Everyone has their own particular way of chilling out. From soothing scents, to meditation, to natural sleep aids, there are so many helpful tools and techniques out there to employ when things get hectic. By no means are we saying that one particular product (or any product at all) is the antidote to stress and anxiety, but understanding the source of where yours is coming from can help you effectively deal with it. Our editors shared their favorite relaxation products, to show that sweet stress relief can really come from anywhere.
Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan White Noise Sound Machine
“I prefer to have some sort of background noise when I fall asleep. When I just want white noise I use the LectroFan that I bought from Amazon. It’s really relaxing and soothes me to sleep. It’s especially useful when I have a migraine and just want to fall asleep.”
Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal
“The concept behind this self-exploration journal is simple, and that’s what I love about it. Each daily entry prompts you to jot down just three things you’re thankful for to help train your brain into focusing on the positive and end your day feeling at peace with the world around you. Best of all, it takes just 5 minutes to complete, so you won’t feel burdened by an extra task before bed.”
Kala 4-String Ukulele Starter Set
“I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to feel angst while strumming a ukelele. Though I have a limited repertoire, I find playing the uke to be a fun, low-stakes, yet very cathartic creative outlet, especially during busy or stressful times. I have it hanging on my living room wall, so it really cheers up my apartment, too.”
Paint by Sticker Book
“I can’t be alone in thinking the adult coloring book craze is NOT very relaxing because I get stuck on what colors to pick for any given pattern. This sticker book takes out the guesswork so you can just relax with it on the couch — it’s like the paint-by-number kit you had as a kid, but without the mess or stress of perfection. I have several of these sticker books and I love giving them to my friends to do in their downtime (also available as rock icons, travel posters, fine art masterpieces, etc. if you’re not a crazy cat lady).”
EarthWise Aromatics Palo Santo Sticks
“Used for smudging and cleansing, palo santo (when burned) gives off a smoky scent that always seems to push the stress right out of my body. If I burn some palo santo, I typically leave a window open. That sacred practice is said to allow negative energy to travel out of a living space with the smoke!”
Earth Therapeutics Microwaveable Lavender and Chamomile Anti-Stress Comfort Wrap
“Crawl into bed with this microwaveable pillow wrapped around your neck and you cannot help but go ‘ahhhh’ and fade off into a dreamy sleep. Just 2 minutes in the microwave will get you about 20 minutes of soothing heat that melts away tension in your neck and shoulders. I like to drape mine over my temples and eyes for headache relief, too. The lavender and chamomile in this neck pillow really take the self-care vibes up a level.
“Pro tip: Wrap this around your neck inside a jacket for a particularly cold winter walk!”