Our top 5 picks for New Year self-care rituals are just what you need

It’s a new year – a time to return to reality after the glow of the holidays and focus on resolutions and responsibilities. Here are our top 5 picks to help you start this new year not with a bang, but with the rest and reboot you really need to do 2022 right

Sleep soundly

You are not doomed to toss and turn every night.

Sleepbuds II. Photo: Bose

Bose has a solution for struggling sleepers. Designed to help you fall asleep faster and block out intruding sounds while you sleep, the Sleepbuds II provide passive noise cancelling with a solid fit. With the compatible mobile app, you can choose to play sounds from the 3 distinct categories: noise masking, naturescapes and tranquilities. If getting the full 8 hours doesn’t fit into your schedule, these can help you stay refreshed during the day if you are planning to take a quality nap between meetings.

Stay hydrated with germ-free H2O

Photo: Larq

A key component of wellness is proper hydration with clean, quality water. Treat yourself to this Larq Self Cleaning Water Bottle. We do enough dishes every single day, and the fact that we don’t have to worry about cleaning this bottle is simply so awesome. It’s equipped with a UV-C LED light that eliminates up to 99.9999 per cent of bio-contaminants (aka bacteria and germs) from your water and bottle. Simply tap the button on the top, wait for 60 seconds, and then your water (and bottle) are both clean. The light continues to run once every two hours to refresh your water on the reg. It’s also double insulated so it can keep H2O cold for up to 24 hours. The water-safe USB port on the lid charges the bottle—a single charge can last for one to two months.

Rebound to reset

Look nowhere else if you are looking for a fun and efficient workout. Rebounding is taking over the fitness space since most of us were in lockdown in our homes. It is a cardiovascular exercise typically performed on a mini trampoline. If you have doubts about how efficient this home exercise is, a NASA study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that rebounding exercise is 68% more efficient than jogging. 

The Ness, a Gwyneth Paltrow-Approved NYC Fitness Studio, has come up with a compact, springless trampoline which can be used by itself, or with its array of live-streamed bounce classes.

Slip into something silky

Silkwear is self-care you can wear that imbues each moment with the intention and luxuriousness of focusing on your well being every day. Feel the softness of silk against your skin and take it as a reminder to be grateful for this moment. Let the silkwear be a subtle reminder of all the things supporting, loving, and caring for you in your life. 

The patented silk fabric on Lunya’s Washable Silk is machine washable, making it a total luxury without the high maintenance. You can simply machine wash on cold and not have to worry about ruining or damaging the material in any way. 

De-stress with Spatial Audio

Photo: Sonos

There is no lack of studies proving that the quality of the sounds we process is correlated to our stress levels. A growing number of neuroscientists, audio experts and scientific studies point out that when we listen to low-resolution audio, we are processing sounds that lack dimensionality and our brain has to work to fill in the gaps. A more fully dimensional listening experience through spatialized audio is an attempt to fill in those missing gaps that leave our brains a bit dissatisfied, if not stressed, tired and confused. 

Get rich, room-filling sound with Sonos One SL, and control it with the Sonos app.  It’s humidity resistant so you can even put it in the bathroom. Stream music, radio or audiobooks directly from your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri to play Apple Music. 

Also see: 5 ways to celebrate Global Wellness Day 2021 in Hong Kong

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