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I am thrilled to share my first Caitlin Crowe Wellness Blog feature about my dear friend Savannah King! Savannah and I first connected through Rêve Cycling Studio in Portland, Maine. I wanted to feature Savannah because of her inspirational ability to balance a career as a scientist with teaching spin and other athletic endeavors. Her spin classes are highly inspirational and will always have you pushing yourself to a stronger version of you. Let’s clip in and enjoy the ride.
Self-care. What is it exactly? Those two words permeate today’s society. It has become a movement. How would you define it in a sentence? The simplest definition is “to care for oneself.” How exactly does one care for oneself though? We all have our own versions of self-care. I am going to provide five examples of what we might think are self-care, but upon further examination, are the furthest from self-care. Let’s dig in.
A new year, a new you. That’s the motto of many as they strive to meet goals and better themselves in 2019. Unfortunately, many that start out on a resolution-based wellness journey give up after just a few months. There are plenty of reasons for this phenomena, but I think maybe one of the most common is that so many people have are unable to find a plan that fits them.
This year, rather than signing on for what everyone else is doing, why not explore a few up and coming trends. You never know. You just might find something that fits you perfectly and keeps you motivated at the same time. Here are a few wellness trends to test out this year while searching for your ideal medium.
The Holidays are a special time for many individuals around the world. They are observed and celebrated, shared and remembered. Some associate them with friends and family. Others associate them with peace and presents. Everyone participates in their own form of jubilation, but one thing is universal. The holidays are a time for giving thanks and for giving back.
When we were kids, an approaching holiday season meant time away from school and homework, delicious meals, and visits with your favorite relatives. The season was one of happiness and joy. As an adult, the experience can be quite different. The children are home from school and creating messes, someone has to cook those delicious meals, and some of those relatives require an entire hospitality staff to occupy their time. It’s a season full of stress and anxiety.
Remove some of the hassles and dread out of the holiday season this year. Whenever you feel your patience beginning to fray and your nerves start to sizzle, mentally running through the following concepts will help you remain calm and retain mental clarity.
It’s officially that time of year where the seasons change and, for some of us, so does our mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)is a very real problem affecting up to 20% of Americans at some point throughout the year. Traditionally, symptoms of SAD begin to manifest as the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop. While there are no proven causes of the disorder, experts posit that it occurs for one of the following two reasons:
Fall is finally upon us. Cool weather is cutting through the haze and humidity of summer. Soon the leaves will change and the infamous New England foliage will draw thousands to the area. Most will drive through the numerous forests, commenting and photographing what little they can on their way to their final destination. The slightly more adventurous, however, will have other plans.
Mount Washington Valley and, more specifically, the White Mountain National Forest is home to more than 1,200 miles of scenic trails. The best way to experience New England in the fall is to hike them. Here are a few that I’d highly recommend!
I’m an avid cyclist. I ride over 100 miles from Portland, Maine every weekend, and get great use out of my Peloton indoors during the work week. As such, I’m always keeping an eye out for new and exciting industry trends that might expand and enhance my biking experience. We at Topo Pino have already noticed that people are taking more active vacations, choosing to bring their bicycles along with them rather than leave them behind. But what other trends are we likely to see soon? Here are a few that I’ve come across recently that I think will have a big impact on 2018 cyclists!
It’s midsummer which means we are smack dab in the center of peak season for lavender blooms. This beautiful plant, widely grown in the Mediterranean Mountains and regions of Northern Africa, is something to behold when it reaches maturity. It is aromatic by nature and displays aesthetically pleasing purple flowers that seem too lovely to touch. Just the sight of lavender growing in fields full of straight, colorful rows can do wonders for your mood. But the beauty of lavender is nothing compared to the potential health benefits it boasts.
After Airbnb bought Trip4Real in 2016, the travel trend began to shift from sightseeing endeavors to more intimate encounters with local landscapes and cultures. Instead of traveling to enjoy similar home commodities or cuisines in exotic places, travelers began to seek journeys that allowed them to experience life as the locals did and to reflect on their journeys afterward. This change in travel motivation is what spurred the experiential travel trend of 2018: transformational travel.