I’ll admit the truth. It’s been 4 days since the election and all I’ve been doing is doomscrolling on Twitter for updates and refreshing the Google result to see how the vote’s been progressing. 2020 hasn’t been kind to our collective mental health, but if there’s one thing we need to take away in these trying times, it is to give ourselves a break and relax so that our minds get the rest they need and deserve. The MindNap is a nifty, portable meditation-assistant that helps guide you through deep breathing and relaxing your mind and body.
The handheld device comes with two metal pads that you place your thumbs on, before entering the meditation session. Sensors under the pads detect and monitor your biosignals, and the device itself vibrates gently to tell you when to inhale and exhale. The MindNap device works in tandem with a smartphone app, which lets you choose from four different meditation settings – creativity, focus, relaxation, and energy. Select the cycle you want to run and the MindNap does the rest, reading your own internal cues like your heart rate, its variability, and your basic metabolic panel (BMP). By understanding your current state, the MindNap devises a custom breathing regimen to get you to your desired state, helping you boost focus, clarity, and creativity, while reducing anxiety and stress. You can use the MindNap to energize yourself too, choosing a breathing pattern that helps increase your blood flow and make you feel more recharged. Available in two colors, the MindNap even comes with its own portable leather-case that lets you carry it around with you… because we all know how valuable our sanity and clarity is in times like these!
Screens are unavoidable. No matter where you go, you’re almost always going to be confronted by a wall of pixels, and even when you’re not, there’s always a screen in your pocket, always ready to display hours of content for you. It’s no secret that screens are also bad for you over long periods of time (I get the irony of writing this on a screen for you to read from), causing sleep deprivation, grogginess, and even eye dryness over long periods of time. While most solutions like blue-light filters just partially solve the problem, the people at Umay Care may have come up with a better solution.
Umay Care’s premier product is an eye-mask that looks like it was designed by Luigi Colani. Titled the Umay Rest, this rather fluid looking eye-mask helps rejuvenate your eyes through thermotechnology, reversing the effects of prolonged screen time. “Every time we blink, a small trace of oil is released into our eyes. When we blink less while staring at a screen, this natural process doesn’t happen as often, leaving our eyes dry and irritated.” The Umay Rest applies specific, calibrated doses of warmth to the eyes, helping in activating these oils. Designed for more than just relieving dry eyes, the Umay Rest can also cool down your eyelids, imparting an instant sense of relaxation and reducing eye puffiness from lack of proper rest, and even uses gentle vibrations and guided meditations to help bring down overall stress levels. Besides, just wearing the eye-mask would mean getting a break from staring at the screen and giving your eyes some much-deserved rest.
Designer: Umay Care
Still using one of those old-fashioned hammocks that are basically a piece of fabric hung between a pair of trees or a pole stand? Well step into the spinning steel future of lounging about with this amazing Gyroscopic Hammock. It reminds me of one those amusement park astronaut training “rides” or Space Camp (which was every 80’s kid’s dream summer camp). Made of steel, it spins 360 degrees while you lie in comfort on a lightly curving cushion. The stand is 8 feet tall and remains planted while the two inner rings spin to your liking.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “hey, self, this thing kinda looks like the Chinese moon gate at The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona”, you’d be correct, this is inspired by said gate. And you’re some kind of architecture genius, congrats you. Comes with 5 outdoor cushions. This hammock holds up to 1,000 pounds (aka my approximate weight after scarfing down 3rds on Thanksgiving). Looks cool, is totally functional, and unlike a tree strung hammock, you can move this one around anywhere you want, no trees needed- maybe even indoors.