Unwinding During the Holidays

nest-theromostatBetween family get-togethers and shopping for gifts, we all know the holiday season is rarely stress-free. While disconnecting from our phones and devices is often considered a way to relax, Verizon is turning that idea on its head by sharing ways technology can actually help us unwind.

These gadgets can help transform your living space for meditation and relaxation, making it the perfect place to escape from unwanted holiday stress.

The Nest® Learning Thermostat™ is easy to use and learns to adjust its temperatures to your home routines, so you can cue it to warm up or cool down before you get home. Change the temperature while you’re away and create an inviting, welcoming environment when you walk in the door so you can start relaxing right away.

Set up a customized light setting with the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set. Soften the glow in the room to create the perfect meditative setting. It also helps you create a custom schedule so you can set them according to your routine.

With the Philips® Hue Bulbs, you can create a custom setting to simulate sunlight. Change colors in the room with your compatible mobile device. Light blue hues are perfect for your meditation practice. Once you’re home, get in the right headspace with a meditation app bearing the same name. 

The Headspace app is the easiest — and possibly most pleasant — way to get started with meditation. Browse the selection of narrated meditation sessions depending on your mood.

If you need a quick meditation fix, another great app option is Calm. Think of it as a spa for your mind — an endless stream of calming imagery and music. You can also set alarms and opt for a guided practice.

A tablet, such as the LG G Pad™ X8.3, is perfect for reading e-books. Check out a few books on meditation with the Amazon® Kindle™ app, such as Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, or read whatever helps you escape.

Any room in your house can be a lot more Zen with a wireless Bluetooth® speaker. The Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker delivers a big sound for waterfalls, white noise or soothing orchestral music. You can use it to boost audio while watching movies, too.

If you live with roommates, you may not have the luxury of escaping the noise. And if you’ve shied away from on-ear headphones because the headband is too tight or doesn’t feel right, try a guided meditation session with the Beats Solo™ 2 On-Ear Headphones.

Are you in your happy place yet?