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10 Stress Relief Essentials to Get You Through a Tough Day (or Presidency)

We’ve all been there. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out from the daily grind, demanding jobs or, let’s face it, just reading the news every day. It’s a very stressful time. We can meditate, exercise or turn off the negative news to reduce our stress. Better still, we can treat ourselves to any of these items — what we’re calling stress relief essentials — to help us through a tough day.

1. Giiro posture monitor

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Sure, your smartwatch can tell you to stand up and stretch a couple times each day, but this adorable robot, Giiro, will go the extra mile and tell you how to stretch your body. It can even detect your current mood. Starting at $99, gaze-lab.com 

2. Massage mat by Verseo

stress relief massage mat

Why pay extra money for a masseur when this electronic massage mat can release tension in the privacy of your own home? It comes with five powerful vibrating motors targeting different areas of your body. No matter where your tension is, this mat will massage different parts of your body independently or simultaneously. $100, verseo.com 

3. Aromatherapy shower kit

stress relief aromatherapy shower kit

Jumpstart your day with a personal spa experience at home! This aromatherapy shower kit is easy to setup. Just position the aromatherapy pod into the stream of water and the scent will diffuse for a soothing shower experience. $24-$40, uncommongoods.com 

4. Stress management and activity tracker

stress relief management tracker

Recommended by thousands of health professionals, this little gadget from Spire Stone measures your breathing patterns and helps you manage your daily stress. When you need some stress relief it’ll send you a notification and then show you different breathing exercises. The device charges wirelessly and is washer-resistant. $130, amazon.com 

5. Himalayan salt rock lamp

stress relief himalayan salt rock lamp

This isn’t some ordinary lamp. The Himalayan salt rock lamp will remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from the air by trapping positive ions and releasing negative ions. This salt lamp also neutralizes electromagnetic radiation, which can cause chronic fatigue and increase your stress levels. $22, amazon.com 

6. Muse meditation assistant

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If mediation is your jam, this meditation assistant from Muse will guide you to a calm mind. When connected with Muse’s app, this headband will immerse you in calming sounds of the beach or the rainforest. Muse keeps track of how calm your mind is and will guide you back to peacefulness if and when your mind wanders. $249, store.choosemuse.com 

7. Squishy stress relief toy

stress relief panda squeeze ball

It’s impossible not to smile when you see a panda, right? Now these squishy, adorable panda stress toys will help you release tension. $3, dhgate.com 

8. Bathtub caddy tray

stress relief essentials bathtub caddy

There’s nothing better than a nice, warm bath, so make an evening of it by setting up this tray with your favorite book (or movie) and a glass of wine. Made of eco-friendly bamboo, this adjustable tray fits any bathtub. $37, amazon.com 

9. White noise machine

stress relief white noise machine

This machine cranks out calming sounds, like rain or wind chimes. And if you need something stronger, it can also produce relaxing white noise. It can also help you sleep better by playing soothing sounds all night long. $100, express.google.com 

10. Desktop punching bag

stress relief punch bag

Finally, sometimes there’s nothing like blowing off a little steam the old-fashioned way. This desktop punching bag is perfect for the office or home. Go ahead, punch that aggression away. $24, amazon.com 

What’s your favorite method of stress relief?

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