7 Stress-Busting Essentials to Help You Get Through a Bad News Day

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These days, the barrage of worrisome headlines seems never-ending, and it's enough to send your stress levels through the roof. While repeating affirmations or rubbing your temples can sometimes ease tension in a pinch, it's often not enough to fully keep anxiety at bay. On the other end of the spectrum, a beach vacation or spa day isn't an option right now.

For everyday moments in between, the affordable and accessible items ahead were specifically designed for coping with stress and worry. From a cozy weighted blanket to a calming, magnesium-rich supplement, these feel-good products will soothe your spirit and help ease your mind even on your roughest day.

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Aromatherapy Diffuser
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Aromatherapy Diffuser

Aromatherapy in the form of an essential oil diffuser is an easy way to create a soothing environment to help calm your mind, unwind, and even set the stage for a restful night's sleep. Make the most out of yours by filling it with a few drops of diffusing essential oils known to relax the senses like lavender or eucalyptus.

This ceramic pineapple option ($35) serves as both an essential oil diffuser and a humidifier, adding a healthy dose of moisture to your aromatherapy experience. Plus, it's literally cool — the mist emitted isn't heated, so it's ideal for year-round use. And it's so pleasant to look at, it's an instant mood booster!

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Natural Vitality CALM
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Natural Vitality CALM

Whether you're anticipating an extra busy day or are feeling particularly overwhelmed and it's only noon, Natural Vitality CALM® is a magnesium supplement that can help you manage stress while promoting helping you relax — any time of day or night.*


The original powdered drink mix — available in delicious flavors such as strawberry mango (seasonal), watermelon, and raspberry-lemon — can easily be added to plain water, a smoothie, or tea. There's also an unflavored powder version as well as convenient capsules and gummies for taking on the go. For nighttime, Natural Vitality CALM® offers sleep capsules and sleep gummies to promote restful sleep.*


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Meditation Apps
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Meditation Apps

Meditation is a powerful way to relax your body and calm your mind. But if you're not sure how to get started, we have good news — there's an app for that! In fact, there are many apps for that. Free, top-rated options include The Mindfulness App; Headspace; Calm; Stop, Breathe & Think; and 10% Happier.

The Mindfulness App is great for beginners and gurus alike and offers timed, guided, or silent meditations starting at just three minutes. That means you'll be able to find a suitable meditation no matter how busy your lifestyle is. Headspace teaches mindfulness techniques as well as meditation. For bedtime, it offers 10 sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app can also build you a personalized plan, allowing you to learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

Calm is an award-winning app with calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. With Stop, Breathe, & Think, meditation recommendations are based on your emotions. The app can help you identify how you're feeling then help you tame anxiety, reduce stress, or breathe deeply through short, guided meditations, yoga videos, and acupressure videos.

10% Happier is an app designed for meditation skeptics. Fresh content is added each week to keep meditation from becoming a chore. Daily videos and guided meditations teach you what to do in the simplest way possible, while a range of content shows you how to cope with everyday stressors.

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Coloring Book
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Coloring Book

Coloring isn't just for kids. In fact, coloring may help reduce anxiety in adults. It's also known to promote mindlessness while keeping you focused on the present. Next time you're feeling anxious, grab a box of colored pencils, markers, crayons — whatever floats your boat — and have at it.

Although there are many types of coloring books to choose from, it's the practice of coloring itself that's believed to center you, so you truly can't go wrong. This Tattoos option ($9) has loads of intricate designs and beautiful patterns — more than 120 to be exact — that are just waiting to be brought to life.

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Portable Massager
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Portable Massager

A Shiatsu massage is a Japanese style of massage known to relieve stress, pain, and tension in addition to helping relieve anxiety. But as nice as it'd be to pause our lives every week and settle in for a professional massage, such a practice isn't a practical or cost-effective solution for everyone. A much more wallet-friendly option? A portable massager.

Shiatsu massagers are available in all sorts of sizes and price points. This one in particular, the Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager ($50), bends to most neck and body contours, as well as lower and upper back, abdomen, calf, and thigh contours. Stash it in your desk for a quick midday pick-me-up or keep it next to your bed to wind down after a long day.

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Lavender-Scented Gel Mask
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Lavender-Scented Gel Mask

While a luxe facial isn't always in the budget, this FOMI mask ($11) is basically the next best thing. Filled with temperature-retaining gel beads, it's perfect for soothing headaches, puffy eyes, or reducing stress after a bad day. Pop it in the microwave if you're craving relaxing heat, or store it in the fridge for a refreshing, inflammation-reducing cool burst. It even smells like lavender, which is known to calm nerves as well as your skin.

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Weighted Blanket
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Weighted Blanket

One of the most frustrating things about anxiety is the negative impact it can have on your sleep. If you're having trouble nodding off at night, a weighted blanket could help comfort you and lull you to sleep quicker. A weighted blanket is a therapeutic blanket that typically weighs between five and 30 pounds. They can help relieve pain, lessen anxiety, and improve overall mood.

This temperature-regulated option ($80) is ideal for both hot and cold sleepers. It also includes two washable duvet covers that you can swap out depending on the season: warm fleece to keep you toasty on chilly evenings, and cooling microfiber fabric to ventilate heat away from your body.


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