I don’t normally do gift guides but I wanted to share a few items that I think would be helpful, especially for this year. In my opinion, the world needs more mask-wearing, connection, and mental health support.
Here is a round-up of some masks so that you don’t have to rely on the blue, disposable masks. Mask waste is unfortunately very real this year. It took me a couple months to fully transition to reusable masks (I think a part of me didn’t want to believe that we’d need masks for the longer term) but now that I have it’s so much better – and more fashionable! I’ve also been using a mask strap and it has been one of my necessities! Prior to the mask strap I would just hang the mask around my ear when I needed to take it off temporarily and I was always afraid it might fall so I was super careful. Now I don’t have to worry about that with the strap.
These are my favorite non-disposable masks. The straps are comfortable and they leave room for a mask filter for extra precautions. Each mask comes with its own unique, positive affirmation or saying. It’s important to find joy in the little things, where you can.
I feel like Parachute is known for its bedding and I had no idea they actually make masks too. This one looks particularly cute because the straps are actually ribbons that can be tied around your head as opposed to hanging them around your ears.
This brand makes my favorite every day leather bag and this year they’ve expanded to create WFH essentials as well as very 2020 products, such as these elegant, sleek mask straps. They come in a variety of colors. I have the mustard and brown leather.
I recently discovered this sustainable brand. They are based in LA and make the most dreamy dresses. Their masks are light-weight. I have this set and while the straps are not adjustable, you can tie them yourself to make them fit your face frame.
It’s no secret that our connection points have become extremely limited this year. So what I love about each of the below is that it fosters meaningful conversation with people – new and old. Rather than talking about the weather or the pandemic, get to really know people with these conversation cards or foster new relationships with people in virtual community.
I love that they have a variety of decks to foster connection across different relationships. They have connection prompts for long-term couples, friendships, healing-focused prompts. Plus I love the design of these and 1.5% of net proceeds go to charity.
These cards are the original cards for me. I first heard about these cards through Red Table Talk and I thought it was so genius. I have always wanted to foster more vulnerable, raw conversations with others – it’s when I feel most connected – and this solved the problem and got to the point. No more ‘how are you?’ type questions to cut through.
There’s various levels to these cards – one where it focuses solely on icebreakers and another set that is for breaking really below the surface for “deeper” talk. These are really reasonably priced at $24.99 and feel like they are a gift that can keep on giving with the various packs that are offered.
These cards were sent to me by Dr. Raab, a community member. I love that it is positioned as meaningful storytelling as opposed to ‘let’s get deep in conversation’ – even if the outcome is the same. It can be hard for people to open up but by sharing that this is a way to tell stories this gives people the opportunity to share details and life experiences in a way that feels more approachable.
Lastly, of course I have to mention my membership community, You Are Here. It’s an online wellness community that provides ongoing support each day, each week – with opportunities to make new connections with others and also to receive weekly opportunities to heal, meditate, and get inspiration and learnings from wellness professionals. We regularly feature therapists and medical doctors to help walk us through ways we can support our physical, mental, and emotional selves.
Mental Health Support
Mental health is so important at all times and I feel like for many of us 2020 has given us a big roller coaster for us to navigate our mental health. I know I include myself in that bunch. Below are a few items I found that I think could really help provide you more support with your own mental health or those that you love.
Was that little jump in your stomach excitement? Or maybe it was anxiety. Perhaps a bit of both? Putting words to feelings isn’t easy. This set of 80 cards gives you a head start. Each card features a specific emotion, a miniature essay on its nuances, and stunning graphics to match. You’ll find the classics–cheerfulness, irritation, calm–along with some even we didn’t know about (like fago, a unique blend of compassion, sadness, and love). Designed by researchers at the Centre for the History of the Emotions in London, it’s a beginner-friendly tool to make sense of your moods and nurture self-awareness.
An easy way to cultivate mindful moments—anytime and anywhere: This engaging deck makes it easy to bring awareness, calm, and joy to everyday life. Each card includes an inspiring phrase on the front and a bite-size mindfulness exercise on the back. Users can draw one card to form an intention for the day, pull several for a more complex reading, or display around the home or office as inspiring mantras.
Creating a cozy living space for a simple daily routine of reflection and intention can do wonders to calm inner chaos when the outside world starts to take over. Find inner balance, harmony and tranquility in the habit of journaling. Add it to your self-care arsenal and enjoy the peace of mind.
Self care can seem so basic but when you’re anxious or stressed it may be difficult to find focus and calm. This is an easy guide to self care practices that are very accessible to your every day lifestyle.
Let me know if you have any of these or will purchase any of these for you or a loved one!