I loved the note I got from Elizabeth Paulson, one of the women behind Calm Cuffs:
Our mother is a saint. Except when she gets too hot. It's always been like this. This sweet woman would be lovingly sewing our Halloween costumes one day and then the next she's hurling a spatula across the kitchen because the oven is on and the pasta is boiling and it's too hot.
She goes on, “Same for our nephew. He’s five and sometimes the world just gets to be a bit much for him. With him, it’s not big heat, it’s big emotions. One day, instead of letting OUR emotions get the better of us, we raced to the freezer and put a bag of frozen peas on our nephew’s wrists. It was as if we'd switched the "off" button. He felt calmer instantly and was back to his old self a lot faster than usual.”
I especially loved the way Elizabeth described why they thought of creating this product: “And, as 30% of the population does, our sister suffers from anxiety. As we used cool to help our mom overcome menopause and our nephew take deep breaths in the midst of big feelings, we found that applying cold to the wrists of our anxious sister helped her feel better. “Someone should invent ice packs for wrists,” my mom said. “For all of us.” So we did!”
The result? Calm Cuffs launched today on Kickstarter. Check it out.
Calm Cuffs helps when anxiety hits by:
Immediately cooling the skin
Applying pressure to wrists, a known acupressure point, that helps alleviate secondary symptoms of anxiety such as nausea
Stopping the “fight” or “flight” reflex
Giving your body time to cool down
The prototype Elizabeth sent me is smaller than the “real” product will be. At just 21 cm, it was too tight for me to wear comfortably. My daughter, however, gave it a try and gave it the thumbs up.
If you’re interested in experimenting with a product like this to alter your body temp, you might want to kick this duo a few bucks to get their product off the ground (and stay in the loop as soon as it comes on the market). Would you use something like this? Comment below and let us know.