10 items to make at-home therapy more comfortable
Physical comfort can open the door to better mental health
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One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that it’s made therapy more accessible for many people. Before, going to a therapist’s office may have been inconvenient, out of your area, a trigger for an anxiety, or a step that you weren’t ready to make. Now with the increasing popularity of telehealth, you can do therapy from the comfort of your own home. Some of telehealth’s benefits include privacy, greater availability to work within your schedule, the absence of a commute, and being in your own space.
I’ve found that doing therapy while at home makes me feel more at ease, and being surrounded by my belongings is comforting in harder moments, especially because I can relax before and after meeting with my provider. And though I loved my home before I began taking appointments from the living room, I’ve found that adding some items like a weighted blanket and oil diffuser to the space makes sessions more comfortable. If you’re looking to improve your home therapy experience, we’ve rounded up some products that can help.
1. A meditation cushion for seating options
Being comfortable can greatly impact any therapy session. Sometimes sitting at a table or desk isn’t ideal for your virtual appointment because it may feel like work or be in a public area of your home. Instead, try sitting on a meditation cushion. Being close to the ground mimics a meditation pose, and, if mindfulness is part of your therapy or homework, sitting on the floor means you’re ready to dive in. I use this Tuft & Needle meditation cushion every week, and I like that I can sit on it with my legs tucked under me or extended out in front of me.
2. Noise-canceling headphones
Whether you live alone and want to block noises out or live with others and need to tune them out, noise-canceling headphones are a great addition to your online life. We love the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones because they aced our tests, are stylish, and don’t hurt your ears or head during extended wear. You can also incorporate these into your work-from-home life or even utilize them for listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and music while commuting.
3. A candle with a relaxing scent
Therapy can be hard sometimes, especially when you’re discussing memories that may bring up hard emotions or trauma. Creating a space that feels welcoming, homey, and comfortable can make those moments easier. Having a candle—or several—can make your space feel safe before, during, and after your session. Consider scents like Balance and Harmony and Spa Day.
4. A non-caffeinated tea to sip on
Even if you’re a die-hard coffee lover, having a non-caffeinated drink before therapy since since some may find that herbal teas can help them relax. There are dozens of teas to choose from, but Tazo tea tends to be potent, delicious, and balanced. The sampler pack has 14 different flavors, and ones like Zen and Calm Chamomile are perfect for therapy days.
5. A journal for reflection
Writing is known to help people release stress and improve healing over time. The American Psychological Association says, “To tap writing's healing power, people must use it to better understand and learn from their emotions.” Your therapist may encourage you to write for a certain amount of time each day, or you may find that writing after your therapy sessions helps you debrief and let go of emotions tied to your inner work. This color block journal from Papier comes in six bright colorways, a soft or hard cover, and can have lined or blank pages.
6. An oil diffuser for uplifting scents
If candles aren’t your thing, or you want even more aroma in your home, an oil diffuser might be for you. Diffusers don’t take up much space and are often safer than an open flame. Our favorite diffuser is the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser, which we’ve found to be “easy to transport, attractive, quiet, and simple to operate and clean.” The diffuser comes in dozens of colors and designs so you can select one that fits your style.
7. Tissues for the hard days
For particularly trying sessions, having tissues on hand is a must for many people. My therapist has told me that sneezing, yawning, and crying are ways for my body to let go of emotions and trauma, and I’m going to take that in stride! I keep tissues beside me during each session to wipe my face clean and keep going. I like Puffs Ultra Soft facial tissues because they are the softest and least irritating on my sensitive skin.
8. A weighted blanket to feel grounded
A weighted blanket can be a game-changer for sleep, lounging around the house, and therapy. I like to have mine in my lap during a session to help me feel grounded, and it can also help you stay warm! Of all the blankets we tested, the 15-pound Gravity blanket was our number-one choice. The blanket isn’t too thick, so you don’t feel suffocated by it, and it can fold up more easily than other weighted blankets, making storage easy. We recommend the original because of its soft, velvety cover, but Gravity also has a cooling blanket version for only $5 more.
9. Cozy loungewear
In order to be comfortable in therapy, you need to be comfortable with what you’re wearing. I reach for Girlfriend Collective’s leggings and tops almost every day because they fit me well without feeling tight or restrictive. Girlfriend carries a wide range of sizes and has expanded its clothing line to be worn by anyone of any age or gender. Consider the Everyone Legging and the ReSet Long Sleeve Tee next time you’re looking to upgrade your loungewear.
10. Blue-light glasses
A pair of blue-light glasses can make long days a bit easier on the eyes, literally. Though blue-light glasses might not do everything they claim to (read more about our test here), they can still be a beneficial item in your toolbox for a digital-based life. I also like to wear them during therapy calls because they reduce glare and, sometimes, hide my tears.
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