I know this may come as a surprise, but I have only recently started integrating tea into my daily life. I would honestly forget about tea whenever I purchased it or had some in the pantry. I had received multiple tea samplers throughout my life but it wouldn’t cross my mind to make a cup until I started spending time with frequent tea drinkers and I was able to observe their natural tea drinking patterns.
I would have a cup here or there growing up; my mom was a religious tea drinker so I recall several times asking her to make me a cup. Every steaming glorious cup of heart warming tea made me ask myself why didn’t I incorporate tea into my life more often.
Well lovelies, I started listening to myself and enjoying tea daily! I am a huge fan of the comfort any hot beverage or soup brings, and the tremendous amount of flavors available always keeps me interested. I am now proud to say I am a mildly seasoned tea drinker, (I am no connoisseur, I may still leave all of my tea bags in the water for far too long according to some tea drinkers, but hey, it still tastes delicious to me!!)
AND there are many good reasons that people have been drinking tea for centuries. Some perfect times to enjoy tea include:
- In place of your morning coffee
- When you have an upset stomach
- When you need the emotional comfort of a hug but your best friend is across the country
- When you are stressed, anxious, or sad
- When you are thirsty for something warm and stimulating without the side effect of, lets say, coffee
And literally, there is a tea flavor for any situation. I have recently been enjoying these 5 heart warming teas pretty often.
Matcha is fantastic in the morning as a replacement for coffee. This particular type of tea is a species of green tea hailing from Japan, but is a bright green powder instead of a dried leaf. This bright green powder contains fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants and is nutrient rich. The taste of Matcha resembles that of a typical green tea, but is slightly more vegetal. This tea has caffeine in it, but is lacking the chemical components that cause the negative side effects found from ingesting too much caffeine.
This is my go to whenever I think I may be starting to get sick. The power couple that is ginger and tumeric provides a kick of antioxidants and both are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They also taste surprisingly delicious together. The ginger is not modest, so if you are prone to indigestion or acid reflux, this may not be the best tea for you.
The amount of varieties of green tea available is quite mind boggling. When paired with mint, or fruit, or just alone, green tea is a soul-warming, refreshing palate cleanser. Subtly caffeinated, I usually enjoy this tea only in the morning.
MY FAVE YOU GUYS. I am literally drinking a cup right now. Which is so strange because I really don’t enjoy mint things. Like it blows my mind people eat mint and chocolate together. But when it comes to peppermint tea, say no more. It ALWAYS makes my stomach feel better if it is upset, and it provides a jolt of vibrancy without caffeine. And it makes your breath smell amazing.
This is a tea I have just recently come around to. Cinnamon is a really potent smell, so I have to be careful with how often I drink this as it can be overwhelming for me. I usually enjoy cinnamon tea when it is cold outside and I need a little pick me-up while trying to get some work done. Cinnamon tea usually contains black tea also, which does have caffeine in it, so be cautious drinking near bedtime.
Still unsure? Check out this paper on tea and the effect it has on our bodies.
But really, I truly believe there is a tea out there for everyone. One type I used to enjoy a lot when I was younger is Chai Tea. Chai has cinnamon, cloves and anise in it, so think more along the lines of a delicious fall candle. When mixed with coconut milk and honey, this becomes an amazing treat.
And, if you are feeling really experimental and none of the teas above sound delicious to you, you can always try out a sampler of tea to find the perfect tea for you, like this one. OR pull out the google machine and look up your local tea house. Serving and enjoying tea is a craft and an art form, and the people out their that are knowledgeable on it are usually really interesting to have a conversation with. They often perform free tastings of tea that is brewed properly, so you can ask a real tea master where to start.
So there you have it. Did I convince you to board the tea train? Let me know what your thoughts are, or if you have any favorite teas you think I should try.
I was talking to a friend the other day about carb cycling for women, specifically regarding the luteal phase and the best workouts to do while in the luteal phase versus the remainder of the month. She asked me to elaborate, as this was something she had never heard before. She was aware of the 28 day cycle that women experience with their menstrual cycles, but had no idea there were phases inside the 28 day cycle.
For a monthly process that happens internally, it seems a little curious that we as women don’t know as much about our menstrual cycles, but not surprising based on the negative attribution society gives our periods. I hope to elaborate and explain the phases so you can learn the benefits, hormonally, mentally, and physically below.
I am going to take a second and shed a little shade on the patriarchy for not allowing women to feel positive curiosity towards their menstrual cycle. It is often still considered a “gross” or “unattractive” to even discuss menstrual cycles. I am here to declare that now, and in the new year, we will be moving forward in our society and eliminating the taboo regarding our periods.
They happen, and often, and health issues can occur, SO WE ARE GOING TO DISCUSS THEM.
The Phases of the Menstrual Cycle:
1) Menstrual or Bleeding Phase:
Day 1 of bleeding is considered day 1 of your cycle. Typically, a woman’s cycle is around 28 days long. This can vary women to women though.
The menstrual phase can be the most exhausting part of your month, as your body is on overdrive working to shed the inner lining of your uterus. This is the discharge and blood flow we experience during our period. Often menstrual cramps occur as the uterine and your abdomen contracts and releases to help facilitate the passing of the blood and discharge. These cramps can be experienced before the menstrual phase, too, as the uterus prepares for the shedding. More on that below.
Because this phase tends to consume a lot of our energy, we subconsciously move towards introspection and time alone to restore and nourish our mental and physical health. This is not to say a women NEEDS to stay inside and restore during her bleeding phase; I know most women do not have the opportunity to do so. Our body is signaling us to rest, however.
If you are looking for exercise activities that may be best for you during this phase, think gentle but brisk. VInyasa yoga or power walks can be restorative, and there is science behind using exercising as a way to eliminate cramps. This can also be beneficial and balancing to our mood during this phase (and all phases, really.)
2) Follicular Phase:
This phase overlaps with the Bleeding phase. Follicular phase initiates on day one but continues through until day thirteen. During this phase, the pituitary gland promotes egg growth by releasing FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) to your ovaries. In the ovary, the egg growth continues while inside a follicle. The follicle must be strong enough and ready to release the egg, a process that takes thirteen days, hence the thirteen days of this cycle. Blood vessels and other soft tissue are now growing in the uterus due to more hormone secretion caused by the follicle. LH or “Luteinizing Hormone” is also produced at this time. LH basically tells the uterus to start thickening its lining that was once shed during the Menstrual/Bleeding phase.
The female body is naturally more insulin-sensitive in the follicular phase when estrogen levels are highest and progesterone levels are at their lowest. This means the body tolerates carbohydrates in these two weeks better than the rest of the time.
Since insulin sensitivity is at its highest in the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, and carb intake is free to be at its highest because we tolerate them best, exercise can be more aerobic (long, moderate heart-rate-elevating cardio exercises). It is at this time that you can do your best high performance cardio training. Here you can challenge yourself with longer-term exercises that may be more “stressful” for your body, like long bike rides, tabata sprints, night-long dance sessions, and the like. It is at this time in your cycle that your body can handle the most aerobic stress.
3) Ovulatory Phase:
On the 14th day, the pituitary gland releases enough hormones to encourage the egg to be released. The egg is then ushered through the fallopian tubes via cilia found in the fimbria.
Hormone levels, specifically estrogen and testosterone, are peaking during this time. This can result in higher confidence and libido, a natural process of our body to externally guide us towards finding a partner to reproduce.
4) Luteal Phase:
The luteal phase begins on the 15th and lasts until the end of the cycle. During this phase, the egg cell stays in the fallopian for the first 12-24 hours. It is during this time that the egg cell must be impregnated by a sperm cell or the egg disintegrates. By the end of the cycle the endometrium (the mucous membrane in the uterus that prepares the uterus for pregnancy) is used up, causing the initiation of the new menstrual cycle.
The estrogen and testosterone that was prominent in the ovulatory phase starts to decline. This is when progesterone starts to peak.
In addition, the female body is naturally slightly less insulin sensitive when progesterone levels are higher in the luteal phase (after ovulation, in the last two weeks of the cycle). This means the body does not tolerate carbohydrate as well in these weeks. Women who are diabetic know this well. I’ve read many studies and heard from many women who increase their insulin injections in the second half of their cycle because their blood sugar levels are inordinately high.
Since insulin sensitivity is at its lowest in the final two weeks of the cycle, and carb intake is also at its lowest, exercise should be more anaerobic (this means hard and fast, really getting your heart pumping). It should be focused more on high-intensity interval training, with short bursts of high intensity work, either from brief sprint exercises or from weight lifting. This is an excellent way to sharpen insulin sensitivity while simultaneously burning fat, increasing muscle mass, and spending calories. It also helps the body stay healthy and as stress-free as possible during this time in which the body is gearing up to menstruate and the least capable of handling stress.
A Few Important Things to Note Regarding Our Cycles:
- Estrogen and progesterone are elevated at different points in the menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels tend to be the most dominant in the first and second weeks of the cycle (especially the second week). Progesterone levels are at their highest in the third and fourth week of the cycle. This can affect on our energy levels.
- Period symptoms including blood shed, cramp types and amount, and hormonal effects can vary person to person.
- Birth control is regulating our periods, so if you have been on birth control since you started your period, you may have a different flow then if you were to get off birth control.
Factors that Can Change Your Menstrual Cycle:
We have covered this quite a bit on the PfW blog. But just to remind you- stress causes our bodies to choose which functions are most necessary and appropriate in the moment of stress or danger. More than not, if your body is going through a period of distress, you will not menstruate – as it does not see this period of time as a safe time to reproduce. If you are looking to reproduce, this can be one of the primary things to concentrate on that will assist in conceiving.
- Sleep :
Irregular sleeping patterns will cause disruptive hormone secretion which can cause a lapse or change with your menstrual cycle. It is seriously so important to give your body an appropriate amount of rest!
- Medical Conditions like PCOS or HA:
Both of these conditions can affect hormone levels in the body, in turn affecting our periods. For women with HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhea), the woman’s body believes it is starving so the body shuts down hormone production. The body does this based on our instincts. Being pregnant while starving is considered life threatening by the body, so the body does not allow reproduction to be a choice. Women with PCOS have an excess of hormone production resulting in inflammation, weight gain, high insulin levels, and more. Read more on PCOS here, and HA here.
- Diet :
This can most definitely affect your cycle. When I was vegetarian for 4+ years, I did not have a single period. I attribute this to the lack of nutrients I was giving my body. If your body is feeling deprived or missing crucial nutrients, it will stop producing the hormones needed to menstruate.
- Routine Changes:
Our body is cyclatory. We see this in our circadian rhythm and our menstrual cycle. If you switch positions at a job, or you move to the night shift, this disruption in your normal schedule can cause your menstrual cycle to shift resulting in longer or shorter cycles, or even missed cycles. This is usually not permanent.
I know this is a lot of information, but I hope it’s useful for you. I really do notice a difference in my aerobic vs. anaerobic activity throughout my different phases, as well as my carbohydrate tolerance and overall energy levels. There are so many factors surrounding our menstrual cycles, especially because women can be so incredibly different. I have included a few extra links to further reading on PCOS and HA below for your reference.
I am always very curious as to how other women adjust to their different phases, or if any of their physiological or emotional responses vary from what I have researched. Drop me a comment with your feedback!
Hypothalamic Amenorhhea further reading:
PCOS further reading:
I have been thinking about how we emphasize diet above all when it comes to health. We often forget the other underlying items that can affect our well-being.
Like our environments! Something like 90% of our lives is spent inside. Which is pretty sad when you think about it. But with work and home life, it is really easy to see how that time inside adds up.
There is, with all actuality, a sick building syndrome. A legitimate illness caused by no other reason then the buildings we inhabit, AKA -the amount of toxins and gross crap hanging out in building materials.
Why do we always forget about our natural environments? Our relationship with food is pretty intimate; we are ingesting food every day. But what about the other intimate objects in our lives, like our bedrooms!
I won’t travel into a tangent, BUT I do want to emphasize that health is best approached holistically. If we can examine all items in our life as a whole, and how they integrate with each other, we can start to gain a new perspective on our wellbeing.
Need a few suggestions on basic things you can do to improve your indoor environments? Check out the best paleo ways to purify your space, below.
1) Plants :
Biophilia is the scientific term for the positive effects nature can have on our mood, sleep quality and health. Locate several plants around your space to not only physically purify the air but improve your mood.
My faves :
- Snake Plant
- Spider Plant
- Bamboo Palm
- Dracena Plant
Snake plants and Dracena plants are both toxic to cats though, so tread carefully if you have fur babies!
2) Air Filter :
This guy can reduce particulates by up to 70% in smaller rooms. This is a cost effective option for an air purifier, so if you are looking to place a filter in a larger space you may want to consider something more like this Conway Filter. Or, go with good old fashioned #3, below.
3) Open up the Windows :
I ALWAYS have a window cracked through every season – no matter how cold it is! I find something so insanely comforting about fresh air, and it also keeps the air circulating throughout the space.
4) Natural Room Spray :
When you need something a little louder in scent than fresh air, a subtle room spray can make your space feel like new. I recommend still keeping your windows open though instead of just masking stagnant air with room spray. Try this Flower Power Scent Spray, that comes in lavender, lemongrass, and citrus and spice.
5) Clean your space : Vacuum often!
This is by far my least favorite tip as I dread the annoying weekly clean up. This is also why I try to live more of a minimalist lifestyle; the less objects you own, the less you have to clean :P. By vacuuming and mopping once a week you are eliminating toxins that can make you feel like crap.
6) Non-Toxic Cleaning Products :
This one is a pretty simple suggestion. Things like hand soap, body wash, and laundry detergent make contact with our skin everyday. By swapping them out with a more paleo, natural option is an easy way to get rid of unwanted/unneeded chemical crap.
- Fave Hand Soap – Method Naturally Derived Foaming Soap doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, triclosan, or EDTA, is safe for kids to use and never tested on animals. And it comes in a ton of delicious scents.
- Fave Overall Soap/ Cleaning product – Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap– This soap can be used as a base to dish soap, hand soap, body wash, and so many other cleaners. Dr. Bronner’s soap also comes in a variety of flavors, and unscented. I bought a bottle of this 2 years ago ambitiously thinking I was going to start making my own soap (lol), and haven’t even cracked a ¼ of the bottle because it is so highly concentrated. Find it on Amazon, here.
- Fave laundry detergent, Puracy – This stuff is cool because it’s SUPER concentrated. One tiny bottle does 96 loads, so it’s great if you’ve got a small space and want to cut down on waste.
Not only is it sulfate free but it uses plant based enzymes to break down and clean stains. Puracy is hypoallergenic, child and pet friendly, and it is great for sensitive skin.The free and clear scent is obviously scent-free, but they also make a sandalwood and rose smell!
Find it on Amazon here.
( Check out more of my fave natural laundry detergents, here)
I want to emphasize that it doesn’t take a super expensive filter or solution to purify your space. You can start small, integrating natural cleaning products first. It is amazing what an effect these things can do to help you start to feel brighter and maybe breathe a little easier.
My favorite go to recommendation is always getting plants in your space. Having a cute little tropical plant next to my desk always makes me feel a bit better – especially if I have a long night of work ahead of me.
Do you have any other recommendations for purifying your space? Let me know in the comments below!
Post-Holiday Blues? After vacations and the generalized chaos of the holidays, it’s easy to feel a little down returning back to regularly scheduled life. Sometimes, these feelings last for periods after the holidays though, and can impact your life in more serious ways.
What is SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a clinical term used to delineate the negative effects that the winter months can have on our physical and mental wellbeing. According to PSYCOM.NET, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a category of depression that emerges in particular seasons of the year. Once thought to be an exaggerated claim of, basically, winter blues, SAD is now clinically recognized, with an ironic acronym to boot. SAD symptoms can be exhibited in the spring and summer months, but commonly are noticeable starting in the fall months, progressing in intensity by the time winter arrives.
Although we as humans continue to live our lives in winter as we had in the summer months due to all the technology we have, it is important to know that winter is still nature’s time to pause growth and prepare the world for rejuvenation and rebirth in the spring. While some animals hibernate to combat this, lots of animals put on a layer of fat and heavy fur to protect themselves. Humans crave carbohydrates and sleep even more during this period.
This is our natural instincts surfacing. Our bodies are trying to save and stock up on energy stores to prepare for the lack of vegetation and natural prey that would follow winters initiation.
There is a lot of speculation regarding the cause of SAD but commonly it can be traced back to one prominent theory. When the days get shorter, colder and gloomier, your body picks up these cues and produces more melatonin. Melatonin releases chemicals that aid in sleeping. The increase in melatonin also means a decrease in serotonin which is a chemical responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness.This, coupled with the lack of Vitamin D most of us receive due to the shorter days and less time spent outside, is thought to contribute to SAD.
How Common Is It?
Unfortunately, SAD is four times more likely in women than men, with an estimated 10 million Americans affected every year. SAD can be hard to distinguish if you are suffering depression year round, which is why taking account of seasonal patterns in your symptoms is important in diagnosing.
Symptoms are often an overlap of clinical depression symptoms. They include:
- Loss of joy or interest in things that once brought you joy or interest
- Physical pain in the joints, or other areas of the body
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in appetite
Top Ways to Fight It
A combination of the following items can be used to combat SAD.
- Vitamin D – One of the speculated causes of SAD is the lack of sunshine our bodies are receiving as a result of shorter days, causing a Vitamin D deficiency. This can mess with our internal circadian rhythm and causing a shift in our hormone balances. Supplementing with Vitamin D can help. This is my favorite Vitamin D supplement, also containing Vitamins A and K.Looking for more reasons to supplement with this amazing vitamin? Check out my post, here.
- Light Therapy – By mimicking the sun through awesome little boxes of sunshine, like this one, you can create the same affects in your body by sitting near one for 30-60 minutes a day. Make sure that if you are going to invest in a light box, do not purchase one that has UV rays. Blue, Green & White lights are best for those with SAD, not to be confused with my most recent red light obsession for improving skin quality.
- Keep Moving – If your climate is anything like mine, it is COLD OUTSIDE. Did I say cold?! I MEANT FRIGID. Which honestly really sucks because one of my favorite ways to exercise is taking long walks outside. Because of the weather, I have resigned myself to more indoor activities when I need a good workout, or I bundle up for a good walk on the days I can get outside while it’s still sunny out. One of my fave new exercises is an aerial ribbon class. It takes a whole new level to what I consider dancing, literally. Not only is it a great exercise, but I look INSANELY majestic twirling around in the air in satin ribbons.
- Meetup Or Talk It Out – The wintery weather can leave us wanting to hibernate inside, but one of the best things to aid SAD symptoms is human interaction. Schedule time for tea, dinner, or just a phone call. Sometimes I avoid calling because texting is so easy these days, but I always feel better after talking to a loved one on the phone.
- Focus On a Healing Diet – There is science documenting the ways that processed, chemical saturated meals can slow us down physically and mentally. You probably have experienced this if you have had brain fog from a gluten detox. Foods that are nourishing and nutrient dense make us feel better. These foods can supplement crucial nutrients, like Vitamin D, in our body that may be depleted as a result of the darker, colder months.
Sometimes being nocturnal, like myself, can come in handy in these colder months because I have trained myself to wake up during times of peak sunlight. But sometimes I miss that time frame completely. And it can feel really weird not to see any sunlight all day. I definitely will be grabbing one of these lightboxes to supplement until I can get back onto a more normalized circadian rhythm.
What are your thoughts on SAD?
Have you had luck with any other ways to combat the side effects of the winter blues?
Let me know!
I enjoy the holidays so much more as I get older and learn how to listen to my body. In the years past, the holidays often meant restricting my food intake or following a very strict paleo diet; something that was challenging for me mentally, not to mention difficult for my loved ones to accommodate. The lack of slack I gave myself makes me shudder thinking about it now. I am so glad I am at a point where I can enjoy classic holiday treats and not beat myself up about it.
Some foods, like dairy for instance, still really flare my acne so I try to avoid it for this reason. But, if there is a piece of pie, I have no hesitation about enjoying the pie if I want to!
I hope your mental and physical health is at a level where you can also make these choices throughout the holiday season. And even if you’re not there yet, I hope in the very near future you can work towards a little leniency and grace for yourself. If you are working through an autoimmune condition, then I wish the best for you throughout this challenging time. There are so many substitute recipes for classic holiday dishes though! You are not out of luck. I pulled together a few of my favorite holiday paleo recipes, below. What else are you bringing to your holiday dinner?
This recipe uses a Crockpot to cook the chicken, leaving the rest of your oven free for cooking other delicious dishes.
This recipe does call for cheese, which you can remove for a more paleo recipe. This stuffing rivals gluten filled stuffing! It is difficult to believe its grain free.
Savory and sweet combine in this delicious, easy way to get your starchy carbohydrates.
Brussel sprouts are one of my fave veggies; adding bacon AND apples is a genius way to combine all of my favorites into one classic dish.
This is a fantastic dessert recipe, and one of my favorite ways to incorporate fruit into a drool-worthy treat.
As much as the holidays mean spending time with our loved ones – they also can mean…STRESS!
Pulling together gifts, cooking, indulging in treats and extra time with your family – no matter how much we love them, can lead to burning out.
And we all know that can happen, FAST.
I think a lot of us are consistently running at 100 MPH all the time, but it feels like the holidays exacerbate this even more.
I am SOO hoping to stay ahead of my stress this year, which is why I spent some serious time making a plan for the best techniques to use when I am feeling frazzled.
It can be hard to remember to take time to take care of ourselves and maintain our health during the holiday season – so check out these tips to help keep you calm, cool and collected.
#1 Magnesium Bath
Want to get in touch with your luxurious, goddess self? Fill up a hot bath with magnesium flakes. Try adding flower petals and lighting a candle to create some serious atmosphere.
#2 4-7-8 Breathing
Sit upright with your back straight and breathe in through your nose for 4 counts. Hold your breath in for 7 counts, and then exhale for 8 counts. Repeat this process 4 times. This exercise is literally retraining your brain on how to hold deeper breathes, and forces you to pay attention to your breathing patterns. This exercise has really helped me in deep bouts of anxiety.
#3 Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This popular method is based on the theory that if you can control the tenseness and relaxation in your physical body, your mental tenseness can also be controlled. Lay somewhere where you will not be bothered and tense a muscle group, for example, tightening your fist. Hold for a few seconds and release. Move through each muscle group until you have worked through your body. Pay attention to how your muscles feel after releasing the tension.
#4 Basic Emotional Regulation
Remember this Acronym :
PL – Treat Physical Illness
E – Eat
A – Avoid Mood-Altering Drugs
S – Sleep Well
E – Exercise
The science behind this shows that you cannot help your mind relax unless you are taking care of your physical body first or in unison.
#5 Get Outside
Biophilia is the principle that states that when you are surrounded by nature, (this can even be a picture of nature) your mood is improved, you will experience stress relief, and even increases the speed at which people heal. Get outside – Take a forest bath!
Yes, I know meditating always makes these lists, but that is because IT WORKS. I promise. There is the research to prove it. Take 3-5 minutes and sit with your eyes closed and back straight and focus on your breathing. Or complete a guided meditation, like any of these. There is no wrong way for your thoughts to travel while meditating.
#7 Drink some tea
Preferably some non-stimulating blends like chamomile, ginger or peppermint. Sometimes I let the steam wash over my face before sipping and really absorb myself in the moment. This can create some additional moisture on the face and eyes, opening up the pores and creating a warm embrace.
Even if it is a light walk, get out and exercise! We have all heard, ENDORPHINS MAKE YOU HAPPY! Even better, get outside to exercise and receive the benefits from #5 too!
#9 Get busy
Science also shows that spending time with loved ones and being intimate will help release stress and boost mood. So grab your beaux and load up the Netflix queue. Not feeling it?
#10 Pet your Pet
There is a reason cat cafes are becoming so popular in large cities. Once again, science has proven that spending time with our pets releases stress. So give your little cutie a much needed snuggle
#11 Be alone
In order to fully register and process our thoughts and feelings, we really need some solo time (even you extroverts out there!). Make some time for yourself, whether it’s time in the shower or on your morning commute and focus on your thoughts and feelings.
#12 Gratitude journal
One way to check your stress is to switch up your perspective. Jotting down a few things you are grateful for can really help center your thoughts and refresh your perspective.
#13 Work on a passion project
For me, it can be as simple as going dancing or focusing on what makes my body feel best. Spending time on the tasks that fuel our internal, creative or passionate fire can help us remain focused on long term goals and desires or just remain present.
What about you, love? Do you have any go to stress relief tips for the holiday season, or even year round? I would love to hear them and have more options in my back pocket – leave a comment with your favorite way to stay sane, below!