5 Products That Will Help Reduce Anxiety and Keep You Calm
In case you haven't noticed yet, we're all a little more stressed than usual these days.
Not only are we dealing with our everyday stressors like work and school, but we're also living through a life-changing pandemic. We've just passed the first pandemic anniversary, and we can confidently say nobody celebrated that one. However, even when the pandemic is over, we will continue to have these everyday stressors. We all cope with anxiety differently, but one thing that helps everyone is retail therapy (in moderation, of course!). Here are five products that you can buy that will help you stay calm in every situation—whether you're fighting with your partner or, you know, casually experiencing a global pandemic.
1. Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are trendy right now, but this is a trend that lives up to the hype. They are a great way to reduce anxiety. Weighted blankets are filled with pellets or beads so that the blankets can weigh anywhere between five to 30 pounds. According to Medical News Today, weighted blankets are similar to deep pressure stimulation (DPS), which switches your body from a "fight-or-flight" response to a calmer state. Medical News Today reports that a 2020 study indicated "that weighted blankets may be a useful therapeutic tool for alleviating anxiety." One of the most popular weight blankets is Coolzen. Coolzen is designed to improve natural air circulation so that you won't get too hot like other weighted blankets. Luna weighted blankets are another great option and they are more affordable.
2. Essential Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy is a treatment that uses the power of essential oils to calm the body and mind. You can experience the benefits of aromatherapy by using an essential oil diffuser. Diffusers spread essential oil throughout a space so that you can shift your room's energy to a calmer environment. You can buy infusers almost anywhere, but we recommend Saje. It's a fantastic company that creates 100% certified natural essential oil blends and high-quality diffusers. You can also receive the benefits of aromatherapy from candles if you prefer them.
3. Sound Machine
Sound machines (also called white noise machines) can comfort people by emitting a noise that drowns other sounds. They often make white noise, which sounds like a fan. However, other machines play pink noise, brown noise or nature sounds like ocean waves. The gentle background sound is very soothing and can help you fall asleep faster. You can use it during the day if you need help focusing or tuning out the outside world. The Sleep Foundation recommends the Hatch Restore sound machine. Hatch comes with several different sounds, a sunrise alarm, smart light, mediation app and alarm clock. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly sound machine, you should try the Magicteam Sound Machine.
Plants not only add an aesthetic boost to your bedroom mirror selfies but also reduce anxiety. Forbes shared a study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, which showed that interacting with indoor plants may reduce physiological and psychological stress. Also, creating a pretty environment that you enjoy can contribute to an overall feeling of well-being. Try ordering plants from Planting With P, which ships internationally and offers a variety of plants. You may want to start with a succulent if you have a bad track record with plants.
(via Planting with P)
Journaling can calm you down as it's a great way to get all your anxious thoughts out of your head and on paper. It can help your process stressful situations and it's a great way to cope. However, journaling isn't for everyone. It can be difficult for people who don't know where to start, so guided journals can be beneficial. 52 Lists for Calm by Moorea Seal is designed to soothe anxiety and create a peaceful life. The lists help you focus on mindfulness, with prompts like "list the times you have benefited from slowing down, pulling back, or saying no." It also includes helpful tips about meditation and managing stress.
(52 Lists for Calm: Journaling Inspiration for Soothing Anxiety and Creating a Peaceful Life via Sasquatch Books)
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