As we grow smarter we realize that it's more about quality than quantity. We learn the benefit of having quality products like a good mattress or gear that you are proud of. It’s important to know where to cut costs but it’s just as important to know when to dish out some cash for those quality widgets. We all need the right tools for the right job. Just to make life a little bit convenient, whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend, loved one, or even if you just want to splurge we have just the mindful gifts for you.
Let's not kid ourselves, when was the last time you’ve stretched? A yoga mat is not just something you use for stretching, it is a space in which we can relax from our chaotic stressful lives. A yoga mat provides insulation from the hard cold floors, it should be thick enough to support your joints. In addition, the mat must not be slippery, must be durable and must grip the floor because it creates a stable environment and foundation for your mindful practice.
9 Simple reasons to stretch and get a yoga mat
A diffuser disperses small fragrant molecules into the air, it’s usually some type of oil, like an essential oil. Vapors then reach your brain and can help with stimulation and relaxation. Each fragrance has its own purpose ranging from migraine relief, ease of digestive issues, or even anxiety. Not only will a diffuser help your mind and body, it’ll help purify the air without any artificial chemicals. It’s also very convenient and leaves your home smelling refreshed and clean.
5 reasons to get a diffuser
Let's face it we’re not getting any younger and those hangovers seem to be getting worse with each year. We won’t always have the resilience of a college frat boy. Alcohol is a diuretic that depletes your body of water, vitamins, and nutrients. Don’t bash it till you try it. It’s not a miracle drug but it will definitely make your next hangover much more bearable.
Are you as active as you think? Only one way to find out. A goal should be measurable, specific, achievable, realistic, and time-based. If you’re an avid gym goer or runner this is your dream gadget. For all you iPhone fanatics you have the option of the apple watch that directly links with your apps and home appliances. The Fitbit is another great product that is just as valuable. These gadgets will help you track all your activity. They are also convenient, no need to take your phone out of your pocket.4 reasons to track your activity
Don’t underestimate the benefits of a good night's sleep. If you're waking up with discomfort or even the sniffles your pillow may be the culprit. No matter how you sleep you need a good head and back support to keep your spine level. We spend about a third of our lives in bed a good pillow can drastically change your life. A night of good sleep has many mental benefits; it relieves stress, improves cognition, and even helps you live longer. Sleep improves your health and mood.
5 reasons you need sleep
Last year about 50 million water bottles have been used and only 23% have been recycled. This means that about 38 billion water bottles have been wasted, the total cost of that waste equates to about 1 billion dollars. That is an insane amount of waste and money. Many people believe that bottled water is cleaner and a more pure type of water. Where do you think Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coke’s Dasani water come from? Straight from the tap. “44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies¹”. You’ll be doing the environment and your wallet a favor by switching to a reusable water bottle.
Who doesn’t enjoy coffee? How many of you are coffee fanatics? Let’s not kid ourselves we all enjoy coffee and most of the time we rely on it to either start or get us through the day. Brewing coffee in this nature produces a richer, fuller, and stronger coffee. Making coffee this way does not require a filter and all the coffee grounds get directly boiled opposed to having water just drip through them. Ditch that old drip coffee maker and grab yourself a french press, you won’t regret it.
Do you have a yoga mat? Great get a foam roller to supplement! Nothing beats a great foam roll after a hard yoga session or an intense gym workout. Using a foam roller along with stretching techniques is a great way to reduce pain, keep your muscles happy, and your body flexible. What foam rolling does is called Myofascial release. Myofascial release is applying light pressure to contracted muscles to increase blood and nutrient flow.
5 Benefits of a foam roller
Safe to say these are things you should own and buy at some point in your lifetime. They have great benefits for your overall health and productivity. Yoga mats and foam rollers are great in keeping your body flexible and healthy. A french press gets your day rolling while a reusable water bottle not only saves the environment but also keep you hydrated. Tracking your activity keeps your goals in line as well as the amount of sleep you get on the new comfortable pillow. A hangover patch is just there to get you through that day after a long night.
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Call it intuition, instinct, or a gut feeling: if we followed it, we just might be a lot happier. Intuition is a skill we are all born with, but one we submerge in the business of modern living.