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Another January. Another trip to Sin City to check out the next-level tech at CES. With everything from freshly baked bread vending machines to smart, self-cleaning kitty litter boxes making their debuts in Las Vegas, there’s one thing that can’t be ignored: the future of health and wellness technology is pretty bright—like transforming every aspect of your well-being bright.
Welcome to the age of voice-commanded bathtubs that can automatically fill and set the temperature for you. Now, that’s relaxation reinvented. This year, it was all about making your self-care smarter and simpler while creating a more personalized experience. After roaming the floor and listening to our VP of Consumer Products, Doug Hecht, speak about financial and physical wellness with MoneyLion, we found what wonderful wellness is trending in the tech world.
Last year, it was evident sleep science was a go-to topic. This year, it’s all about giving you the deepest sleep you’ll ever experience. Think headbands. Yes, headbands. Part headband part ear warmer, Philips exhibited their SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband which delivers “pink noise” to enhance your resting periods. French-startup Dreem showcased their second-gen deep sleep headband and app, which assesses the problems that inhibit you from getting that perfect night’s rest. What caught our attention mixed old world practice with the future, thanks to Muse’s Softband. Utilizing brain-sensing technology, Muse enables you to meditate to a better night’s sleep. Plus, Muse offers guided meditations via their headband, and you can book Muse-branded classes via studios on the MINDBODY app!
AI is being integrated into every aspect of health and wellness—and machine learning to make you feel (and be better) is a trending topic. How about a smart mirror that gives you a holistic view of your well-being and beauty? Count us in! The biggest and most amazing AI-meets-technology unveiling that had us starry-eyed at CES was Samsung’s Bot Care. A bot that can showcase it’s owner’s vital statistics in real-time, the voice-commanded Bot Care can do everything from giving you exercise and stretching guidance to even tracking your sleep patterns. It might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but the future of robots that help you manage your health is here.
Monitoring your fitness activity isn’t anything new, but how about a wearable that tells your car how stressed you are? Or a self-powered smartwatch that stays charged from your body heat and solar energy? The idea of wearables are constantly evolving—and making them hotter than ever is a top priority. Our favorite tracking device was easily Atomic’s Hawx Ultra Connected, a smartly connected ski boot. In the company of avid skiers, we were totally enamored. Featuring digital tracking and analysis, you can get *instant* on-slope feedback on how you perform. It’s like having a ski coach in the palm of your hand—or boot!
Anti-aging has never been so futuristic—or fashionable. With big beauty brands descending on CES, it’s no shock that high-tech solutions for skincare are part of the conversation. Procter & Gamble showed off their Olay Feature You Simulation tool utilizing AI, which shows users what their skin will look like in the future, for example, if you don’t wear sunscreen (eek!). They also released Olay’s new Smart Wand, which can provide electromagnetic treatment to personalize your skin care and pinpoint problem areas. L'Oréal unveiled a wearable adhesive skin sensor that monitors pH in real-time. Neutrogena stepped up their game with a new product called MaskiD™. An app that analyzes your skin, their technology enables you to measure your face and create a customized mask to fit with target treatments. Beauty is (finally) buzzworthy at CES.
The Kohler booth never disappoints at CES, and this year’s technology combines total relaxation and *really* good home products (that I can’t afford anytime soon). With a full line of pricey smart bathroom items that include an Amazon Alexa-enabled toilet featuring soft lighting, speakers, and a voice-controlled lighted mirror, brands like Kohler are making the bathroom less of a need-to-use space and more of a zen zone experience. Kohler’s Veil Lighted Bathroom collection blew our minds. Imagine your bath, intelligent toilet, lighted mirror, and 3-piece vanity all working together with integrated lighting. A girl can dream of the perfect, tech-driving bathroom, right?
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.