Alanis Morissette Says Living Your Best Life Requires ‘Tuning In to Your Body’

01/28/2016 at 01:15 PM ET

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Sometimes we take coping mechanisms too far, and lose sight of what our bodies really want and need.

Alanis Morissette said she had long been guilty of doing just that.

“We humans are ingenious at figuring out how to stave off pain or displeasure, and god bless us for this survival skill,” she writes in a post for mindbodygreen, noting that people turn to “television, food, surfing the web, drugs, alcohol, work [and] sex” to “stave off pain and ‘leave the body.’ ”

The singer, 41, believes relying on these mechanisms too much ends up hurting us in the end.

“Ultimately, what once served as a way to relieve unwanted pain becomes the mechanism through which we remain perpetually estranged from ourselves,” she writes. “And the havoc that this lack of self-intimacy and self-knowledge can create permeates every area of our life.”

To combat this, Morisette shares her favorite ways to “come home to your body” that anybody can do when they are feeling that disconnect: massage, mindful eating, hot baths, deep-breathing exercises, yoga, walking in nature, skin scrubs, acupuncture, gentle stretching and dance.

“Let’s find ways to come back home,” she writes, “into the exquisite and unique body we were given to move through this life.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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she should have added…”and forgoing leather turtlenecks” – i don’t like that frock at all, so heavy and unflattering. it’s weighing her down in so many ways!

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