We all experience stress, but you don’t have to let it get the better of you. There are countless gifts that you can buy for yourself or your BFF that won’t break the bank. Here are a few of our favorites.
Stress causes tight muscles. Especially in your neck, back, and shoulders. Massage can be a great way to ease the tension in your body, but it’s not always convenient and affordable to book a professional massage therapy session. Here are three alternatives that can do the trick:
A deep-tissue massage roller can be the next best thing to the real deal. Dr. Cohen’s Acuball is one of the best. Its unique designs fit into your body’s nooks and crannies. It’s made of very hard rubber with various nibs and ribs, enabling you to get as much or as little pressure as you need on your sore muscles. Plus, it’s the only one on the market that you can heat in the microwave!
2. Yoga Ball
If you’ve never tried an inflatable yoga ball, do yourself a favor and get one today. Lie back over one and the mild, supported backbend will relieve tight muscles in the front of your body and your lower back. You can also use your yoga ball to stretch other parts of your body, work your core muscles, or as a bouncy office chair.
Nothing promotes a sense of inner calm quite like heat. Turn your vehicle into a rolling spa with a heated driver’s-seat cushion. You can warm up your bum and back while commuting or running errands. It’s a stress-relief gift that will keep on giving.
Your sense of smell is far more powerful than you realize. According to Harvard University, smell is “one of the first senses, and predates vision and hearing.” What you smell can have a tremendous effect on your mood and outlook.
Use aromatherapy oils or candles as a way to de-stress after a long, tiring day. Make sure the scents you use are made from natural oils. These aromatherapy oils are made from pure plant essence.
CBD is popping up in everything—and your bathtub is no exception. CBD-infused bath bombs are 100 percent organic, come in different aromatherapy scents, and are made with non-GMO ingredients. The feeling of hot water on your body and the lovely scent wafting into your olfactory glands will give stress a one-two punch.
Sound surrounds you, but not all of it is pleasant or relaxing. It is uniquely linked to our emotions and can have a positive or negative effect on how we feel. Both music and sounds of nature are known to have positive effects on our emotions.
Wireless Bluetooth earbuds make great gifts for relaxation and enable you to have your own private sound booth with you, wherever you go. Only you can decide what type of music gives you that peaceful, easy feeling—however, music with a pleasant melody and no lyrics tend to be best at allowing your mind to slow down.
Sleep is a great way to treat yourself to inner calm—and you need at least eight hours. White noise blocks out any noises that may startle you awake in the night (except for maybe a snoring partner). The Pictek White Noise Machine is affordable and offers 24 different sounds to soothe you into a full and deep night’s sleep.
These seven stress relief gifts for you or a loved one take advantage of your senses to increase your feeling of inner calm. Try using at least one of these in your daily routine to keep the stress at bay and enjoy a more peaceful life.
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Janet Ashforth is an ACE-certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She first studied to become a personal trainer in 1997, and has since worked at several popular gyms and owned her own fitness company. She’s helped countless individuals maintain or regain their health and wellness. Janet also writes about food, nutrition, cooking, and baking, and is a “real food” advocate.