Gift Yourself these 5 Self-Care Essentials

Self-Care Essentials For Winter

Is self-care during the holidays on your to-do list? As we all start preparing for the winter holidays, making time for ourselves is important. The next few months will turn into a blur of shopping, partying, celebrating and all of the work that goes into it, so why not look into pampering yourself with a little gift as well? Check out the following recommended self-care items below and see which one fits your needs the best-- you’re worth it! 

Light and Sound Therapy Clocks

With sleep being one of our bodies’ most important functions, finding a new way to make sure you get better rest is key. Nobody enjoys waking up to a jarring alarm clock or the bright screen of their phones. Why not look into a gentler way to wake up? By mimicking the sun rising, light therapy clocks help you wake up in a more natural way, which has been shown in studies to improve your mood, reduce grogginess, and enhance the quality of your sleep. Even better, waking up with a light clock can help reset your sleep cycle, which will improve your health overall. This popular model from Hatch functions primarily as a sunrise alarm, but also includes a soft reading lamp function, as well as including a bedtime function that helps you wind down at the end of the day. This Dekala smart-clock changes colors to fit your mood, as well as being an alarm clock. It also turns on a soothing red light at bedtime, which helps promote healthy sleep and relaxes our brains. A more cost-effective model from hOmeLabs includes a built-in selection of nature sounds to soothe your mind, making it easier to fall asleep. 


Humidifiers, Diffusers, and Purifiers

Sleeping in a well-hydrated room can encourage healthier skin and help fight allergy symptoms. Additionally, many humidifiers can now act as an essential oil diffuser, scenting your space with your favorite aroma. This top-rated Canopy humidifier features a really cool anti-mold technology, with sensors that keep it operating until there is no water left inside the reservoir, as well as a spot for adding your favorite essential oils (lavender is always recommended for relaxation and sleep!) If humidity isn’t what you need, and you just want to enjoy the fragrances, this Grove Co. aromatherapy diffuser can run for up to five hours, spreading your favorite essential oil blend and glowing in a soothing color of your choice. Lastly, for helping rid your home of allergens (especially useful if you have pets and are expecting houseguests,) this adorable Bissell purifier is quiet, easy to clean, and best of all, sits on a table or shelf-- no need to have a huge machine taking up floor space! 


Massagers

Massage can help boost mood

A massage is one of the fastest ways to reduce stress. As much as we would all love to have the time and money for a weekly massage at a spa, that’s not always doable. However, getting a personal massager to have at home is a great way to pamper yourself and make sure you feel your best! For a smaller option that will focus on one area at a time, this shiatsu massager is a great option. It has a heat function, which gently warms the area it’s massaging, but includes a built-in overheat protection ability to make sure you don’t get burned. Its small size makes it perfect for working your neck, lower back, or calves. For an even more concentrated massage, this massage gun is a great choice. It’s quiet and powerful, with a four-hour battery life and four different heads to suit your needs. If you want a more all-over experience, look into a massage mat, which can be placed on your couch, bed, or favorite chair. This vibration massager also heats up, helping to relieve even more stress and discomfort. 


LED Therapy Masks

LED therapy is a new skincare treatment that uses different light frequencies to fight common skincare concerns-- red for anti-aging, blue for acne. This UV-free treatment does not cause burns, nor does it use harsh chemicals, making it safer than some other treatments. It can be done through an aesthetician, but many aestheticians recommend a minimum of ten treatments for best results. That cost can add up to even more than the price of your own home-use LED mask! This top-of-the-line option by Dr. Dennis Gross is said to be one of the best masks on the market, and allows you to switch between red light, blue light, or a combination of the two. It only takes three minutes to use and is wireless, so you don’t have to sit in one place! This Hime Sama mask includes an attachment that treats your neck, as well as including several other colors of light that offer different benefits, but requires a little more time to get the full effects. If these are a little steep, less costly versions are available; this wireless mask from Lux Skin has three different light settings and is also wireless. 


Sleep Hacking

Better sleep can help winter depression

Everyone wants to sleep better, and now is a great time to work on your sleep schedule. New technology to aid sleep comes out all the time, and now is no different. Having the perfect temperature while you sleep can make every night more restful, and the BedJet system gives you complete control over your climate. If the BedJet is a little much, the Embr Wave 2 sleep bracelet is a more compact temperature-control device, which provides heating or cooling sensations based on your sleep needs. If light is a bigger problem than temperature, treat yourself to a high-quality sleep mask! This one provides total darkness without pressing on your eyes, and comes in a variety of cute patterns! 

3 Steps to an Easy Spa Day at Home

It doesn't take jetting off to the Four Seasons Hotel spa to enjoy a little pampering. Actually, you can set yourself up to have a spa day any day with a few easy additions to your home.

1. Set the mood for relaxation. Do you have a spare bedroom or bathroom that can become your tranquility space? Even your main bathroom can serve the same purpose. First, declutter the space. Put loose bottles and jars in baskets or store them in closets. Next, add Artemis removeable wallpaper. It's super easy and quick to place on any wall and comes in many relaxation-inspiring prints like this Hawaii-inspired collection

2. The right robe is an at-home spa essential. When you put on a luxurious spa robe, your brain subconsciously understands it's time to unwind. Recreate the cozy feel of the best spas in the world with our Turkish cotton robes. They come in a variety of colors so you can choose your favorite vibe.

3. Candle light is always right. Isn't there just something about the warm, flickering glow of candles that makes your muscles relax and the tension begin to melt away? Our Aura Collection of candles not only enhances the mood of your room with gorgeous fragrances hand-selected for their mindset support, but each also includes a personal affirmation and a collection of crystals to give your soul equal pampering.  

Whatever you decide to spoil yourself with, you deserve it! Taking time for yourself and making sure than your own cup is full is the best thing you can do for the people around you. These gifts will make sure that you are refreshed and ready for whatever the world throws at you.

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