We all know that money can't buy us happiness (or can it??), but what about zen? From simple aromatherapy scent pods, to high-tech stress-tracking wearables, here are some favorite products designed to help you find your calm, happy place.
For the Aromatherapy Enthusiast:
ESYM creates mini scent pods that use essential oils to curate a "scent experience" that claims to help with everything from meditation, to stress reduction, to sleep. Caught up briefly in the aromatherapy craze, I bought one of these magical pods last spring. I got the aroma "Tenkawa Passage," which is fresh and focused. And does it work? It's definitely a nice break from routine—when I remember it's in my bag! Scent Pod, $25 each.
For the Nostalgic '90s Girls:
If mood rings were your jam back in sixth grade, then Moodmetric's emotion-tracking ring should be your wearable tech of choice. Rather than changing color, the ring measures your level of stress on a scale of 1 to 100, and at night, it doubles as a sleep monitor. While the idea of continually measuring your stress level might seem a little, well, stressful, you can also wait to check the report at the end of the day, similar to how you might use a step tracker. $250 per ring.
For the Techie:
Thync has created a 3-part system that claims to help calm down (or rev up) your brain by targeting nerves on your head and neck. A module attaches to your forehead, while strips connected to your head and neck send out tiny electrical impulses to stimulate nerves. Using the Thync app, you can select more specific modes, such as "Sleep," "Zen" for meditation, or "Surge" for an intense burst of energy. The next generation of the device, set to release in Spring 2017, will focus solely on the stress-less slowdown, and early testers claim it works wonders. Tell us: Would you ever try it? Thync Module, $199.