Healthy Life

Cozy holiday gifts for your most hygge holiday season yet

What’s better than feeling cozy? Answer: Nothing. And since you can’t top that feeling, what could be better than giving the gift of hygge to all the people on your list this season? Answer: Nothing again.

Now that that’s settled, here’s a list of 12 of the best gift ideas for sharing the warm-and-snuggly spirit, curated by our editors. With everything from Saje essential oil sets for all the tranquil feels (perfect for pairing with a calming weighted blanket) to pillowy slippers for head-to-toe contentment, these are the gifts the homebodies on your list really want.

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Codependent relationships are best to avoid—here are tips

Codependent relationships can look very different, which likely part of the reason many of us use the term so loosely. It can be used to describe the couple in the on-again off-again relationship who can’t call it quits despite being awful for each other just as well as it can point to the couple with a penchant for matching outfits and use of the word “we” when RSVPing to any plans. Codependency implies being attached to the hip—there’s no doubt about that. But, I’ve always wondered whether there’s some dividing line between codependent relationships and genuinely wanting to spend every

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5 easy soup recipes for cozy, quick meals

A lot of easy soup recipes call for more ingredients than you have in your fridge, pantry, and cabinets combined. Okay, so that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s true they’re often more complicated than they claim to be. When you want to cozy up with a hot steaming bowl without all the drama of dicing and simmering, you need “busy day soups.”

According to Pinterest’s top November trends report, the search for ‘busy day soups’ is up 3,200 percent year over year. Clearly, everyone’s looking for streaming stews that don’t require sweating over the stove—so let’s give the

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Healthiest hummus without chickpeas, according to a dietitian

Just like that one friend who always insists on getting to the party early, hummus was in the fridge long before healthy eating was a whole scene. (And also at the party, next to the crudités platter, readily scooped up by everyone who doesn’t like ranch dressing.) But chickpea hummus isn’t the only option you’ll find in the refrigerated section at your local grocery store.

Like the pasta, hummus has embraced a variety of ingredients. There’s hummus made out of black beans, white beans, lentils, edamame, beets. How’s a healthy eater to know which one to go for? Are brands

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The best non-slip sneakers to up your workout game

Footwear is probably the most technical piece of equipment that you slip on in your day-to-day gym regimen. A shoe has to fit properly, it’s got to suit the workout that you’re doing, and it has to hold your foot in place to stave off injury and make you feel super secure. So, as much as you might like your chunky tennies and HIIT trainers for everyday wear, finding a pair of well-fitting non-slip sneakers is never a bad idea.

The trick to finding a pair that’s both slip-resistant and comfortable all comes down to design. Namely, a rubberized sole

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Sebum plugs are the precursor to blackheads—here’s how to treat them

I hate to be the one to introduce you to “sebum plugs,” but if I can’t un-hear it, neither can you. Unsure as to what it was myself, I asked some experts to explain, and it turns out you can take the term literally. “Generally speaking, a sebum plug is an accumulation of the skin’s natural oils within your pore,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD.

Basically, the sebaceous glands—which accompany every hair follicle on the body—create an oily liquid (sebum) that, when mixed with dead skin cells and bacteria, plugs the pore, says dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD. “Sebum plugs are

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Meditation for stress relief you’ll want to do every day

After a year-long hiatus from meditation, I’ve finally made my way back to the daily practice of “tuning into my breath.” It now feels like I’m navigating the murky waters of my mind for the very first time. But one recent morning, a virtual instructor cued me through a back-to-basics “body stress release” meditation on the Inscape app. I instantly remembered how powerful a tool the ancient practice can be.

From a comfortable sitting position, you slowly begin to tense your muscles one-by-one before releasing them with an exhale. “Progressive muscle relaxation is a deeply relaxing technique used by athletes

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Hair cutting tips from NYC’s most in-demand stylist

Hot take: As far as beauty treatments go, getting a haircut is even more personal than getting a bikini wax. While it may not involve allowing a stranger to get all up in your business while they ask you about your weekend plans, it does require trusting them with one of the cornerstones of your identity: your hair. Because if said stylist makes a mistake, you’re stuck looking at it in the mirror every day for the next three months (which is not the relationship that I, personally, have with my bikini line, though to each their own).

It’s only

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4 Cardio yoga flows that will get your heart pounding

When I hear someone complain that they “hate yoga” because it’s “boring” and “not a good enough workout,” I can’t help but get annoyed. Because clearly, they aren’t going to the right yoga classes. Not only can yoga double as a serious strength training workout (especially for your core!), but it can also double as your daily dose of cardio—or should we say cardio yoga—by way of one-beat flows.

These series pair breath with movement, so that instead of holding poses for long periods of time you’re moving through them rapidly every time you inhale and exhale. This, understandably,

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Here’s what a Moxa treatment actually entails

Curious what getting a Moxa treatment really entails? Watch what happens, here. 

Lighting incense is fun and all, but have you ever had your entire body turned into an incense garden? (Me neither. Good on you, if so.) But Ella Dove, our senior video producer, is here to do just that in our latest episode of What the Wellness, Well+Good’s YouTube series where she tries the most out-there treatments the industry has to offer.

In this week’s episode, she tries out Moxa treatmen at Los Angeles’ Vie Healing, a holistic wellness spa. It has many of the same benefits of 

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