Most of the time, one’s email inbox is not a wellness space. (Quite the opposite, actually.) But the right email can serve as a temporary oasis among the spam, sale notices, and work missives.
To achieve this oasis, you could ask a cherished friend to send you a long, detailed email every day. Or, you could sign up for a great health and wellness newsletter (or several) that will come to feel like one from a friend. We’ve rounded up the very best in the space—from Wondermind to Well To Do to our very own Nessie Sightings—for you. This way, you can give your inbox the wellness glow-up it deserves.
1. She’s A Beast — Casey Johnston
The hold She’s A Beast has on us… powerful. Casey Johnston, a former Vice editor and Ask A Swole Woman columnist, is on a mission to give practical advice on getting strong. This means working out, staying clear of messy diet culture, and appreciating your body from the lens of its capabilities rather than conventional standards of physique. We should all aspire to exist in our bodies the way Casey encourages readers to—with confidence and without bowing to trending restrictions.
Cost: Free for Friday newsletters; paid for Sunday advice column
Frequency: Weekly (free) or 2x/week (paid)
2. Salt + Yams — Julia Craven
Julia Craven, a health, science, and wellness journalist, recently shifted her newsletter from general wellness to focus on Black health histories. Salt + Yams (formerly Make It Make Sense) aims to explore the inequities that have existed and still exist in Black health, while also surfacing cool, underreported stories and educating readers on public misunderstandings.
Cost: Free for public posts; paid for extra content and recommendations
Frequency: 1-2 issues per month
3. VoxCare — Dylan Scott
There’s a lot to love about Dylan Scott’s VoxCare newsletter. What we love most is that he chooses one topic of importance within the healthcare system and goes deep, using research and reports to answer questions too thorny or confusing to pursue on your own time. Think prescription drug shortages or maternity care deserts. A deep dive on a question that feels simple but is actually quite intricate? We love it. Can’t get enough.
4. The Unpublishable — Jessica DeFino
If you’ve ever felt skeptical about the agenda of the beauty industry and its influencers, The Unpublishable will confirm your suspicions. In the best way. Jessica DeFino is a former beauty writer who turned beauty critical, and with this background—plus her biting, sharp-witted, meticulously backed up analysis—Jessica’s got the takes you didn’t know you needed. Topics include buccal fat removal, bleached brows, injectables, and Kim Kardashian’s skincare line.
Cost: Free for public articles; paid for extra content and subscriber chats
Frequency: Weekly-ish; more frequently for paid subscribers
5. Emily’s Life Plan for the Week — Emily Mariko
When the end-of-weekend scaries hit, we turn to Emily Mariko’s Life Plan for the Week. The impeccably organized TikTok star, who’s best known for that viral leftover salmon bowl recipe, sends it out promptly on Sunday mornings. Every issue recaps the healthy meals she posted throughout the week with more detailed instructions than what you’ll see on TikTok and Instagram. Perfect Sunday Reset material.
6. Nessie Sightings — Melanie Ehrenkranz
Maybe (definitely) we’re biased. But Nessie Sightings is something special. Each biweekly issue opens with a letter from editor Melanie Ehrenkranz, a writer with bylines in Mic, Gizmodo, National Geographic, and more. Then, there’s a list of healthy product deals (some exclusive to Sightings readers) for window shopping or shopping-shopping, followed by a roundup of links to procrastination-worthy health and wellness articles. It’s a peek into wellness culture and everything that surrounds it, packaged with love, wit, and serious research chops.
7. Fitt Insider — Anthony Vennare
If you’re in the fitness and wellness business—or just extremely into the space (hi, hello, it’s us)—Fitt Insider is your home base. Anthony Vennare’s weekly newsletter curates the must-know trends, partnerships, funding, and forecasts shaping the future. Think everything from psychedelics in sports to the gender healthcare gap.
8. Well To Do — Rina Raphael
Journalist Rina Raphael is one of our favorite voices scoping out scams and dark truths within the wellness industry right now. Her book The Gospel of Wellness is recommended reading for anyone looking to better understand its exploitative underbelly. Her newsletter, Well To Do, is a lighter extension of that, packed with analysis and relevant links.
9. The Overview — Willow Defebaugh
The Overview is a weekly meditation on life on Earth from the editors at climate and culture mag Atmos. While this may feel disjointed from the health and wellness space, we argue that the wellbeing of our planet is deeply entwined with our own wellbeing. It’s a nice step back from the daily minutiae, instead focusing on our holistic connection to the natural world.
10. Holisticism — Michelle Pellizzon
Holisticism, an outlet for more accessible wellness, coins itself as “well-being for complex creatures” and tackles the philosophical to the consumerist, all centered around just feeling a little better. The newsletter, written by founder, CEO and Head Witch in Charge Michelle Pellizzon, is a gateway to the brand’s latest podcast episodes and teases some health and wellness tech the team is testing.
11. Girls’ Night In — Aliza Abarbanel & Alisha Ramos
This newsletter is the inbox-ification of a fuzzy mitten wrapped around a cup of hot cocoa in the nook of your couch with a new book splayed open on the weighted blanket. Founded by creative strategist Alisha Ramos and now helmed by executive editor Aliza Abarbanel, it’s filled with restful recommendations. It’s also sent out on Friday mornings, which means you can use it as a built-in source for weekend plans. (Or an excuse to bail on weekend plans.) Best of all, with 140,000+ readers, Girls’ Night In fans are everywhere, and you’ll always feel connected to its cozy collective.
12. Neural Network Lab — Andrew Huberman
Neuroscientist, Stanford Med professor, and all-around influential person in wellness Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.’s findings can be found in top science journals. His Neural Network newsletter breaks things down for us regular folk. And this monthly drop drops knowledge. Can’t sleep? Feeling stiff? One installment details uber-straightforward advice on how to optimize shuteye, while another lets you download three different stretching routines for maximum flexibility. There’s never been a better way to improve your quality of (everyday) life.
13. Wondermind — Marilyn La Jeunesse
Wondermind is an entire mental health media ecosystem, but before there was a website, there was the newsletter. Curated by author and journalist Marilyn La Jeunesse, it’s all about creating a judgment-free space to learn about mental fitness through advice and interviews. And they get some pretty big names. (That Selena Gomez is one of the brand’s co-founders probably helps.)
14. 3-2-1 — James Clear
James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter is sent to over 2 million people for good reason: It aims to pack the most punch (read: wisdom) of any publication on the internet. Each installment includes three ideas from Clear himself (author of #1 New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits), two quotes, and one question. The result is a healthy dose of inspiration that may just kick those new year goals into high gear.
15. jojotalks — Joanna Townsend
Joanna Townsend is a licensed psychotherapist with a monthly newsletter. Our favorite thing about it is its approachability. Each issue includes a thoughtful note from Joanna, some reflections, and guided prompts. She’s discussed setting boundaries, self-compassion, and slowing down, among other topics. It’s a soothing yet actionable pause in your inbox.
16. The New Fatherhood — Kevin Maguire
The New Fatherhood, started by dad-of-two Kevin Maguire, is an exercise in defining what it means to be a modern dad—sleep regression, postpartum depression, and all. Maguire waxes eloquent in equal parts real talk and deep talk, with the ever-present promise of at least one tidbit a week that will make you smile.
Cost: Free; $6/month for access to the private community and exclusive posts and essays
17. The Small Bow — A.J. Daulerio & Edith Zimmerman
The Small Bow is a multi-person show: A.J. Daulerio writes and edits, Edith Zimmerman illustrates, and a rotating crew of talented writers contribute. The team uses its platform to cultivate community around long-term recovery. (In addition to the weekly newsletter, A.J. hosts five Zoom recovery meetings per week—open to all!) The Small Bow’s vulnerable admissions and gritty illustrations all seem to embrace imperfection while aspiring towards healing.
Cost: Free; $5/month for more
Frequency: Weekly + the last Friday of every month
18. How To Cure A Ghost — Fariha Róisín
Fariha Róisín’s book Who Is Wellness For? answers the titled question through an exploration of cultural appropriation and exclusivity in the wellness space. And it goes a step further to offer guidance toward self-care for anyone reading. Róisín’s newsletter is a more intimate snapshot on her own journey toward understanding what wellness looks like for her, filled with personal recommendations on what she finds healing.
Cost: Free for occasional posts; paid for all posts and community
19. How Not To F*ck Up Your Face — Valerie Monroe
Valerie Monroe, former beauty director at O, The Oprah Magazine, wants to help you shift your mindset in the beauty space from “self-criticism to self-compassion.” Or, as she puts it in her newsletter title, how to not “f*ck up your face.” The newsletter covers all aspects of self-care while getting older, from whether facials are worth it to what it actually means to reject the “anti-aging” label.
Cost: Free for full archive; $5/month or $50/year for community access
20. Coach Bennett’s Substack — Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett, Global Head Coach of Nike Running, writes about running (and about not running). You’ll find his signature witty and relatable prose in Coach Bennett’s Substack, a weekly-ish newsletter that makes you want to get out there and hit the pavement. Each installment even has a handy voiceover so you can listen to Coach Bennett while you do just that.
Cost: Free; optional donations
21. XO, MU — Melissa Urban
Whole30 Co-Founder and CEO Melissa Urban covers it all in her newsletter, XO, MU. It’s “trauma, addiction and recovery, therapy, divorce, motherhood, entrepreneurship, spirituality, health, fitness, and that one time I got chlamydia.” With a subscription, you can expect to stay in the know about Melissa’s releases (books, podcast episodes, blog posts), get some product recs, and learn about mental- and nutrition-based wellness.
22. The Letter — Adriene Mishler
If you want a smooth-talking yogi in your inbox every Sunday, sign up for Adriene Mishler’s The Letter. It’s all “self-love” and “community” and “humanity” in her feel-good messages. Receive a free yoga or meditation practice along with some food for thought each week. She’ll also keep you in the loop about her very popular (over 11 million subscribers on Youtube!) “Yoga With Adriene” and “Find What Feels Good” programs.
23. FoundMyFitness — Rhonda Patrick
Touted as “a newsletter that respects you,” FoundMyFitness delivers scientifically backed information on enhancing lifespan, cognition, and physical performance. Rhonda Patrick and her team turn health research into digestible emails, podcast episodes, and videos—all of which can be sent straight to your inbox sans fuss. If you’re curious about topics like fasting, depression, fitness, and longevity, it’s worth a read.
Cost: Free; $15/month for premium membership