We know that during this pandemic, just keeping yourself sane is an enormous accomplishment. It can feel like the “new normal” is never going to feel… well, normal. That’s why we compiled this list of our favorite wellness products for not just your mind, but also your body and soul—to help you and your kids feel healthier, happier, and more fulfilled as you move through your days.
For the Body
Ross Szabo is currently the Wellness Director at UCLA, and an award-winning pioneer of the youth mental health movement. This book is the best tool to teach your kids about anxiety. Having anxiety doesn’t just mean you feel nervous sometimes or need to calm down. It means having an uncontrollable feeling that gets in the way of what you normally do. This book explores what living with that looks like in a clear, healthy way.
When mom Sara Olsher went through a divorce, she needed to help her daughter understand her new routine. She created an interactive magnetic calendar with custom magnets for the whole family and their activities, including a helpful custody schedule for those who need it. She also has Routine Charts that allow your child to help take charge of their scheduling and reduce your anxiety.
Want to read more, but don’t know where to start? A book subscription box might be just right for you. Book of the Month sends out an array of curated picks based on your favorite genres, along with other goodies like coffee beans and self-care products. You can return books, roll over to another month, and even cancel at any time with no charge. Bonus: it’s way cheaper than buying a la carte.
FOR THE MIND
We all know the dangers of not washing your hands properly. This is a pandemic-living must have—the first ever portable hand washing system. With just a couple of pumps the bottle creates soapy foam in the palm of your hand, and the spout delivers a controlled stream of water to wash them. It’s perfect for your kids at the park, in the car, and anywhere else there’s no available bathroom. Stay safe, wherever you go.
It’s 4:30 a.m. and you’re in the middle of your third dream—when suddenly, you’re interrupted by a small monster jumping on the bed. Help your kiddo learn that just because they’re awake, it doesn’t mean you want to be. Designed to look like an adorable robot, this multi-function clock uses facial expressions and changing colors to communicate passing time. It includes a nightlight, alarm, soothing sounds, and a nap timer to teach kids that sleep is a beautiful thing.
The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal is a guide to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for children. It is a self exploration journal designed to focus on being thankful for what we have, the big things in life, as well as the simple joys. Each well designed and kid-friendly daily spread contains space to list out three things you are thankful for, a person who brought you joy and how you felt about your day. If you start each day by writing down three things you are thankful for, you begin each day on the right note.
When it came time for Kiley Anderson to transition her first son from breastmilk to formula, her pediatrician recommended “any” probiotic. After searching through tons of info, she discovered there wasn’t one best option, but that she needed something that offered clinically proven strains and was easy to take. So she created Jetson’s probiotic for kids and babies, Jettie. The flavorless powders make it easy to mix with any food or drink and are packed with quality, tested and validated strains.
FOR THE SOUL
This year’s been a little different to say the least – make time for yourself with our daily wellness journal. Start and end your day with a fresh mindset, set intentions and take note of the things that make you feel good. There are 12-weeks of pages for reflecting on your mindful goals, habits, meals, water intake, sleep and the things you’re grateful for.
Kimochi means “feeling” in Japanese. Characters come with small pillows with a feeling printed on one side, and a corresponding facial expression on the other. The characters come with a how-to Kimochis™ Feel Guide introducing the personalities of the characters offering engaging activities to help teach children to identify and express feelings in positive ways.
A play set has a role in the development of a child. It encourages the kid to be a great thinker. Playing pretend pushes kids to be more imaginative, which in turn enhances their creativity levels. Toy kitchens, stores, and other play-pretend setups are incredibly important not just for your child, but also you as a parent—they allow you to spend time together, strengthening your family bond.
Wellness is so important in our daily lives because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our overall well-being. It’s important to take a minute to focus on yourself and your health not just once in a while, but often—especially during this pandemic. We hope that these products help you do just that.