Wellness Digest #5: Earthing, Anxiety, and Armchair Travel

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Welcome to this week’s digest. The photo above is of the Abbaye de Sénanque in Provence. I was there one year ago. As you can probably see, it’s known for its breathtaking lavender fields, as well as being a beautiful piece of architecture. During this moment of #stayhome, let’s not forget to think about future adventures — near or far. Here’s this week’s list:

HEALTH

Here are some updates on COVID-19. And if you feel like you have a wipe permanently attached to your hand (“you never know!“) here’s some information on how to handle objects like keys, phones, and money.

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) is my go-to for reports to help me navigate skincare products, house cleaners, and how clean my drinking water is based on my zip code. Here’s their guide to COVID-19 and your health.

And if you are still looking for a mask, might a bra mask be in your future?

FOOD/NUTRITION

Comfort food meets superfood! Here’s a recipe for potato scallion and kale cakes that’s easy and delicious. Make a batch and you’ve got dinner, lunch and/or snacks!

Are you, like me, trying to figure out how to handle produce during the virus? Here’s what you need to know about wiping, soaking, spraying, and any other decontamination strategy that we might need to do (or not) when we get home from the store.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

The practice of grounding/earthing is simply walking on grass with bare feet. (You can also sit.) Many feel that this direct connection to the earth helps to reduce anxiety and make us feel more balanced. As the weather gets warmer, it’s a nice daytime-to-nighttime transition ritual. It feels good. And, I definitely sleep better.

Breathwork and meditation are also proven ways to relax at the end of the day. NYC meditation studio Inscape is offering a free one-week trial for their classes. I hope to visit their space in the future, but until then their online vibe is lovely and they have a great app!

SELF-CARE

Sky Ting Yoga is offering a free week of their classes. Its cult-favorite status in NY (and beyond) is due to owners Chloe and Krissy’s down to earth, fun approach. All levels welcome.

For all exercise minimalists, this one’s for you. Here are eight strength exercises brought to you from alpinist Anna Pfaff. You can do them anywhere. Fun fact: She came up with these when she was stormbound for 19 days on a climb in India.

PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Here are some free online Ivy League Courses. Perhaps it time to sample Yale’s Introduction to Classical Music or Penn’s Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors?

Soren Gordhamer, founder of one of my favorite conferences, Wisdom 2.0, interviews former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on dealing with isolation and loneliness: Healing Loneliness: Community & Belonging in the Digital Age.

JOIE DE VIVRE!

1. Victoria Frolova’s blog Bois de Jasmin is all about perfumes and scents. It’s a real jewel of a blog. Here’s a recent post on ballet-inspired perfumes and a primer on the art of smelling.

2. How about a little armchair travel to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome?

3. Four years ago this week we lost Prince. Here’s U Got The Look featuring the purple wonder himself, Sheila E. wearing a white, one-legged, full-body leotard (it works!), Cat (dancer extraordinaire), and Sheena Easton (remember her?). The opening sequence is shot in Paris. So good.