It's the holiday season, and maybe you're thinking about gift-giving. But, this is not an ordinary year. The regular Black Friday specials, well, perhaps that just doesn't cut it.
I don't know about you, but I look in my closet and maybe 80% of what's there - I don't wear at the moment. Ditto - for a lot of my life. This year, is well, different. What you give to people in the age of COVID, matters. Why? Because, it's** IS **so unique and frankly, a lot of us are having a hard time.
We think this is a gift-giving season of self-care, for gifts that benefit our overall body, mind, and spirit. I might propose that every gift we give has a socially positive impact on the receiver. Maybe that's too ambitious, but let's give it a go!
We list 4 "Experiential" gifts that we believe may have a positive impact:
1. Oura Ring
The Oura Ring, if you haven't heard, is all the rage. From Prince Harry to Jack Dorsey to my favorite gal pal down the street, it seems I've heard a lot about how tracking sleep is the route to wellness and whole-being.
What is the Oura Ring? They say on their site, "The Oura Ring tracks key signals from your body, delivering critical insights to help you build good habits and harness your body's potential every day."
Basically, it tracks your sleep. And sleep is important!
According to Fast Company, "The Oura ring is lined with sensors that measure heart rate and body temperature. Every morning, the Oura app gives you a "readiness score," informed by your resting heart rate, physical activity, and quality of sleep the night before."
The Oura ring weighs in at $299, but Oura ring implies it is the "secret weapon for personal improvement."
I'm not sure about that, but I do have several friends who love theirs.
According to Wired magazine's op-ed, It's mostly about wellness, sleep and a dash of meditation in a feature called "take a moment." Love that.
2. 1-to-1 Coaching - Find Your Bliss
If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's there is no "I" in "Team". Whether that's at work or in family life, it's not possible to be at your best without a co-pilot(s).
During COVID, teamwork's been taken to a new level. We work as a family, a peer group as a "pod". Therapists are tapped to new levels, and there is also a need for one on one coaching.
What's a personal coach? It's a person that can take you past limiting beliefs and transform the way you think to open new doors. Finding the right coach for you, or a loved one, can help take your business to new levels and move your personal life past any mid-life rut, into a new vista.
Bliss Theory, mindset mentors successful, middle-life women on how to find their bliss - in business and in life. Pamela Hadfield teaches tools and success strategies in transformational thinking, business, and how to employ cannabis and psychedelics for optimal living.
3. Genetic Testing
When you land on the 23 & Me site, the tag line says "Give your family a more complete picture of their health with DNA insights." It's about knowing your personal story in the way they deliver it, based on your DNA, which is kind of cool. But, beware, no matter what your results say "F.D.A.-approved" does not necessarily mean "clinically useful." However, it seems to be the go-to genetoc test for wellness.
With their Ancestory & Traits Service, you will receive a comprehensive ancestry breakdown. Apparently, this wil allow you to find your genetic ancestory, and narrow it down from some 2,000 regions.
Are you looking for family origins? If that's your end game, AncestryDNA may be the right soltuon for you. The health report, generates the Ethnicity Estimate report, which shows what regions in the world your ancestors were most likely linked to.
4. Peloton Bike
Pre-Covid, I was a cardio addict and went to class after class, in addition to my hiking. Post Covid Ive tried to keep up my fitness level, but to be honest, its been difficult. I've been working full time and homeschooling 3 kids. It's a shit show. I need something in my face to get my ultra-self on and keep my muffin top at bay. Peloton may be the answer.
Since day 1 of COVID, my best gal pals have been yelling at me to get a Peloton. We did Soul Cycle together weekly and yes, Soul Cycle, has their own version of at home cycling now.
BUT. I'm going with what the best girlfriends are screaming at me to get. As for a gift, it's up to you to decide, but it's about what gets the body moving!