Healthy Gadget Girl: Tools for Holiday Zen

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…insert music and bright flashing lights here. Then pull the curtain back and you see reality. Rushing from urgent work meetings to children’s holiday concerts, then to festive parties and last-minute bargain shopping events, this season is filled with joy and plenty of stress. Being an achiever, I’ve always tried to get it all done with a smile. Though, no matter how many errands I delegate or projects I put off until next year, I still feel a little anxious in the scurry to get it all done. This year, I put my super healthy gadget girl powers to the test and tried a few devices to help de-stress. I even spoke about this, finding a little zen during the holiday season, on CT Style our local ABC affiliate award-winning lifestyle morning show. Below are some of my favorites gadgets and tools. Zen During the Holidays: Healthy Gadget Girl

Essential Oil Diffuser

Utilizing essential oils have been show to help promote relaxation, elevate mood and ward off illness. One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is by diffusing them. While there are many techno-devices out there, I’ve seen sturdy ones at doctors and naturopaths offices for less than $40. My favorite calming scents are lavender and ginger. I find diffusing oils aka aromatherapy to be easy and remarkably calming.

Pandora App

Often used for party playlists, Pandora highlights every music genre. Most people don’t think of Pandora as a house of Zen, though it’s filled with yoga, guided meditation and visualization radio stations. With always too much to do (don’t we all feel this way,) I love to power walk outside and listen to the Deepak Chopra station.

Miracles Now – Affirmation App

Gabrielle Bernstein, coined by The New York Times as the “Next Generation Guru,” is a life-coach, author and meditation aficionado. Her intension, in creating the Miracles Now affirmation app, is to use it daily to promote loving thoughts and shift perceptions toward a positive attitude. If this is a gift, she also offers a deck of affirmation cards with similar messages.

Simon Electronic Carabiner Hand-Held Memory Game

Yes, you heard me, the Simon multi-colored electronic game. I found a miniature version at my local Rite Aid store and picked it up originally as a stocking stuffer. Sitting at the train station, not wanting to look at my phone, I started playing it and became hooked. As my cell phone sat at the bottom of my purse, playing Simon was relaxing because no texts, no emails or no calls popped up mid-game.

Adult Coloring Books: Color Your Way to Calm

These seem to be the rage right now, adults teaching themselves to unwind by coloring diligently within the thin lines of a scenic activity book. There are tons of themes out there to suit a variety of passions, so these adult coloring books can serve as a creative gift for lovers of travel, art, fashion and food. Numerous studies have shown how crafting, including coloring, helps promote wellness and boost immunity compared to those who don’t participate in these types of activities. It’s hard to multi-task or play with a smart phone while focused on coloring, so it’s easy to see how it can promote relaxation.

If you want to learn more, check out the “Healthy Gadget Girl” segment on Tech Tuesday for WTNH’s CT Style.

Do any of these simple gadgets or items inspire you to tweak your routine to include them? Please comment below and share your ideas. 


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  1. I want to see your segment, is it online? I totally need an oil diffuser too – which do you prefer? I love those adult coloring books too!
    Kristen recently posted…What I Learned From Our Kid’s Not So Crappy Christmas Cookies

    • HI. I just uploaded the link, so you will now see the segment embedded into this post. Check it out – I always love your journalistic feedback.

  2. I really want to get one of those adult coloring books – I think it would be awesome! And I totally use essential oils to help calm myself – but I put them right on my skin! :)
    Becca recently posted…Book Review: Love Letters by Debbie Macomber

    • I love love love essential oils. I, too, put them on my skin. Even last night my back was hurting so rubbed peppermint oil on it. It felt like those menthol-like back pads, but it’s chemical free and not harmful for me.

  3. Pandora does it for me. I would also love the adult coloring books.

    Have a fabulous day and a very Merry Christmas. ☺
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    • The adult coloring books are great. What’s funny is that my 7-year old actually likes to color with them, too, so we do it side-by-side. Most of the time it is calming…

  4. Zen = not blogging for a few weeks, LOL!! Which I will NOT be doing after next week’s post – tee he he he!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Star Wars, The Cookie Force Is Strong

    • Yes, you are right…blogging can be more stressful than a full-time job. Probably because it is a virtual one. Enjoy your trip. I’m sure you will have plenty of posts and videos when you return.

  5. I’ve never tried the adult coloring books! I do have an essential oils diffuser and I really love it. I also have Pandora and I can’t think of anything better. Those two with some deep breathing = success!
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    • I love my essential oils diffuser. It was my favorite gift to give for this holiday season. What are you favorite oils? Mine is ginger, though I probably use the lavender the most.

  6. The adult coloring books are a lot of fun and a great way to relax :)
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    • I’m so excited that you like the adult coloring books, too. My 7-year old has taken over my recent one. There were close to 100 pages and now there are only a few. Oh well, onto the next one. Happy New Year.

  7. Great ideas! I want a coloring book, well at least one for adults. Right now the Anna and Elsa one just isn’t cutting it :)
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    • I can understand. The Ninjago coloring books weren’t Zenful for me either. Maybe it’s a compromise – find an adult coloring book with princess-like, glitter markers. Happy New Year.

  8. I didn’t know Deepak has a Pandora station. Will check it out.
    James Oliver recently posted…The Birth of My Premature Twins Was Traumatic, Today They Turned Three

    • Yay. Did you check out the Deepak Chopra Pandora station? I really love it. If you haven’t you should look into it. There are a ton of other mediation/yoga ones, too. Happy weekend.

  9. Hi Caryn…….I just saw on another blog a beautiful mandala coloring book which I’m going to buy. I also like to draw zentangles I find it soothing! Thanks for the article. :-)
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    • Thanks Kylie. I will have to look into a mandala coloring book. I’m not much of a drawer, but I’m intrigued by zen-tangles. It sounds pretty cool.

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