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Climate change. Your annoying boss. Taking the subway. Traffic jams. Instagram. You never know which are going to trigger stress. Luckily there are also a variety of stress relievers to help us relax. Here are nine products that may help.
If you have a sweet tooth and are often anxious, these non-GMO candy-coated chocolates will seem heaven-sent. They’re made with fair-trade certified milk chocolate, a chamomile flower blend, plus amino acids to help you relax without any drowsiness. Chocolate naturally has mood-enhancing properties, too. Two pieces will grant you a ‘chill pill’ and eight will have you ‘maxin’ and relaxin’.
Wanna relieve tension during an everlasting meeting or take a break from typing all day? Pull out a Serenilite stress ball. These are made out of a gel core and a non-stick fabric designed to give you the perfect amount of resistance. They may help your hands unclench, reducing carpal tunnel and arthritis symptoms. The classic ball design make this the original fidget toy.
Studies show that frequently looking at our social media feeds can lead to stress, and a good way to get your hands and eyes off your phone is to get a sophisticated fidget toy. It looks like a puzzle, and can be flipped, folded and configured into endless possibilities. The cube may even help you focus while studying, or even improve a brainstorming session by encouraging your mind relax. It’s noiseless, too.
These colorful egg-shaped balls come in three sizes and resistance levels (from 20 to 40 pounds of resistance). They work great as stress relievers or fidget toys—and also are designed to strengthen your finger or forearm strength. Use them to help you ease into weight training, stretch out your fingers, or distract yourself when the day gets tough. These durable balls even come with a lifetime warranty.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that may help keep your mind calm. This Chill Out blend is made with 100 percent therapeutic grade essential oils, containing ylang ylang, cedarwood, cypress, and lavender. It comes in a convenient tiny glass bottle and roll-on applicator that you can use on your temples, neck, and wrists for an instant tension release and calm feeling. Feel even more chill about using it since it’s vegan and 15 percent of profits are donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Sometimes you just need to relieve stress by punching something. And that time is occasionally in the middle of the workday, when it seems least appropriate to bop somebody in the head. Consider installing this desktop punching ball in your office: it has a suction at the base to keep it upright, and a spring that helps it bounce back for another hit.
In the book All My Friends Are Superheroes, it’s said that there are only two ways to deal with monster stress: (1) take a nap or (2) draw a bath. If you can’t fall asleep, then we highly recommend taking a bath with these epsom salts. These non-GMO salts dissolve easily and smell of soothing lavender. Plus, an epsom salt bath is also known to relieve muscle aches and pains.
Lighting a candle is another great way to de-stress. In fact, there’s a meditation practice known as trataka that encourages you to look at a flame to clear your head. The fact that this candle is vegan, made with soy wax, and smells like fresh linens helps take your mind off of your responsibilities.
The Dammit Doll is like a cross between a voodoo doll and a stress ball: this little guy comes in an array of (random) colorful patterns, has yarn hair and a silly poem included to inspire relief. It’s also built to be slammed against desks or walls: ultra-soft stuffing won’t damage anything while the limbs are designed for great grip. It’s fun to look at and even more fun to slam around.