It’s been entirely too long.
A couple of months ago, comedian, author, and COVID-era breakout star Sarah Cooper tweeted, “Are you feeling down? Isolated? Uncertain about the future? Worried about what comes next? Then you may be suffering from... consciousness.” It’s a sentiment we feel in our bones, especially because the last time we relaxed may very well have been during another calendar year.
Look, we aren’t sorcerers — we have exactly zero magic pills that will immediately alleviate the collective and personal stress of 2020. What we can, in good faith, offer is a handful of goodies to take the edge off. It’s a start, don’t you think?
Unlike many of the sea of CBD companies out there, Plant People provides lab reports for each of its proprietary hemp-based formulas. This particular tincture, to be used daily, is designed to promote balance, and reduce stress and inflammation.
Drops+ Mind + Body, $39.99, Plant People.
We will be the first to admit that we’ve tried meditation and run into some roadblocks — like, you know, dozing off during a session. This device helps keep you present with dynamic vibrations while tracking your physical responses over time. According to customer reviews, it’s a “game-changer.”
Core Meditation Trainer, $169, Core Meditation.
Mood chews, you say? The citrus-flavored contents of this pretty tin are formulated to target the body’s hormone levels in a way that helps manage stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Although that describes us pretty much all the time right now, the instructions suggest popping a chew once daily or 20 minutes before entering a particularly eek situation.
Original Mood Chew, $30, PYM.
If you can’t decide between hibiscus dragon fruit, rooibos blood orange, and tulsi lemon flavors, try this variety pack of caffeine-free, no-sugar-added drinks. They’re formulated with ingredients like L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, and ashwagandha, a medicinal herb, thought to aid in relaxation.
Experience Every Moment, $29, Moment.
Presuming you don’t live in Northern California, you might not make it to the Redwoods National and State Parks anytime soon. But that doesn’t have to stop you from carrying a bit of their magic with you. This compact rollerball is infused with soothing hemp essential oils and a handful of other all-natural ingredients. Who cares if you’re the only one smelling you?
Redwood Coast - 15ml Rollerball, $30, Fog & Tree.