6 Female Founders Share How They are Staying Healthy

We asked 6 female founders in the beauty and wellness space about what they are doing to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

Nina Zilka founder of Alder New York

Nina Zilka, Co-founder of Alder New York

I’m making sure I still get my heart pumping each day. I’ve been getting up super early and biking through Prospect Park (in Brooklyn) before there are many people around. Seeing the sun rise each morning has been really special in a way I wasn’t expecting, and it feels great to get a proper workout in before I spend my day inside. I’m also focusing a lot on self-care things that make me feel good, like face masking and baths. It reminds me to check in with my body and appreciate it.

Dr. Morgan Rabach, board certified dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical NYC

Dr. Morgan Rabach, Board Certified Dermatologist and Co-Founder of LM Medical NYC

First and foremost, I think it’s important to remember that uncertainty has us all stressed, whether it be about the coronavirus itself, loved ones that may get infected or already are infected, or supplies. Take a moment to gauge your stress level and be kind to yourself. Remember our history. We’ve lived through viruses before, whether it was SARS or the West Nile outbreak in NY. The United States and scientist around the world will figure out how to contain the virus, how to treat the virus and how to make a vaccine.

Good hand washing, staying out of crowded places and not touching your face will greatly reduce your chance of getting sick. See working from home as an opportunity to hang out with your family, read that book you haven’t had time to read or catch up on your favorite show. Stay informed on the topic and follow what viral epidemiologists and doctors say. For example, they say do not wear face masks as most people touch their face more and therefore increase their risk of transmission.
Lauren Gannes, founder and formulator of HIGHBORN

Lauren Gannes, Founder and Formulator of Highborn

For us it’s a heightened investment in self care, (modified) routine and gratitude for our well being and safety. Lots of elderberry, herbal infused tea, water and evening baths to help ease decompression.  Nothing about now is normal but if we can see it as an expansive time and visualize the personal growth potential - it feels far less restrictive. I want to take a quick pause to recognize that not everyone has the financial ability to ease in to this time and we are also doing our part to support local food and blood banks. It’s an US thing. We are in it together, even with all of the physical distance.
Melissa Medvedich, certified aromatherapist and founder of Supernal

Melissa Medvedich, Certified Aromatherapist and Founder of Supernal

Washing my hands and trying to staying positive as much as possible, while closely following the updates and recommendations of the WHO, CDC and NHS. Usually during winter, I especially try to get 8 hours of sleep a night and have warming and nourishing foods like bone broth as part of my diet which I will be keeping up for the foreseeable future.
Hellen founder of Hellen

Hellen Yuan, Certified Aromatherapist and Founder of Hellen

During this time of uncertainty, staying clear and away from fear has been very important for me.

Food can really help to support your body in this time. Boosting my immune system has been a priority and I’m making sure to get plenty of vitamins through juicing, tonics, infused water, and herbal teas. I started eating more colorful foods to get a full range of vitamins (they also look so beautiful on your plate and therefore lift your spirits). Cooking is therapeutic and I spend a lot of time in my garden gathering herbs and listening to music. This has greatly influenced my mood – I’m more relaxed, clearheaded and calm.

I have been listening to my sound baths while using my nasal inhaler with essentials oils (launching soon) in the morning and evening. I started to self reiki and let go of what is out of my control.

Make sure you stay connected with the people you love through FaceTime. Reaching out to people during this time is so important – do not isolate yourself while social distancing! Stay current and up-to-date on the facts of covid -19 without panicking.

Moving my body is important to keep the blood and oxygen flowing. This also helps to unlock stress. I stretch in my backyard and will start doing online yoga/meditation as a lot of my classes have moved in this direction. I take walks outside in nature (I wouldn't recommend this in the city, I live in nature).

Shelby Wild founder of Playa

Shelby Wild, Founder of Playa

I’m pregnant at the moment, so it’s really important that I stay healthy mentally and physically. I start every day with an antioxidant rich smoothie, packed with fresh fruits and veggies, and a low impact prenatal workout. The ones by Melissa Wood Health are my favorite. In between phone calls and virtual meetings, I’ve been taking short walks in my neighborhood with my dog Walter to not feel so stir-crazy. Walter has been needing the fresh air as well! I try to end the day with a little extra self care to wind down and de-stress – switching off between my favorite hair and face masks.

Updated March 18th 2020 at 11:50 am EST


Alder New York and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on Alder New York is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program.


For more information on what to do to keep safe and healthy check out the CDC website for advice.


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