22 things you need if you're always stressed
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Between work, family, friends, running errands, and everything else that piles up on your plate every day, life gets very busy (and very stressful) very fast. If you're feeling overwhelmed, start by taking a deep breath—and then browse the 22 things below that will either help you relax or make your life a little bit easier. From the best weighted blanket to our favorite meal kit delivery service, you'll be less stressed in no time.
1. This top-rated essential oil diffuser
Lavender, jasmine, vanilla, oh my! Add any of these relaxing scents to our favorite oil diffuser to get the benefits of aromatherapy. Because of its large capacity, it can run for up to 11 hours straight and has a locking feature that makes it easy to carry from room to room without spilling.
2. The coziest weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are renowned for relieving stress and anxiety and even for helping you fall asleep faster. Here at Reviewed, we're obsessed with the Gravity Blanket because it provides just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) and the velvet fabric is incredibly soft and luxurious.
3. Our favorite smart speaker
It's no secret that Alexa will make your life easier, from making your grocery list for you to waking you up in the morning. The 2nd Generation Echo has superior sound quality and uses far-field voice recognition so Alexa can hear you even when you're in another room.
4. This handy tool to get rid of aches and pains
You love getting a massage to work out all your kinks and knots—but you hate paying for it. Thanks to this self massager, which uses pinpointed deep compression, you don't have to. It has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon, with happy customers saying that it's comfortable to hold and handle and that it relieves pain quickly and effortlessly.
5. This expert-approved pillow for a better night's sleep
One thing that definitely isn't helping your stress levels? Lack of sleep (or rather, lack of good sleep). And a high-quality pillow like this one can help with that. We chose it as the best pillow we've tested because it can easily be adjusted to be firmer or softer based on your preferences. It also has a bamboo cover that stays cool and cozy all night long.
6. This wildly popular yoga mat
There's a reason that everyone—including our own experts—are obsessed with this Lululemon yoga mat. As a yoga teacher myself, I can vouch for how versatile and comfortable it is. It has just the right amount of padding along with a non-slip surface so you can downward dog in class without falling. Now feel all that stress start to melt away...
7. This planner to keep you organized
Between doctor's appointments, work meetings, your kid's school events, and (if you're lucky) your social life, trying to remember when and where you need to be at all times is stressful. Enter the Panda Planner. One of our favorite planners of 2019, it has more than 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon as people claim it has helped them with time management, productivity, and even positive motivation.
8. The best Instant Pot for busy weeknights
The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is spend an hour slaving away in the kitchen making dinner. The stress-free solution? Our number one Instant Pot. We found that the Ultra can make a meal that would usually take an hour in just 20 minutes. It has 10 different cook settings (from pressure cooking to slow cooking to steaming) along with an updated screen that shows your food's progress.
9. This bubble bath must-have
There are few things more relaxing (or more indulgent) than a bubble bath. And for that, you'll need one of these beautiful bath bombs. Not only do they come in plenty of relaxing fragrances and therapeutic properties, but customers like that they're also hypoallergenic and moisturizing—perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.
10. This highly-recommended white noise machine
Loud neighbors, construction banging, angry traffic sounds—all of the above can cause unnecessary stress (and lack of sleep!). To drown it out, we like this sound machine. It's the best one we've ever tested because it was the only one that could successfully block any sound. It even has an "adaptive" feature that monitors the noise in your room and adjusts the volume accordingly.
11. This plush robe you'll never want to take off
Fact: My favorite part about going to a spa isn't the massage but the robes. And according to reviewers, this luxe Parachute robe (which is made of super soft Turkish cotton) is just as good. One person even compared it to being wrapped in a cloud!
12. This robot vacuum that will do your cleaning for you
Less mess = less stress. That's why our experts swear by the Eufy RoboVac, which is our favorite affordable robot vacuum. Not only did it pick up the most dirt per run of all the vacuums we tested, but it's also surprisingly quiet so you can actually relax while it works. Bonus: It's very slim so it can fit almost anywhere.
13. This best-selling acupressure mat
My acupressure mat has been a game-changer when it come to my stress levels. I lay on it every evening for 10 to 15 minutes and it's crazy how much different (and better) I feel when I get up. This one is so popular on Amazon because reviewers say it does everything from relax your muscles to improve circulation to help you fall asleep.
14. This wake-up light everyone is obsessed with
The most stressful part of most people's days? The moment your blaring alarm clock goes off, jarring you out of a peaceful sleep. Thousands of people have switched to this popular alarm clock light instead, which mimics the sunrise to wake you up gently. They love that it's a more peaceful alternative and that you can adjust the brightness to your liking.
15. This meal kit delivery service to make cooking easier
Grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking? Nobody has time for that. Take some of the stress out of tomorrow night's dinner with Home Chef, our favorite meal kit delivery service. It has easy-to-follow recipes, high-quality ingredients, and delicious dishes all delivered straight to your doorstep.
16. These genius rings every anxious person needs
Was I skeptical when I first tried out these spiky sensory rings in an attempt to curb my anxiety and relieve stress? Yes. But did they work? Absolutely. Whenever I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I roll the ring up and down my finger and in a few minutes, I feel much at ease. They use acupressure to create a calming sensation throughout your whole body.
17. This gadget to give yourself a head massage
You know how the head massage you get when you go to get your hair cut instantly relaxes you? Now you can get the same effect at home with this lightweight scalp massager. I have one and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. It's super easy to use (just press it up and down on your head) and it makes me feel better almost immediately.
18. This hilarious adult coloring book
I'll confess that I'm a huge fan of adult coloring books. They may seem like a silly trend but take it from someone with a lot of anxiety—they really can help. This one has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon because of its humorous (and sarcastic) coloring pages with captions like "Home is where the vodka is" and "Suck it up buttercup."
19. This weighted eye mask to help you fall asleep
If you're someone who struggles with sleep, you might benefit from the NodPod. I also was a longtime insomniac until I discovered this magical mask. It looks a little bizarre, yes, but it's soft and comfortable and the slight pressure over your eyes is very calming. Plus, the thick material successfully blocks out all outside light so you can drift off to dreamland.
20. This adorable tea infuser
Sipping a mug of herbal tea can soothe your nerves and help you unwind at the end of a long day. To brew the perfect cuppa, we recommend this little manatee, which we named the number one tea infuser. It looks cute, of course, but it also steeps evenly and grips tightly to the side of your mug so it won't fall out while you drink.
21. This cult-favorite tracker for your keys
If you're someone who's always losing things, you're probably also someone who's always stressed. The popular Tile tracker can help—it attaches to your keys so you can easily find them via the app on your phone. People like that it has such a long battery life and that it rings loudly enough that you can hear it from up to 300 feet away.
22. This relaxing essential oil necklace
Your essential oil diffuser, but in necklace form. This pretty yet practical jewelry is highly rated on Amazon because it's easy to change out your scents—simply swap out the pad inside the locket—and it slowly releases fragrance throughout the day so you can keep calm and carry on no matter where you are.
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