Beat the Winter Blues – Self Care Around West Michigan
By: Kelly Brown
The days are growing shorter and the nights are getting colder. It is a sure sign that it is winter in Michigan which means it is time to start prioritizing self-care. While we think self-care is perfect year-round, there is never a better time than now. Beat the winter blues and shop local this holiday season by picking up a few gift cards or self-care goodies from local partners.
Spend 30 or 45 minutes in one of the infrared saunas and you will be dreaming of Tahiti! Saunas lower your levels of cortisol, which is your body’s main stress hormone. Sweating also reduces feelings of anxiety and frustration, which helps you feel more relaxed and at ease.
BANG Blow Dry Bar & Salon
Nothing can turn a sour mood into sunshine like a great hair day. Let the team at BANG Blow Dry Bar work their magic and walk away with the supermodel hair of your dreams.
Holiday hangover? We don’t know her. The experienced team at RevIVed help create curated IV experiences to meet you where you are at. You will recover better, sleep harder, boost immunity, and get glowing skin, all from their unique revitalizing vitamin infusions.
If there is one place we would rather be in the middle of winter, it is floating in the ocean in a sunny vacation destination. The next best thing is experiencing one of the sensory deprivation tanks at plot in Grand Rapids. Close your eyes and let your worries drift away while you imagine yourself under the rays of the Hawaii sun.
All the built-up stress and tension from work, the pandemic and holiday shopping are creeping up to your ears…literally! Release your shoulders and stretch your way to a better, more relaxed, you with the unique fascia stretch therapy provided by the experienced team at Healix. Table assisted stretch therapy can help increase circulation, improve sports performance, assist with weight loss, reduce pain and much more.
Grand City Tanning
While the sun hides away until June, we will be at Grand City Tanning working on our fake tan glow! This is not your 2000’s era spray tan. The team at Grand City Tanning know how to create the perfect tan for any skin tone. Their mission is to educate the West Michigan community on the dangers of indoor tanning while providing a safe and affordable alternative. All products that we carry are gluten and paraben free, 100% vegan and nut allergen free.
Chasing Vanity Salon
This year, cute New Year’s nails are a must! Who cares if nobody can see them? They will make you feel great while lounging in your sweats counting down the minutes until midnight. From hair, nails, massage, aesthetics, injectables and skincare, and more, Chasing Vanity is a one-stop shop for all thing’s beauty.
Wanderlux Beauty and Wellness
Go all out with a full spa day experience by booking a few services off the extensive menu at Wanderlux Beauty and Wellness. They offer services that include natural, organic, and clinical skin care treatments, reiki energy healing, infrared sauna, brow & lash services, and body work. Grab a few natural beauty products on your way out to keep the self-care treatments going while at home.
Kelly Brown is a writer, marketer and fitness instructor located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has over 10 years of experience coaching competitive gymnastics and cheerleading and has taught group fitness classes such as barre, pilates, mobility, and bootcamp. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s usually at a CrossFit class or hiking on a local trail.