I'm an Editor, and These Are My Must-Have Products to Alleviate Stress and Relax
Over the years, I've learned how to better manage my stress with simple tools. I set boundaries, say no, and do things that make me happy like FaceTiming my nieces, cooking, going on walks, and picking up new hobbies, like relearning how to play the piano. I also like to burn candles, practice mindfulness, and put on face masks to relax and de-stress. Ahead you'll find a few of the products I like to use when I'm feeling stressed and need to unwind.
Dr. Jart+ Shake and Shot Rubber Soothing Mask
My skincare routine is very basic, but I love putting on face masks like the Dr. Jart+ Shake and Shot Rubber Soothing Mask ($12) while catching up on my favorite shows to relax.
XL Moleskine Cahier Journal
I don't journal every day, but when I feel overwhelmed with everything going on in my head or I really need to vent and don't want to bother my friends, I'll write out everything I'm feeling in my XL Moleskine Cahier Journal ($14 for a set of three, originally $15).
Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask
I've had the Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask ($48) for two years, and it's safe to say that I'm obsessed with it. I was never into sleep masks until I bought this for myself as a gift, and now I truly cannot sleep without it. It blocks out all light, muffles sound, and you don't have to worry about waking up with dents in your hair or on your face from the band!
The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance by George Mumford
As much as I love social media, I often find it overwhelming, which is why I've minimized how much time I spend on apps like Instagram. Lately, I've been trying to read for at least 30 minutes a day, and my current favorite book is The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance ($14, originally $17). I like this book because it breaks down mindfulness and performance in an easy-to-understand way, and is an essential, in my opinion, for all athletes.
Sun Potion Ashwagandha Powder
Although the research isn't conclusive when it comes to the benefits of adaptogens, I'd like to think that the Sun Potion Ashwagandha Powder ($32) has helped me de-stress and maintain my calm. I prefer to mix it with water, but you can also add it to smoothies, soups, and other liquids.
Boy Smells Cedar Stack Scented Candle
One of the easiest ways for me to relax is by lighting candles. I'm currently loving the Boy Smells Cedar Stack Scented Candle ($32). It's on the pricey side, but I've had this candle for two months and I light it often.
Signature Lacrosse Ball Set
If you're stressed, it will definitely reveal itself in your body in the form of tight muscles. I like to use the Signature Lacrosse Ball Set ($8 for a set of two) to target tension in my muscles, specifically my feet, calves, hips, and shoulders.