If you are looking to level up your gut health this year, you have probably heard conventional (and useful!) wisdom, such as prioritizing a balanced, healthy diet full of fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt. But did you know there is a game-changing option to support your gut health and microbiome? Introducing Synbiotic+, Ritual’s gut health solution — and Rescripted’s pick for anyone looking for an easy way to improve their gut health.   Rescripted members get 25% off their first month of Ritual with code RESCRIPTED25! But first, why is gut health so important? Gut health...

Erin Pettis • Jun 5, 2024

When it comes to anxiety, there are a whole range of methods to manage the symptoms. Some require professional intervention from a mental health professional (like a  therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist), while others are lifestyle modifications or practices that can help people with anxiety manage their mental health. Affirmations can be helpful for people dealing with anxiety One way to cope during times of anxiety? Incorporating affirmations into your day-to-day self-care practices.  “Affirmations can help counteract negative and anxious thought patterns by reframing them into ones that are more helpful and positive,” says Neha Darji,...

Zara Hanawalt • Jun 3, 2024

If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of it’s time. Whether it’s finding the time to get a full night’s sleep, squeeze in a workout, or socialize with friends, it seems like time always has the upperhand. Although it can be difficult, there are free time management apps out there that can help you. Not only can you become more organized, but also work on prioritizing what’s most important to you. It’s important to keep in mind that not everybody has the same goals when it comes to time management. For example, some people...

Casey Clark • May 31, 2024

While postpartum depression can manifest itself differently for every person, it can begin pretty quickly after birth — and can make it almost impossible to do all the daily tasks required of a parent. For Katlyn*, a 24-year-old full-time student from Ohio, it all happened about a month or so after her now three-year-old son was born. Not only were her anxiety levels through the roof, but she couldn’t bring herself to do anything she used to enjoy (like horseback riding) and she was barely taking care of herself. It was a chore even to...

Mara Santilli • May 12, 2024

Over the past decade, workout classes have become popularized as a way to exercise without needing to think about crafting your own routine at the gym. Their low-maintenance, return on investment model helped create the notorious Barry’s Bootcamp, CorePower Yoga Sculpt, and Solid Core. However, not all workout classes are created equal. While the end result may leave us feeling sweaty and accomplished, research has revealed that our favorite classes can actually be adding extra stress to our bodies. Depending on the intensity and timing of an exercise, workout classes can create cortisol spikes. Cortisol...

Kavita Rai • May 6, 2024

In the pursuit of productivity and happiness, many of us find ourselves juggling school pickup with an impromptu "Can we chat?" Slack message from our boss and a last-minute grocery order. We are feeling completely overwhelmed, overstimulated, and out of control simultaneously. And as much as this behavior is a constant in our every day, it can also be detrimental to our mental health.  So, after spending a small fortune on planners, timer apps, and productivity books, we feel defeated when we don't accomplish our daily to-do list.  First, there is absolutely no shame in...

Emmy Hayes Condon • Apr 27, 2024

While often viewed as a physical issue, infertility can have a massive impact on a person’s mental health. In one study of 200 heterosexual couples struggling with infertility, half of the women described infertility as “the most upsetting experience of their lives.” If you’re finding it hard to cope with infertility, you’re not alone. This article will break down the emotional difficulties common in infertility, the importance of finding a therapist to support you, and other ways you can cope. Understanding the emotional impact of infertility While everyone’s experiences are unique, there are several emotional...

Dr. Kiki Fehling • Apr 24, 2024

This article is sponsored by BetterHelp, the world’s largest professional therapy platform, done online.  Like many people, I was nervous to start therapy for the first time. When I started getting panic attacks in my early 20s, I finally signed up for therapy and realized that everything I knew about it was wrong. Instead of analyzing ink blots and the unconscious meaning behind my dreams, my therapist and I worked on developing coping mechanisms and stress management skills, so I could eventually manage my anxiety on my own.  I started feeling better within weeks, which I...

Erin Pettis • Apr 15, 2024

You might be familiar with the basic rules for eating during pregnancy — like avoiding raw meat or seafood, waiting to enjoy deli meats until after baby arrives, and making sure you cook those fried eggs all the way through.  Another essential nutrition tip is incorporating foods with omega-3 DHA, which can play a crucial role in a baby's development. We’ll explain why omega-3s are important, how to add foods rich in omega-3s to your diet and recommend some supplements to help ensure you’re getting enough. Because when you’ve got a baby in your belly,...

Blair Sharp • Apr 12, 2024

Three days after my D&C from a missed miscarriage, I walked the beach with my mom.  It was a sunny May morning, the kind of day that tells you summer’s on the way — but all I could see were dark, heavy clouds looming overhead.  We were wading in the water and collecting shells when I found a dime with my birth year. I had no doubt it was a sign from someone or something much bigger than me… a reminder to have hope, even at my lowest point.  I’d been through a miscarriage before,...

Alexa Davidson • Apr 9, 2024