We’re living in the age of anxiety. Between the constant hustle and worries both big and small, there are stressors around every corner.

In fact, around 40 million U.S. adults currently live with an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Speaking from personal experience, in the age of endless streaming of information, and a culture that fosters an attitude of keeping up with the Joneses, getting through the day can be overwhelming, to say the least.

We’re only human, after all. There are only so many hours in the day. But no matter how many times we repeat those mantras, sometimes, it’s not enough to keep anxiety at bay.

That doesn’t mean you have to take a beach vacation or spend money at the spa, though. Instead, check out these affordable, accessible items specifically designed for coping with stress and worry.

All of these products are backed by personal experience and research on practical methods for anxiety relief, and they rank highly in user reviews online.

Weighted blanket

One of the most frustrating things about anxiety is its relationship with sleep.

A 2018 study found that people with anxiety typically have poor quality sleep, and in turn, having poor quality sleep can increase anxiety.

If your sleep is being negatively affected because of anxiety, you may want to try using a weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that typically weigh between 5 and 30 pounds. They can help to relieve pain, lessen anxiety, and improve mood.

Choose one that’s about 10 percent of your body weight, and look for features like temperature-regulating properties if you tend to sleep hot or cold.

Here are two options to consider.

Gravity Blanket

Price point: $$$

This blanket comes in 15-, 20- and 25-pound weight options. It’s designed for single sleepers who normally sleep cold.

Essential oil diffuser

Acupressure mat

Adult coloring book

Adult Coloring Book

Price point: $

Great news! Coloring isn’t just for kids. In fact, coloring may help reduce anxiety in adults.

Several studies link coloring to mindfulness and keeping you present in the moment. So if you’re feeling anxious, try sitting down with a fresh box of crayons — who doesn’t love a brand-new box of crayons? — and have at it.

It’s the practice of coloring itself that’s believed to center you, so it doesn’t really matter which coloring book you choose. However, this adult coloring book has lots of intricate designs and beautiful patterns. Some reviewers found the pages a little thin, so it might not be the best choice if you prefer using markers.

Purse organizer

Gel mask

Portable shiatsu massager

Sun lamp

A 2009 study found that a sun lamp — which mimics natural outdoor light — may help to improve mood and decrease depression and anxiety in those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

It can also help year-round if you spend a lot of time indoors and don’t have the opportunity to get outside often.

Before buying a sun lamp, be sure to speak with your doctor. Look for one with an intensity of 10,000 lux, and be sure not to look directly at the light. Try to use it at the same time every day.

Here are a couple options to consider:

Blue light blocking glasses

Takeaway

We live in a fast-paced world where we’re absorbing information every single second. It’s not surprising that so many people are dealing with anxiety. Fortunately, there are ways to find a little relief. One of these products might allow you to find that daily dose of peace that you deserve.

Keep in mind that if you’re trying to deal with anxiety yourself and it’s not working, it’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor or a mental health professional.


Meagan Drillinger is a travel and wellness writer. Her focus is on making the most out of experiential travel while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her writing has appeared in Thrillist, Men’s Health, Travel Weekly, and Time Out New York, among others. Visit her blog or Instagram.