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    25 Things That Might Actually Give You Some Much-Needed Stress Relief

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    1. A weighted blanket because according to reviewers, it helps alleviate anxiety and insomnia and even gives some relief for joint and muscle pain.

    It's totally safe to machine wash and dry.

    Promising review: "I love that the material is a light but strong organic cotton, and the beads are not made of plastic. I have used this blanket for three or so months now. Having battled insomnia, restless legs, joint pain, and muscle pain, I had read that a weighted blanket could help. Honestly, I hardly have sleepless nights now. The blanket isn't too heavy but just heavy enough. I got the 15 lb., which is technically too heavy for my weight according to studies, but I love my blanket!! Before I had this blanket, there were many nights I was awake until 3 a.m. due to insomnia and pain. Now, usually within a half-hour of winding down, I am asleep! It calms my restless legs and really lessens muscle and joint pain! The blanket is sturdy and holding up well. Totally worth the money." —sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in 15 sizes/weights and 16 colors).

    2. This rose quartz facial roller and gua sha set that can help lessen the tension in your head and give your face the cooling massage you didn't know you needed.

    The set comes with a roller, a leaf-shaped gua sha, a wing-shaped gua sha, and an instruction booklet.

    Promising review: "I have been using this for about a month now. I can't say that I have noticed huge changes in my skin as far as wrinkles or bags under my eyes go, however, I will say that applying makeup is a lot easier and I do feel like I look well-rested after using it. I keep mine in the freezer and have been using it every morning before applying makeup. It is the most soothing and most relaxing way to start my day. It feels like a spa treatment. My foundation goes on a lot smoother and I do feel like I have a brighter complexion after I've used it. I also apply it after I have washed my face at the end of the night. 10/10 would recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $22.96.

    3. A box of chamomile tea so you can dissolve your worries from the inside-out with a nice, hot cup.


    Promising review: "I was just lazy to go to store and look for this. How nice it is to just order and have it delivered to your door. The tea was good and we all enjoyed it. Sometimes you just want to relax and this is the perfect flavor for joy." —Yulia

    Get a box of 50 teabags from Amazon for $9.79 (also available as a set of six boxes).

    4. This "Worry Eater" to help you conquer and forget about anything that may be on your mind. It's a great way for kids and adults to practice ~letting go~ of stressors.


    Write down anything that is stressing you out on a tiny piece of paper and place it inside the zippered pocket of this doll.

    Promising review: "This thing is absolutely perfect for an anxious child. My son immediately began to write small notes (worries) down the day he received this! He seemed to feel better once those notes were inside the Worry Eater, which in turn helped him to fall asleep and rest easily. These aren't very large, but the mouth/zippered area is big enough to hold folded-up notes. It also has a clip so it can be hung up or looped around something. This is a great gift for the anxious child in your life." —Teach3

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in five styles).

    5. A compact heated massager that'll help release small, tense spots you may not have even realized were carrying knots. Hey, work has been way more stressful than usual this week and you totally deserve to relax without spending half your paycheck on a massage at the spa.


    I recently purchased this bad boy as a birthday gift for my momma and after plugging it in and letting it get to work on her shoulders — which she's complained about having pain in for months — she immediately said her shoulders felt lighter. I tried this on my feet and honestly, it's sooooo relaxing! It feels like rolling your feet across tiny lacrosse balls but BETTER because all you have to do is sit there and let this contraption do all the work for you.

    Promising review: "This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I’m a mom and my back/neck are so tight from lifting my three little kids. This costs about the price of a massage from a person but soooooo much better because you can really get it to concentrate on one tight area and you can get a massage every night. The massage pressure is perfect and the heat setting is amazing to really get muscles to relax. I tried another massager before this one and the heat did not get very noticeably warm. However this one the heat setting was AMAZING. I use it on different areas of my body but mainly my upper back and neck." —Jon/wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    6. This Himalayan salt lamp to create a soft, gentle, warm glow that'll help you unwind because you're up to your ears in bachelorette party planning and you could really use just five minutes to ~breathe~.

    Promising review: "I love this lamp. I have been using it for about a month. This is my first salt lamp and I would buy another. The glow is really relaxing and it's pretty to look at. Mine is a light pink color and when on, it gives off an orangish color. I like to turn off all the lights and keep it on when I watch movies. I have not had any issues with it sweating or salt falling off, but I live in a dry climate, so that may be why. I also have had no electrical issues with the dimmer. I do unplug it when I am gone just to be safe, though." —Miran S.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two styles).

    7. A coloring book of spiffy-looking animals that'll give you something else to concentrate on instead of constantly thinking about your midterms.


    Promising review: "A very fun coloring book. I have already had friends call dibs on the different pages once I have them colored in. Each animal has their own personality and story to tell, and as you add colors and textures, it's like meeting a new friend!" —Rachel S.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.20.

    8. These aromatic bath bombs because you can toss one into the tub and just relax under the colorful, fizzy blanket it'll create.


    The bath bombs are formulated to be moisturizing so you don't have to worry about these leaving already dry or normal skin even drier!

    Promising review: "These bath bombs are awesome. The quality is unbeatable and they have an amazing aroma that fills the room. I got these for a friend of mine and when we opened the package we were instantly transported in our minds to island getaways and rolling hills in the country side with distinct and wonderful scents that were refreshing and relaxing to take in.The satisfying fizz, the duration, and the scent were all 10/10. I really want to recommend these to anyone who enjoys bath bomb products." —Kyle

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

    9. And a bath pillow to provide support for your head, neck, and shoulders when you take that soothing dip to soak the day's troubles away.


    The pillow has suction cups on the back that grip the edge of your tub, so your pillow stays in place when you get in and out of the bath.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant, unsure it would work properly in my bath as it has a very small ledge. This stuck nicely and worked fantastically. I got the two panel one and it’s wonderful for taking baths. My wife loves it and it really helps you get comfortable when trying to relax in the tub. It doesn’t look as soft/comfy as it is either, it’s very comfortable to lay your head, back or neck against. Highly recommend, now to see how well it holds up!" —Jake Kenna

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two styles).

    10. These cute, lil' squishy toys you can keep at your desk at the office to occupy your mind from anything at work that has you in a bit of a ~squeeze~.


    Promising review: "These are SO CUTE! They are super soft and squishy. They have a decent scent. They don't leave residue anything on when your playing with them. They are fun to play with and they help release stress and anxiety." —Yesenia Cuevas

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in packs of 14 and 16).

    11. Or this stainless steel ring that doubles as a fidget spinner and can help you keep your cool even when you're worried that you've been assigned more work than you could possibly do in eight hours.


    Promising review: "I've had this ring for about two weeks now and just had to write a review. I've had the nervous/bored habit of picking at my fingers since I was a kid. I can't remember the last time I've not had at least one nail bed torn up and bloody. For people with similar habits, I can't recommend this ring enough. It's a great, non-distracting way to redirect fidgety behaviors. I've worn it every day since receiving it and for the first time in years I have intact nail beds! Every time I catch myself starting to pick at a dry patch of skin or uneven cuticle on my finger, I rotate the ring a few times and the impulse disappears." —KGL

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 4–11 and seven colors).

    12. A compression therapy eye mask with cooling beads designed to help subdue headaches, migraines, and pain, which you might unsurprisingly suffer from if you've been having a rough couple of weeks.


    The light-blocking massaging beads inside the mask gently conform to your face, and the cross-stitching prevents those beads from putting too much pressure on your delicate eyes. You can also chill the mask in the fridge before use to provide a more soothing sensation.

    Promising review: "I have migraines. I got these for that reason but they are nice for sleep, spacing out. These are so nice and comfortable out of the freezer and also at room temp. I have given many of these out as stress reliever gifts to other nurses and techs as a way to disconnect for a few. I have had several people ask where I got them. For a migraine/headache person these are great — no pressure on your eyeballs but the elastic holds pressure just enough to keep me from holding it myself like I often do. The beads inside the mask give just enough cold and pressure without squeezing. Even at room temperature, the beads are cool. I generally take two Excedrin, put this on, and pass out if my headache is bad." —NursePicky

    Get it from Amazon for $13.54.

    13. This cake-scented slime to occupy fidgety hands while thinking over big decisions. It's honestly so pretty that just looking at it might be enough to lift your spirits immediately!


    While it's "birthday cake" slime, some reviewers say it actually smells like lollipops, which honestly is still music to our ears!

    Promising review: "I'm a graduate student and I keep this in my office to play with when I need a break or to calm down after a stressful meeting. I bought the blue one and it smells like bubblegum. Very fun product!" —Brian Schaefer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98 +$3.99 shipping.

    14. A tabletop fountain that'll create an overall ~soothing~ vibe for your room or desk. So when you check your inbox and a tide of annoying emails wash over you, one look at this fountain will just remind you to ~breathe~.


    Promising review: "I've used my fountain for several weeks now at my work desk. It really helps with stress. I haven't had any issues with pump noise, or leaks. The LED adds a nice touch in a darker area and at night. As others have noted, I too had to move the rocks around to hear the water. The size is a good fit for a small area. Glad I bought this fountain." —AK

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in three styles).

    15. These affirmation cards so you can remember who the heck you are and that you can crush your goals and achieve your dreams — even when it feels like you've got the weight of the world on your shoulders.


    Promising review: "I love these quirky cards. I work in a busy department in a hospital. I had these LESS THAN A WEEK when they mysteriously disappeared from my desk drawer at work. We enjoyed them so much, I didn't hesitate to order them again (waiting on second delivery now). These are great reminders for me and coworkers when we start the day. They also serve as a pick-me-up if someone is having a bad day." —keke

    Get a deck of 50 cards from Amazon for $12.96.

    16. A scalp massager you can use to give yourself a mini head massage and literally feel the stress trickle out of your hair follicles.


    Promising reviews: "The only downside to this is that it doesn't come with another person to use this on you. It's extremely relaxing and has held up well for the past couple of months." —DawgPwnd

    "If you get migraines, get this. I swear it helps. Literally put a little rosemary oil on your scalp — NOT A LOT. Then use this for a few minutes and it will help." —Emily S.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in five colors).

    17. This weekly planner to help you stay on top of important appointments, events, and deadlines instead of pulling your hair out trying to remember them all.


    Promising review: "I have bought planners almost every year for 35 years, and this one is finally what I wanted all along. For one thing, IT'S TOUGH. Heavy thick cover, and good sturdy binding wire; double row. I am a field technician, and this thing needs to survive a rough ride in my van. This one will. Then there are the entry pages. Open it, and you're looking at a whole week and blocks big enough to not only put in the appointments but NOTES too. Journal entries. And the book is not huge either. My last planner did not easily fit inside my satchel. This one does." —High Tech Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. A lavender pillow spray because a quick spritz on your pillow before bed is the perfect way to melt your nighttime worries away. Plus, the light lavender scent can help gently lull you into a peaceful slumber.


    Promising review: "I sent this to my Mom because she needed lavender, and the oil wrecks linen. This is a wonderful mist. My Mom uses it to relax so that she can drift into a calm, peaceful sleep. She uses it for naps and night time. She has to get up in the middle of the night to take medication and use the bathroom. This product puts her back into her sleep mode immediately. It works!" —J. Blackburn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in gift set and nine scents).

    19. This relaxation hand lettering book to draw good vibes your way so you can feel like life's a little less chaotic while you learn a new skill.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book. If you are truly looking for a way decompress and also to learn a new skill — this is it. Amy Latta's book not only offers a lot of different lettering techniques, but she also teaches you how to draw banners, arrows, swirls, and just about anything else you need to be a super crafty person. I have always been frustrated by not being able to draw, but she really breaks things down intelligently to teach you how to do things in a way that makes sense. It has been a joy to sit down every night and practice!" —E. Drennan

    Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $16.31+ (also available as a spiral-bound version and for the Kindle).

    20. A desktop punching bag you can keep in your locker, dorm room, or desk drawer for moments when you need to release some of those pent-up frustrations.


    Promising review: "This was a gift to my sister who can get pretty stressed at work and she loves it! Very happy that it is so enjoyable, fun, and relaxing for her." —AmyJean Barclay

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    21. This five-year memory book to help you stop dwelling on negative, aggravating, and stressful experiences and start highlighting even the smallest positives that pop up every day.

    I started 2020 off with this five-year journal. It definitely forced me to have a nightly routine of remembering to write in it, but I think it's a great way to be more reflective and learn to look for the positive things in your day. It's also motivating me to put myself out there and have more experiences because I don't want to flip through my book at the end of five years and just have several pages full of, "I went to work and cooked dinner." When your days are so long that it's easy to forget about the amazing thing that happened or the cool thing you did just yesterday, this journal comes in handy for reminding you of those experiences.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.31.

    22. A popular app called Calm because according to many users, it helps them improve their ability to deal with stress or anxiety. Plus, it can help you make the day a little more relaxing by teaching you how to work some meditation into your day.

    The app also gives you effective breathing exercises and tells you bedtime stories to help you fall asleep.

    Promising review: "I used to use another app for meditation, but Calm has helped me take things to a whole other level. I feel like the Calm meditations go much deeper and I’m noticing a huge difference in myself after switching over. Historically, I’m somewhat self-critical and I have a higher than normal baseline for general anxiety. At times, these things make me impulsive or reactive in certain ways that I don’t like. I feel like I’m much more self-aware after switching to Calm and I’m able to identify when I’m experiencing certain feelings and deal with them in a healthy way. Aside from that, I’m much more enthusiastic about my meditation practice and I’m meditating more often since I learn new skills every day." —bgschubert

    Get it from the Apple Store or Google Play for free (although it does offer in-app purchases).

    23. This light-hearted activity book that'll help you take your mind off the rough weekend you're anticipating.


    The unique activities can range from crosswords to coloring pages to lists to read, like "soothing facts about hand sanitizer" and "obscure diseases you probably don't have"!

    Promising review: "This book is exactly what it says it is: a big activity book for anxious people! It’s got some great activities inside that totally keep me busy, keep my anxiety in check, and truly is a great time suck to keep my mind focused on the activities and an escape from whatever is consuming me those days. Cannot recommend this book enough!!!" —Alex R. Pepin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.31.

    24. An all-natural bath salt formulated with cedarwood, chamomile, lavender, and essential oils because reviewers say that just one sniff of this stuff is enough to make you feel instantly relaxed (but of course, soaking in the salts is even more soothing).

    Promising review: "An awesome bath salt, I use it once a week. I've found that it has been an excellent de-stress factor for my professional and personal life. This regimen is now part of my lifestyle. If you're looking for natural bath salts, this should not be missed. The scoop inside of the jar was a lovely hygienic plus." —Benz

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in five other scents/formulas).

    25. And this edamame keychain you can squish and squeeze until your stress-induced anger is all gone and you're left with a huge smile on your face thanks to the adorable little bean pods.


    Promising review: "These are such a cute and funny little fidget-type toy. I have been looking for an excuse to buy some for almost a year since I first found out they existed. Luckily, I needed an add-on and this was it. There are three beans tucked inside each pod. It's made of like a silicone-like rubber, and when you give it a squeeze, one of the little beans pops out and smiles at you! When you let go, the bean hides back inside the pod. It's seemingly very well constructed for the cheap little fidget toy that it is. You would have to deliberately grab a bean to rip it out. They make a great small gift. My two daughters loved these little surprises when they arrived." —Lanni

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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