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    34 Products To Help Distract Yourself From Your Anxiety

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    1. A Cricut Maker machine you can use to whip up all kinds of crafts and keep yourself busy — this gadget is great for paper crafts, iron-ons, vinyl decals, sewing projects, leather crafts, and more. Time to open your own Etsy shop!

    2. Headspace, an easy-to-use app that'll teach you the basic guidelines for meditation and some useful breath work you can keep in mind when you're starting to feel a bit stressed.

    a green square with the words "quiet the mind breath in, breath out. for just 60 seconds" on it

    3. Tea bags for the bathtub that'll turn the water a lovely shade of purple, fill it with luscious bubbles, and create a soothing aroma that'll encourage you to take a deep breath in the midst of an anxious moment.

    the bath tea bag opened to show the leaves inside

    4. A fidget spinner you might buy as a joke but then discover it really does help calm you down when your heart is racing.

    an iridescent fidget spinner

    5. A good book that'll actually hold your attention and keep you entertained while also ensuring you take a break from all the screens that rule your world. Try out a light read like a romance novel or go all-in on a Book of the Month subscription to ensure you always have a new novel to dive into.

    6. Or a Kindle Paperwhite — a must-have for any of my fellow anxious bookworms who settle down and fly through novels like it's their job as a welcome distraction.

    7. Zenimation on Disney+, a series of relaxing ASMR-styled episodes featuring scenes from the classic films and soothing sounds from nature. What could be better?

    a poster for zenimation

    8. An at-home YouTube workout by Emkfit you'll need zero equipment for — great for helping you sweat away your anxiety in the comfort of your own home. Emily's many workouts feature fun themes that might actually get you excited about exercising.

    a grid of different themed workouts from emkfit

    9. A scratch paper art set that'll take you right back to your elementary school days but also provide a fun way to de-compress after a stressful day.

    10. An embroidery kit for beginners that won't test your patience but'll provide you with a happy distraction and a pretty piece of art at the end of it all!

    three embroidered plants in a hoop

    11. A smooth stone you can fiddle with when you find your mind running a mile a minute — it helps redirect your thoughts to something stable and lets you literally grasp onto something tangible instead of intrusive thoughts.

    two smooth stones in a model's hand

    12. A date night bucket list kit to provide you and your partner with ideas to make your weekends more interesting and exciting — giving you something to look forward to instead of an evening dwelling on something awful you saw on the news or read online.

    a model writing on a popsicle next to a tin filled with popsicles

    13. A stainless-steel ring that doubles as a fidget spinner to help keep you calm, cool, and collected in stressful times.

    14. Or a more stylish version you can add into your daily accessories — when you spin it you'll unveil a secret motivational message.

    15. A five-year diary that'll give you a good reason to carve out some daily "me" time and reflect on what's stressing you out.

    a small blue notebook

    16. A bath bomb filled with a relaxing lavender scent you can watch dissolve into the hot running water for an at-home spa night that'll help calm your nerves. Take your time and set up your whole bathroom with candles, do a face mask, make it a real self-care event.

    three lavender bath bombs with buds in the top

    17. An iPad Pro and Apple pencil, a great set of tools for anyone who likes to unwind by creating something new. Let your mind run wild in a productive way — try out calligraphy, design your dream home, edit some photos of your dog! The world is your oyster.

    a model using the apple pencil while holding an ipad

    18. A beginner's level blanket knitting kit to keep your hands and your mind busy — you'll be thrilled to wrap yourself up in a blanket you made all on your own.

    19. A bullet journal and colorful pens you can use to artfully plan out your day, week, month, or year — doing so will help you feel a little more in control and provide you with a creative outlet.

    20. Or a "Wreck This Journal" that'll encourage you to get more in touch with your artistic side, great if you've always been intimidated by trying to fill out the blank pages of boring old regular journals.

    21. A kinetic sand box for adults to provide soothing sensory play — because a tool like this shouldn't be reserved for kiddos.

    a wooden platter with marbled material in the middle filled with sand

    22. An Echelon Smart Bike to make you feel like you're in the midst of an intense workout class without the added pressure of *actually* being around people.

    23. A tea leaf reading book, tea leaves, and a snarky mug, so you can spend some time learning a new skill to impress all your friends (ignore their snarky comments and jokes, you'll be the one laughing when you've learned how to read their prophecies!).

    24. A video game that'll help redirect your thoughts to something other than your stress and anxiety.

    a pink nintendo switch lite with animal crossing on the screen

    25. Friends-themed Monopoly you can play on a Friday night for a stress-free evening that'll also help you relive memories of your favorite TV show instead of getting lost in their own thoughts.

    26. Or Uno: The Office Edition, for a low-stress way to spend time with your roommates or family members (as long as Dwight or Michael aren't playing with you because chances are he will find a way to make this simple game anxiety-inducing).

    the uno cards with different characters of the office on them

    27. A set of 25 squishy toys designed literally to help relieve stress so you can keep one for yourself and distribute to your equally stressed roomies.

    28. Apple AirPod Pro earbuds so you can happily listen to your favorite Taylor Swift album or a podcast without your roomies or family members complaining "do we haaaave to hear this agaaaain?" Added bonus, you can use the noise cancellation features to tune out everything when you simply need a break.

    a reviewer's photo of the airpod pros in their charging case

    29. A Luminary podcast subscription filled with audio shows that'll hold your attention for hours — I personally suggest "The Secrets Hotline" in which readers call in anonymously to reveal their own secrets.

    a spread of all the podcasts on luminary

    30. A splurge-worthy rowing machine for anyone who ended their gym membership but still wants to workout like Kate Middleton in her college days and provide their mind and body with a much-needed stress release.

    a model on the rowing machine

    31. A challenging 1,000-piece gradient puzzle that'll take you more than one session to finish — you may want to throw it across the room, but you'll thank me for the mental distraction.

    a pink to blue gradient puzzle

    32. A P.volve subscription, a must-have for anyone who knows their workouts need a bit more structure but also isn't interested in venturing to the gym when they need a stress-relieving sweat sesh.

    a computer and phone showing the p.volve app

    33. A Disney Villains coloring book so you can ~get down with ya' bad self~ after a particularly stressful day.

    34. And a crystal soap making kit, because a hands-on project might just be the perfect thing for helping you cope with your anxieties — and you'll have a beautiful bar of soap to display at the end!

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