15 Products to De-Stress Like a Wellness Expert
Bouts of stress and anxiety sneak up on all of us, but we've made it our mission not to let them beat us down. When we start to feel panicked or antsy, we try to take inventory of the situation and focus on gaining perspective. It might sound counterintuitive, but we've discovered that the easiest way to de-stress is to be prepared. For us, that means having the right wellness products at our disposal so that all we need to focus on is breathing and taking care of ourselves.
Ahead, we curated a collection of items POPSUGAR editors rely on during moments of self-care. We also sought guidance and recommendations from wellness experts for the products they reach for to restore balance and rekindle their inner selves. Our recommendations encompass an array of items, from weighted blankets to sleep-enhancing essentials and efficient organizational solutions. So what are you waiting for? Take a deep breath and shop our 15 picks ahead.
A Gratitude Journal
Intelligent Change The Five Minute Journal ($25, originally $30)
This journal contains five prompts, three for the morning and two for the evening, and it's an easy way to get into the habit of journaling. There's something so satisfying about starting and ending your day with gratitude and reflection. Read our review of The Five Minute Journal for more details.
Editor Quote: "It truly is a five-minute (max!) commitment, and I have seen my gratitude levels markedly improve since I started using it." — India Yaffe, former associate editor, Commerce
This elegantly packaged essential oil harnesses the calming power of lavender to provide soothing relief for your body. The brand suggests adding it to a diffuser or diluting it with water before gently massaging it into your skin.
Expert Quote: "Lavender is known for its reduction of stress and promotes relaxation, which is a beauty benefit first and foremost. The more relaxed you are, the better night's sleep you will have and that can directly impact your beauty benefits." — Rachel Lee Lozina, licensed esthetician and owner of Blue Water Spa in New York
Melatonin Gummies With CBD
These blueberry-flavored gummies contain CBD and melatonin to help calm your mind and help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Our editor tried them and can't get enough. Read her review of the Highline Wellness CBD Gummies for Sleep with Melatonin.
Editor Quote: "After taking one containing 10 mg of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), they make me feel noticeably tired within a half-hour. When I wake up in the morning, I feel well-rested, not groggy." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
A Gel Eye Mask
Whether you're looking to soothe a headache, reduce puffiness, or simply curb stress, these gel eye masks are worth considering. They have thousands of five-star ratings and can be used both hot and cold.
Expert Quote: "Cold eye masks alleviate stress. When we're anxious and stressed, our body temperature often rises. Cold changes your body chemistry and, in a way, shocks your body into calming down. Also, a temperature change in an isolated area like the face forces the mind to focus on one sensorial experience, which also calms a racing mind." — Alyssa Mairanz, LMHC, CDBT, a licensed therapist and founder of Empower Your Mind Therapy
Wellness-Focused Transdermal Patches
Good Patch Starter Set ($45, originally $72)
Simply peel and stick these wellness patches onto your wrist when you need a pick-me-up and sit back and reap the benefits. This pack comes with five brand bestsellers, each containing four patches, ensuring you can enjoy them for some time. Learn more via our review of the Good Patch Starter Set.
Editor Quote: "I instantly felt a sense of calm come over me after I applied the patch, which I can only assume was the placebo effect. However, I did feel that my morning was easier and that getting ready for my guests wasn't as daunting." — Cynthia Puleo, copy editor
A Meditation Cushion
This pillow is designed to alleviate strain on the back and lower body. The cover unzips for adjusting the buckwheat fill to desired firmness, and it comes in several colors.
Expert Quote: "I feel like my energy level is sustained throughout the day, my muscles are happily cramp-free, my joints don't ache, and I don't feel nauseated if I take Nourished on an empty stomach." — Kelly Smith, Host of the meditation podcast, "Mindful in Minutes," and author of the forthcoming book, Meditation for the Modern Family
A Sunrise-Mimicking Alarm Clock
Hatch Restore Sound Machine ($130)
You've probably come across this sunrise-mimicking alarm clock on TikTok, hailed as a more natural way to wake up. It also doubles as a sound and light machine. Learn more via our review of the Hatch Restore Sound Machine.
Editor Quote: "If you're someone who already uses a sound machine to fall asleep and loves the idea of a sunrise alarm clock, this device will be a great match for you to cut down on gadgets. Additionally, it's suitable for anyone looking to improve their night and morning routines as it creates a personalized 10-step system allowing you to do so." — Haley Lyndes, former assistant editor, Commerce
An Ice Roller
Pop this ice roller in the freezer and massage it on your face for a pick-me-up. Countless wellness enthusiasts praise ice rollers for a range of benefits, from alleviating migraines to minimizing the visibility of pores.
Expert Quote: "I always have at least two fresh cold rollers in the fridge at all time and roll my face and body, including legs and arms. It's so relaxing, and my skin glows after, so that's a nice bonus." — Christina Uzzardi, esthetician and founder of Cheeks+Co
A Weighted Blanket
If you don't have a weighted blanket, this is the year to invest in one. We like the look and feel of this one, and you can customize its weight. It's cotton, so it's not unseasonably warm, and it's perfect for a cozy morning or night. Find out why you need it in our Bearaby Napper Organic Hand-Knit Weighted Blanket review.
Editor Quote: "Over the past month, I'd say that this blanket has improved my sleep for the better, and now I refuse to sleep without it. Even when I get warm, having it cover me from the waist down (at least) is still so soothing." — Angelica Wilson, former associate editor, Fitness
A Pill Organizer
FYY Daily Pill Organizer ($7, originally $13)
Streamline your pill and supplement routine with this clever organizer. Featuring seven compartments (six small and one large), along with a transparent inner lid, it makes it easy to find what you're looking for without having to open each one.
Expert Quote: "I recently purchased this folding pill box and it's so convenient, saves a ton of space and looks chic." — Kelly Smith
A Multipurpose Mist
It's about time you're acquainted with Ashley Tisdale's clean beauty line Being Frenshe, in case you haven't tried it yet. We love the brand's multipurpose mists, which contain calming essential oils that you can spritz onto your body, hair, and linens. Read more about them in our Being Frenshe Hair, Body & Linen Mist Body Spray review.
Editor Quote: "I love using the light, calming scent on my bedding. It features notes of fresh lavender, milky sandalwood, and sweet cardamom. It's a low-key, relaxing scent perfect for complementing lazy weekends spent indoors or as a finishing touch to freshen up your space after a cleaning day." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
An Infrared Sauna Blanket
If you're okay with splurging, this infrared sauna blanket is a favorite for its array of advantages, from muscle recovery to radiant skin and deep relaxation. Designed for portability, it offers eight adjustable temperature settings and comes with a handheld controller for added convenience.
Expert Quote: "This is heated mat is a 2-4-1 as it emits pulsed electromagnetic waves along with the healing properties of 20# of heated crystals that you lie on to help with balancing your nervous system, boost your mood, alleviate pain/tension and reduce stress globally." — Dr. Lana Butner, ND, a board-certified naturopathic doctor
A Humidifier-Diffuser Hybrid
Canopy Humidifier + Aromas + Filters ($125, originally $150)
Your skin will thank you when you invest in the Canopy humidifier, a reimagined take on traditional humidifiers. What makes this one different is that it doesn't expel water or mist, so there's no chance for mold or bacteria to spread into the air. Plus — as seen in the accompanying imagery — it also doubles as a diffuser to infuse your space with your favorite essential oils. Learn more by checking out our review of the Canopy Humidifier.
Editor Quote: "On nights I use it, I wake up feeling less dry in my problem areas — my throat, nose, and skin. But the area around the humidifier never feels wet or damp, which has been a huge issue I've faced with humidifiers in the past." — Mirel Zaman, wellness director
The price of this essential oils set is hard to beat. It comes with six oils: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, and sweet orange, all of which are perfect for using with your go-to diffuser.
Expert Quote: "Scent is a powerful tool to have in the de-stressing toolbox! A pleasing, natural smell like lavender or chamomile calms the body by increasing mindfulness, that's to say it demands multi-sensory attention to the environment. It acts as a distraction from the stress and instead focuses you on a pleasant sensory experience. Essential oils are great on-the-go and easy to keep in a purse, car, or office as a quick pick-me-up during times of stress." — Alyssa Mairanz
A Waterproof Notepad
If the shower is when you do some of your best thinking, consider scooping up this waterproof notepad and pencil. It has suction cups that stick to your shower wall and its pages are perforated for easy removal. Learn more by reading our review of the Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad.
Expert Quote: "To be clear, AquaNotes have been around for years, and they're definitely not a cutesy product you'd find at a boutique. But holy sh*t, are they helpful if you're a hyperorganized to-do-list fiend with an always-running brain like yours truly. " — Victoria Messina, editor, breakings news