Why You Should Take A Wellness Vacation During The Holidays


Skip the family stress and head to a retreat

The holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you normally head home to family for the holidays (making this, for some, maybe the most dreaded time of year) or spend the holidays with friends, you might find that you have the urge to simply get away from everything and everyone. It's been a long year, am I right?

If that's the case, given that you have time off and vacation savings set aside, now might be the time to consider a wellness retreat, the latest in buzzy wellness trends. Rather than a regular vacation, which can obviously be rejuvenating on its own, wellness vacations and retreats provide more than just the typical R&R you would get at a beachside resort. Wellness retreats are more of a spiritual experience (and usually force you to put your phone down and involve some new age-y, spiritual practices).

Think about it: As nice as it might be to treat yourself and splurge on just any fancy vacation instead of having to eat yourself into a food coma at yet another Thanksgiving dinner, this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s any healing involved. In fact, thanks to the ubiquity of alcohol and... more alcohol, you might just end up with a hangover headache or five while on a typical vacation.

“A luxury experience may not always offer the greatest opportunity for transformation, as much of the deepest spiritual work is often about getting out of your comfort zone,” says Ruby Warrington, founder of The Numinous, the high-vibe spirituality online magazine, and author of Material Girl, Mystical World. With the recent boom in the wellness industry and new age, holistic ways of healing becoming popular, wellness retreats are becoming the new "It" ways to travel—both physically and mentally.

“I think the biggest trend in wellness travel is people opting for a fully transformational mind, body, spirit experiences, versus just a regular getaway with some yoga on the side,” says Warrington. 

While many wellness resorts are on the pricier side, especially this late in the game, don't worry. There are plenty of spiritual havens that offer alternative options to make the practice accessible for all. NYLON favorite Maha Rose, for instance, has a Catskills and Mexico location where plenty of retreats are offered (and some of which Warrington hosts), which can include anything from acupuncture and reiki training to breathwork and private yoga sessions. Warrington mentions that not only do they offer payment plans and scholarships, they also offer accommodation alternatives (such as camping) to significantly lower the price of attending.

So, why at a time when many are taking trips home to see family (or planning Friendsgiving-type of get-togethers), is it best to be a little selfish and treat yourself to a wellness retreat? Warrington explains: 

Family commitments aside, Thanksgiving is a moment of pause in the hectic pace of modern life—literally the only time of year when it feels like everything truly stops. For this reason, it’s actually ideal to use this long weekend as a time to come to yourSELF—as you can switch off fully, free from any FOMO about what you may be missing out on at work, in your friend group, etc. Any time you can fully disconnect in this way can be extra restorative for your mind, body, and soul.

Not to mention, winter is prime time to turn the focus inward. Warrington explains that while summer is great for outdoorsy physical activity, the darker winter months are traditionally a time to retreat—hibernate, if you must—spiritually, “in order to be reborn in the springtime.” And with New Year’s resolution planning right around the corner, she suggests using this break to set some intentions for the coming year.

So go ahead, use this time (and that money you set aside for a plane ticket to your parents’ house) to indulge in some self-love. Besides, you can always plan a family visit later in the New Year, while you’re still fully Zenned-out. 

Warrington is co-presenting the New Year, Nu You wellness retreat in Kripalu this January. For more information, click here.

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.