Quick + Easy Ways to Combat Anxiety

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Anxiety has become commonplace in our society today. My husband teaches at a high school and they’ve recently started a block for stress management. Students can take courses like yoga, coloring, meditation, Tai Chi, and even knitting. We are all bombarded daily with so. much. stuff. If you think about it, we are the generation of multi-tasking. We work while listening to podcasts, we text during dinner conversations. We need TV on as “background noise”. We have trained our brains to be constantly stimulated to the point where short-term memory is being impacted. The pressures of our society have gone beyond just getting into college, and we’re now living double - sometimes triple - lives on the internet. It’s no wonder we’re all feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

I’ve battled my anxiety for so long, and over the past decade I’ve nailed down some of the best (and accessible!) practices that have helped me manage anxiety.

Get Enough Sleep

Some people are fine with 5 hours a night. Me? If I don’t have close to 9 hours, I’m useless. Whatever your magic number is, make sure to prioritize sleep. I know this is easier said than done (trust me, I have a toddler who is a terrible (literally, awful) sleeper. On the days that he was up a few times the night prior, I’ll make sure to leave my phone in the other room and close my eyes for even 20 minutes while he’s napping. Again, I know a great night’s sleep isn’t always realistic but at the very least, try and limit your screen time 1-2 hours before bedtime. It’ll definitely help turn your brain off.

Quit the Instagram Game

I got this tip from Jordan @thebalancedblonde, and it has seriously made my social media experience SO MUCH BETTER. I no longer get lost for hours scrolling aimlessly through stories, or fall down the rabbit hole of the comparison game. When I’m on Instagram (not for work), I'll allow myself to spend max 30 minutes and I choose only 5 people's stories to watch. That way, I'm being more deliberate about the content I'm choosing to consume, and I don't feel like I've lost control falling deep into the 'gram. If this feels a bit too much like plunging into an ice cold pool, try simply turning off notifications.

Start a Yoga Practice

A yoga practice is about so much more than being able to touch your toes. I started my yoga journey in 2006 after battling years of anxiety and depression. It quickly became a “workout” but after my yoga teacher training in 2015, I realized how beneficial the practice was beyond the asana (poses). Breathwork, or pranayama, is my personal favorite yoga practice, and has been a huge part of my healing. A Harvard Medical School publication mentioned “shallow breathing limits the diaphragm's range of motion. The lowest part of the lungs doesn't get a full share of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath and anxious.” Creating the habit of deep breathing in your day-to day (or even before you fall asleep at night!) will for sure, make a world of difference.

limit alcohol intake

It’s no secret that alcohol is a downer. For years, I battled depression and anxiety and always grabbed for a glass of wine or a beer to take the edge off. The effects were immediate and I was able to “let go”…that is until a few hours later when I was suddenly upset and terribly anxious (not to mention a terrible night’s sleep). If this seems daunting, try replacing every other drink with a seltzer or glass of water - you’ll stay hydrated!

There you have it, lovely souls. I’d love to know how you manage day-to-day anxiety and stress! Leave a comment and let me know if I should add anything to my list :)

Earth Day Promos

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I always get giddy around Earth Day because it seems like everyone is giving a little extra love to Mama Earth. I am a huge advocate of protecting the planet, and do all that I can to live sustainably and consciously.

Make sure you give the planet a little more love. Start with this weekend and keep going! Take a reusable cup to the coffee shop, never say yes to a conventional plastic straw, plant some flowers (or ever better your own veggie garden!), and lastly but obviously most important RECYCLE. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Some really amazing brands are doing some special things for Earth Day, so you might as well jump on the bandwagon too!

Support sustainable businesses.

Both in your community and online.

Go paperless.

Stop getting way too much mail delivered to your house, and save some trees. It's a win win.

Walk everywhere!

Within reason, of course. I'm lucky to live in a downtown area where I can walk to most things. If something is too far, take the bus or ride your bike!

Recycle more than just your garbage.

Donate clothes and household goods to families in need. Shop second hand, when possible. Mike and I found so much validation this past year when we started questioning what we were buying new and were able to make some really amazing pre-pwned purchases!

For some things (probably beauty products) it's not all that great to get them used. Below are some great deals celebrating Mama Earth from brands I love and trust!

  • the detox market is offering tiered discounts for going green. 10% off $100, 15% off $200, and 15% +a free gift off $300. I mean, I could definitely spend $300 on goods here. No code necessary!

  • crunchi cosmetics will donate $5 when you spend over $100 to 5 Gyres, a non-profit that researches the impact of plastic on our planet and strives to create better solutions to eliminate plastic pollution.

  • Leahlani Skincare has 10% off everything when you use code “ALOHAEARTH". They also will donate 5% of proceeds to The Surfrider Foundation.

I'll keep updating as more brands I love post deals! What are you doing for Earth Day?

Assembly Bill 495

Ok, huge huge HUGE news about the safety of cosmetics was just announced yesterday.

I've mentioned before how clean beauty is really starting to blow up and have a major impact on the beauty industry, but California takes the lead again on trying to actually make something happen. Citing health concerns, California's legislature is considering a bill that would ban the sale of all cosmetics in the state containing 15 proposed ingredients.

The proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 495, would amend the state's Health and Safety Code. Building off of the existing Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law—which "prohibits the manufacture, sale, delivery, holding or offer for sale of adulterated cosmetics"—the new bill would go further and define adulterated cosmetics as those that contain asbestos, lead or the following ingredients:

  • Dibutyl phthalate;
  • Diethylhexyl phthalate;
  • Formaldehyde;
  • Formaldehyde releasers;
  • Mercury and related compounds;
  • Isobutyl­paraben;
  • Isopropy­lparaben;
  • Butylparaben;
  • Propylparaben;
  • Toluene;
  • Triclosan;
  • Carbon black; and
  • Per- and Polyfluo­roalkyl substances (PFAS)

One of the bill's authors, Assembly member Al Muratsuchi said the following:

“Californians deserve to know whether the cosmetic products they purchase in the state are not harmful to their health. While cosmetic products sold in the U.S. are largely unregulated, other nations—and even retailers—have proactively banned or restricted the use of hundreds or thousands of cosmetic ingredients. AB 495 will protect consumers by banning the sale in California of cosmetics containing known carcinogens, reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors that are harmful to human health."

AB 495 was really proposed to "protect consumers". Think about how often we use cosmetics and personal care on a daily basis, and how some of these products still contain chemicals that can be harmful to our health. I know I've discussed in length CA Prop65, and you can think of AB495 in that same capacity. It's great for consumers that want tighter regulation and safer beauty, but it's a real pain in the butt for brands needing to comply.

The committee hearing is on April 2, 2019. If you want to keep up with this bill, you can do so here. You can read the full text here.

If you're a brand looking for some help on how this bill might affect you, send me an email! Happy to chat.

What do you think of this proposed bill? Are you for stricter regulation about potentially harmful ingredients in your beauty products?