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Self-Care Guide for the Digital Native

In the age of remote work and digital living, disconnecting can feel daunting. But who's to say that our time spent online can't be used to better our mental health instead of worsening it? We've put together some tech-based pro tips and gift ideas to encourage self-care, help you create your own safe space, and harness the powers of tech for good instead of evil. It's time to close those work tabs and focus on you.

staff contributor

February 23, 2022

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1. Lean into meditation

We had to start off with a classic. If you're new to meditation, Headspace is an excellent option for getting to know the basics. Their animated Netflix series, Headspace Guide to Meditation, is also worth exploring; it's rich with techniques to help you jumpstart your practice. Looking for something a bit more advanced? Ten Percent Happier offers guided meditation courses led by top mindfulness experts, a podcast, and more, all intended to help you become your happiest self.

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Check out Headspace here

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Check out Ten Percent Happier here

2. Check in with yourself

Much in the same vein as meditation, Calm's mission is to "help you improve your health and happiness". This app helps you work on improving your sleep cycle, reducing your stress and anxiety, improving your focus, among other self-improvement categories.

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Learn more about calm here

3. Wind down with a diffuser

Say hello to the sleekest diffuser you've ever seen. Available in three different models in several calming earthy colors, the Vitruvi Diffuser is an absolute must-have for any zen space. Pick your essential oil scent (we recommend Breathe and Golden Wind ), turn it on, and feel your tension melt away.

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buy your vitruvi diffuser here

4. Get your body moving

We all know how important it is to get some good ol' exercise every day. If you're into cycling or running, you've likely already heard of Strava . It allows you to track and share your workouts and routes as well as follow friends to inspire your next running or cycling circuit. If you're more of a stay-at-home athlete, mix fashion with function with Bala Bangles . Their wrist/ankle bangle weights make a super cute addition to any of their virtual workouts (which you can check out for free here ).

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download strava here

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check out bala bangles here

Harness the powers of tech for good instead of evil. It's time to close those work tabs and focus on you.

5. Dive into some mindful must-reads

Ah, reading: the original form of escapism. Leave all memory of your hectic day behind by grabbing your tablet and diving into one of these mindful staff-recommended reads. Not a big reader? No sweat—they're all available in audiobook format, too.

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The Untethered Soulby Michael A. Singer

The Power of Nowby Eckhart Tolle

Peace is Every Breathby Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenanceby Robert M. Pirsig

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckby Mark Manson

6. Upgrade (and tech-ify) your skincare routine

If you're going to add a little extra self-care to your skincare routine, why not go with a new gadget? NuFACE Trinity Facial Tonal Device is clinically tested to improve the facial contour, tone, and reduce appearance of wrinkles using microcurrent technology. Think of it like a handheld fountain of youth.

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Buy it here

7. Remember to take a break

When juggling multiple tasks and trying to meet fast-approaching deadlines, it can be easy to forget just how necessary it is to take breaks throughout the work day (spoiler alert: it actually helps boost productivity). Pomofocus is a web and mobile app that is intended to help you optimize your workflow through a series of timers that actively reminds you to take breaks.

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Learn more about pomofocus here

8. Start journaling

There are plenty of benefits to journaling, but the main takeaway is that it's an excellent way to process emotions and put your goals down in writing. The Five Minute Journal is a digital journaling app filled with daily affirmations and prompts to help you reflect and create a happier reality. And we know, you're busy—that's why this is so great. All you need is five minutes.

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Download the App for Apple & Android

PS. It's also available as a physical journal, physical journal in case you prefer putting a good ol' pen to paper.

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