Between the mess that is hybrid schooling, the upcoming election and the ongoing effects of the pandemic, we don’t know a single person who isn’t majorly stressed out right now. Seriously, if you’ve somehow managed to stay Zen since March, please call us to let us know your secret. Otherwise, we’re going to assume you’re in the same boat as us, aka desperate for anything that’ll promote a sense of calm. Enter: These 20 random but effective stress-relieving Amazon products. They’ll make you feel a little less tense, we promise.
1. Pinch Me Therapy Dough
Find yourself twirling your hair or fidgeting with your pen whenever you think about that huge work project that’s due next week? Then you could benefit from some therapy dough. It’s basically a cross between Play-Doh and Silly Putty that you can knead, stretch and fiddle with, whenever you’re feeling anxious. In the reviews, one therapist notes that she recommends it to many of her clients and even keeps a jar on her desk for times when she’s feeling overwhelmed.
2. Aculief Wearable Acupressure
A study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies found that doing 15 minutes of acupressure three times a week for four weeks significantly reduced depression, anxiety and stress in subjects. But acupressure can be pretty intimidating to learn on your own. Thankfully, Aculief created this wearable device that applies pressure to the L14 point on your hand which is associated with pain relief and stress reduction. According to the brand, once you put it on you should start feeling calmer in 30 minutes or less.
3. Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat
There’s nothing better than a good neck massage after a long day hunched over at your desk. But sadly, our partner’s not exactly game to give us a rubdown on the regular. So, we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands by investing in this battery-powered shiatsu massager. Place it over your shoulders, adjust the heat, massage and timer settings, and enjoy. The arm slings even keep it in place, allowing you to use it while typing out emails. Now that’s our kind of multitasking.
4. TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
Ok, this device looks kind of scary, but according to over 8,000 five-star reviewers it’s incredibly soothing for plantar fasciitis, neuropathy and foot pain in general. “I use it all the time even when my feet feel great, it’s so stimulating and relaxing,” writes one reviewer.
5. Hofason Scalp Massagers (2 Pack)
This spidery-looking device lightly stimulates the sensitive nerves on your scalp for a totally ahh-worthy effect. “[It] gives you goosebumps in the most delightful way,” writes one reviewer, comparing it to the massage you get from the pros at the salon. If you haven’t tried one of these before, you’re totally missing out.
6. Magic Gel Headache and Migraine Relief Cap
If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines, this silly looking ice pack-filled cap just might help. Keep it in the freezer and pull it on when you feel the first signs of a headache coming on. If simply slipping it over your temples doesn’t seem to be helping, try pulling the flaps down over your eyes. The combination of darkness, light pressure and ice should do the trick. Chronic migraine sufferers say discovering this product was life-changing—no exaggeration.
7. Lightimetunnel Sleep Headphones
While it may look like it, this definitely isn’t your standard sleep mask. In addition to blocking out 100 percent of light, it has built-in speakers that connect to your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to listen to relaxing music, white noise or whatever else you need to help you doze off. It may sound like a gimmick, but per the over 2,000 five-star reviews, it actually works.
8. Restcloud Neck and Shoulder Relaxer
Dealing with tech neck or upper back pain? This neck cushion was designed for you. Put it on and lay down on your bed or on the couch; the unique shape massages your neck and upper spine and encourages proper cervical alignment. One user says after laying on it for five minutes every night, she notices a lot less tension and pain and she sleeps better, too. BRB, we’re ordering one right now.
9. Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager
Ever wish there was a massage chair just for your feet? It turns out, there pretty much is. Slip your feet in and it’ll use the kneading techniques of shiatsu massage to relax tense muscles in your feet, ankles and calves. Per the 1,500 five-star reviews, it’s a game-changer for relieving foot pain and soreness.
10. Floroma Shower Steamers (Set of 12)
A long, hot shower after a tough day always seems to lower our cortisol levels. But now that we know shower steamers are a thing, we have a feeling our evening wind-down ritual be even more effective. Each tablet is infused with a different essential oil scent: Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, vanilla & sweet orange, rose and lemon. Place it on the shower floor, out of the way of the direct stream, and the soothing scent will start to fill your bathroom in no time.
11. Mydethun Moon Lamp
If you hadn’t noticed, having a dedicated space that feels calming to you is super important. And our bedroom could definitely use some improvement in that regard. Ditching the LED lamp on our nightstand in favor of this mesmerizing moon one seems like a great place to start. We already feel calmer just by looking at it.
12. Samplife Bath Pillow
How many times have you settled into a relaxing bath complete with CBD bath salts and a chill vibes playlist going, only to realize 10 minutes in that your neck is killing from being awkwardly propped up on the edge of the tub? For us, the answer is too many times to count. Which means it’s high time we suction cupped a bath pillow onto our bathtub. Customers say this ultra-padded version from Samplife is so comfortable, they’ve almost fallen asleep in the tub.
13. Aum Active Aerial Yoga Hammock
This yoga hammock requires a pretty high level of commitment—you have to mount it to your ceiling—but the results are totally worth all that work. Once it’s all set up, you can cocoon yourself in it, use it to stretch and even perform yoga inversions (which are said to trigger relaxation responses in the body).
14. Ejubas Paraffin Wax Machine for Hand and Feet
We kinda love the idea of being able to recreate the paraffin wax treatment we get at the nail salon whenever we want at home. This kit includes five bags of wax, a set of mitts for your hands and feet, a wax warmer, a brush and a spatula so you can do the warm and soothing treatment from the comfort of your couch (or maybe the kitchen counter).
15. Aromasong 100 Percent Pure Raw Magnesium Bath Flakes
Drop a scoop of these pure magnesium chloride flakes into a warm bath to take the already-relaxing experience to the next level. A study published in Nutrients found evidence to suggest that taking magnesium supplements can help with anxiety and according to Aromasong, soaking in a bath with magnesium crystals should have a similar effect.
16. M Mocra Paint By Numbers for Adults
In our opinion, the act of painting is way more relaxing than adult coloring books. Not an artist? Pick up a paint by numbers kit like this one, which depicts Venice at night. Painting each area with the corresponding number is almost meditative, and the results are something you’ll actually want to hang up.
17. Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life
This profanity-laced journal is filled with refreshingly down-to-earth prompts that can help you reflect on everything from what’s driving you nuts at work to the thoughts that give you anxiety in the morning. Think of each page as a cathartic release just waiting to happen.
18. Heeta Silicone Scalp Massager
You’re going to want to bring this silicone brush with you in the shower. Use it in circular motions on your scalp to work in your shampoo and stimulate your hair follicles; it feels like the best head massage of your life. “This is the best random thing I’ve ever purchased on Amazon,” declares one reviewer, going so far as to call the feeling of using it “orgasmic.” Enough said.
19. PerfeCore Facial Mask
This gel-filled face mask can be used either be microwaved or frozen, depending on whether you’re looking for. Once you get it to your desired temp, place it on your face and secure the straps around your head. Buyers say they rely on it for everything from migraines to sinus pressure.
20. Dr Teal’s Night Time Therapy Melatonin Body Lotion
Reviewers note that the scent of this body lotion is relaxing on its own, and one even goes as far as calling it the key to unwinding after a long day of work. Infused with melatonin, lavender and chamomile essential oils and pure Epsom salt, it also works to alleviate aches and pains and prepare the body for sleep
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