If you took the internet's prettiest trends and put them all in one place, it would look a lot like Chillhouse. As soon as you enter the space, the outside of which is painted in a peach ombré tone, you're greeted with a neon sign and just about every beautifully packaged wellness product you've ever come across on your feed. Then there's the café, which serves colorful lattes; the manicure stations, where you can pick one of 10 nail art designs by Lady Fancy Nails; and, beyond the metallic marble wall, a candlelit row of massage rooms.
But while it seems like so many snap-worthy moments might lead way to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, the space seems to radiate an instantly calming energy. "Self-care is really being conscious of the fact that it's important to take time for yourself," says founder Cyndi Ramirez. "It's simple. It shouldn't be a chore, it shouldn't be an obligation—it should be a part of your routine. It's about making it a seamless part of your day rather than another task you have to do."
There's no doubting the power of this latest iteration of self-care—where you're constantly encouraged to take time to reset, and can celebrate when you do so by posting a face mask selfie, or a photo of your fresh manicure. Whether it's taking a pause from refreshing Snapchat to meditate, or doing a face mask while FaceTiming with friends, it's about doing what makes you feel relaxed and fulfilled.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America and affect 25% of people between the ages of 13 and 18, as well as 18% of people over 18. Taking care of oneself isn't just a luxury—it's a necessity.
"The wellness space has inspired a younger demographic to realize that if you're not happy, and if your body's not well taken care of, it's going to affect everything," says Ramirez. "It's going to affect your career, your mood, your energy, and you have to have good energy to attract positive things."
Here, Ramirez shares her favorite apps and sites to help you chill out.
YogaGlo offers over 4,000 yoga classes for you to stream from home.
Book a massage, and the therapist will come to your home.
The Ritualist, facials start at $69, theritualist.com.
If you're in need of a facial, book an appointment and a licensed esthetician will come to you.
Learn more about Chillhouse by visiting in person at 149 Essex St. in New York, or head to chillhouse.com.