Stress can easily affect us. It can come from the littlest of things, like whether or not you remembered to turn the iron off. But research shows that the most common sources of stress stem from much larger issues.
In fact, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, the future of the United States was newly named as a common source of stress, up there with money and work.
Yet even when anxiety seems to be at an all-time high, there are easy ways to reduce it. A recent 2017 study reports that working out in group fitness classes may lower stress by 26 percent. But for those of us without the time or means to access a gym membership, there are a variety of new products specifically designed for coping with stress and anxiety.
To help you choose which one is best for you, we’ve rounded up 12 that have people buzzing right now.
For a touch of Zen: Relax-O-Ring
- Price: $4.95
- Try it for: triggering positive energy
Is it fashion or reflexology? Good news: It’s both. Simply slip this copper-plated ring on when you need a little boost. The Relax-O-Ring’s coils are designed to give your fingers a little massage and stimulate your reflex points and energy zones. It may be perfect for when you’re at work and want to avoid that post-lunch crash, or if you’re in need of a meditative pick-me-up before a big meeting.
For a soothing snuggle: Gravity blanket
- Price: $249
- Try it for: getting a better night’s sleep
If you can’t sleep because something’s weighing on your mind, try shifting that weight — to your bedding. The Gravity blanket is a heavy-feeling cover engineered to be 7 to 12 percent of your body weight. The blanket can help calm your nervous system by giving you the sensation of being hugged or embraced. The science behind it is pressure-point stimulation. This may improve your mood and make you more relaxed. (Chalk it up to that serotonin and melatonin release.) You can find it here.
For a scent-sation: Stimtastic Waves aromatherapy diffuser locket
- Price: $12
- Try it for: on-the-go aromatherapy
Now your favorite essential oils can be found right under your nose. Simply look to this pretty aromatherapy locket, the inside of which acts as a diffuser. Drop your oils in, close it up, and breathe deeply. Aromatherapy has been linked to a ton of benefits, like boosting the immune system, relieving pain, and reducing anxiety.
This accessory has fashion sense, too. It comes with six different colored discs, so you can always match it with your outfit. Another plus: The locket and chain are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel. This makes it a great accessory for sensitive skin.
For a fidget fix: Shonen fidget ring by Love, Dawne
- Price: $25
- Try it for: focusing your mind
Sometimes the easiest way to put stressful thoughts to rest is to keep your hands busy. Yep, we’re talking fidgeting. It happens, usually without knowing it, when you need to concentrate or simply quiet your mind.
Do it discreetly with this sleek stacking fidget ring. Its tiny tube-shaped beads spin around the band, giving you license to play and play until your anxiety fades. Each ring is handcrafted and made to order.
For a breath of fresh air: Spire Stone
- Price: $129
- Try it for: avoiding tension before it strikes
From the outside, it looks like a stone that clips to your pants. What you don’t see, though, is its ability to measure your breath and, via an app, analyze and categorize your state of mind.
By monitoring the expansion and contraction of your torso, the Spire Stone interprets your breathing as calm, tense, or focused. Sync it with the app and you’ll get notifications that alert you to sudden changes, allowing you to determine what your trigger points might be. The app can also track your activity steps, calories, and more. You can find it here.
For a girl’s best friend: Bellabeat Leaf health tracker
- Price: $189
- Try it for: keeping track of your stress levels and fertility calendar
Bracelet, necklace, clip — wear it however you want. Just be prepared to find out more about the inner you. Leaf is made specifically for women, tracking not only activity, stress, and sleep, but also reproductive health.
With smart technology, it syncs wirelessly to an app where you can get all your stats (like when you’re ovulating) and recommendations to better your well-being. As an added bonus, charging isn’t necessary. This little gem runs on a six-month replaceable battery. You can find it here.
For a mind-reading adventure: Muse headband
- Price: $249.99
- Try it for: helping calm your mind
This “brain-sensing” headband may sound like something out of an episode of “Black Mirror.” But if you’re open to trying something a little bit different, then this product is for you. The Muse headband can track your state of mind during meditation in up to 60-minute sessions.
When you’re feeling calm and settled, you’ll hear calm winds. When you start to feel anxious, the winds pick up and blow. You’ll also receive helpful graphs and charts delivered to an app — downloadable to your smart device — after your session. This data can be used to help you focus and calm your mind during your meditation sessions. You can find it here.
For a soothing scribble: ‘Color Me Calm’ coloring book
- Price: $13.59
- Try it for: getting in the present moment
“Color Me Calm” is the ultimate coloring book for adults. Created by an art therapist and artist, this beautifully designed coffee table book is organized into seven therapeutically themed chapters, including mandalas, water scenes, and geometric patterns.
While coloring might seem uneventful, it actually works by directing your focus on your current space and time, rather than that smart device that’s always glued to your side. You can find it here.
For a boost of awareness: Anxiety necklace
- Price: $48
- Try it for: opening up a dialogue
Ban.do founder and creative influencer Jen Gotch lives with her own mental health issues. She realizes the importance of discussing them openly and honestly. Creating this yellow-gold anxiety necklace is her way of starting the conversation and making it OK for people to ask for and receive help.
All proceeds go to Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit devoted to ending discrimination surrounding mental illness.
For a place to call ‘om’: Alexia meditation seat
- Price: $385-$485
- Try it for: comfortably channeling good thoughts
When you just want to escape for a while, this Alexia meditation seat provides lumbar support so you don’t need to use muscle tension to maintain a particular position. It comes in colored fabric, vegan leather or animal leather, and has a sculpted modern shape that jives with any décor. You can find it here.
For a sip of serenity: Get Relaxed tea
- Price: $11/tin of 36 bags
- Try it for: unwinding after a frenzied day
After a particularly chaotic day, you’ll want to reach for something that’s both soothing and caffeine-free. Enter Get Relaxed tea. Featuring a mix of lavender and rose petals, this particular brew also includes health-promoting organic rooibos and nerve-soothing chamomile. And if you’ve had a particularly difficult day, the added eleuthero root may help reduce stress. You can find it here.
For a nibble when you need it: ARK’s Krypto-Bite XT chewable gem necklace
- Price: $14.99
- Try it for: helping kids deal with stress
Somewhere along the line, some children learn not to suck their thumbs. But many kids still need to recreate that same soothing feeling. That’s where this chewable gem necklace comes in. Just call it “chewelry.” It looks like a necklace, but is actually made for biting. Kids can sneak in a nibble discreetly when their anxiety increases. Recommended for ages 5 and up, it comes in three different degrees of toughness. You can find it here.
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