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Are you stressed? Anxious? Yeah, we all are. COVID19 stress has our blood pressure soaring and our minds racing. We put together some of our favorite stress-relieving items and gadgets help you have an easier time. Even just adding one stress-reducing activity in your routine can help your overall health, especially as increased stress is linked to heart disease, depression, lack of sleep, diabetes, and other conditions. Do yourself a favor and consider embracing some easy ways to relax.
Luna Adult Weighted Blankets
Not getting enough sleep while you wrestle with COVID19 stress? Join the club. One of the best drug-free ways is to use a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets work by applying gentle pressure on your body for relaxation, and releasing serotonin as well as melatonin. Both of these chemicals are calming and stimulate the body to sleep. The Luna Adult Weighted Blankets feature 7 layers so the weight is distributed evenly throughout your body. The fabric is soft and yet breathable, and filled with non-toxic glass beads for weight. You can find a variety of sizes from Luna from 5 lbs (suitable for kids) all the way to 25 lbs. When shopping for a weighted blanket, it’s best to use a blanket that’s about 10% of your body weight.
Homedics Sleep Machine
One of the best ways for me to sleep is a white machine. All my life, I’ve relied on Homedics sleep machines, especially during college. Homedics’ newest line of sleep machines is rechargeable via USB plus weighs just 8.8 ounces, so it’s easy to tote when you travel. This powerful sound machine features 12 sounds that invite nature into your home. Choose from digital recordings of fans, ocean waves, thunderstorm, white house, babbling brook, a campfire, gentle rain, and more. Then set the auto-timer to let the machine run for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour, and you’ll be off to slumberland. You’ll get 12 hours of battery life on just one single charge so you can easily use it for several days without a recharge.
Calm & Mindful Notebook
Try to find a little peace in the chaos with a mindful practice. The Calm & Mindful Notebook offers 12 weeks worth of guided prompts for self-kindness, gratitude, self-fulfillment, and stress relief. Each exercise focuses on a different part of your life, and lets you make small but important steps towards a better life. Pages are fully-illustrated and offer plenty of space to write, plus an assortment of inspiring sayings, quotes, and messages. As you work through the Calm & Mindful Notebook, you’ll find new ways to address the anxiety and stress in your life.
Essential Oil Diffusers
Aromatherapy is a great tool to use when you want to reduce stress, especially COVID19 stress. If you’re not familiar with aromatherapy, a great place to start is an essential oil diffuser and a few oils. The InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser with Oils is packaged with 6 oils including eucalyptus, lemongrass, sweet orange, and peppermint. Each scent offers its own benefits, so you can find plenty to use these starter oil with, plus they’re all bottled in the USA and are 100% pure.
If you have a large room, the ASAKUKI Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser is the perfect choice. You can control it with an app, and let the scents you want be diffused with ease. With a total capacity of 500 ml, it can keep diffusing throughout the night, helping you and/or your kids sleep. The diffuser features a light that may be dimmed or turnout for operating at night as well. Able to diffuse throughout any room 200 square feet or more, it’s easy enough to use for beginners and experts alike, plus has a minimal design that lets it fit in any room.
Continue your aromatherapy routine with a deluxe pack of essential oils from Lagunamoon. Lagunamoon offers a variety of essential oil kits, but the 20-pack is one of their best. It includes 20 individual mL bottles of tea tree, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, rose, vanilla, jasmine, bergamot, grapefruit, and more. The oils are used to promote happiness, harmony, energy, and concentration, and may be used in handmade soaps, bath bombs, and other goods.
Ah, speaking of baths, how about a good soak with a bath bomb? I was pleased to find for my wife a box of USA-made bombs from Beauty by Earth. Attractively packaged and offering a variety of scents, it didn’t fail to bring a smile to her face. There are 6 flavors inside the box, and each is labeled with a use: Just Relax, Joint Relief, Bedtime Ritual, Relaxing Detox, Muscle Relief, and Get Well Soon. The bombs use a blend of shea butter and essential oils for gentle and powerful relaxation, with no toxic chemicals. Beauty by Earth is Leaping Bunny-certified, which means that it doesn’t test on animals either.
KELIXU Portable Bathtub, Foldable Soaking Tub
Now not everyone has a bathtub, but wouldn’t you know, Amazon has a fix for that. Try a foldable soaking tub from KELIXU. Small, portable, and yet 27.6 inch/70 cm wide while 25.6 inches/65 cm deep, it lets you get a good soak. The tub is not an inflatable one, so it’s ideal for people who have cats or worry about puncturing the tub. Just fill it up, and take a dip. The insulated design keeps the water warm for quite a while, and then you just pull the plug to let the water out into your existing shower drain. The KELIXU Portable Bathtub, Foldable Soaking Tub is also great for parents who only have a shower and want to bathe their kids.