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5 Tips for Wellness

When we’re all stuck at home, it may be easy to get into a rut of bad habits. A seemingly irreparable sleeping schedule, a lack of productivity, and a little bit of over-eating are all things to watch out for. Just know you’re not alone, even if you live alone. Sometimes it just takes a bit of inspiration to get back into a routine and break out of a rut. 

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Take this time to explore new hobbies to fuel your mind and your body, and reconnect with what makes you passionate. You’re in good company – your own! So why not use this time to focus on your wellness? If you need a few tips to keep yourself busy, healthy, and motivated, read on!

1. Home Exercise Routines

Exercise is good for your body and mind. Working out just 30 minutes a day is all you need for better heart health and wellness. Working out means more than just lifting weights, and can easily be done at home. Exercise is whatever you are comfortable with and gets you up and moving, whether that means:

  • Running,
  • Walking,
  • Dancing,
  • Biking,
  • Yoga,
  • or Gardening.
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Even doing your household chores count. If you choose something you like, then you’re more likely to do it again. For more in-depth information about types of exercises, sample workouts, and measuring your heart rate, check out this article.

2. Healthy Quarantine Snacks

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Immunity-Boosting Muffin Recipe

Blueberry muffins are a great post-workout snack. They are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can help repair damage to cells. Blueberries are also an immunity-boosting superfood, which is great to add to your diet during a quarantine when maintaining wellness. For an amazing sugar-free option using stevia, check out our Immunity-Boosting Muffin Recipe.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar

Maybe you’re more in the mood to relax, and with relaxing comes snacking. It can be hard to stay away from the temptation of sugary treats while focusing on your wellness. If you’re trying to maintain a healthier diet but still want to indulge, try baking healthier alternatives. It’s easy to make alternatives that are lower in refined sugar, like a Vegan Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar. This chocolate brownie is not only delicious and all-natural but completely vegan and made with simple ingredients.

Healthy brownies on a dark wood background.
Homemade moringa pancakes with apples

Moringa, Pumpkin, and Apple Vegan Pancakes

Running out of breakfast ideas? Are your breakfast classics getting just a little too… boring? Spice up your favorite pancakes with a healthier (and tastier) alternative to a guilt-free morning treat. Try our Moringa, Pumpkin, and Apple Vegan Pancakes for a sweet breakfast you can feel confident serving to your family! 

3. Meditation for Beginners

At first, it might seem strange to sit in silence with your thoughts and do absolutely nothing. However, people have been meditating for thousands of years to improve their wellness. Meditation can help you focus, deal with stress, and help you become less reactive. We experience our entire lives through our minds. Meditating can help you have more control over your thoughts and actions, and even change your perspective on life.

girl doing a yoga pose at sunset under trees

Meditation can help reduce stress and its effects, which is key to reducing symptoms in people who have stress-triggered conditions. Meditation can also help lower anxiety levels, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, and improve sleep, among other benefits. If you’re interested in adding meditation into your routine, there are even apps that can help guide you.

4. Try Something New in Your Garden!

Want to try something new in your garden? Getting outside and getting fresh air and sunlight is a great way to improve your mental health. Not to mention you will give your body a break from the couch while you get up and get moving. Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a rewarding way to try something new. There are a variety of herbs and vegetables that you can grow in your own garden at home. They range in difficulty to take care of, so there’s an option for everyone. 

Organic vegetables and garden tools on green background for wellness.

If you’re growing your own veggies, you benefit from knowing exactly where they came from and how they were grown. This makes it easier for you to focus on your wellness with a healthy diet. Gardening can also open up the doors for you to make your own compost, fertilizer, and even a greenhouse. By the end of this quarantine, your thumb will be as green as your garden.

What Herbs and Vegetables are Easy to Grow?

Here are some great options for beginner gardeners:

  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Chives 
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
Growing veggies for wellness.
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5. DIY Bath Bombs

Just like meditation, finding time to relax is a great way to look after yourself and destress your mind. Want to take your bubble bath to the next level? Pamper yourself with homemade bath bombs, made with essential oils that will have you relaxing in no time. Our Relaxation Tea can also help bring your wellness spa night to the next level. 

What You Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Colouring pigment – optional 
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of almond oil – or melted coconut oil
  • ¾ tablespoons of water
  • 12-15 drops of essential oil 
  • Bath bomb molds (or alternative)
Woman mixing dry ingredients for bath bomb in glass bowl to focus on her wellness.

Steps:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients with coloring pigment.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly to avoid fizzing.
  4. Fill each half of the mold, press together firmly, and let sit for one minute. 
  5. Let the bath bombs dry for 24 hours before using them.

Note: If you don’t have bath bomb molds, don’t worry! You can also get creative with household items like cookie cutters, ice cube trays, and muffin tins. Even small measuring cups (⅓-¼ cup sizes) work great.

For more detailed instructions, check out this recipe!

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Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Take this time to find something that you are passionate about, like a new hobby or recipe. Try to step outside of your comfort zone to find something that you wouldn’t normally turn to. During social isolation, it’s important to keep both your mind and body healthy and happy. 

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Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree, also known as agnus-castus is a plant from the Mediterranean and western Asia which grows violet flowers and berries. It is commonly used by women to help with problems related to hormone imbalances.

Caffeine

Caffeine increases your energy levels to help you stay active through your workouts or daily activity. Caffeine also boosts energy levels even when your body is in a resting state which can contribute to weight loss. It also stimulates thermogenesis, which is one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food.

Chromium

Chromium works with in the body to metabolize carbohydrates. It is found in many multivitamin supplements and food such as whole grains, fruits and veggies. 

Green Coffee Bean

Green Coffee Bean gives your day a boost and can increase resting metabolic rate, drive weight loss, fat loss and reduce fat absorption. It slows the release of glucose into the body after a meal. These beans are just normal coffee beans in their natural state before being roasted. Who knew coffee beans were naturally green?

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind and is a popular weight-loss supplement. It can drive weight loss and fat loss which could help keep your body’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels healthy.

Forskolin

Forskolin is made from the root of a plant that grows in Nepal, India and Thailand. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a fat-burning supplement.

Black pepper

Black pepper contains piperine which can improve metabolic performance and suppress fat accumulation in the body.  Black pepper also helps the body absorb nutrients and can strengthen immunity. 

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is a medicinal root that is used to treat women’s hormone-related symptoms such as, menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and painful menstruation.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are some of the healthiest fruits on Earth. They contain large amounts of phytoestrogens, which helps moderate some menopausal symptoms. It can reduce hot flashes, sleeping problems, depression, exhaustion, and irritability. They also contain powerful antioxidants that provide cardiovascular protection.

Turmeric

A common spice that can reduce cellular inflammation, and can increase the flow of bile which helps detoxify the liver by breaking down unhealthy fats.

Red Clovers

Red clover is a flowering plant and is a legume. Red clover contains isoflavones, which is a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen has a similar chemical make-up as estrogen which is why it has long been used to ease common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. Estrogen production is at its lowest during the evening, which is why night sweats are so common.

Maca

Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. Maca root has many potential benefits for women but it is known for alleviating menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep. Studies also suggest that Maca can help protect bone health.

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Trans-Resveratrol

This powerful antioxidant neutralizes free radical damage that leads to signs of aging. Resveratrol helps protect the skin surface by interrupting and rebuffing negative environmental influences to brighten complexions and boost collagen production. It has been shown to be effective in preventing UVA damage and abnormal cell growth. This antioxidant is shown to contain anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and skin-calming properties that help revitalize the skin.

Zinc

Zinc is part of your skin’s natural dietary defense, found in many foods we eat and helps to fight off the formation of free radicals. It protects the skin’s lipid, or fat barrier and the fibroblasts that make up collagen. Collagen is your skins support structure that protects against UV light, pollution and other aging influences. Zinc boosts the immune system which may help to control the inflammatory response. Also, Zinc regulates cell production and turnover which may reduce oil production and prevent clogging of pores. Zinc is also used to help heal wounds and treat skin conditions like acne, foot ulcers caused by diabetes, leg ulcers, warts, and aging skin.

Radish

Great in salads and our supplements for their antioxidant ability to fight free radicals, their bile-increasing ability that fights bad fats, and their general detoxifying qualities.

Dandelion

While not wanted in your lawn, dandelion contains a variety of biological properties that promote liver health and provide liver detoxifying properties.

Artichoke

A familiar vegetable packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants. Cynarine, a substance found abundantly in artichokes, is believed to promote healthy cell growth and reproduction in the liver.

Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry Ketone is found in red raspberries which gives the fruit their strong aroma and flavour. It can increase your metabolism and higher the rate at which your body burns fat while also reducing appetite. It can also increase levels of adiponectin, which is a hormone that helps regulate metabolism.