Connecting intimately with close friends who live further than a few KM’s away is near impossible right now. Depending on where you live, it may even be impossible to connect within your own city. In Covid times, hopping on a plane or taking a trip to visit a pal on a whim isn’t spontaneous and caring; it’s actually pretty risky.
So what is there to do when a friend is in need of a little extra love and support? With breakup rates seemingly soaring right now, and the mental health of many facing all time rocky roads, our pals need us more than ever–and us them.
Sometimes virtual hugs just ain’t enough. So, for that reason exactly, we’ve assembled a virtual care package plan. Here are our top recs to provide links to, in eloquent email form of course:
A custom Spotify playlist.
Include that tune you screamed your heads off to in the middle of the club after a breakup in undergrad. Or a couple of old Iron & Wine songs that always have a way of calming your nerves before a big presentation. Curate a mix of moods, or one big one.
Link to a local wellness product you love.
Choose a silky serum that also looks nice on any bathroom countertop, or a luxurious cream to indulge in after a long day. Something your pal can purchase online easily. Better yet–purchase credit for them on the chosen site as a surprise to pair with your product pick.
A good for the soul podcast.
Podcasts like I Love Wellness, Almost 30, or Raw Beauty Talks are all good listens that enrich solo walks, or kitchen cleans. Pick one that really lifts you up when you’re feeling down.
An inspiring blog.
What’s the blog that makes you feel instantly refreshed and inspired after you read an excerpt or two? One that’s perhaps paired with some beautiful photography and good storytelling to snuggle up with before bed? Send a link to that one; a sure win.
A simple, what’s-in-your-cupboard-right-now recipe.
Think an upgraded breakfast tea recipe, or a simple dessert that doesn’t require baking, just mixing. A quick pick-me-up in times of need.
A photo of the two of you + personalized message.
Pick an old photo that will invoke some nostalgia, and pair it with a simple message to sign off your virtual care package email.
Invite to a Zoom date night.
It would be a shame to end the fun there. Invite your pal to a Zoom dinner date on, say, Taco Tuesday. Check out local restaurants in their area for cocktail kits–chances are you can actually send over a ready to assemble cocktail to add to your date night.
A note on self-care:
Self-care isn’t only found in concrete form. The practice mustn’t always mean taking a bath, or signing up for a spa treatment. It can be as simple as a good song–an insightful podcast, or even reading a good quote that really resonates. Moments, rather than routines.
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Raw Beauty Talks
If you live in Vancouver, Erin Treloar is probably your voice of reason in most things health and wellness. Now she’s kiind of everybody’s health coach, thanks to her podcast Raw Beauty Talks. This series is not only a curation of thoughtful chats with wellness industry experts, it’s also a collection of her own health hacks you can implement in your life, like, today. Think ‘10 Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels’, or ‘Tools to Calm Coronavirus Anxiety’. K, we need that.
Erin’s brand truly works its magic from the inside out, learning from guests like Mark Groves on healing and health in relationships and love, or fitness queen Katrina Scott, on health and wellness.
This series seriously empowers its listeners with the tools to amplify the wellness in their lives. You’ll actually feel good listening to this one. It’s thoughtful, it’s comfy, and you’ll come out of each episode a little wiser than before (we have!).
I Love Wellness with Lo Bosworth
This #BossBabe host has traveled far from her beginnings on MTV’s Laguna Beach. Lo Bosworth’s podcast series I Love Wellness seeks to empower womens’ bodies and minds through a more open and honest self-care culture, starting with open and honest conversation. Her podcast does exactly that–accompanied by her awesome personal care products under complimentary brand Love Wellness.
Expect to learn from leaders in the female health and wellness industry as Lo thoughtfully explores with them how to prioritize wellness and self-care in this busy life, fine tuning your digital habits for the better, and finding body positivity in this series.
The Kismet Collection, By Riley Webster
Seeking to reach a new level of zen in your life? Lastly but certainly not at all least comes a collection of conversations and spiritual practices to bring you full-circle, all of the way home with host Riley Webster.
Nestled in magical Vancouver Island, we trust that The Kismet Collection will take you where you need to go, exploring questions like “what is your body telling you?” and “what does ‘doing the work’ truly mean?” Riley has a way of calming us right down with her soothing tone, and expert guided meditations that are scattered throughout this series. The Kismet Collection truly is a place that connects creatives, healers, and entrepreneurs through spiritually and wellness, and it’s the perfect tone to wind us down before bed, leaving us in the most positive (zen) headspace, ever.
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