9 Wellness Instruments We’re Leaning on to Get Us by Winter

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Staying healthy this winter seems more manageable when we break it down into smaller categories: How do we keep our bodies in top shape? Start with social distancing and hand sanitizing. Building an advanced temperature monitoring system. How do we hold it together emotionally? Try a journaling kit designed for emotional cleansing. And what’s the best way to recharge after your day has felt like a lot? Formula: weighted blanket, white noise machine and the sleepy scent of lavender on your pillow.

BODY

IMMUNITY BOX

While you are performing all of your normal routines to stay healthy, it feels good to have extra nutritional help: Youtheory Immune + Daily Wellness is a supplemental capsule formulated with 100 percent of the daily levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc is healthy immune function. * It contains two specialty ingredients: a blend of full-spectrum functional mushroom extracts from Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, and Royal Sun Agaricus, and Wellmune, a beta-glucan made from yeast that has been shown in clinical studies to support immune health and desease general well-being. Each daily serving consists of three capsules (Immune + contains whole-food ingredients, which is reflected in a small additional volume), which can be easily reduced with just a few sips of water.

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CLEAN SWEEP

While washing your hands with soap, water, and good technique is always the preferred option, using a hand sanitizer that is 60 percent or more alcohol can help reduce the number of microbes you ingest on your hands between grocery stores and roadside pickups . This formula from Clark’s Botanicals meets our standards for clean personal care products and is available in a convenient duo. That’s one to keep as well as a backup for your center console.

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WARMTH OF THE MOMENT

The Oura ring is a compact health tracker that you wear on your finger. Most of us read this and think of step counters, sleep trackers. And that’s not wrong: Oura collects reliable data about your daily activity and sleep that can help inform overall healthy habits. But Oura has a lot more to offer, including a sensitive reading of your body temperature overnight. The Oura app allows you to track temperature changes over time and be aware of unexpected fluctuations.

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GHOST

THOUGHT BUBBLE

Expressive writing has been studied for decades for its ability to promote emotional well-being and help us develop self-regulation. And if you’ve ever been emotionally cleaned up on a piece of paper, you probably understand why: sometimes we aren’t sure what to think until we write it down. This is what leads us to a journaling kit specifically designed to look inside. We Are Not Real Strangers Self-Reflection Kit contains a diary in reflective silver (maybe on the nose too) and a deck of cards with questions like “What do I need to get off my chest?” and “What have I tolerated in the past from people for whom I no longer have time?” Try distributing the cards face down, drawing the two or three that you are energetically attracted to, and writing down your answers for as long as you want. Don’t think too much: Stream of Consciousness feels best.

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STEEP THRILLS

Whether you’re brewing chai from scratch or sticking a tea bag in your favorite mug, sitting over tea is a ritual that feels powerful. House of Waris Botanicals makes some of our favorite mugs: In the Manhattan tea laboratory, herbalists create individual blends and talk to visitors about the unique properties of different plants. Sweet Clarity, one of the brand’s bestsellers, balances the adaptogenic herbs Tulsi, Rhodiola and Eleuthero with a warm and aromatic blend of cardamom, ginger, orange peel and sweet basil. It’s exactly what we want to drink when it’s time to get into good thinking.

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PRESS PAUSE

The multidisciplinary meditation studio Open in San Francisco was set to open the doors to its first physical space this year. And while there are the same set of obstacles we’ve all encountered, we’re glad to at least have it online: the list of teachers is full of yoga, breath work, and meditation-heavy hits, including co-founders Manoj Dias, Hailey Lott, Mel Mah, and Ally Maz. You don’t subscribe; They just come by when it’s best for you. Classes only last ten minutes or an hour and you will be asked to pay three, five, or ten dollars per class as you wish.

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REST

SOUND NOTE

If a sound prevents you from falling asleep or wakes you up in the middle of the night, it is not the sound itself that is causing the problem. The way it is, your brain wakes you up when it perceives inconsistencies or sudden changes in ambient noise. This is just your body trying to protect you: it doesn’t know the difference between an approaching predator and the garbage truck that comes by at 6 a.m. But it’s annoying and can seriously affect a good night’s sleep.

For some sleepers, white noise – a steady hum that represents a combination of all audible frequencies at the same volume – can mask annoying noises. Fans are particularly good at generating white noise, which is why you can sleep particularly well with a fan or air conditioning in summer. In winter, when you want to better protect your bedroom temperature, opt for a machine with white noise: the internal fan drowns out ambient noise without causing chills. And while it can’t stop your partner from snoring or silencing the neighbor’s cat, it can help you get through a little less disturbed.

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SNUG IT OUT

If you’re feeling a little restless in bed, consider a weighted blanket: Research has shown that it can have a calming effect, and that going to bed under a blanket can promote more restful sleep. They are designed to work for you in the same way that diapers do for a newborn, by making you feel safe and comfortable. So it’s no surprise that the experience of being among one is enjoyable. (We even carry our weighted blankets from bed to desk to couch all day long.) This one by Bearaby is hand-knitted from thick organic cotton yarn and looks especially nice over an armchair or at the end of your bed. It’s not too difficult – a good thing if you’re new here – and can help keep the heat down if you get cold on winter nights.

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Odor control

If sleep has a distinctive scent, it is lavender. Vitruvi lavender essential oil is steam distilled from French lavender leaves and has settled in our bedtime rituals: a few drops on your pillow or flowing through a diffuser are a lovely way to end the night.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product is not intended to be used for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

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