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Therapists Speak: 5 Ways to Survive Holiday Hooplah


It’s that time of year again! Holiday gatherings + festive themes and decorations are everywhere you turn. While this season can be fun and exciting for some, it can also bring about anxiety, depression, and a number of other mental health concerns for many others. If you’re having a tough time, please know, you are not alone! To provide a little support, we reached out to a few black women experts in the mental health field for a few tips on combating the anxiety that the holidays can bring.  TIP #1 “Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. Make sure you’re making your physical health a priority by staying active and eating clean, nutrient-rich foods. Eat at least 3 balanced meals a day, get out of the house and go for walks, or get some gym time in a few times a week. Prioritize these necessary acts of self care!”   Kristin Sutton, Licensed Professional Counselor Practice  Her Therapy Space (@hertherapyspace, @kristinsuttonlpc)  Serving Washington, DC       TIP #2  ... MORE

Hello Fall 🍂


Autumn has officially arrived, and Content Creator/Writer, Alley Sinai, has a few thoughtful words to share with us on the transition to this time of year. Enjoy! *** As we welcome the Fall season, there is much to be expected. The hot cocoa, oversized sweaters, blankets to snuggle with, and so much more. While all of these have become essential to the arrival of fall, there’s more to it than that. For me, I like to look at Fall as a time of introspection. Where do you seek growth within yourself? What needs to get done? Who do you want to reconnect with? Around this time, everyone is hibernating due to the cold weather, therefore allowing time to truly connect. By doing this, I find myself releasing old habits and being present in the moment. A great way to practice being present is by pulling out a new book. Something fresh and insightful or full of romance is what I typically go for. Grab one of your favorites or that book you've been eyeing for the past week. Be present.     Th... MORE

#AskEDEN: Answering Your Questions


What an honor it is to say that EDEN BodyWorks has now been in the game for 15 years! One of the most important contributions to our growth has been your support and feedback. Education and open communication about our products’ functions are essential! We’re always on the lookout for your questions and concerns; that’s why we created the EDEN App. One of our favorite features is the #AskEDEN segment where you can submit your specific product questions to us and we’ll answer! Today, we want to address a few of those here.   A: The Hairdress can be used several ways: - Melt it in your hands and apply it like a pomade for sleek buns + up dos- Apply to ends as a moisture + protection treatment- Use it as a primer for twists- Use it to soften hair for braiding (melt in hands, apply, then braid)- Apply to straight or curly hair for added sheen/shine   A:  Finding the products that work best with your hair type actually depends on a number of factors including, but not limited to it... MORE

5 Back-to-School Tips for the College Girl


August is nearing its end, which means college students across the country are packing their things and getting set for a brand new semester. It's an exciting time for many, but it can also bring on the anxiety, especially for first-timers! We've prepared a few tips to help make the transition into campus life as smooth as possible. Enjoy!  1. Set the Mood Create a Study/Focus Playlist Listening to music while studying or doing homework is nothing new. Familiar tunes can block out the distractions of your environment. However, try creating a playlist of songs without lyrics. It can be hard to resist singing along when listening to your favorite Lizzo or Beyonce while studying. They're great, but when you need to focus, an impromptu jam session is probably not going to help. Give smooth jazz or even classical music a try. It's proven that they can help stimulate the mind to do its best work. If you can't picture yourself jumping right into those genres, start out by just listening to... MORE

Breathe, Shake + Let It Go: Detox Your Doubts This Spring


“Wake up at 5a, meditate, workout, go to work, eat clean, read, yoga, check in with family, fall asleep” and repeat. Day in + day out, you’re striving to stay on track without dropping the ball to life’s juggling game. Even though you’ve been constantly pushing through, doubts begin swirling in your mind with each day that passes by. One morning your eyes open but the rest of you feels depleted with not enough fight or faith to defeat your negative thoughts. Just breathe. This simply calls for a life detox to reset, realign + center yourself this season. Fall Apart Everywhere you look there’s messaging encouraging 100% ambition 24 hours a day no matter the cost, but this is not a healthy mentality for any long-term goal. Society + media can have you feeling guilty for eating a few extra carbs, sleeping in on a Saturday or even slicing down your to-do list. We need time to beautifully fall apart to remindo urselves the power of slowing down + enjoying life. These ... MORE

Compare + Contrast: Shift Your Beauty Social Media Lens


Doctor? Dentist? Maybe even chiropractor? How did we miss the memo that adulting feels like an ongoing list of health appointments in an attempt to keep us from falling apart. Well, go ahead and add vision to the unfolding list of responsibilities. No need to start squirming + hoping your insurance covers it because this one can be self-diagnosed from the comfort of your queen-sized bed. With social media being the go-to destination of obsessing over your fave celeb, innovative style + of course picture-perfect hair, a thin line is created between inspiration + comparison. If you’ve ever felt drained, depleted or overly critical of yourself after your daily scroll fest, we’re here to order up a new prescription to shift your beauty social media lens. Vision Test Just like going to the eye doctor + nervously reciting the letters off the chart you can clearly see, it’s the same when it comes to social media. Does everyone else’s hair, makeup and body look crisp and clear, but begin t... MORE

3 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself This Fall


  Fall can be busy. It’s easy to get so caught up in daily tasks and appointments that you begin to neglect your own self care a bit. But, don’t underestimate the power of taking even just a few minutes a day to slow down and do something for yourself.     1. Hot Tea Anyone? Of course most of us love our fancy coffee drinks, but we’re talking tea, because it can actually be good for you and help with relaxation! Black and Green teas especially, contain natural antioxidants which can help to benefit your body in multiple ways, including better heart health. These antioxidants can also exude to your outward appearance as well (clearer, glowing skin… wink, wink!). Not to mention the warmth and taste are comforting! Chamomile tea actually has properties that aid in relaxation and calming the stomach. So heat up a cup and enjoy!     Image from Medical News Today             2. Festive Face Mask There are tons of memes out there poking fun at the endless options of pumpkin flavored… well... MORE

5 Tips to Living Healthier with DejaFitBeauty


Deja Lewis (DejaFitBeauty) is a Beauty and Fitness Vlogger, Entrepreneur and Personal Trainer. She's here to share a few fitness tips to help us all reach our goals in 2018! photography by James Burk  -@youngestson_    Getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle is everyone’s goal; But let’s face it, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There is so much information about losing weight and how to be healthy. Should I go vegan, low carb? Should I try the military diet, the grapefruit diet, a detox?  What kind of workouts should I be doing? Should I lift weights, or just do cardio? It’s no wonder so many people are stuck! I’m DejaFitBeauty. I’m a Beauty and Fitness Vlogger as well as Personal Trainer, but I had the same struggle before I started my fitness journey. I was confused just like most people but eventually after a lot of trial and error (a lot!)  I figure out what works for me to be able to sustain living healthier LONG TERM.  I have condensed it down to 5 main things to ... MORE

Mental Health + the Holidays


It's officially the holiday season, with Thanksgiving only a day away! When Eden BodyWorks reached out to me to write a piece on mental health and the holidays, I jumped at the opportunity.  A little background, I have a Master of Arts in Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy to be exact. I’ve worked in the Mental Health field for going on six years. I currently work as a school-based therapist with kids ages 5-17 who struggle with a host of mental health concerns such as Anxiety, ASD, ADHD, and Depression to name a few. I also have some experience working with Adults who struggle with SPMI (Serious and Persistent Mental Illness). Holidays as most of you know can bring so much joy into our lives; it's a time to celebrate traditions, connect with family, friends and loved ones. Holidays, can also be a time of immense stress for others.  It can come with huge financial expectations or obligations; some people face loss of a job, loss of loved ones, anniversary of the death of a ... MORE

Living Authentically with Britt Null


Last month I was blessed to celebrate another birthday.  Turning 31 wasn’t exactly a milestone birthday in the traditional sense but considering some recent life changes, it was a milestone for me. Thoughts about what the past 31 years of my life have been raced through my mind, and while contemplating, one word surfaced; authenticity.  Authenticity can be defined as “being true to one’s own personality , spirit or character”.  As I grappled with this word and the definition, several questions swarmed in my head. Have I lived an authentic life the past 31 years? Have I been true to my own personality, spirit and character? While soul searching I was hit with a couple major epiphanies. The first was that I had spent a large portion of my existence living bits and pieces of authenticity, but not fully. The second was the realization that I was constantly seeking experiences to fulfill this “authentic” self I so desperately needed to be. Whether it was through friendships, travelin... MORE

Spreading the Love


In the media, amongst our timelines, and in many of the most popular YouTube channels, we see a number of natural haired ladies being represented these days, which is amazing! However, it’s much more often that we see looser (type 3 if you’re into categorizing) patterned hair textures than the tighter coils of our type 4 sisters and brothers.   There are plenty of beautiful type 4 hair bloggers and enthusiasts out there and we want to help share the love.   Check out Bubs Bee. She’s a fabulous beauty enthusiast with a head full of lovely hair. She has an array of helpful videos demonstrating how she cares for and styles her type 4 hair.  @_bubsbee     There’s also LaToya Diana. She’s proudly a 4c natural dedicated to creating videos and blog content to help provide styling options for other girls with a similar hair texture.   @latoya_diana     Abigail, or Ab K, has a lot to share as well. In her very own words, she’s all about, “showing and sending out love to all my... MORE

"Me" Time with MyCandiShoppe


In honor of Mother's Day, the lovely Candice Horn, creator of MyCandiShoppe.com and also mom to three (Taylor, Gregory and Kennedy) hosted night 2 of our #EDENWonderMoms "Happy Hour" takeover on the EDEN BodyWorks Instagram page. There she shared how she manages to keep herself happy and healthy. If you missed it, you’re in luck, because Candice is here to share a few words on the EDEN Blog as well! Lately I’ve been taking time out of each day just for me. Some days it’s not a lot of time at all, maybe just 5-10 minutes but it’s been making such a difference in my patience and attitude. There’s no way we can give the best of ourselves to our families without a little self-care. Another Mom I admire, Whitney Alana of @styleofwhitneyalana, recommended reading a daily devotional and it has been so clutch. It gives me that much needed time with God and helps to recenter my thoughts and spirit. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m all about snacking. In fact, I’ve don... MORE