Today’s your day. And so, in the waning hours of summer, treat yourself to a little ‘me’ time, and some of the self-help practices we’ve tried out for you. Over the last few months, we’ve asked MEL writers to float, freeze, starve and chow down on Soylent all in the name of bettering themselves. Spoiler: Soylent is poison; Marie Kondo is chill.
Find your next moment of zen below.
The Road to Ultimate Happiness Is Paved in Garbage
Can Marie Kondo turn a SoCal slob into a California minimalist?
Floating Towards Nirvana
What does sensory deprivation actually feel like?
Man Cannot Live Off Soylent Alone
‘This is how a wolf must feel. Always hungry, always intensely aware.’
Finding My Muse
Can a brain-sensing headband transform me from angsty to chill? I used Muse for a week to find out
Can working out high transform my body and mind? I got stoned and tried five different workout classes to find out.
Alternate States in Dream Reality Cinema
Can a 40-minute movie teach me to control my dreams, my mind and my destiny?
A Stimulating White Powder That’s Not Completely Illegal
Will the ‘smart drug’ aniracetam help me slay the work week?
Can A Sleep Tracker Actually Improve Your Sleep?
We attempt to see how well rested Beddit will leave you
The Deep Freeze of Cryotherapy
Will freezing your body for three minutes heal your pain?
The Urban Sweat Lodge
Or, what is a toxin and can I really just sweat it away?
Can avoiding food for long stretches liberate me from the culture of office snacking?
The Sound of Solace
Striving for enlightenment, via a sound bath
Becoming Buddha in Ten Days
What happens when you don’t talk and just meditate for 10 whole days? Inside a Vipassana silent meditation retreat