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Welcome to The Chill Times, Please Stay Awhile

by Cyndi Ramirez

Hi there. Cyndi here, founder of Chillhouse & EIC of The Chill Times. We’re honored you’re here…hanging…with us. You can be anywhere else in the world, but you chose to click this link and now you’re sitting there reading this from the comfort of your home, office, subway or sidewalk. That’s pretty cool of you and we thank you.

How we choose to spend our time is important, and here at The Chill Times, we don’t take it lightly. Because of that very simple motto, we’ve created an entire business called Chillhouse, a destination for modern self-care with its first physical location in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. That space was created for a few reasons and you can read about it here or here. However, the notion of “self-care” is something that expands past massages or cute nail art; it begins with you. How you take care of yourself is how you choose to present yourself to the world, but most importantly, it’s how you choose to present yourself to, well, you.

I recently read a Facebook post that has since gone viral. It starts something like this:

“Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing. It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution.

It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do, like sweat through another workout or tell a toxic friend you don’t want to see them anymore or get a second job so you can have a savings account or figure out a way to accept yourself so that you’re not constantly exhausted from trying to be everything, all the time and then needing to take deliberate, mandated breaks from living to do basic things like drop some oil into a bath and read Marie Claire and turn your phone off for the day.” Exactly. You should read the whole thing here.

What I loved about that post is that it touched on many areas of self-care that has nothing to do with that “treat yourself” moment. Self-care is not just about bubble baths and spa retreats (though, we like these things very much, too); and it’s not about spending half your paycheck on facemasks or a seven-step skin care routine. Simply put, self-care is an act done deliberately to nurture our mental, emotional and physical health. While we plan on talking about all the a-typical kind of self-care topics, we’ll also be addressing the not-so-exciting things that will help you feel more powerful, beautiful, and in-tune with yourself. Because what we care about is not only the relationship you have with your beauty routine but the one that you have with yourself.

That’s what The Chill Times is all about. It’s about self-care via self-discovery. How that looks for you remains to be seen…We’re not here to tell you what to do, to judge, or to stop you from what you’re already doing — heck, we’re probably doing the same shit. Instead, our goal is to provide thoughtful, intuitive, and meaningful content that embodies the idea of self-care in a whole new, exciting way. We’ll be connecting with experts, talking about taboo topics that your grandma might not approve of (unless she’s super hip, then send her here), and everything in between…

Most importantly, above anything else, trust that you know that you can always come here to chill out. Now, go ahead and browse. Chill Times await.

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