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seven ways to stay grounded

February 26, 2018

Staying grounded is easier said than done. From small, daily stressors to bigger, fast-paced events, it’s necessary to be mindful of staying grounded. This month, we focused a great deal on reconnecting — in relationships, with yourself, and with the space around you. Now, let’s wrap it up with seven milk + honey recommended ways to keep your cool.

 

Call a friend or family member

It’s easy to have a false sense of closeness these days. After all, we use Facebook updates to represent life events and Instagram Stories to share our day-to-day. What could we be missing? Pick up the phone and call a long-distance pal, and you’ll find out. While social media does a lot to connect us, our online lives are curated and incomplete. There’s nothing like hearing the sound of your BFF’s voice as they tell you the good, bad, and the ugly. Just hearing a familiar voice can be extremely grounding and flat-out comforting.

 

Turn off your phone

While phones are great for say, calling an old friend (nudge, nudge), it’s nice to schedule intentional time apart from technology. We all know how it feels to be sucked into the world of eternal scrolling and it can be extremely draining — for both your time and your mood. Try to block off time first thing when you awake and right before bedtime to leave your phone face down and out of sight. Use this as your time to recharge and reconnect.

 

Incorporate CBD Oil

Ahhh, CBD oil. Before we go any further, let’s be clear — the hemp-derived oil is non-psychoactive and provides relaxation without intoxication. In some cases, CBD oil is ingested (try it in your next smoothie) or it can be used topically.

We love Mary’s Nutritionals patches and gel pen to provide topical relief for pain management. As of this month, both are carried at milk + honey locations.

 

Revisit an old favorite

What’s your favorite book? Movie? Vinyl album? Revisit that. Comfort can arise from familiarity and you may even get a dose of sweet nostalgia along with it. Our old favorites are still our favorites for a reason: they make us feel something.

 

Reserve a massage

Massages are an essential strategy to reconnect with yourself and improve your mood. You may think we’re biased, but there’s actual science to back it up. Studies have shown stress hormones lowering as much as 31% while dopamine and serotonin rose about 30% post-massage.

Explore milk + honey massages.

 

Make your sleep habitat a haven

Sleeping is such an important part of reconnecting with your best self. So, why not optimize your sleeping situation? Stacy Davenport, milk + honey’s go-to Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst recommends investing in hibernation. As she says, “Let your master bedroom be luscious.”

Some of our favorite additions:

  • New sheets and bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Silk sleeping masks
  • Sound machines
  • Sunrise simulating alarm clocks (so much nicer than your iPhone alarm)

 

Take a bath

It’s no secret that we’re proponents of #TheArtOfTheBath at milk + honey. Whether it’s a quick, 20-minute dip or a lengthier, more indulgent escape, the bath can serve as a tool for reconnection.

Unless your phone has a waterproof case, the simple act of being in the bath takes technology out of the picture. It’s the perfect time to open that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Bathtime is also a great excuse to catch up on your favorite podcast or new music. Try to think of #TheArtOfTheBath as a five-sensory experience. You can indulge with essential scents, relaxing sounds, healing ingredients, a great book, and a glass of wine — if you insist. (I totally do.)

 

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Living, Wellness

what is your #AMandPM?

February 21, 2018

When manifesting positivity for the day, we believe the small things can set you up for success. Whether you’re enjoying your favorite cup of tea in the AM or a unwinding in a PM salt bath, these tiny moments of mindfulness can change the course of your day and affect how you impact others.

 

Next month, we are launching #AMandPM, a blog series and collection of Instagram takeovers featuring a mix of milk + honey experts and influencers. Today, we’re giving you a sneak peek into what you can expect. Read on for milk + honey massage therapist, Lala’s #AMandPM.

 

AM RITUALS

 

Stretch | While still in bed, I like to do a morning stretch with deep breaths. I raise my hands over my head and make my body as long as I can reaching from side to side. If I’m feeling fancy, I make a Figure 4 with my legs and stretch across my side body with cactus arms. I’ll curl to the fetal position and breathe for a moment before planting my feet down and starting the day. Deep breathing and gentle stretching helps the circulatory and pulmonary systems wake up gradually without shocking the system awake.

 

Lemon Water | I juice one full lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it down to chase an apple cider vinegar shot & probiotic pills I take in the morning. The lemon water gets your gut moving and wakes up your digestive system along with providing antioxidants and immunity strengtheners. If I don’t press snooze two extra times, I’ll even make a smoothie with greens, frozen fruit, coconut milk, and whatever else may be hanging out in the fridge.

 

Affirmations | Here’s where I may lose ya. I like to dry brush in the morning and then apply coconut oil to my skin while telling myself nice things. Dry brushing is fantastic for exfoliation, circulation, cellulite prevention and all kinds of magic. Coconut oil is great for my skin type and smells fantastic. I find saying affirmations can be cheesy… though when I do them in a power stance in the mirror while listening to Beyoncé, I feel amazing AF.

 

PM RITUALS

 

Foam Roll | My clients never hear the end of me asking if they foam roll. Rolling out the stagnant blood and adhered tissues of your body will make you feel better! After a long day of doing massage or working out, or both, I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller. Roll out your back, legs, IT band, PSOAS, and hamstrings. If I’m feeling frisky, I’ll grab a lacrosse ball and roll around — targeting my upper back or glutes to release the tighter muscles. (m+h has an amazing product called the RAD roller, which I use on my break at work.)

 

Hot Tea | As a tradition from my childhood, my grandmother and mom both used tea as a form of stress relief. Tea was a cure-all. So you can find me curled up on the couch with my cats and favorite blanket. Yogi Teas are my favorite because they have special messages on the bag for you to feel inspired. (Some fave blends are: Detox, Bedtime, Stomach Ease, and Kava Stress Relief.)

 

Epsom Salt Bath | For sore, tired muscles, energetically draining, or treat yo’self days, Epsom salt is straight wizard level. It calms inflammation, flushes toxins, softens skin, reduces pain, and relieves stress from the magnesium in the salt.

 

Keep an eye out for our #AMandPM Stories — launching in March.

What is your #AMandPM?

Body, Massage, Wellness

reconnect with your physical self

February 19, 2018

In this day and age, connectivity is a funny subject. In a way, we’re more connected than ever. From FaceTime to Facebook, we’ve been provided with countless accessible tools to keep us in touch. The catch? Sometimes we forget to stop and reconnect with ourselves — our own physical being.

We spoke with licensed Massage Therapist and milk + honey Product Representative, Shannon Perry, to discuss ways to reconnect with your physical self.

 

On the importance of stretching:

“If you work at a computer screen all day, there’s good chance you’re not getting up enough. Email after email piles up and meetings can make your day so busy that you feel rushed and anxious about the smallest things. It is vital to our mental and physical well-being to take time for deep breaths, get up and walk around, or do a little stretch to increase circulation. Deep breaths allow us to take a moment from our crazy schedules and reconnect with our body. Deep breathing can decrease the feeling of stress and lower your blood pressure. When in my breaths, I like to take a moment to pay attention to where I may feel muscle soreness or tension and make those areas my focus for the day.”

 

How does Sports Massage fit into personal physical connectivity?

“Sports massage aids in preventing injuries and helps recovery time. It incorporates stretching, which we are all guilty of not making enough time for with our busy schedules. Heavily exercised muscles tend to become fatigued and can have trouble relaxing. Sports massage increases circulation and helps keep the muscles loose to prevent injuries from occurring. This is a great modality to keep an athlete going.”

Learn more and schedule Sports Massage.

 

What are the benefits of RAD Tools?

“I love these tools. I am on the go and don’t always have time for a massage. I can throw a ball in my bag and self massage in the car in traffic, while sitting at the desk on the computer, or after an intense workout relieve tension and increase my range of motion. The balls have a little bit of cushion/give so it’s not too painful to apply a little pressure against the wall or the back of a chair. I suggest using the tools at home on the floor after long day of sitting or standing to ensure you have a good range of motion in to your shoulders. I use the smallest ball on my hands after working on clients or typing all day to relax my hands as well. They offer items in different sizes and firmness so there’s something for everyone.” [Available at milk + honey locations]

 

Tips and tricks:

  • Drink plenty of water. The more you drink, the more you have to get up to use the restroom and refill your glass, forcing you to move!
  • Set an alarm on your calendar to “STRETCH!” or “DRINK WATER!” so you don’t forget to get up from the screen or deadline you’re working on.
  • Foam roll! Lay down for 15 minutes with the roller along the spine. Stretch your arms out to your side and allow gravity to do the work.

 

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Living, Wellness

this will make you a bath person.

February 16, 2018

Disclaimer: If you have a bathtub and rarely use it, let this post serve as “what are you waiting for?” nudge in the right direction. If you have a bathtub and are a bathtime enthusiast, continue reading for your new must-have essential.

The milk + honey Milk Bath No. 05 is — hands down — the most indulgent way to unwind and we highly recommend it. Here’s why:

  1. Bathe like royalty.
    We were inspired by Cleopatra’s legendary beauty routine, which included daily milk and honey baths meant to restore and preserve healthy, glowing skin.
  2. Let it nourish and hydrate your winter skin.
    With nourishing and organic dehydrated coconut milk, your skin is in for a moisturizing treat. Pro tip: exfoliate with the Body Polish, then soothe your skin with the Milk Bath.
  3. It is pure bathtime indulgence.
    The sweet blend of vanilla and lemon peel oil provides a deliciously aromatic atmosphere — we encourage deep, relaxing breaths and lingering in the bath a little longer.

Pro tip: Less is more with this Milk Bath. You only need to add two to four tablespoons under warm running water to create the most luxurious, soothing bath. Enjoy.

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Life, Living, Wellness

how we connect + communicate

February 14, 2018

At the start of February, we talked about the power of connection and the crucial role it plays in our daily lives. Whether they be romantic, platonic, or familial, the relationships we nurture and maintain are essential to our personal growth and happiness. So much so, that we’re taking today — Valentine’s Day — to pay homage to these many meaningful connections.

How? By taking a closer look at the love languages that serve us — and by understanding them, we can continue to improve how we best communicate and connect with one another.

What’s Your Love Language?

The five love languages, as outlined by Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, refer to the way in which we best express and experience love. We’d say that the concept of a “love language” certainly extends itself to more than just romantic relationships; often, we connect to our friends and family members in similar/modified iterations.

Here are the five love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation: You are fulfilled by compliments or words of encouragement and by that token, you also show your love through words of encouragement.
  • Quality Time: You enjoy your partner’s undivided attention and this could overflow into other relationships, where attention is given and received is imperative.
  • Giving and Receiving Gifts: You are sustained by symbols of love, like flowers or chocolates — this also applies to the feeling you get when you give gifts to others.
  • Acts of Service: Setting the table, walking the dog, or doing other small jobs make you happy. On a larger scale, volunteering and getting involved in community initiatives are fulfilling elements of your love language.
  • Physical Touch: Outward affection, such as holding hands, hugging, kissing, and having sex, is your romantic love language. When it comes to friends and family, you show your love through affection.

After reading all five, is there one or two that resonate with you most? Chapman asserts that most people have a primary and secondary love language. Perhaps, you thrive off of affection (physical touch) and verbal support (words of affirmation)? If that’s the case, you know that your best and healthiest connections reciprocate and/or bring out these elements in you.

While this is just one “school” of thought when it comes to how we strengthen and maintain our relationships, we think it’s an interesting one. Thoughts?

Life, Living, Wellness

gratitude is good for you

February 9, 2018

We talk a lot about gratitude at milk + honey — not just because it is in the very fabric (er, walls of our spas) of our ethos but because there is, at any given time, something to be thankful for.

If you’ve ever visited one of our spas, you may have noticed our gratitude jars. We welcome any and all #beegrateful thoughts during your milk + honey visit. To practice gratitude is to intentionally think of the things that make you uniquely happy and thankful. We couldn’t think of a better mental exercise than that.

Today, I’m practicing what we preach:

I moved to Austin in June 2013 with no job (yet), very few friends (yet), no dog (yet), no baby (yet), and only a sweet fiancé (now husband) to hang with as I carved a place for myself in this new city. After enduring my first Texas summer, I admittedly felt more at ease, but I still craved a routine and job to round out my new life in Austin.

Enter milk + honey. I don’t remember how I came across that fateful job posting but I do remember everything that followed. Many interviews and one presentation later, I was offered the marketing position. It felt right. It felt like I was not only gaining employment, but I was also gaining entry into the fold of the Austin community. What I gathered then — and know now — is that milk + honey is a beacon of relaxation, renewal, and comfort for so many in Austin. It is a safe space for people to visit, a place where they can unwind and reconnect without judgment. I’m thankful to be associated with something that has a positive impact on people’s lives.

Four years later, whenever people ask me what it was like to move from NYC and adjust to Austin (almost) sight unseen, I tell them that milk + honey was my turning point. It was the moment I felt grounded here. And that feeling of gratitude — to do something that fulfills me, to work alongside the founder and owners, Alissa and Shon Bayer, and a plethora of incredible individuals, to be a part of this company’s growth, and to contribute to the overarching goal of making people feel good — hasn’t subsided.

This is my #beegrateful moment.

What’s yours?

Life, Wellness

the pursuit of peace of mind {bath edition}

February 8, 2018

The pursuit of peace of mind and reconnection to oneself isn’t limited to the realm of meditation, healthy sleep habits, and a budding yoga practice (to name a few). It’s just as important and effective to carve out quiet time within our already-established daily rituals — specifically by taking a closer look at the ways in which we can silence the mental chatter at the start and close of our days. Today, we turn our focus to the art of the bath.

Giving yourself the time to luxuriate in the bath is a direct act of self-love — and we think there’s a true art to it. If done right, it provides you the space and pause to reconnect with a quieter state of mind and being. Herein find four simple (see! no extra stress necessary) steps to master the art of the bath.

  1. Set the Mood. Our plant-based, pure Essential Oil Candles create a warm, calm space for a relaxing bath.
  2. Draw the Bath. There’s nothing like slipping into a warm bath, infused with one of our organic Bath Soaks. All three blends nourish the skin, promote relaxation, and bring peace to a busy mind.
  3. Luxuriate and Exfoliate. Unwind as our sugar-and-sea salt Body Polishes gently exfoliate to reveal soft, healthy skin. Let yourself revel in the cleansing and the newness — the whole point here is to find indulgence in slowing down.
  4. Amplify the Effects. Reap the mood-enhancing aromatherapeutic benefits by adding a few droppers of our Bath & Body Oils. Or, apply a small amount to your skin for an ultra-hydrating post-bath glow.

Food • for • Thought

How do you carve out time for yourself?

Do you treat bath time as a “sacred” time for reflection, quiet, and a mental reset?

What other self-care moments are important to you?

What does your perfect bath time entail? 

Life, Wellness

setting intentions for february

February 1, 2018

 

Connection is what makes us tick. It is the invisible thread that links us to one another, our ideas, our passions, and our pursuits. Connection lays the groundwork for empathy, understanding, authentic communication, and meaningful interaction. And in an age where screen time is prioritized over face time — unless it’s FaceTime, natch — and entire conversations can take place with nary a word being spoken, we’re going the extra mile this month to put our phones down, observe our surroundings, and connect with the people and things that truly inspire us to lead healthier, happier lives. Whether it be carving out time to sit quietly with our thoughts, drawing a bath to unwind and regroup, reserving a much-needed massage, or catching up with a friend in-person (no phones in sight), our goal is to reconnect with ourselves and with each other. Join us.

 

February • Food • for • Thought

What connections do you value most in your life? Why?

How do you take time to connect to your mind, body, and soul on a daily basis?

Weekly basis?

Monthly basis?

Life, Living

Energize Your Space: a Q&A with Energy Catalyst, Stacy Davenport

January 30, 2018

Whether you’re in our spa or luxuriating in an at-home milk + honey bath soak, creating spaces that reflect and cultivate clean goodness and positivity is our goal. To this end, every milk + honey location is planned and maintained with the help of Stacy Davenport, an incredibly knowledgeable Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst. We sat down with her to discuss how she maintains clear energy in our locations, as well as tips to maintain a clear and positive space at home.

 

What are some of the most important factors in creating a positive flow of energy in your space?

Definitely dusting — under your bed and furniture. It’s important this time of year because thought forms and gunk can get stuck in your space. Declutter from the right place. When you look at something, does it make your heart light up? Or is it an obligation? Create a system using three categories: yes, no, and maybe. This will help you to sort through your things and immediately trust your result. We spend so much time thinking things like, my Aunt Mary gave that to me so I should hold onto it.” If there are things in your environment you don’t really love, it’s creating an energetic block and taking up space where something new can come in.

 

So it’s also about being open to transition?

It’s especially important to re-evaluate the energy of your environment in times of change. When relationships have ended or you’re changing into a new job, walk through and identify what’s in your space that represents the old relationship or the old job that wasn’t fulfilling.

 

What are a few first fixes you think most people could make?

The first focus should be the bedroom or master bedroom. Sometimes I’ll ask people how long they’ve had their pillows and they’ll say, “Oh, I’ve had that pillow for 18 years.” All those thought forms are there — all the things you’ve gone through in the last 18 years. It’s important to initiate a new space or transition with new towels, new bedding, new pillows. Let your master bedroom be luscious. Make it so you just get in bed and exhale. It doesn’t have to be expensive… just something that represents you today. For example: if you have an orange bedspread, does it really fit anymore? This is a chance for brand new beginnings in 2018.

 

For the office or work area of the home, there’s often not enough storage. Go through your spaces and ask yourself: where does this live?” People often say they can’t get their clutter handled — they feel it’s continuous. Usually it’s because there’s not a system in place. There has to be a system so when you’re done with something it’s easy to put it away. If it’s difficult, your mind will say, “I’ll deal with that later.” The key is to create systems.

 

It’s clear you believe in a fresh start with a new year. Does 2018 have any specific significance?

When you add 2018 together, you get an 11. This year, we walked through a spiritual doorway. Double digits represent that the divine is supporting us, so taking care of your environment is really important. In numerology, 11 represents balance and connection to your divine self instead of your egoic self. This year is a really powerful opportunity to align with what’s true.

 

Tell me about some of the tools you use in cleansing the milk + honey spaces.

There’s a grid on the planet called the Hartmann Curry grid. Two scientists in the 1920s created it once they identified how energy flows. There’s the horizontal — like when you meet somebody. You know how they say, “you can know a person in 30 seconds,” that’s because we’re literally exchanging energy. That’s the horizontal. Then, when we pray and meditate we connect to the vertical.

 

Alissa, milk + honey’s founder, has me go through every location once a month and I go to the 2nd Street location twice a month. Every one of those clients has dumped their energy — emotionally, physically, mentally. In the salon, people are in their thought forms. Massage, they’re in their emotional body. Hair and nails, it’s all in the physical body. I clear the slate for the environment of milk + honey. It’s important to address the vertical so the higher vibration can come in and wash out the gunk. That’s the beauty of the milk + honey locations. They’re energetically cleansed so clients can trust they’re entering a clear space.

 

I work with a tool called a dowsing rod. It helps me identify, through my training, where energy is stuck. I also use powerful Chinese elements. One is to lift the old energy — energetic clearing. It lifts any detrimental energy. Then, I use nine capfuls of rum (representing fire) to lift the energy. A red powder is the blessing powder — it lures in blessings. I set the mixtures in the space according to this map (below). The packets stay for about three months to absorb energy. After three months, they’re thrown away.

What are some of your favorite plants to bring into indoor spaces?

It’s best to have fresh plants, but if you don’t have a green thumb, use silk. You don’t want to bring a fresh plant and then it starts to die — that’s energy that’s starting to die, go down the drain, and get weak. That will affect the individuals in the house. When the plant is dead, throw it away. So many people cling onto that one last leaf, but it’s dead. Plants absorb the gunk in the space, so plants may only live for a year. Its job is to clean the space.

 

Aloe is a great plant to have in a bedroom if you struggle with insomnia. It helps to oxygenate and absorb negativity. Instead of having a cell phone next to your bed, placing an aloe plant next to your bed is very beneficial. If you don’t do well with watering plants, I recommend Pathos Ivy — they will tell you when they’re thirsty. Bamboo is beneficial to bring into your space and can provide good luck.

 

What strategies do you recommend to digitally detox at night?

Keeping screens out can fire the brain so you’re processing that all night. I try to shut it off 30 minutes before going to bed. You should meditate or do something to move your focus down to your heart versus the brain. The brain is always processing: “Did I send that in the right way?” or “How is that coming across?” etc. Try this screen-free strategy for 30 days and see if you wake up feeling more refreshed.

 

Set boundaries for balance. This year is about setting boundaries with yourself. People sometimes think it’s selfish and to that, I say, you must be. You need to take care of you, I need to take care of me. It’s appropriate self-orientation.

 

Talk about the role of crystals in indoor spaces. Do you have different suggestions for home/office, etc?

With feng shui there are specific crystals to use within the nine sections. Those same crystals are in the walls of every milk + honey location.

 

I like to provide the first layer of crystals to set the location. Then, there are many other crystals you can add in. In regards to love and partnership, rose quartz is the crystal. You can then say, for example, “I can see I’m having a problem being in my power with my husband.” So then I’m going to support bringing in an amethyst, which is about power.

 

You should start by identifying the crystals that bring in the quality of energy. For example, if you want good communication, that’s pyrite. Everybody is different, so it’s about what’s needed for that individual. It’s always in flux and in movement. You just can’t go backwards when choosing crystals for your space.

 

They’re in every wall at milk + honey locations. For the 2nd Street, Arboretum, and Galleria locations, intentions have been written on the walls. After that, we started #beegrateful notes, so South Lamar and Houston actually have gratitude notes in the walls — they’re connected to the crystals. The gratitude of clients and employees are actually embedded in the walls at milk + honey locations.

 

What do you do to cleanse crystals before bringing them into your space?

I recommend cleansing them in salt water overnight. Then, take them out of the water and place them in the sun for 24 hours. When you set them in their place, do so with an intention. For example, with amethyst: maybe it’s there to have more abundance, happiness, or joy in your life. Or perhaps it’s to bring in a raise, bring in more money, and fully stand in the power of who you are in a graceful way.

 

I recommend cleansing crystals about every six months to once a year. We can get negative, so we all have emotional gunk that gets dumped in our spaces.

 

Salt lamps have a big presence at milk + honey offices, as well as our spa and salon locations. Talk about the role that salt lamps can play in creating positive energy.

They create negative ions, so they create positive energy in a space. They’ve been strategically placed — especially in each treatment room. As a client releases all of their chi, the space will be cleansed.

 

For an apartment, I’d recommend placing salt lamps out in the main living area. It’s also helpful in a bedroom, but don’t sleep with it on. We need darkness at night. However, you can leave them on at all other times — they’re just 4-watt bulbs.

 

 

Let’s talk clutter. How often do you/do you recommend a spring cleaning of sorts?

I definitely like this for spring. We’re coming out of the darkness, out of hibernation, into new beginnings. Sometimes because someone’s life is so big, they can only do one a year. I highly recommend spring. After that, fall. That’s right before we go into the winter. Look around and think “what did I not touch?” because retreating inward is a sacred time.

 

It can be helpful to tie to the spring equinox and the fall equinox. Think of it as coming out and going in. It’s a time to totally refresh the seeds — the trees will be bringing new life. The bulbs that we planted in the fall have been down in the ground until sun comes out. It’s a cycle. Spring is expansion and fall equinox is contraction.

Beauty, Wellness

beauty sleep: four ways to get the best rest

January 25, 2018

In our fast-paced lives, managing to pencil in the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep can feel like a tall order. And even though we’ve made the time for some shut-eye, there are days when we wake up feeling groggy and unrested. That’s because we often skip steps to optimize our beauty sleep. There are a lot of strategies on ways to achieve your best rest, so we’re here to simplify. Here are our top four tips to unlock your most peaceful slumber.

 

Good Foundation

Set up your sleeping situation for success with fresh sheets and pillows. We recommend investing in at least two quality sets of sheets made with high-quality, natural, breathable fabrics. It’s best to wash your sheets about once a week, and it’s especially important to keep clean pillowcases to avoid breakouts. In fact, we recommend treating yourself to a high-quality silk pillowcase. Since we spend approximately a third of the day face-to-face with our pillows, this magical investment can transform your hair and skin. Silk doesn’t trap oils like cotton, so you’re left with a cleaner slate to lay your freshly-washed skin at night. The sleek material also lessens friction, preventing bedhead and hair breakage. We like this brand.

 

Unplug

We know, we know — unplugging is way easier said than done. Allowing your body time for a digital detox before bed is a key ingredient for better, higher-quality sleep. Here are a few ways to help yourself unplug before bed:

 

  • Read: Lose yourself in literature and avoid screens before you say goodnight. Your rested mind will thank you for swapping Netflix for old school paper and ink.
  • Journal: As you know, we believe in the power of gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on your day and jot down a few things you appreciate. Journaling will bring you to a positive headspace so you can achieve your best rest.
  • Don’t sleep next to your phone: At least try to leave your phone across the room so it’s out of reach from your comfy bed. Pro tip: replace your harsh iPhone alarm with a sunlight alarm clock to wake you up in the AM. Before sounding, the clock gradually illuminates to imitate the feeling of sunrise. You’ll wake up refreshed and feeling ready to skip those 15 minutes of mindless Instagram scrolling.

 

Dim the lights

Your mind and body cannot fully relax when the lights are left on. This includes your television and even your salt rock lamp. Although salt lamps can be left on at all times, it’s best to turn it off to catch those ZZZs. Blackout curtains can be a worthy investment, but you can also try an eye mask to ensure you’re getting your best shut eye. Psst. There’s a silk sleep mask out there, too.

 

Slow down

You deserve to pause and unwind before bed. Treat yourself to a warm shower or bath to relax your body and clear your mind. We also recommend trying meditation to prevent anxious or toxic thoughts from keeping you awake. Our favorite meditation app is Headspace. Finally, do your best to avoid your phone 30 minutes before bedtime. Your eyes deserve a break from screens.

 

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