Time:
The hour difference can mess with your sleep schedule. And if you live in one of these sleepless cities, changing the clock can become an issue. Allow yourself time to adjust. If the evening sunlight is disruptive, maybe it’s time to invest in a luxurious sleep mask. Or if it’s impossible to open your eyes in the morning because it’s so dark out, don’t fight it! Welcome those extra hours of zzzz’s until you feel like your body is back on track (on weekends of course).
The struggle can be real when it comes to embracing Daylight Savings Time. One *major* thing that helps me adjust to the sun being out til 7 PM? My nighttime ritual—specifically my bedtime ritual. It always keeps me on track and helps me unwind after a long workday. Accept the longer sunny hours by getting cozy before hitting the sheets. Take time to rest and relax. Ditch technology and unwind with a book. Or diffuse some of your favorite essential oils. These two things alone help me adapt in a routine that feels right to me.
Does the extra hour of darkness throw off your morning fitness game? If you’re having a hard time getting back into your regular workout schedule, try booking a new class. It can add a little extra excitement to your calendar! Maybe the extra daylight after work has you all about those sun salutations at a sunset meditation session. Or do colder, darker mornings have you warming up to hot yoga? I always like to add a different exercise (or two) to my routine when the seasons (and the clocks) change.
Of course, the extra daylight gives us even more time to get out into the great outdoors. Whether it’s a quick walk during lunch, a Saturday afternoon hike, or a brisk walk with your dog at sunset, spending time outside in the sunlight is one easy way to help your body adjust to seasonal jet lag. A few steps and some fresh air can make a huge difference in your day.
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!