7 anxiety-busting products that are excellent at stress management


7 anxiety-busting products that are excellent at stress management

By helping you stress less

By ELLE team  March 15th, 2018

If mindfulness and meditation aren’t your preferred methods of stress management during those anxiety-inducing moments in a day, we have some alternative ideas for you. There aren’t any quick fixes when it comes to calming your anxiety, but these tried-and-tested methods could help you on the path to becoming a calmer person.

Whether it’s a certain scent, activity or object, these products are sure to take your tendency to stress out down a notch. So quit biting those nails and start tending to your mental peace or mini zen garden, whatever.

7 ways to ace stress management:

Tibetan singing bowl

The meditation bowls have become popular with sound therapists because of their co-relation with reduced tension. The resounding sound is said to have a calming effect and can be played by anyone.

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Himalayan salt lamp

The large chunk of Himalayan salt, carved out into a lamp, is said to release negative ions, like other things found in nature. Negative ions are said to reduce anxiety, and promote a relaxing, peaceful environment. If you aren't someone who has direct access to nature, a pink salt lamp could be a calming addition to your home. 

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Adult colouring books

Sure it may sound silly, but colouring is directly associated with the reduction of anxiety. Think about it, how often do you see stressed-out kids? It doesn't require any proper talent, but it's still a great hobby you can get absorbed in. 

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Snake plant

All plants are great, but some come with better stress management properties. The snake plant is one such miracle worker, because it's easy to take care of eliminating one area of worry right there. NASA has also ranked it as one of the best indoor plants, reducing symptoms of anxiety such as headaches. The plant also is known to release oxygen through the night making it perfect for the bedroom, especially if you have breathing problems.

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Zen rock garden

If remembering to water a plant isn't your strength, then maybe a dry rock garden better serves your purpose. Japanese rock gardens are essentially miniature landscapes meant to imitate the essence of nature. But how does this help with anxiety? A zen garden is supposed to be symbolic, the sand is regarded as water and the rocks as obstacles in its flow. Using a rake to decide how the sand ripples is reflective of how we chose to overcome hurdles. If nothing else, immersing yourself into your Zen garden can prove a worthwhile distraction.

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Weighted blanket

Think of it as a safety blanket for adults. Heavier than your average quilt, a weighted blanket gently and evenly distributes pressure on the body. It sort of feels like your blanket is hugging you back and like a hug, your body responds with the production of serotonin, the chemical that helps fight anxiety.

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Lavender eye mask

The scent of lavender has been used in aromatherapy for years to reduce anxiety. That, paired with a cooling eye cushion, maybe be just the mini vacation you need to shut off and get in some you-time, away from your phone screen.

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