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The Sweat House Approved Self-Care Sunday

Ahhh… the weekend… The best time of the week is here! At The Sweat House, we view the weekend as a time of reflection and intention.  As humans, weekdays can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being.  It is important to remember to care for yourself and your body, in order to heal and grow.  Self-care can look different for everyone, but what is most important is the way it makes you feel.  Need a few ideas for your self care routine? You’re in the right place! We have rounded up our top 5 Sweat House approved ways for you to practice self-care this weekend!

Photo via The Cosmetic Market

Photo via The Cosmetic Market

1. Sweat It Out

Obviously sweating has to be our number one choice! Whether you indulge in a sweat session at our studio or attend your favorite class, sweating those stressors away will relieve any built-up tension from your busy work week.  We like to attend a class at Pure Barre in Green Hills in the morning, then hit the studio after to keep our detox going and to zen out.  Bonus! You can use your sweat session as a time to meditate and reflect.

2. IV Hydration at IRevive
 

If you haven’t received hydration therapy from IRevive in Nashville, you are missing out! Board-certified nurse practitioners make the experience medically safe and enjoyable.  There are several different options for treatment, and you will leave feeling like a million bucks! The treatment is painless and actually relaxing.  Treat yourself to hydration and your body is sure to thank you. Book your session here: http://irevivenashville.com/

3. Eat Balanced

Unless you’re an excellent meal planner, it’s easy to sometimes stray away from a healthy diet during the week when in need something quick and convenient.  However, the weekends are filled with tons of time to relax and invest in your meals.  Whether you eat out at one of your favorite restaurants, or stay home to cook, choosing whole food options is key to balancing your physical and emotional body.  If you are wanting to go out for lunch or dinner, we love Avo in Nashville.  The entrees are plant-based, and some of them are even raw.  If you are cooking, we suggest this recipe from Goop because of it's light and summer-y feel: https://goop.com/recipes/grilled-mahi-mahi-with-papaya-relish/

4. Disconnect

Girl, turn it off! Phones, laptops, tv… shut it down and spend quality time with family and friends.  Just you time this weekend? Take time to read a new book, or take a walk outside.  There is nothing like truly being disconnected from the social media world!

5. Meditate

Meditation can take shape in many forms.  Whether it be a few minutes of silence, or treating yourself to an at-home facial, being without stressful thought is very important for our physical and mental health.  We like to use the app, Headspace, to tune out noise and direct positive energy.  Headspace sessions are guided, so it is easy to focus thought somewhere other than stress.  Download the Headspace app here: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Why You Should Have Plants in Your Home

Have you ever felt your anxiety levels decrease when you were outdoors on a sunny day? Taking a walk in nature is not only good for your health, but it is also great for your soul.  Considering these benefits, it only makes sense to want to bring some of the outdoors… indoors.  If you’re someone who is thinking about bringing plants into your home, do not wait any longer! We have rounded up the top reasons why you should bring greenery into your living space.

Photo via @thejungalow

Photo via @thejungalow

Fiddle-Leaf Fig // Photo via @drivenbydecor

Fiddle-Leaf Fig // Photo via @drivenbydecor

1. Plants Purify the Air

A famous NASA experiment found that plants can purify the air, eliminating the indoor environment of cancer-causing pollutants.  Plants, such as the Peace Lilly, are able to remove indoor pollutants through their leaves and their roots in the soil.  For us, living in the city comes with the knowledge of knowing there is pollution in our air.  Knowing that we can bring plants into our homes to decrease the number of toxic chemicals in our air definitely brings a sense of relief.  When it comes to choosing a plant, the leafier and fuller the plant, the better.  We particularly like fiddle-leaf figs for their beautiful leaves and ability to grow tall and strong.

2. Plants Reduce Stress Levels

Studies have shown that plants have the ability to reduce stress by suppressing the nervous system.  Being out in nature significantly reduces our stress levels, so it only makes sense that having plants in our homes will do the same thing.  Reduced stress comes with a lot of other positive factors, such as, increased productivity and happiness.  It has been shown that people who have plants in their workplace are more productive and efficient than those who do not.  So we can be happier, more productive, and healthier just by surrounding ourselves with nature!

3. Plants Boost Interior Attractiveness 

If you look through interior design catalogues or Instagram accounts, you will almost always notice that plants play a major role in the aesthetic of certain homes and spaces.  Plants are not only good for you, but they also look great indoors! We would much rather have beautiful, leafy plants fill our spaces rather than big, blocky air purifiers.  You really can’t go wrong with adding greenery to your home. 

 

Plants make the world go round… literally.  They are a major part of our ecosystem and well-being.  With knowing that plants can purify the air, reduce our stress, and brighten-up our homes, it is a no-brainer to welcome the outdoors inside.  So today, we encourage you to get outside! Take a walk in nature, and take it all in...side.  Oh, and if you need us, you can find us hanging at home with our new green BFF’s!