In this special-edition diary series, women open up about their over-the-top, hyper-specific, or otherwise unique beauty and wellness routines — with the added consideration of money. Here, we take an honest look at how real people take care of their bodies and minds, including why they love their beauty and wellness practices, how they can afford them, and how they make them feel. As told to Vanessa Golembewski. Age: 28 Current Location: New York, NY Current Industry & Title: Advertising, Business Strategy Manager What’s your typical wellness routine?
"I took a
course in London and now do my best to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each time. Sometimes I keep it shorter in the morning and just do 20 minutes when I'm home.
"Every week I go to therapy. I have a gym membership I try to use five times per week, but it normally ends up being about four. I will do a yoga class and other types of workouts with that membership.
"Every two weeks, I see an energy healer who, as part of my treatment, will do acupuncture at times. An energy healing session consists of first talking through what's going on in life (akin to therapy). Then you get on the table and he feels where energy is blocked and moves it around (this doesn't require him actually touching you so much as hovering his hands above your body and lightly touching sometimes). This is important because he helps me connect my mind and body — and tap into a more spiritual side of me as well.
"Every six weeks, I see a chiropractor/applied kinesiology practitioner who adjusts my spine and also checks my organ functionality. He gives me supplements and vitamins to take. I take vitamin B, vitamin D, a probiotic once in the morning,
to help my digestion,
core level adrenals
to keep my adrenals in check, and
super EPA gelcaps
(which are essentially fish oil). I also take a
with lunch and dinner."
More What’s important to you about this routine? What effect does it have on your daily life? "This wellness routine has helped me become more self-aware, less anxious, and more able to handle both daily and bigger stresses life throws my way. I do believe all these mental wellness factors impact my general health and wellbeing. When everything is working, my stomach feels better, my skin looks better, I have more energy, and I sleep better. I see all these tactics as complementing one another. Therapy is very cerebral, whereas applied kinesiology is very physical and more clinical; I see energy healing as the marriage of those two things, sitting right in the middle." More In a culture where time is our most precious commodity, how do you make time for your routine? And why do you make it a priority? "I'm fortunate to have a flexible working schedule. I try to be respectful of my team while finding hours in the day that work for my practitioners. For example, I go to therapy Monday mornings from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Luckily, it is near my office, and I can get in at 9:30 without issue. I know this isn't the case for everyone. I make all these things a priority because I see a noticeable, positive difference in myself when I am taking care of myself in this way." More What does it all cost? "The beautiful thing about my energy healing is that most of it is covered by insurance! So I only pay about $55 out of pocket every two to three weeks. My supplements can run about $40/bottle. My therapist costs $200 per session, but about 70% is covered by insurance. And my gym membership, with my corporate discount, costs me $235/month." More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?