Wellness

Our mental and physical wellbeing influences everything in our lives. We hope to share the best ideas to help you improve – every day!

How Often Do You Really Need to Wash Your Comforter?
If your pets sleep in your bed with you, there’s a higher chance you’ll end up with outside invaders in your bed. “Dogs bringing in ticks [which then attach] to owners is a very real and not uncommon situation,” Dr. Russo says. “Likewise, cats go outside and may hunt …
Ashley Graham Shares Photos of Her Postpartum Hair Loss Journey
Supermodel and mom of three Ashley Graham shared a series of photos of her postpartum hair loss on Instagram this week. In the caption, the 35-year-old joked, “I mean at least it’s growing #postpartumhairloss.”This isn’t the first time Graham has been open about the effects of pregnancy on her body. She’s …
Why ‘Make Sure to Pee Before You Leave the House’ Isn’t Always Good Advice
You’ve certainly heard this advice before: Always pee before you leave home. These seemingly wise words, often drilled into us as children, are meant to help us avoid smelly rest stops and that awkward moment when you rush into a store to ask if they have a bathroom, only …
A 12-Minute, Full-Body Resistance Band Workout That Hits All Your Major Muscles
It can be tough to squeeze in a quality workout when you’re strapped for time and have limited fitness equipment. But if you have a full-body resistance band workout in your arsenal, you can actually accomplish a whole lot.Resistance bands are a very effective piece of equipment, certified personal trainer Alicia Jamison, MA, coach …
5 Expert Tips to Avoid Over-Spending on Holiday Gifts This Year
Do you want to spend $1,000 total? $200? Whatever the number is, write it down or put it in a notes app on your phone and work backward from there. If you need to buy eight gifts and have $240 to do it, each gift limit is $30. Or …
25 Songs to Fuel Your Rage Workout
This article is part of All the Rage, an editorial package that digs into the science of anger. SELF will be publishing new articles for this series all week. Read more here.There’s nothing quite like hitting the gym when you feel like you’re about to explode. Anger can make …
37 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Try In Lieu of Booze in 2022: Amass, De Soi, Monday, Kin, Ghia
For many folks recovering from alcohol abuse, trying to avoid drinking, or simply reducing the amount of booze they consume, the past few years have presented some, unique challenges. There’s no one answer here, no magic formula or recommended daily approach (beyond the CDC’s usual drinking guidelines) when it …
6 Ways Constant Anger Can Hurt Your Health Long-Term
Here’s what you should know about the many ways anger can impact your body in the long run, and what to do if you’re concerned about how it might be taking a toll on your health. 1. Heightened inflammation A growing body of research suggests chronic stress, as well as the …
When Postpartum Depression Shows Up as Intense Anger
“After delivery, there’s this incredible change in reproductive hormones,” Katherine L. Wisner, MD, the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. “Hormones—such as estrogen and progesterone—go from the highest they’ll ever be down to almost …
5 Ways to Spot Indigenous Cultural Appropriation in Wellness Culture
Social media influencers self-branding as “medicine people” or “healers.” Remember that most Indigenous medicine people do not advertise their knowledge on Instagram, do not share photos of ceremonies, and certainly do not attempt to gain “followings.” Watch out for these so-called gurus who are probably not endorsed by the …
Fitbit Sense 2 Review: Robust Health Data Metrics Is Its Biggest Win
The screen on the Fitbit sense is beautiful, bright, and easy to see. And for some reason, if it’s not bright enough for you, you can max out its display in the watch’s settings. Swiping through the different screens is pretty intuitive to find what you want to do.The …
38 Best Holiday Gifts in 2022, According to SELF Editors: Etsy, Amazon, Nordstrom, Hugimal, Uncommon Goods
With the holidays officially here, the pressure's on to find thoughtful, unique gifts for loved ones that aren't just variation of what you've gifted before. Here at SELF, we're always looking for the best gifts (seriously—it's a full-time job), which is why we understand uniquely why it's so tough …
These Stress Relief Activities Actually Work, According to Experts
If you feel like your stress has been next-level lately, you might find a tiny bit of comfort in the fact that you’re definitely not alone. According to the American Psychological Association’s 2022 Stress in America report, concerns about money and global uncertainty, to name two huge factors, have spiked personal stress …
8 IT Band Stretches and Exercises to Help Relieve Outer Knee Pain
Your TFL band can also become overused if you spend a lot of time sitting, especially in positions that involve good amounts of both hip flexion and hip abduction—say, sitting on the couch with your knee pulled up toward your chest on the outside of your shoulder, says Lakes. What …
How to Stop Taking Your Anger Out on Loved Ones
The good news, according to Dr. Bobby, is that situational rage is the least complicated type of misdirected anger to work on. “The first step is recognizing, I’m not myself right now; I’m going through something difficult that’s making me think and feel in angry ways,” she says. “Instead …
8 Coping Skills Therapists Use When They’re Really Angry
If taking a few deep breaths simply isn’t cutting it (you know, when you’re super ticked off), you can still use the power of your lungs to your benefit. Atmakuri recommends exhaling forcefully (think a dragon breathing fire), sighing loudly, exercising in a way that gets your heart rate up, or …
Meet Janee’ Kassanavoid, the Hammer Thrower Representing Indigenous Women on the World Stage
Early on in her career as a hammer thrower, Janee’ Kassanavoid learned a simple yet important lesson from her coach, Greg Watson. The equation for power, he told her, was work over time.Kassanavoid keeps this physics lesson in mind each time she competes in her chosen sport, which, as legend has it, originated …
24 Great Gifts for Coworkers Under $25 in 2022 from Amazon, Etsy, Uncommon Goods
Shopping for the perfect holiday gift for coworkers can be tricky, especially if you don’t know them super well outside of your nine-to-five. Alternatively, if you work from home, it’s possible you’re not as tight with your team as you would be if you all worked together in one …
Hailey Bieber Shares Symptoms of Apple-Sized Ovarian Cyst – See the Photo
Hailey Bieber shared a photo of herself on her Instagram story Monday, drawing attention to what she says is an apple-sized ovarian cyst. “I don’t have endometriosis or PCOS but I have gotten an ovarian cyst a few times and it’s never fun,” she wrote, joking that the cyst …
How to Stop Being Angry at Yourself for Your Mistakes
Recognizing similar experiences in your past can be illuminating, Dr. Chu-Peralta adds. For example, if the last time you experienced chronic headaches and self-recrimination was when you were a kid with a hypercritical parent, it may be that feeling angry at yourself at work is a response to an …

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