The little ways a digital detox can make a big difference in your life
The wellness revolution will not be televised.
What a time to be alive! Here we are, existing in an era that many would describe as, irrefutably, the most forward-thinking, tech-progressive, thought-led time in history. And yet, many of us are on the cusp of occupational burnout, we are the loneliest we’ve been in a long time, and according to this research, the average person spends a whopping 153 minutes daily on social media—with this number growing every year since 2012.
So what exactly is the antidote to the tech-takeover? For many, it means human connection. It means meaningful, intentional time spent alone and with others, making choices that support our individual and collective wellbeing, with a deliberate decision to separate from the very devices that were initially intended to keep us connected. Welcome to the wellness uprising.
We’ve curated a list that includes some of our favorite ways to take care of our physical and spiritual wellness that involves putting down your phone, closing your laptop, and turning off your TV. Read on for for self-care inspiration.
GOOD, CLEAN FUN
Nothing says ‘digital downtime’ like a warm, soothing soak. It’s easier than ever to treat yourself to a personalized experience of indulging your senses through salts and oils designed to comfort, moisturize, and pamper the body, so skip the drugstore synthetics; most commercially sold bath salts are treated with dyes and perfumes that can cause dryness and irritation to the skin. We love our Unwind bath salts, formulated with uplifting bergamot and balancing geranium to help restore a feeling of peace in your body. Bonus: the salts are saturated with 100% pure essential oils and dried naturally in the sun! Post-bath, apply Unwind roll-on on your temples and pulse points to further feelings of zen.
MAKE READING GREAT AGAIN
Remember book sales and read-a-thons in grade school? Now’s the right time to reignite the spark that made us want to dive into a new book whenever we got the chance. Maybe you start a book club with your colleagues at work, or make a new weekly habit of heading to the library with your little ones to pick out a book to read together. The allure of audiobooks, podcasts, and e-readers can be strong, but nothing beats cracking open the spine of a fresh novel or textbook, knowing what awaits you is truly good for your soul; reading and learning new information keeps us feeling sharp and in the know. Try a Saje breath of Brainstorm roll-on the next time you’re getting comfy on your couch with a new book. Roll onto your palms, rub your hands together, and breathe slowly in through your nose. The fresh notes of lemon and the awareness-building benefits of myrtle will have you feeling excited to consciously put your brain to use.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Our bodies were designed to move. Just 30 minutes per day of brisk walking can help improve cardiovascular fitness and increase endurance. Take your walking to the next level by getting out in nature whenever possible. This might mean skipping the crowded downtown sidewalks for the long-way-home through tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood, or commuting to a park or forest in your city for some serious deep breaths among the towering trees. However you decide to get your steps in, our favorite walking companion is our Extra Strength roll-on formulated to help keep your joints and muscles feeling loose and pliable. Roll generously over knees, ankles, and anywhere else that feels achy or tight pre and post-walk to help you stay on your toes.
MAKE A BETTER CONNECTION
If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how many more you’ll be able to share by prioritizing real life connection with friends and family you love dearly. Harvard conducted a study on adult development that draws a powerful correlation between how happy we are in our relationships and how healthy we are later in our lives. The evidence is clear: carving out time for meaningful interactions—a coffee date, a girl’s weekend, a night out with your partner sans children—is literally good for your health. Hold space for quality connection in your life by pairing good conversation with overall wellbeing; support your wellness with nurturing tea tree and cleansing eucalyptus found in our Fortify roll-on. Stay on top of the tickle in your throat and ensure you’re always ready for that next group invite.
INVITE THE OUTDOORS, INDOORS
Houseplants have been having their moment in the sun (no pun intended!) and for very good reason. Everyone you know has likely jumped on the fiddle fig bandwagon, or treated themselves to a voluminous monstera (sometimes known as the ‘swiss cheese plant’ for its unique leaf patterns). There is boundless research that supports what many of us have long known to be true: filling your space with decorative, abundant, life-affirming greenery is very, very good for you. Not only are houseplants aesthetically beautiful, they can help to reduce feelings of stress and help lift your mood, because even looking at plants can help us feel calm and peaceful. For the nature lovers, we encourage you to pick up one of our diffusers that mimic the fresh, clearing deep breaths you experience near crashing surf or a waterfall, and pair it with one of our diffusers blends specifically formulated to replicate nature. We love Into The Trees for its woodsy cypress and grounding cedarwood and Rain Forest for its lofty pine and elevating balsam fir.
FREE YOUR MIND
We all know someone who swears by meditation; they talk at length about the benefits of allowing thoughts to move through you and of ‘turning off’, but what does it actually mean to meditate? The dictionary definition is to “think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation”. We believe that meditation can take many forms; it can be quiet time with your journal, a cup of tea and your favorite cozy corner watching the sunrise in the morning, or a blissful walk in the forest hearing fallen branches crack beneath your feet. Whatever your personal definition of meditation, quiet time, or self reflection, earthy and grounding essential oils of patchouli and vetiver paired with bright and harmonizing orange and neroli in our Yoga Mist can help bring clarity and perspective to your most important self-care rituals.
YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE
You’ve read the statistics; about 71% of the earth’s surface is water-covered, and the human body is, on average, comprised of approximately 60% water. If knowing that a certain amount of water consumption each day to survive isn’t compelling enough, consider this: hydration has a major effect on energy levels and brain function. If you’re looking for creative ways to stay hydrated, consider investing in a water bottle you love, or experimenting with different fruits and vegetables to add natural flavor, like citrus fruits, berries, or cucumbers. If you’re looking for a 100% plant-based product to support a natural energy lift or midday pick-me-up, reach for Energy roll-on, with invigorating rosemary to keep your mind sharp and adaptogenic basil to give your body a boost.
The bottom line: prioritizing practices like self-care rituals and relationship building is imperative to truly living your best life. When you feel awesome, you’ll be motivated to make choices that allow you to show up as awesome for the people, places, and things in your life that make you forget the last time you checked your notifications.
Own your joy so that you can be happier and bring more energy to the world. That ripple effect works on a quantum level. It brings about changes in the world. - Gabrielle Bernstein