Love in the Time of COVID

Contributor: Lori Bush, Co-Founder & CEO of Solvasa  March 12, 2020, was a very long day. The drama started at 2:30 AM Paris time while on a long-planned girlfriends’ trip to France. Our phones blew up with calls and texts from loved ones alerting us to the breaking news of travel restrictions from Europe to the U.S.   Was this stressful?  Of course. Did I panic? A little. And then a mindful moment of PBR kicked in: Pause, Breathe, Respond with Intention. As Solvasa’s Dr.…

Resilience to Stress in Stressful Times

Contributor: Dr. Kristen Race, Ph.D.   Last Monday I flipped from full denial about the threat of a pandemic to a full on panic attack. Since then I’ve toggled between convincing myself that the shortness of breath I experience while going up the stairs must mean I have the virus, to compulsively hitting the refresh button on a live map of the current outbreaks, to subtly edging away from anyone who clears their throat, to making sure I buy…

Balance Your Brain to Balance Your Life!

Contributer: Dr. Kristen Race The pressures, pulls, and distractions of our lives have made the idea of attaining “balance”, an urban myth that, while desirable, seems unattainable for most of us. We spend our lives inundated 24/7 by information, our careers demand constant accessibility, and our time spent with our own children seems more harried than ever. Drawing from cutting edge research on the brain, combined with simple mindfulness practices, I’ve spent the last decade…

The Meaning Behind the Mantra

Contributer: Lori Bush Intention over habit. Attitude over age. Presence over everything. These catchy sounding keys for Integrative Beauty seem simple enough… right? In reality, while the potential benefits are profound, many of us are challenged to overcome the less-than-healthy ways our minds respond to constant over-stimulation, and social and self-imposed pressures. Not to mention the human propensity to default to ingrained biases and practices. The purpose of our mantra is not to suggest that…

Natural Ways to Add More Probiotics to Your Diet

You’ve probably heard about the ‘good’ bacteria that keep your gut healthy and digestion in check. And while there are dozens of probiotic supplements out there, one of the best ways to make sure these microorganisms are flourishing in your gut is simply by eating certain foods. Fermented products contain certain strains of bacteria and you’ll find a lot of dairy products have high concentrations of good bacteria. Here are some of your best bets for…

I’m In a New Relationship…

Contributor: Elizabeth Thibaudeau We invest a lot into our relationships, but how often do we take the time to nurture the relationship with ourselves? While hiking the other day, I was tuned into the Rich Roll podcast, and enlightened by a discussion he was having with his guest, Lisa Gottlieb. For those of you who may not know who she is, (don’t feel bad, I’d never heard of her) she’s a therapist who recently wrote…

5 Steps to a Beautifying Bath Ritual

Treating yourself to a relaxing and luxurious bath every now and then can be a great way to de-stress and decompress after a long day or week.  Cleopatra was known for taking soothing milk baths regularly and the idea of bathing rituals dates back thousands of years. In Europe, bathing became a go-to routine using the therapeutic properties of salt water. Here are five steps to turning your baths into a beautifying routine: #1: Fill…

Dry Brushing – Dos and Don’ts

You know how important it is to exfoliate your skin, but sometimes using a loofah or scrubbing cloth is a little too harsh. The good news is, there’s a gentler way to exfoliate your skin and also keep it smooth and glowing every day. Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic technique that not only buffs away dead skin cells but also improves circulation. You can do it everyday or every other day without irritating and damaging…

3 Ways to Declutter Your Life Right Now

Feeling stressed and run down lately? Your environment and your daily routine may be to blame. Whether you work at a busy office or work remotely from home, too much clutter in your life — and in your mind — could be holding you back from staying focused, productive, and calm throughout the day.  The good news is, it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to get organized and lighten your load. Here…