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Meet The Women Behind EQ

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to three essential members of EQ’s 94% female team. Their commitment to helping women live better lives, while also leading full lives of their own, is the embodiment of what Equilibria is all about. We’re proud to call them ours!


The Women Behind EQKrystyn Lovely: Member Support Manager


Tell us about yourself!


I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Fun fact – I am a certified wedding planner and also spent a few years working alongside a private chef preparing meals and planning events for some of Chicago’s latest and greatest!


What gets you excited each morning? What motivates you?


If you want to talk about pop culture, I’m your girl – from the latest Bravo drama, music, movies or what’s on everyone’s bookshelf. Cooking is my love language so I’ll take any excuse to host dinner parties for my friends and family. Sundays are for self-care (sheet mask facials, sweatpants, and hanging out with my sister), and during the week I look forward to early morning workouts followed by a Dunkin run!

Taking care of myself fuels me and allows me to show up for my team and our EQ community.


What do you love about EQ?


I recently celebrated my 2nd year with EQ and it’s been so amazing to see how far we’ve come. The products and services we provide have been the catalyst of conversations I never would have had with generations of women in my life. 


Which EQ value speaks to you most and why?


Our core value Care Deeply, Lead with Empathy” is one that I feel closest to. In leading our Member Support Team I’ve found so much joy in knowing how many lives we’ve impacted, and the days we’ve made a little brighter. I am truly lucky to work alongside a team that cares so deeply about each other and the incredible work we are doing.


What is your fave EQ product?


Currently, my favorite EQ product is our Focus Gummies. I wake up pretty early and this has been a game changer in terms of the mid-day slump. I also keep our Rapid Calming Melts on hand for those moments when a little extra calm is needed!


The Women Behind EQAlthea Mae Yap: Wellness Specialist & Member Education Training Coordinator


Tell us about yourself!


I’m a Chicago native living in San Diego and currently work as a Wellness Specialist and Training Coordinator within Equilibria’s Member Education team. I’m also graduating with a Masters in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Pharmacy School this spring! Outside of work and school, I’m an artist and am deeply connected within the bass music community as a live painter and audiophile. 


What gets you excited each morning? What motivates you?


Learning something new about myself, others, and life as well as the ability to create anything motivates me each and every day. I love connecting deeply with other humans and doing whatever I can to create a safe space for everyone to be themselves.


What do you love about EQ?


I love EQ for the intention, compassion, and integrity that is woven between the lines of everything that we do, not only as a company but also as a workplace.


Which EQ value most speaks to you and why?


Every single one of EQ’s values aligns so perfectly with my own, however #care-deeply speaks most to me because it is the foundation I strive to maintain in everything that I do. I believe that we are all humans with unique experiences, and everyone deserves to be deeply cared for.


What is your fave EQ product?


It’s certainly hard to pick one – I use the Extra Strength Daily Drops, Focus Gummies, Stress Gummies, and Relief Balm every day. I’ve changed up my routine more times than I can count, but as the seasons of life constantly shift, there’s always an EQ product I can lean on for support.


The Women Behind EQTonia Meyer: Senior Director of Retention Marketing


Tell us about yourself!


My greatest passion in life is to support and empower women to become the best version of themselves, and I am so fortunate to serve as Equilibria’s Senior Director of Retention Marketing. In this role I focus on creating the ideal customer experience for our members, and I frequently draw upon my experience as a Mom, athlete, and Certified Health Coach to help me do so. 


What gets you excited each morning? What motivates you?


My favorite way to start the day is by focusing on my own personal growth. Sometimes that comes in the form of meditation, a masterclass, or gratitude journaling. Those moments of learning and introspection fire me up and make me excited to share that with others!


What do you love about EQ?


What’s not to love about EQ?! First and foremost, I love the company’s mission and vision along with the earnest desire to work alongside women of all ages, races, ethnicities and backgrounds.

EQ acts as the “bestie” to all of these women who are on their own individual wellness journeys by being present and reminding them that they aren’t alone. 


What is your fave EQ product?


My favorite EQ product is a tie-breaker! I love my Extra Strength Daily Softgels for the consistent stability they give me Every. Single. Day. I also love my Rapid Calming Melts for ALL of the stressful moments (including frequent and bad referee calls during my daughter’s basketball games). 


Which EQ value most speaks to you and why?


I love all of the company’s values but I am a #growth-mindset girl through and through. Challenges of all kinds can be uncomfortable, but I have found that sitting in my discomfort, recognizing it for what it is and then seeing the opportunity to learn from it has changed me, and hopefully others, for the better. 

Functional Ingredients: A Deep Dive

Side note: CBD IS a functional ingredient, but for the purpose of this post, we’ll be focusing on some of the functional ingredients you can find in our newest non-CBD products.  


Functional Ingredients: A Deep DiveSince Equilibria’s launch, we have been known for pairing CBD-focused products with education and professional support to deliver tried-and-true wellness benefits to our members. More recently, however, we realized that there were more ways to help women achieve holistic wellness, and began to explore a myriad of other functional ingredients in service of helping our members feel better. Late last year, we began adding to our toolkit by introducing non-CBD wellness products. Our Stress Gummies, Energy Capsules, and Focus Gummies (our newest addition!) have become fast favorites for our members – but what sets these products apart from the rest? Let us introduce you to the world of functional ingredients. 


What are functional ingredients?


Functional Ingredients: A Deep DiveTo put it simply, functional ingredients provide an extra health benefit to the consumer beyond basic nutrition; think pro and prebiotics found in fermented foods and drinks that are used to maintain a balanced gut microbiome, and botanicals such as turmeric and ashwagandha that can address stress and immunity. Functional ingredients can be categorized in a variety of ways, two of which are adaptogens and nootropics (you’ll find a lot of these in EQ’s new products!). Adaptogens are therapeutic compounds derived from botanical sources, such as herbs, roots, or fungi, that help support the body’s ability to deal with stress, anxiety and fatigue. Nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that improve cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and creativity. 


Why are functional ingredients so important?


There are real, undeniable benefits


Using functional ingredients for the treatment and prevention of disease can be traced back as far as 400 B.C. It has been scientifically proven that certain foods and food derivatives can have real preventative and healing properties, supporting the body in its natural abilities to regulate  inflammation, balance hormones and blood sugar, maintain a healthy pH, and improve nutrient absorption. You can read more on the benefits of specific functionals here


Ingredients that empower you to better your own health


Functional Ingredients: A Deep DiveThere’s something powerful about taking your health into your own hands. Increasingly, we have come to understand the negative impact of consuming highly-processed foods, many of which are filled with long lists of things not found in nature. Functional ingredients, derived from natural sources or synthesized to be nature-identical, work with your body to support and optimize your health. 


There’s something for everyone


One of the things we love most about functional ingredients is their ability to deliver on specific benefits. While CBD is great for when someone is looking to address a variety of wellness goals with the same product, functionals provide the ability to target more discrete health goals. For example, our Daily Drops are great for when you’re looking to manage stress, discomfort, and mood all at once – but if you’re looking to really fine-tune your attention span*, our Focus Gummy is formulated to do just that.


The Takeaway…


Functional Ingredients: A Deep DiveThe benefits of functional ingredients are truly limitless, and having a better understanding of the role that functionals play in our health and longevity is key to obtaining a true sense of wellness. You can explore our products based on functional ingredients here, and read more about the differences between CBD and other functional ingredients here


*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A Letter from Coco Meers, Equilibria CEO and Co-Founder

This month, Equilibria celebrates its 4th birthday. Over the past 4 years, we have had the deep privilege of working 1:1 with hundreds of thousands of you, our incredible members. What we’ve heard has inspired a new phase of our company’s dedication to women.


A Letter From CocoIn 1:1 conversations with our wellness specialists, you have bravely shared raw stories about how you’re truly feeling and the answer – very often – was not OK.  While seemingly holding the weight of the world, you have turned to Equilibria to combat real issues around stress, sleep, pain, distraction, isolation, and an overall frustration when it comes to our traditional healthcare system’s rushed pace and lack of listening.


Well, we are listening. We hear you, and will continue to hold space for you to explore all aspects of how to feel better.


Since its launch, Equilibria has always been known for how we pair trusted CBD products with our trademark commitment to education and support. And, this year, in celebration of our birthday, I’m proud to announce that we are expanding Equilibria’s approach to wellness to ensure that all women – everywhere – feel empowered to start and stick with their own wellness journeys. Feeling well shouldn’t be a luxury, and through powerful products and free access to our wellness coaches, we couldn’t be more excited about helping you (and your mothers and sisters and friends) achieve your wellness goals.


Birthday Highlights from the New EQ:


New Functional Products


A Letter From Coco

Late last year, we began adding to our toolkit with non-CBD wellness products powered by cutting edge functional ingredients. Our mushroom-based Stress Gummies, adaptogenic Focus Gummies & nootropic Energy capsules have each become instant fan favorites because, like our powerful CBD products, they are each purpose-built to deliver efficiently and effectively on your body’s specific needs.


Certified Wellness Coaching


Our beloved team of trained wellness specialists is always on call to answer questions, provide recommendations, and help you craft the perfect wellness program for YOU. This year, we’ve invested in additional training and certifications to ensure that this team is better equipped than ever to support your unique wellness needs.


NEW Chief Science Officer


Facilitating our expanded wellness offerings, I am thrilled to announce the addition of our Dr. Jacqueline Jacques as our new Chief Science Officer.  A Naturopath doctor with decades of experience in the nutraceutical industry, Jacqueline is helping to guide a more comprehensive approach to women’s wellness by introducing us to unique ingredients and functional formulations designed specifically to address the needs you, our members, struggle with most.


A Letter From CocoSuffice it to say, we’ve got a LOT planned for this year, all of which will allow us to be even more attentive partners and supporters in helping to facilitate your journey towards feeling better. We’re not and never will be just a supplements company.  We’re a for women, by women movement that believes in functional health for all!  I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for your trust, feedback, and loyalty along our own journey. We are honored and excited to continue serving you in new and better ways.


Coco Meers, Equilibria CEO and Co-Founder

Focusing on Focus – A Quickie Primer

We don’t need to tell you that distractions are everywhere. By the time you finished reading that first sentence, you probably already had the urge to check your phone, open your email, or scroll on Insta – and that’s not your fault!


We live in a world of constant stimulation, and science has proven that it’s taking a toll on our brains and bodies.


Studies show that the average human attention span is 8.25 seconds, down 4.25 seconds from 2000 (no thanks to the boom of smartphones and increased screen time). So how do we drown out the noise and get our focus back? First, take our Focus Quiz to determine your level of focus, and which areas could use some work. Then, check out our Focusing on Focus Quickie Primer below, where we’ve compiled a list of realistic, attainable hacks that you can use to refocus your mind and body whenever you feel distraction rearing its unproductive head. 


Utilize Time Blocking


pomodoro timerIf you don’t control your schedule, it will control you! Time blocking is a time management technique that divides your day into blocks of time; each block is dedicated to accomplishing a specific task, and that task only. Time blocking allows you to truly focus on the task at hand, without being tempted to switch tasks or jump from project to project. Try out time blocking if you: 

  • Juggle many different projects or responsibilities
  • Find your day chopped up by meetings 
  • Battle constant interruptions throughout the day 
  • Spend too much time in “reactive mode”, responding to emails, messages, and Slacks (the worst!)


An easy way to start time blocking is by using a Pomodoro Timer, which schedules time blocks of 25 minutes each, followed by a 5 minute break (use this time to get up and walk around, fold some laundry or drink a glass of water). After completing four of these blocks, take a more extended break of 15 minutes. This method is helpful as it minimizes distractions for set periods and helps you become more aware of how you use your time and schedules in breaks. You can download a Pomodoro Timer HERE, and dive deeper into the benefits of monotasking HERE. 


Give Your Brain a Boost with Equilibria’s (NEW!) Focus Gummy


focus gummyA natural focus enhancer, EQ’s newest functional (non-CBD!) release increases focus and supports mental endurance. These hibiscus-watermelon flavored gummies are packed with brain boosting mushrooms, nutrients and vitamins to keep you alert and on-task. Take one when you’re having trouble concentrating, battling brain fog or need to really hone in on a specific task or project. Try our one-of-a-kind concentration hack HERE.


decluttered deskCreate a Healthy Workspace


A clean, healthy workspace is crucial to staying focused and in the zone. A 2011 study that monitored the brain’s reaction to organized and disorganized stimuli concluded that clutter significantly decreases your ability to concentrate. Try out these tips for creating a work environment that will make you feel ~zen~: 


  • Set the mood: proper lighting and temperature is proven to help concentration. Too little sunlight also tends to decrease focus, so try to sit near a window or take your work outside whenever possible. 


  • Reduce clutter and organize your workspace: simply having clutter in plain sight overstimulates the brain.
    • Adopt a “less is more” attitude and try to avoid purchasing unnecessary items.
    • Give your things a specific place to live by investing in a desk organizer, or labeling specific drawers or folders to give things a place to go.
    • Do your best to maintain your space and have a 5 minute clean up period at the beginning or end of each work day. 


Feel the Music


While this one can vary from person to person, many people find that music helps them concentrate while studying, working, or completing household tasks. Listening to music has been shown to improve mood, increase motivation and concentration, and improve memory and brain stimulation. According to a 2007 study, music can help your brain absorb and interpret information more easily. Check out our EQ Playlist for Focus HERE, or create your own with music that helps you focus best. 


Get Moving


exerciseWe all know that exercise is crucial to our long-term physical and mental health, but exercise can also offer immediate benefits to help our concentration and focus. Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels – all of which affect focus and attention. Try taking short breaks throughout the day to move your body and see how it brings your focus back – have a 5 minute dance party sesh in your living room, walk to the top of your street and back, or get up and stretch at the water cooler. You can also try this 10 minute yoga flow for focus and productivity. 


Have Fun With It


Just like our bodies need frequent exercise, so do our brains. Exercising your brain regularly can improve concentration and memory recall, and prevent memory loss. Try implementing some fun brain exercises in your daily routine to help build your mental muscle: 


  • Pick up a Sudoko or crossword puzzle (remember those?!) to work on while you have your morning coffee.
  • Play a fun online brain game, like Wordle or Qwordle instead of scrolling on TikTok 
  • Use your non-dominant hand to write or use your computer mouse.
  • Close your eyes while brushing your teeth or washing your hands (this helps to build new neural pathways).
  • Choose a new path to work, whether you’re walking, driving, or biking (this activates the frontal cortex and hippocampus). 


Drink Up


waterStaying hydrated is crucial to keeping us focused – after all, our brain is 75% water, and it can be challenging to concentrate when you have too little. As a general rule, you should try to drink about an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. If you’re worried you aren’t drinking enough, try using a fun app like Plant Nanny. Plant Nanny is a cute way to track your daily water intake – each glass of water you drink throughout the day will water your plants in the app, so you can both thrive! 


Speaking of drinking – make sure to be aware of caffeine consumption. While we would never tell you to ditch your morning coffee (how cruel!), too much caffeine can lead to disruptions in focus, irritability, and insomnia. Try swapping your afternoon Americano for a cup of tea, a square of dark chocolate, or one of our Energy Capsules (these have a small amount of caffeine combined with L-Theanine which helps to keep your systems calm and balanced, even while boosting your energy levels).


Eat Up


Hunger can sneak up on you during a busy day – when you notice difficulty concentrating, think of the last time you ate. If it’s been a while, grabbing a quick, healthy snack to munch on while you work can help bring you back to Earth – because when our brains aren’t fueled with the proper nutrients, we can begin to experience issues with concentration, focus, and fatigue. Try choosing a snack that is low in processed sugar, and preferably with a combination of healthy fats, protein, or complex carbs. 

  • Handful of nuts (contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for cognitive function)
  • Apple (packed with quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce oxidation and inflammation of neurons) 
  • Carrot sticks with hummus (full of protein, healthy fats and fiber) 
  • Hard boiled egg (one of the richest sources of dietary choline, a nutrient that strengthens crucial neurotransmitters for memory-related brain functions) 
  • Banana and peanut butter (bananas are filled with vitamins crucial to brain health, and peanut butter is a great protein packed add-on)


Find Your Zen


We get it – meditation can seem like a hassle, and these days we rarely have time to sit still and just be. However, research has shown that meditation can actually change the structure and function of the brain through relaxation, which can increase focus, and improve memory and attention span. The good thing is, meditation can be done anywhere that feels safe and comfortable – while sitting at your desk, in your car, or during a walk. Try this 3 minute body scan to bring your attention to yourself and how you’re feeling, or this breathing exercise to improve concentration. You can also try this 10 minute mindfulness meditation for calmness and stress relief in conjunction with our Stress Gummies, which are packed with adaptogenic, mood-boosting functional mushrooms to keep stress levels in check.      


focus gummiesThere you have it – our fave focus hacks for staying concentrated and in the zone all day long.


Pick out one or two hacks to try alongside our Focus Gummies when you’re really feeling foggy and unproductive, and see things come back into focus


Learn more about how multitasking is bad for your health HERE, and why monotasking is the way of the future HERE.

Monotasking, It’s A Science

You’ve heard of multitasking, let us introduce you to monotasking…


It’s been established that multitasking actually makes us less productive (read more HERE), and can have negative long term effects on our brains and bodies. Instead, we should all get familiar with the concept of monotasking. Monotasking is the practice of dedicating oneself to one given task and minimizing potential interruptions until that task is completed, or a significant period of time has elapsed.


The goal of monotasking is to achieve “deep work” – the ability to focus on a demanding task that requires higher levels of cognitive ability and awareness – without distractions, for an extended period of time. To help determine your current ability to achieve “deep work”, take our Focus Quiz here.


journaling for wellnessWhile it’s been proven that multitasking is not efficient, and can lead to long-term cognitive issues (you can read more about that HERE), monotasking actually does the opposite. Not only does monotasking increase performance quality and efficiency, but it can also strengthen neural pathways, leading to an increased attention span and even a higher IQ. While life’s daily demands won’t always allow for by-the-book monotasking, it’s important to develop a monotasking mindset in environments we can more readily control and where it will likely offer the most value, like work and personal self-care.


How To Get Into The Monotasking Mindset:


Set aside time for deep work 

Each day set aside 2 to 4 hours where you can focus on a single project without interruption (no phones, email, conversations, social media). This kind of singular focus will engage both sides of your brain and allow you to achieve the kind of breakthroughs that make the biggest impact on the project you are working on. Start by blocking off your calendar, and see how far you get. 


Figure out your peak performance time 

Everyone has a specific period of the day where they’re most productive – when you are sharpest, least distracted and most likely to have breakthrough moments. Identify this time of day, and set it aside as your dedicated time to do “deep work”. 


Narrow your focus by optimizing for impact 

When prioritizing your workload, answer these two questions first:

What can I do today that will bring me a sense of purpose? 

What are the two most important things I can do today that would have the greatest impact?


restingSchedule “negative time” (free time) 

Block out time (1-2 hours per day) for resting, watching TV, meditating, or going on a walk.


Progress Over Perfection


But, what do you do when you’re attempting to monotask and a distraction (inevitably) arises? Acknowledge the distraction, and return to the task at hand. According to Thatcher Wine, author of The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing At A Time To Do Everything Better, the process of “gently steering your attention back to your point of focus, without judgment” will be familiar to people with experience of meditation. By recognizing distractions without giving into them, you enable your mind to shift more easily back into whatever it is you’re trying to monotask. 


In a world where interruptions and constant stimuli are flying at us from all directions, it can be hard to notice ourselves succumbing to a permanent state of distraction. But while monotasking can definitely feel uncomfortable at first, implementing this practice is vital to improving our focus, and our brains and bodies will thank us for it in the long run. 


Read more of our fave focus hacks HERE, learn about why multitasking doesn’t work HERE, and take our Focus Quiz HERE.

The Science of Multitasking

In a world where our to-do lists never seem to get shorter, we are constantly thinking about all of the things we need to get done, and how to get them done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether it’s answering an email when on a Zoom call or packing lunch for the kids while scheduling a dentist appointment, multitasking has historically been a way for us to get more done in what little time it feels like we have in the day. But, is multitasking really helping us live up to our full potential, or is it actually killing our productivity and focus? 


What Actually IS Multitasking? 


clockMultitasking is most commonly defined as “undertaking multiple tasks at the same time”. [1] That being said, most scientists who study human cognition and behavior agree that there are actually up to three different types of multitasking, and all present similar disadvantages to us when it comes to productivity and focus: 


Performing two tasks simultaneously.


This is what usually comes to mind when we think of multitasking; engaging in activities such as talking on the phone and driving, answering emails during a meeting, and texting while walking down the street.


Switching from one task to another without completing the first task. 


We’ve all been there – you’re finally in the zone and working on that important project when your coworker stops by your desk for a chat.   


Performing two or more tasks in rapid succession. 


It’s been proven that our brains need ample time to switch gears in order to work more efficiently and avoid errors when performing tasks, so hopping on an important work call immediately after meeting with your supervisor can definitely have an impact on productivity and focus. 


When it comes to any type of multitasking, we all like to think that we’re pretty good at it. In the age of “hustle culture”, multitasking is often labeled as a valuable skill; the more you can do at one time, the more efficient, hardworking and capable you are. However, it is estimated that only 2% of the population is actually able to multitask efficiently. [2] For the other 98% of us,  a growing body of research has found that it is actually far less efficient to try to do two (or more!) things at once. What’s more, the research shows that multitasking is taking a toll on our mental and physical health.  


What Happens When We Multitask? 


aesthetic deskTo understand why multitasking doesn’t really work and why it can be harmful for us, we need to understand what happens to our brains when we try to juggle too many things simultaneously. According to Kevin Paul Madore, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, when we multitask, we are creating interference between several brain networks that deal with attention and cognitive control. These networks begin talking over each other and pulling your mind in different directions, which can lead to delays and mistakes when attempting to complete a task. [3] Plus, according to neuropsychologist Cynthia Kubu, PhD, even when we think we’re multitasking, most often we aren’t actually doing two things at once. Instead, we’re doing individual actions in rapid succession, also known as task switching,” she says. [4] According to research published in the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, task switching requires a high level of cognitive processing which can ultimately lead to a slower and more error-prone performance. [5]


How Does Multitasking Make Us Less Efficient? 


To better understand the inefficiency of multitasking, scientists have examined switch costs, or the cost of lost time when task switching. [6] In 2001, Joshua Rubinstein, PhD, Jeffrey Evans, PhD, and David Meyer, PhD conducted four experiments in which young adults switched between different tasks of varying complexity and familiarity; in all four experiments, the participants lost time when they had to switch from one task to another, no matter how simple or familiar the tasks were. To make matters worse, the amount of lost time increased as the tasks became more complex. Even relatively small switch cost times (sometimes even just a few tenths of a second)  can eventually add up the more one switches  from task to task, and can cost as much as 40% of someone’s productive time! [7] The bottom line is, taking on too much at once is definitely not helping you get your daily to-do list done any more efficiently, and, in fact, may be slowing you down. 


How Does Multitasking Impact Our Health and Wellbeing? 


multitasking health and wellbeingWhile it’s surprising to discover that multitasking doesn’t make us more efficient, it’s even more surprising to learn that it may also have an adverse effect on our health. Remember those brain networks we discussed earlier? The research shows that messing with them – by doing things like multitasking – can lead to cognitive problems with memory and focus, and even have long term impacts on our mental and physical health.


When you have a busy day juggling multiple different tasks, assignments and activities, you aren’t giving your brain a chance to consolidate important memories, which can lead to forgetfulness. Research conducted by scientists at Stanford University found that too much multitasking can lead to lapses in memory, and that chronic, everyday multitasking can be connected to errors in our working memory (our ability to use and hold information temporarily) and our long-term memory. [8] This same research also found that media multitasking (activities such as texting and watching TV, or participating in a Zoom meeting while simultaneously responding to Slack messages) can have even more negative effects. People who are frequent media multitaskers are generally worse at continuously maintaining their attention on a task, and are more likely to have task-irrelevant thoughts, or mind wandering. When it comes to our physical and mental health, some studies have found that multitasking can increase negative emotions such as irritability and impatience, and even lead to chronic stress (which increases blood pressure and heart rate – two things that can definitely affect our physical health over time!), anxiety, and depression. [9] One study showed that individuals who are chronic multitaskers have smaller brain volumes in an area of the brain known as the cingulate cortex, which is important for regulating emotions and behavior. So while forgetting to switch the laundry may not actually seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, it really can have an impact on our health in the long run. 


The Takeaway…


We now understand why trying to do multiple tasks at once, especially complex tasks, can negatively affect not only productivity, but also longer term health and well-being. And while dropping a glass while cooking or accidentally sending an email to the wrong recipient isn’t life-or-death, texting a friend while switching lanes on the highway can be. It turns out that humans are actually wired to be mono-taskers. So, slow down, take a moment, and focus (click HERE for some focus hacks) – your brain will thank you for it.


Learn more about mono-tasking HERE, and take our quiz to determine how focused you really are HERE.  


[1] Adler & Benbunan-Fich, 2013, p. 1441; Rubinstein et al., 2001









How to Find Your Happy – A Quickie Primer 😎

The Science of Happiness…

Is just what it sounds like – a research-based study of how humans cultivate happiness. It reveals a host of mental, emotional, and physical benefits around being happy and – no surprise – suggests that happiness may even lead to a longer, healthier life. [1]

While actually achieving happiness can feel out of reach for many of us, the good news is that the research tells us that we can all feel more joy, and that there are clear steps anyone can take to feel happier.

In this two week “quickie primer,” we aim to help you do just that by introducing simple, actionable ways to bring more happiness into your daily life. With a combination of short lessons and prompts, we’ll work on the following:


✔️ Goal setting & achievement


✔️ Fostering strong social connections

✔️ Practicing gratitude

✔️ Moving your body

  • Set your baseline – take this happiness quiz to understand how happy you are today and where there’s room for growth.
  • Things are generally better with a friend, to keep yourself accountable, share this primer with a friend or loved one and work through it together!


Research shows that setting personal goals that are both realistic and aligned with your interests can lead to more happiness and satisfaction. [2]

  • Identify 1 wellness goal for the next 2 weeks. Reflect on your “why.”  Why is this goal important to you? How will it contribute to your happiness?
  • Now take a moment to think about what progress looks like for you. Emphasis on progress not perfection. What incremental improvements would signify you’re moving in the right direction.

📝PROMPT: Make a list of small wins that will signify to you that you’re on the right track towards your unique goal. Here’s a worksheet to help you keep track of them (your answers will be saved in your MYEQ account so that you can reference them at any time). We’ve also included some “small wins” thought starters to help get your juices flowing.



Over the next few days we’ll introduce a variety of daily techniques to keep you on track with achieving your goal. Use what works, ditch what doesn’t.

  • Build a new habit by linking it to an existing habit. For example, if you want to start drinking water with lemon every morning, do it right after brushing your teeth to make the new habit easier to remember and do consistently.
  • 📝PROMPT: Make a list of some regular habits you could stack onto.
  • Pair something you don’t want to do with something you like doing. For example, only watch your favorite TV show while walking on the treadmill to make the task you’d normally resist feel less painful.
  • 📝PROMPT: Make a list of some of your favorite things to do each day (this is a happiness-inducing activity in and of itself!) EFFICIENCY HACK: is one of the habits you listed out yesterday ALSO something you love doing?
  • What barriers could prevent you from achieving your goals? Negative thought patterns, lack of confidence, lack of resources, or societal judgment? By preempting the things that may hold you back, you can clear the way for success.
  • 📝PROMPT:  Make a list of potential barriers that could derail your progress.


It’s been a week. Hold for applause—and then, let’s pause. It’s time to reflect on the past week. 

  • 📝PROMPT: Use our reflection worksheet to help you think about where you started, how far you’ve come, and where you’re still working things out. 


How to Find Your Happy - A Quickie Primer

Humans are social creatures, and we have an innate need to connect with others. Research shows that people with strong social connections live longer, and conversely that loneliness is damaging to our physical health.[3]

  • PROMPT: Commit to doing something that will help you better connect with someone in the next two days. We’ve provided some ideas for what to do.

BONUS TIP: If socializing of any kind ever makes you feel anxious, you’re not alone. Equilibria’s Stress Gummies are a natural “chill pill” packed with adaptogenic, mood-boosting functional mushrooms that will keep you feeling centered when anxiety starts to creep.



The goal of a gratitude practice is to train your brain to have a more positive outlook and to organically cultivate positive feelings. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can have benefits including increased happiness and well-being, improved relationships, and better physical health. Psychologist Christina Costa offers some proof in her 2021 TED Talk.

  • 📝PROMPT: Commit to incorporating a gratitude practice into your routine for the next two days. We’ve provided some ideas for how to do it.


How to Find Your Happy - A Quickie Primer

Exercise causes the body to release chemicals that boost your sense of well-being and suppress hormones that cause stress and anxiety. Plus, it increases energy levels which are directly related to happiness levels.

  • 📝PROMPT: Commit to physical activity once a day for the next two days. We’ve got some fun ideas that won’t feel like work.

BONUS TIP: feel like your energy is lagging? Try Equilibria’s Energy Capsules.With proven nootropic ingredients, these capsules deliver calm, focused energy so your mind and body can operate at peak performance.



Time to reflect! How did this week go? Was it easier or harder than last week? Remember – achieving a goal, happiness or otherwise, is often not linear. Reflecting on the work you’ve done and deciding how to adjust go-forward, is a key part of the process. 

  • 📝PROMPT: On this final day of our Quickie Happiness Primer, think about the new happiness tactics introduced in Week 2 and then reflect more broadly on the full program. We also recommend you re-take the happiness quiz to understand how you’ve moved from your baseline.






Happiness, It’s A Science

What does it mean to be happy? Are happy people better off in life? These types of questions led researchers to start exploring the impact of happiness through a more scientific lens. The subsequent research has changed the way we think about happiness and how it affects nearly all areas of our lives.


UC Riverside psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky defines happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful and worthwhile.” [1] While we each experience happiness and joy in different ways, the benefits of positive emotion and mental well-being are clear. The “Science of Happiness” helps us understand how anyone can improve how happy they feel. 


What exactly is the “Science of Happiness”? 


The science of happiness can most simply be defined as the study of what happiness is, what makes people happy, and how to experience true happiness. [2] This psychological field was first explored by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi in the late 1980s, though psychological research continued to focus mostly on what ailed the mind (things such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, sadness, anger, and fear) rather than what soothed it. It would be almost a decade until the study of positive emotion came into the spotlight thanks to University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman’s mission to define the field of “positive psychology”, or “the scientific study of optimal human functioning”. [3] Along with a group of academic psychologists, Seligman dedicated their work and attention to understanding what makes people psychologically healthy. 


What makes us happy? 


So, what does actually make us happy? In her acclaimed Yale University course, The Science of Well-Being, Dr. Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and host of The Happiness Lab podcast, sets out to explore just that. In this course, Dr. Santos offers eight ways we can improve our health and well-being, based on the research surrounding happiness. We all know that things such as exercise, proper nutrition, and getting enough sleep can improve happiness and overall health, but Dr. Santos dives into the lesser-known habits that happier people prioritize in their lives. Some of her findings include forming deep social connections, setting goals, and savoring every moment in order to practice gratitude. [4]


This same question was also explored in The Grant Study, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever conducted, which aimed to reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives. The 75 year-long study has tracked the lives of 724 men from different backgrounds, periodically surveying them about their work, home lives, and relationships, as well as their health status and mental states. [5] The study’s most current director, American psychiatrist and Harvard professor Dr. Robert Waldinger, concludes that wealth, fame, or other modern definitions of success are not, in fact, the factors that lead to true happiness. Instead, it is the quality of our social connections and close relationships that really matter. Waldinger ultimately finds that people who are more socially connected are happier, physically healthier, and live longer than people who are less well connected and isolated from others. In turn, the research participants who reported being socially isolated and involved in unhealthy or stressful relationships experienced an earlier decline in their physical health, poorer memory and brain function, and ultimately lived shorter lives. [6]


Why should I try to be happier? 


If simply feeling the positive effects that come with satisfaction within your career, joyfulness in healthy relationships, and overall contentment in your life isn’t enough, the astounding health benefits of attempting to be happier might just convince you to try out some of Laurie Santos’ tips for becoming a happier person. Research has found a direct link between optimism and a stronger immune system, better lung function, less pain and better cardiac health, and in 2011, an analysis of nearly 4,000 British men and women found those who said they felt content, happy or excited on a typical day were up to 35% less likely to die prematurely. [7] It is even a consensus within the scientific community that promoting an optimistic mindset could be good preventative medicine for common diseases. Dr. Laura Kubzansky, co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed over 15 different studies encompassing nearly 230,000 people and found that having an optimistic mindset is directly linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. [8] By implementing steps to promote happiness within ourselves, such as practicing random acts of kindness, going to that yoga class or simply doing a five-minute meditation, we can improve and maintain our physical (and mental!) health exponentially. 


The Takeaway… 


Although happiness has been a human pursuit for as long as we can remember, it’s no small feat to achieve. Sad times and stressful situations are a part of the human experience, and it is important to feel and learn how to cope with these emotions. However, implementing habits to improve joy and contentment in your life can have bigger impacts on physical, mental and emotional health than you may have ever imagined, because, well, it’s a science.



Why Wellness?

Sick of being bombarded by “wellness” everywhere you turn? You’re not alone. BUT, before you write it off completely, we’re here to explain what it really is, and why you should care. 


It’s no secret that the idea of holistic health and wellness has become a major topic in recent years, and, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely come across the term wellness a few (or a million) times. While the concept of well-being – the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy – certainly isn’t new (it actually dates back to the 16th century) [1], the term wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal [2] – is much more recent, not really showing up until the mid 20th century.[3] But, wow, has it become pervasive in the years since. Today, “wellness” is a societal buzzword, often used by marketers to sell a product or service with promises of a better, healthier, more holistic life. Often, the word wellness is tied to aspirational figures who seem to have it all figured out, and even more often, wellness comes with a price tag. From celebrities sharing their newest diets and workout regimens, to influencers posting their aesthetic morning routines and journaling prompts, the term wellness has expanded to take on many different meanings. Here, we aim to break through all the noise and break down what wellness really is, why it’s so important, and why you should care. 


What is Wellness? 


At its core, wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving. While the origins of wellness can be traced back to ancient times, the modern version of wellness that we think of today can be dated back to the 1950s, specifically to a book written by physician Halbert L. Dunn called High Level Wellness.[4] In his work, Dunn was innovative in promoting the novel idea that there was more to health than just the absence of disease. This work was crucial in creating the comprehensive models of wellness that are still in use today. 


When defining wellness, it is important to note the distinction between wellness and health. The two are inherently connected, but still different. According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as being “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”[5] In short, health is a state of being, while wellness is the state of actively living a healthy lifestyle. The good thing is, if you’re practicing wellness, you’re inherently improving your physical, mental and emotional health! According data gathered by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health, women who practiced wellness by adopting healthy habits based on the Dimensions of Wellness(we’ll get into that later) extended their lifespan by an average of 10 years, and men who adopted healthy habits added an a extra eight years to their lifespan.[6] Let that sink in…


What’s the right way to practice wellness? 


So, now you know what wellness means and how it’s related to your overall health. Next up, how can you incorporate it into your life in a way that will help you feel better? The quick answer is, it’s not that hard. There are more ways to practice wellness than you think. Several key areas of our lives are connected to wellness, and these areas usually show up in one of eight pillars that you can always turn to. These eight Dimensions of Wellness were created by Dr. Margaret Swarbrick, and include physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, financial, occupational and spiritual wellness.[7] Practicing wellness within each of these pillars can holistically improve your health, and in turn lead to a longer, happier life. If you want to learn more about each pillar of wellness and find ideas on how to optimally practice wellness within these pillars, you can check out Dr. Swarbrick’s booklet Wellness in Eight Dimensions here


Why Is Wellness So Important? 


The research clearly shows that wellness is more than a trendy buzzword; it’s crucial to a long and healthy life. Our overall state of wellness impacts everything we think, do, and feel and, in turn, is also impacted by our thoughts and actions – – it’s a constant feedback loop! So, why wellness? To reduce the risk of illness, ensure positive interactions, guarantee emotional harmony, and to live a long and fruitful life. 



How to Stay Calm This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a magical time, filled with joy, abundance, love…and also, stress, exhaustion, and a general lack of energy. With so many things on our to-do lists and so much to get done in such a short time, is it any wonder that many of us need help coping with holiday overwhelm? Don’t worry, EQ is here to help you stay calm with our tips for how to fully enjoy this holiday season, and everything that comes with it.


If holiday decorating isn’t going as planned:

How to Stay Calm This Holiday SeasonCreating a warm, festive atmosphere at home is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, even when those unexpected curveballs come your way. Whether you’re trying to find the single lightbulb out in a string of lights, your kids have “rearranged” the tablescape you worked on for hours, or your cat decided to climb the tree and you hear the telltale crashing of ornaments, look to EQ’s Rapid Calming Melts to keep you from feeling overwhelmed when things take an unexpected turn. 


If you overindulged at the holiday party or family dinner:

So many fun holiday activities are centered around abundant food and festivities. However, sometimes you might find yourself overdoing it just a bit. If you’re regretting that last cookie at the office party, try massaging Relief Balm onto your stomach from right to left in a clockwise motion to relieve feelings of bloating or discomfort.


Shouldn’t have had that last glass of your aunt’s special spiked eggnog? Treat yourself to a little self-care after overindulging with a small dose (5-10 mg) of our Daily Drops first thing the next morning, paired with a banana or other potassium-rich food.


If you still have a pounding head from all those dinner table “conversations”:

How to Stay Calm This Holiday SeasonDo big family gatherings remind you why you only see certain relatives at the holidays? If you’re feeling stressed and worn down from all that togetherness, use our Dynamic Roller Duo to bring a little balance back into your day. Roll on the scent of your choice to your temples (along the hairline, about ½ inch above the highest point of your ear) and the pressure point between your thumb and index finger. Take several slow, deep breaths, inhaling deeply and letting the aromatherapeutic scent calm and restore you.


If you can’t seem to fall asleep at night:

How to Stay Calm This Holiday SeasonFor as much fun as they are, the holidays can be exhausting, but you might still have trouble switching out of “busy mode” to fall asleep. If your body is telling you that you need to rest more, listen to it! A stress-free holiday season starts with making sure you’re rested, restored, and ready to handle whatever’s next. Our fast-acting Rapid Sleep Melts can help you quickly get into sleep mode after a busy day so you can wake up refreshed.


If crowded stores send your stress levels skyrocketing:

Checking off everyone on your gift list can mean packed stores and long lines. Stay calm amidst the chaos with EQ’s new Stress Gummies. Have a gummy 30 to 60 minutes before braving the crowds and keep your cool even when that perfect gift is out of stock or you’ve just been bumped into for what feels like the hundredth time. 

With EQ’s help, a stress-free holiday season is well within your reach. Not only can our premium products help you maintain your calm through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but they make great gifts, as well! Shop from the comfort of home with our Holiday Gift Guide and give the gift of less stress to all your loved ones.

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