The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone dealing with a little more stress. Whether you are feeling anxious about the future and potential job insecurity, or starting off your kid's Zoom school year as parent and teacher, here are a few suggested products that can help take your mind off of your worries.
When you get stuck feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stress it can be beneficial to change up your environment. A quick and easy way to do that can be by adding essential oils to the room designed to help you feel calm and de-stressed.
An aromatherapy diffuser is a great way to put relaxing essential oils into the air just moments after you turn it on. You can start with this Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser and Essential Oils set to see what scents best resonate with you and help you refocus your day. Scents like lavender, rose, and bergamot all are thought to have calming qualities and can help put you in a better headspace.
Another great way to add scents to your home is by enjoying them in a hot shower or bath, which can be a great way to relax your body and muscles too. This Kiki Green Aromatherapy Shower Steamer Set is designed to add soothing scents and create a more relaxing environment. If you prefer a hot bath, throw in one of these Rengora Bath Bombs in to help unfurrow your brow. Or The Doctors share how to make your own DIY shower steamers.
Another great way to add relaxing scents into your day is by lighting a candle, which is also a great de-stressing mindfulness technique to keep yourself present. When you light a candle and spend time focusing on the flame and breathing, you are bringing yourself into the here and now. Try this Malivent 2-Candle Set in lavender and rose.
While spending more time at home, it can be hard to find alone time, which can be important for clearing your mind, meditating, or even just trying to relax. These next products are great for creating a little space for yourself or even to enhance your sleep, which is key to helping you feel less stressed. A white noise machine like the Dohm can help drown out ambient noises and these Active Noise Cancelling Headphones can help create a little distance from anyone else in the next room. If you'd like to really pretend you are all alone, add the MZOO Sleep Eye Mask. If you are using the above products to help with a new meditation practice, we also suggest a comfy Reehut Meditation Bolster Pillow, which can help you stay relaxed longer.
In addition to meditation, which is a great stress-reliever, a gratitude practice has been shown to be a great way to turn your mood around. This Insight Editions Day and Night Gratitude Journal can help you take stock of everything in your life that is already amazing, instead of focusing on the things that are causing you anxiety and stress. The good part about writing it down, is that anytime you are feeling stressed, you can visit your list to remind yourself all the things that are going right.
Another great stress-busting tool to keep at home is a weighted blanket, which may help people with anxiety and insomnia. The pressure from the extra weight, which is normally anywhere between 5-30 pounds, mimics the therapeutic deep pressure stimulation technique. Try this YnM 15-Pound Weighted Blanket at home, designed for one person to get the effects of this weighted therapy. If you keep most of your tension in your neck and shoulders, we recommend something more targeted like this PhysioNatural Neck and Shoulder Wrap which uses heat therapy and aromatherapy to help you let that tension go.
While the evidence on using vitamin C to help fight off a cold is not solid, there have been many studies on how vitamin C helps lower stress hormones in your body. So, if you do nothing else reach for foods like red bell pepper, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli and of course oranges. Also, a vitamin C supplement is a great way to ensure you're getting your daily dose.
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