Like any other human, I wind down after a long day working from
bed home by remaining horizontal and going down a TikTok rabbit hole. Considering we’re only 8 weeks into the new year (and 7 weeks into me breaking any New Year’s resolutions I had) my For You page seems to consist solely of wellness BS. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good life hack. But on the flip side, some of these videos make me feel like, despite the green juice and chia seeds I ingest, I’m not doing enough. The mere thought of the “that girl” era makes me break out in hives — which I’m pretty sure is the opposite of health and wellness.
That said, I’ve decided I’m going to be *gasp* a little selfish this year and take care of myself. Let me get to the point—while I’m not going to take an “internal shower” (tbh the idea of that sounds disgusting) there are some redeeming qualities to WellnessTok. Here are a few trends that don’t make me want to delete the app entirely.
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Dragging Yourself Out Of Bed and Into Leggings
Contrary to popular belief, hitting the snooze button doesn’t count as a HIIT class. And while I don’t jump out of bed stoked to hit the gym, putting on some leggings and a sports bra has given me the motivation to start thinking about hitting the elliptical. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do think being prepared for something makes me more willing to do it (damn my mother for always being right). Putting on this bright set first thing gives me enough serotonin to get on the Peloton instead of using it as a drying rack…most of the time.
Crop Tank High Waist Yoga Leggings Set
QINSEN 2 Piece Ribbed Seamless Set, $33.99, Amazon
Adding Veggies To My Plate Instead of Removing Sh*t
I think it’s fair to say we’re all tired of hearing about what we shouldn’t be eating. Like, explain to me why there is a war on dairy? So when I heard it was better to add something to my plate instead of taking it away, I was thrilled. Sure, it’s vegetables, but vegetables get a bad rap IMO. We’re always trying to make them something they’re not. (We’re looking at you, cauliflower gnocchi.) Can we just let them live? And if they’re living next to my bowl of pasta, or chopped up in a quiche, I’m all in. What I’m not into though is all the kitchen prep. Enter: the viral veggie chopper.
Fullstar Vegetable Chopper
Fullstar Vegetable Chopper, $29.99, Amazon
Journaling For, Like, 5 Minutes
I’ve always dreamed of being a journaling girlie ever since I started going to therapy. But, let’s be real here, who actually has the time? And don’t get me started on the cringe-factor of some of the journal prompts out there. I’ve seen this 5 Minute Journal all over TikTok and, naturally, I was influenced to buy it. To my surprise, the prompts were short, sweet, and didn’t make me want to die from embarrassment. Honestly, it usually takes me less than 5 minutes a day—which is great because that means I can squeeze in a few more minutes of scrolling.
The Five Minute Journal
The Five Minute Journal, $28.99, Amazon
Drinking Water. That’s It.
If you haven’t seen a TikTok referencing a Stanley cup, you’re probably living under a rock. While I wanted to completely avoid the trend at first, I eventually succumbed to the peer pressure. And (surprise) I’ll likely never turn back, even though I despise drinking water. Having my Stanley on me at all times has turned things around. It has a handle, which I’m surprisingly grateful for. Look, I’m no NBA player so my grip only extends as far as the jar of pickles I eat over the sink. And the Stanley fits in a cup holder which makes it convenient for travel and commuting. On top of all that, they come in so many colors. I’m practically collecting these things like I did Pokémon cards in the 3rd grade.
Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler
Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler, $66, Amazon
I’m such a hot mess in the morning that anything that guarantees to snatch my puffy cheeks is likely to be an instant hit in my book. But, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t skeptical of the ice roller hype. Because, much like the vegan mac and cheese I just ate, I was expecting this trend to overpromise and under deliver. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect for this ice roller to turn my mornings around quite like it did. Call me an ice queen because I use this thing while drinking coffee, to ease headaches, and honestly just help me calm TF down.
ESARORA Ice Roller for Face & Eye
ESARORA Ice Roller for Face & Eye, $21.99, Amazon
Listen, I can *feel* you rolling your eyes on this one, but hear me out. I’m not going to lie to you and say I that I fully believe that dry brushing actually helps with your lymphatic whatever, but I will say that it’s become a nice ritual for myself—I can lock myself alone in the bathroom for an extra 10 minutes and avoid being bothered. Not to mention, I literally feel like I’m getting groomed like a golden retriever. It really feels like a moment of self-care and pampering without having to worry about being too embarrassed to tell someone the massage pressure is too hard. TBH, I’ve never been so happy to brush myself off.
CSM Dry Body Brush for Beautiful Skin
CSM Dry Body Brush for Beautiful Skin, $11.69, Amazon
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