How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Love Wellness founder Lauren Bosworth, who prioritizes baths and is a chef on the side.
Name: Lauren Bosworth
City: New York, NY
Company: Love Wellness, the leading female-first wellness company focused on total body care that offers better-for-you products like targeted and effective nutritional support, personal care products, and supplements to help women tackle issues like gut health, stress, sex, and skincare.
Role: Founder & CEO
Beyond the role: I love to cook. Prior to starting Love Wellness, I went to culinary school!
My alarm usually goes off at 7 a.m. I open my blinds to let some morning light in and help wake myself up a bit. I heard that getting this dose of sunlight first thing in the morning helps boost your mood and vitamin D production. After I finally roll out of bed, I head to the kitchen to grab my ice roller and gua sha from the freezer. This helps wake my face up and is great for lymphatic drainage.
Then I start making my coffee. I haven’t always been a coffee drinker, but recently I’ve found I really love a simple cup of black pour over coffee to start the day. After that, it's vitamin time! I usually take my Love Wellness vitamins with my coffee. Metabolove, Sparkle Fiber, and Good Girl Probiotics are the ones I will start my day with typically.
Next I do my skincare routine, which is all about "less is more" — but I always wash my face in the morning, use my favorite Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum, use a lightweight moisturizer, and my daily SPF. Coola is one of my favorite brands for sunscreen and their 360 Sun Silk Drops are amazing. Some days I work out in the morning before I go to the office and other days I work out after. If I'm planning to work out after, I'll wear my workout clothes to the office to hold myself accountable! I usually get to the office around 9 a.m.
The first thing I do after work:
Some days after work I'll take a class at SLT. If not, I'll head home to start unwinding for the next day.
I'll usually eat dinner at around 7 p.m. During the week, I typically stay in and make a healthy dinner like roast chicken and vegetables. On weekends I love to go out with friends and try new spots around the city.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
Netflix! Honestly, sometimes you just need to binge watch a TV series and let your brain relax.
Work day self-care hack:
Letting myself take little breaks! Even if it’s a walk around the block or chatting with my team about things that are not related to work, it seriously helps my productivity! I will typically work straight through for a few hours and then take a solid 30-minute break and repeat. The breaks are essential!
How I define self-care:
It’s about being both calm and energized, satisfied and craving new experiences. Self-care isn't a trend — it's feeling good about feeling good, without feeling ashamed of taking time to yourself!
Favorite childhood hobby or toy:
My favorite childhood toy was my cooking set! I’ve always loved being in the kitchen so if I wasn’t actually helping my mom and dad cook, I would play with my pretend version.
State of your (email) inbox:
I definitely try my best to have a zero inbox — some days are harder than others. I try to skim my emails throughout the day and if it’s something I need to return to I will mark it as unread. I also like to use different labels to help keep things organized. As far as a to-do list, my Google calendar dictates my day. No matter how big or small the task, I'll add it to my calendar — that includes breaks!
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Illustration by Megan Behrendt