With a world that seems more unpredictable every time you check the headlines, it can be easy to lose a sense of control. Prioritizing self-care is all the more important at a time when the events of the world can take a major toll on your mental and physical health. Gifting season is about to get into full swing, and one of the best things that you can give yourself or your loved ones is the space and resources for self-nurturing. But where to start? We’ve rounded up crowd-pleasing items that help to foster balance, health, and happiness so you can start to build a well-being from the inside out — one that sticks no matter what’s happening around you and yours.
With so many elements of wellness to consider — fitness, sleep patterns, mental health, and more — keeping track of it all can seem like an impossibly tall order. But it’s a much easier task with the Fitbit Sense, which serves as a mini control center for multiple aspects of your overall wellness (not to mention your everyday messages and scheduling reminders).
Used in tandem with the Fitbit app, the Sense offers fundamental fitness aids, like a step tracker and a calorie counter, along with more in-depth resources like workout videos, sleep tracking, and recipes. The built-in monitoring capabilities allow you to keep a close eye on more subtle wellness indicators: you can check your stress levels with a sensor that measures your electrodermal activity (EDA) — the electrical changes in your sweat.
By integrating EDA tracking with in-app guided mindfulness sessions, you can study and adjust your stress levels over time.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 offers many of the same fitness and health-tracking capabilities, but with a slimmer (read: workout-friendly) design and a monochrome display that extends the battery life of the device.
Golde’s line of superfood-enriched products prove that what’s good for the inside is good for the outside. Packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients like turmeric, matcha, and coconut, the line’s powdered latte blends support stress relief, gut health, focus, and more.
Is it any surprise that the same components work as skin-boosters, too? Golde also offers superfood-based skin powders that can be mixed with water to create detoxifying and exfoliating face masks. Try out the works with this kit stocked with the brand’s signature goodies.
Austin-based psychologist Dr. Ebony Butler developed My Therapy Cards to make some of the personal development and mental health tools available to therapy patients accessible to women of color, including those who may not have access to therapy due to cost or logistics. The deck includes cards designed to help you identify emotions, recognize and understand negative habits, and reflect on how you respond to triggers. You can work through the deck on your own, with a therapist, or with a loved one, and the website also allows customers to donate a deck anonymously to a woman of color selected by My Therapy Cards.
Pre-packaged foods don’t often fit naturally into a health-conscious routine, but these legumes manage to pull off convenience while packing a serious nutritional punch. Founder Ibraheem Bashir started A Dozen Cousins in 2019 in an effort to merge the healthy food ethos of the Bay Area — where he moved to work for General Mills — and the culinary melting pot he experienced growing up in Brooklyn. The company (named in honor of his daughter and her 11 cousins) features slow-simmered varieties like Cuban Black Beans, Trini Chickpea Curry, and Refried Pinto Beans — all with GMO-free ingredients and pre-seasoned, making for an easy meal or side dish after popping the bagged beans in the microwave, no prep required. Head to @adozencousins on Instagram for simple, tantalizing recipes like chicken tagine and stuffed plantains.
Mindfulness, mental awareness, stress management — the buzzwords are everywhere, but when it comes to meditation, it can be difficult to know where to start. Stacey and Jasmine Johnson, the co-founders of Black Zen, have you covered. The two sisters started their platform because they felt that black and brown communities were underserved when it comes to wellness and mental health resources. On their website, they offer a meditation starter pack of sorts, complete with a workbook and a calendar so you can track your efforts and progress — all for only $12. Don’t forget to snag an “I Stay Zen” face mask (Black Zen even provides a promo code so that social justice workers can get the mask free of charge).
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Aycee Brown certainly doesn’t. The entrepreneur has dealt with insomnia from the age of 14, and that’s why she launched Goodnight Darling, a line of sleep-promoting products including bath elixirs, teas, and fragrances. Crafted from natural ingredients like Himalayan and Dead Sea salts, essential oils, and rose petals, the Deep Detox Bath Soak works to relax muscles and dissipate stress before bedtime. Available in an eye-catching full-size bottle or convenient travel-size pouches, it can serve as a care package superstar or stocking stuffer.
Any of these products would pair perfectly with a Fitbit to help encourage mindfulness, balance, and calm. Click here to learn more about the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Inspire 2 mentioned above, and the wide range of Fitbit products available.·
Rachel Mosely is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Elle, and more.