Making health resolutions is easy – the hard part can be sticking to them, so it can pay to keep them as simple as possible. That’s where subscription boxes can step in – a relatively new concept that has taken the world by storm. All you need to do is find one you like and sign up. You’ll be sent a weekly or monthly box of handpicked items from the vendor without having to leave your house.
So what makes subscription boxes so popular? Well, they feel personal and can be tailored to your specific tastes. You also get the chance to sample new brands and products without the pressure to fork over wads of cash.
They’re also convenient — and when it comes to the health and wellness varieties, it can be a boost of inspiration to help you stay on track. But the biggest drawcard is the surprise, as receiving a box of unknown goodies in the mail is like Christmas all over again – but this way you get presents you actually want.
While the thrill of wondering what you'll get is fun, in the end you want a service that saves you both money and time. So we’ve scrutinised the latest health and wellness offerings to learn which delivers the best bang for your buck.
Retreat in a box
Yoga isn’t just a practice – for some it’s a lifestyle. Embrace it and be rewarded with lower blood pressure, a sense of wellbeing, and improved posture and circulation. Although, it’s understandable if you’re struggling to stay zen all the time with the demands of the fast-paced, tech-driven world. Yogi Surprise is a monthly care package from $45 a box with six to eight organic, vegetarian and GMO-free goodies such as raw granola bars, speciality teas, natural beauty items, and even oil to keep your chakras in balance.
The health benefits of gratitude have been praised by people as varied as the Dalai Lama to neuroscientists. Sign up for Gramr Gratitude Co and you’ll be sent four beautiful, press-printed, FSC-certified cards (finished in either eggshell or matte), envelopes and stamps from $45 each month. It also encourages you to go offline and spend fifteen minutes a week in a world that’s more “social” and less “media”. That means dusting off your pens to handwrite one gratitude card a week for someone to cherish forever.
There may be some truth behind the 1960s “flower power” slogan. Researchers from both Kansas University and Wageningen University in the Netherlands have found indoor flowers can increase your mood and wellbeing. For $50 per week you can add some freshly cut and mostly native flowers to your home or office with MyFlowerMan, a Sydney-based florist with clients such as Vogue, H&M and Bentley Bar. Having them delivered means you won’t have to worry about how to get them home in one piece, or one bouquet anyway.
Did you know an avocado has more potassium than a banana? This low-carb “fruit” is also packed with vitamins, fibre and heart-healthy fats. Barham avocados are pesticide-free and have won multiple “best produce” awards. Boxes start from $35 and are delivered within 48 hours of being handpicked, giving them an unbeatable farm-fresh taste. Toss some through a salad, use it instead of butter on a wrap or whip up some guacamole to serve with dinner. You’ll enjoy the health benefits while supporting a family-run, local business.
There’s a reason tea has been loved by people of all cultures for thousands of years. It can perk you up, help you unwind and be enjoyed as a moment of peaceful solitude or while socialising with friends. Some studies even suggest that tea can slow down certain cancers and protect against heart disease. Tea with Alice delivers four organic teas for $25 a month from all over the world, catering to your preferred tastes. It also makes the perfect gift for the tea-enthusiast in your life.
Opening your arms to the world of meditation can seem tricky and intimidating. Most of us have heard by now that mindfulness meditation is good for our health, but where to begin? Naturopath student Katrina Schilling talks us through some beginner techniques to help you find your calm.
The MethylenetetrahydroFolate Reductase (MTHFR) gene mutation is gaining widespread attention from researchers and medical professionals. Those in the know believe it could hold the answer to a plethora of medical conditions – anxiety, depression, fatigue – even miscarriages. With 40 per cent of people having the mutation, we brought in Carolyn Ledowsky, Founder of MTHFR Support Australia to talk us through the basics.