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Pandemic Changes the Face of Pop-Ups

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As retail reopens around the U.S., pop-ups are popping up more than ever.

For the past few years, these temporary retail spaces were all the rage for companies seeking a relatively inexpensive way to test the brick-and-mortar waters. The strategy was so successful with both brands and landlords that pop-ups were pervasive on seemingly every street in urban areas around the country.

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Then the pandemic hit and all retail locations were forced to close, including pop-ups. Now that brick-and-mortar sites have begun reopening, the landscape is markedly different. Consumers are still wary of going back to stores as the coronavirus continues to have a profound effect on the way we live our lives. Retailers have had to institute wide-scale changes in how they operate to convince customers that it’s safe for them to return — masks, gloves, Plexiglass shields, constant

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How the coronavirus is changing the influencer business, according to marketers and top Instagram and YouTube stars

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  • Marketers and digital creators are adjusting to rapid changes in the influencer-marketing industry as the coronavirus continues to spread globally.

  • As with most businesses in the ad industry, professionals are trimming budgets, canceling events, and looking for alternative revenue streams.

  • Business Insider spoke with influencer-marketing professionals across the industry to better understand how they are adjusting their businesses to continue to earn a living during the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic turmoil. 

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As the near-term effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to be felt across the global economy, businesses and creators in the influencer-marketing industry are doing their best to adapt.

Influencers have seen some of their sponsorship deals shut down and events cancelled, with many shifting their

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How spas will look when they reopen after lockdown

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After months of lockdown spent juggling working from home with parenting, health concerns and financial woes, many of us have been left feeling anxious, fatigued and highly strung.

If there was ever a time for self-care it is now. The ultimate spa experience is something many of us are desperate to indulge in, with our sunlight-starved skin and poor posture longing to be pacified by the hands of a professional while surrounded by lavender scented spritzes and soft music.

Just like hairdressers and beauty salons, all spas have been closed since Boris Johnson imposed a nationwide lockdown on 23 March. Now, the government has announced that spas will be allowed to open as early as next week, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing on Thursday that beauty salons can resume business as of 13 July.

The date for the grand reopening of personal care establishments was subject to

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The 10 Biggest Online Workout Mistakes, According to Trainers

Though gyms are beginning to reopen, at-home, online workouts aren’t going anywhere. Even if you’re a dedicated gym-goer, it’s undeniable that reducing your trips to communal spaces reduces your risk of getting COVID-19. 

Luckily, there are plenty of amazing streaming classes and workout apps to choose from. But just like any other type of workout tool, it does take some time to learn how to use these virtual sessions properly — increasing their effectiveness and decreasing your risk of injury. Ahead, top online trainers and instructors explain what they most often see going wrong with online workouts — and what to do instead. 

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Mistake #1: Turning off your camera

If you’re doing a live class with the option to turn your camera on, don’t skip letting the trainer see you, says Ingrid Clay, Senior Curriculum Mentor and Trainer at Barry’s. 

“Turning

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Why You Should Never, Ever Stop Taking Antidepressants Cold Turkey

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From Prevention

For some people with depression or anxiety, treatment with antidepressants can be a literal lifesaver. But others, depending on any number of reasons—like insurance coverage, unpleasant side effects, or personal preference—may decide to stop taking the drugs.

Teri Biebel, 48, decided to stop venlafaxine (Effexor) with the help of her doctor when she felt like she didn’t need it anymore. “I had severe anxiety, trouble catching my breath, and felt really overwhelmed when I went on Effexor, and it seemed to do the trick,” she says. But 10 years later, “I didn’t feel anxious, I didn’t have depression, I didn’t feel like I needed it.”

But, she says, no one could have prepared her for what it would feel like to stop taking the meds. “It felt like the world’s worst hangover,” she says. “It was painful to lift my head. I

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10 women-owned small businesses to support right now

As the economy attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the best ways we can help entrepreneurs stay afloat is by shopping small. This week, the 3rd Hour of TODAY is highlighting women-owned small businesses to consider supporting.

As part of the “She Made It” series, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite brands in fashion, food, beauty and beyond.

Read on for the small brands you should have on your radar right now.

1. Olive & June

While stay-at-home orders were in full force, DIY nail maintenance became a necessity, and Olive & June was perfectly positioned to help customers achieve their at-home manicure goals.

Founded by former equity sales trader Sarah Gibson Tuttle, the business started out as a salon in the Los Angeles area but quickly developed a following for its curated manicure kits and innovative tools to make painting your own nails a little

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Here’s how small businesses threatened by COVID-19 are surviving the pandemic

With the unemployment rate at 11.1% and businesses shut down in every state, COVID-19 has taken a crippling toll on America’s economic health.

MORE: Small businesses rethink their approach amid the pandemic to serve their customers

For many small businesses, which comprise 47% of private-sector payrolls in the U.S., according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, the sudden economic downturn has created a full-blown crisis.

MORE: When coronavirus hit, these small businesses got creative, but they still need help

The big-picture concern shared by economists is if businesses don’t survive, many Americans won’t have jobs to return to after the pandemic. That’s why experts have said it’s important to support local businesses, which are struggling to generate reliable income.

Now, salons, restaurants, florists and fitness instructors, among others, are creatively adjusting to the new realities of the coronavirus economy, pivoting to bringing parts of their business online, connecting with

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I did 100 push-ups a day for 100 days in lockdown, and was amazed by how my body changed

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Day 1 and day 100 of my 100 push-ups a day challenge.
Day 1 and day 100 of my 100 push-ups a day challenge.

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  • Around the start of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown in March, I decided to start doing 100 push-ups a day to maintain my strength and fitness without the gym, and I ultimately decided to complete 100 days.

  • I broke my daily 100 up into sets of 10, done on the hour every hour, but this was a lot harder to stick to at weekends.

  • I started noticing physical change about halfway through, and by the time I completed the challenge last week, I couldn’t believe how much more defined my upper body was looking.

  • The hardest part of the challenge ended up being mental rather than physical, although I have got really good at push-ups now.

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Cast your mind back to mid-March. The world was a very

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12 Therapist-Backed Tips For Overcoming Exercise Anxiety

“Exercise anxiety is many times created by negative thoughts related to fear of failure, embarrassment and fear of pain or injury,” according to one expert. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)
“Exercise anxiety is many times created by negative thoughts related to fear of failure, embarrassment and fear of pain or injury,” according to one expert. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)

Does the thought of starting a fitness routine or hopping back into an abandoned one incite doom, stress or apprehension? Exercise anxiety is a very real thing.

Raffi Bilek, a licensed therapist and director of the Baltimore Therapy Center, said a common reason that people get nervous about heading to the gym is because of social pressure to look a certain way.

“It’s often an impossible ideal to attain, or at least it certainly seems that way. And that fear of failure can contribute to anxiety over even getting started,” he explained.

Grace Dowd, a licensed clinical social worker in Austin, Texas, added that exercise anxiety can stem from people worrying that others will judge them while they work out, from

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Hoboken Adds Signs To Playgrounds: ‘No Mask, No Entry’

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in an update on Wednesday night that the city’s Health Department had reported three new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 622 since the pandemic began. Fatalities in town have remained unchanged for the last six weeks, at 29.

Bhalla noted that on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to wear face masks outdoors in public places, including in parks, crowded sidewalks, and waiting in line at restaurants.

There are exceptions, including “exercise outdoors while remaining socially distant,” kids under 2, children getting wet in sprinklers, and people eating food and drink during outdoor dining.

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Bhalla said that “No mask, no entry” signs are being placed at all

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