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Let's face it, this past year has been anything but relaxing. All that worrying can wreak havoc on our minds and bodies if we don't find a way to help us relax.
Between a global pandemic, work and getting used to a new normal, there are stressors around every corner. Regularly taking time to relax and recharge will help you in the long run without burning out or harming your health.
We're only human and there are only so many hours in a day so make sure to take time for yourself. That doesn't mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars at the spa or daydream about taking a beach vacation.
Sometimes all we need to do is put our phones away, calm down and relax. We've selected 23 products to help calm you down during times of stress.
This journal was created as a direct response to the global pandemic to help people alleviate stress and anxiety and reflect holistically on their life. Therapy can be expensive so this journal was created as a cost-effective way to deal with anxiety and stress. It's a guided, monthly, non-dated journal that will help you go inward, reflect and gain much-needed perspective during these unprecedented times.
The Human Being Journal has guided questions rooted in the fundamental pillars of a happy life, including health, career and relationships. It helps bridge the gap between our human selves and the deeper sense of being so many of us are craving right now.
SHOP IT: Human Being Journal, $48
This locally sourced, vegan essential oil was created to combat anxiety and prevent panic attacks from sparking up. Apply a small drip to the black lava beads and rub into the bracelet. Give the bracelet a sniff every time you're feeling overwhelmed, followed by a deep, conscious breath.
Big Drip Jewels is a Black-owned business and all of its products are made by hand. The products are cleansed with incense to remove any negative energy lingering and help attract positive energy back in.
SHOP IT: Big Drip Jewels, $27
Taking care of ourselves is more important now than ever, but health is defined as so much more than being “exercise fit.” Fitbit has unveiled a new partnership with Deepak Chopra, which will bring Fitbit's Mindful Method with Deepak Chopra to Fitbit Premium members.
Fitbit’s Mindful Method with Deepak Chopra will look to help people with an exclusive wellness collection—created and curated for Fitbit and led by Deepak Chopra—featuring content across mindfulness, sleep, stress, mental wellness and the mind-body connection. There are 30+ audio and video sessions led by Chopra and a collection of seven sessions, including guided meditations, sessions to prepare for restful sleep and techniques to help cultivate happiness and optimism whenever you need.
This deep sleep pillow spray by This Works will add a relaxing fragrance to your pillow with essentials oils of lavender, vetiver and wild camomile to help soothe the body and mind. It will become your must-have sleep solution.
It always seems like when we're ready to go to bed, our minds decide to race and fill with thoughts. Spray this onto your bed linen and pillow every night to help calm your busy mind.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $60
Speks are the perfect, therapist-approved gift for stressed-out people. Speks’ mini magnetic balls can be endlessly manipulated into strands, shapes, structures or just smashed into magnetic putty for fidgety fingers.
They are made from neodymium rare earth magnets and these micro-sized balls bring a new dimension of creativity to desks and home offices nationwide.
SHOP IT: Speks, $25
Endy's Weighted Blanket is designed to provide a deeper, more relaxing sleep by distributing deep pressure across your body resulting in the feeling of being held for deep relaxation. Weighing in at 15 pounds, this blanket will envelop you like a warm, soothing hug.
SHOP IT: Endy, $195
This body wash and foam bath is made with aloe and bamboo extract. It's a nourishing, fast-foaming body wash that will leave your skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed. It comes from Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line.
SHOP IT: Bath & Body Works, $16
This guided journal will help you reflect on what your grateful for every day through the exercise of mindfulness and journaling. It will help you centre each day around positive feelings and gratitude. This is a 90-day journal that gives you a path to creating a habit of practicing daily gratitude that you can carry with you throughout your life.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $22
This soothing calm candle from Indigo is made with a soy wax blend and fragrance oils. This natural wellness candle comes in five different scents, including Calm/Lavender, Detox/Charcoal, Balance/Himalayan Salt, Cleanse/Palo Santo and Bliss/Cannabis.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $22 (originally $30)
These Veryvell Drops - Exhale is for the CBD lover in your life. It is a CBD-dominant, water-soluble cannabis extract with a subtle hint of passionflower extract. The built-in dosing cap means that you are in control of the experience you’re looking for.
SHOP IT: Ontario Cannabis Store, $65
This is the perfect product to help relieve some stress for new parents. Sleeping is so important to our overall health and to help reduce stress, and for new parents, this can be pretty tough with the new parent jitters. With the Owlet Smart Sock, 94 per cent of parents report having a better sleep.
The Owlet Smart Sock is a baby wearable that sits inside a washable sock that tracks the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and will notify the parents if the baby’s levels fall outside safe zones.
SHOP IT: Owlet Care, $399
The Ruhe essential oil blend and pebble set from LOHN is designed with the intention to encourage self-love and self-care, which are both very important when it comes to relieving stress. Soothe yourself with this soft tranquillity by adding 5-15 drops to your scent pebble.
Ruhe is a German word meaning peace and quiet, which is perfect for this oil that smells like a fresh burst of grapefruit and roses, with a touch of cedarwood.
SHOP IT: LOHN, $46 (originally $48)
Relax and reground yourself with this essential oil blend, made with nourishing oils, such as jojoba oil and almond oil. It has exfoliating sugar crystals that gently buff and condition your skin.
The Aromatherapy Stress Relief collection from Bath & Body Works is infused with essential oils that help relieve stress. Made with eucalyptus and spearmint, these essential oils help clear the mind while soothing and uplifting.
SHOP IT: Bath & Body Works, $20
Incense sticks help alleviate your mood and calm down your mind. They also activate your senses and relax your nerves while making you less anxious and cleanse the air around you.
These 20 Seven Chakras Incense Sticks from Hose of Moses are hand-rolled using natural ingredients from India and do not release harmful fumes into the environment. Each stick burns for around 45 minutes to one hour.
SHOP IT: House of Moses, $3
Lack of natural light can make us feel sluggish during the workday but light therapy can help solve that problem. This light therapy lamp will help you concentrate, improve your mood, boost your energy and help maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
Place the lamp on a flat surface, turn the light on, adjust the brightness as needed and let the light shine all day long.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $70
This candle has a blend of citrus, patchouli and sweet orange essential oils to create a warm, positive atmosphere on busy days. It's also hand poured in Canada.
SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $19
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has launched its personal care product line. The launch included body wash, body lotion, hand lotion and bar soaps in three new scents, including the fruity and earthy plum berry. All scents are cruelty-free and contain essential oils. They have everything you need to unwind with a Mrs. Meyer's spa day.
SHOP IT: Mrs.Meyer's Clean Day, $9
If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that there is no harm in manifesting something good. As we continue into almost a full year of the pandemic and move onto (hopefully) better things, it’s important to continue on the right foot and find ways to manage stress.
Now’s the time to draw on the power of our astrological signs and get into the habit of reciting positive, daily affirmations to help ease anxiety and daily stress. A small brand called Affirmicious has created 100 affirmations card decks that will help you define yourself, be more genuine and stop overthinking.
SHOP IT: Affirmicious, $36
Sometimes it's helpful to destress by watching someone else's life instead of dealing with our own. Let us introduce you to hayu, a subscription-based video streaming service that has an impressive reality show library, with thousands of episodes from your favourite reality series like Below Deck, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Vanderpump Rules, and every Real Housewives series that you can think of.
SHOP IT: hayu, $6 per month
Wayfarer Meditation Cushions can transform the smallest of spaces into a perfect reprieve, in a time when it’s important for our environment to feel conducive to both productivity and relaxation. Sustainable home decor brand Wayfarer designs a selection of hemp meditation cushions ethically handmade by artisans in Turkey.
They are available colours include natural/cream, golden brown, blush, chocolate grey, slate, charcoal, and a trio of different blues.
SHOP IT: Wayfarer, $198
This blood orange, naturally sweetened, fruit-forward sparkling beverage has 2.5 mg CBD + 2.5 mg THC. It is best served over ice and garnished with a slice of orange.
SHOP IT: Ontario Cannabis Store, $6
This ice pack cooling eye mask is perfect for those who get headaches, migraines, sinus pains and deal with a lot of stress. You can easily heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds for heat therapy or chill in the freezer for two hours for cold therapy. It will fit snugly to your eye area or your forehead and it comes with a resealable bag for storage.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $15
Colouring can be very relaxing, and it's similar to a form of meditation. While you colour, your mind relaxes and you focus on filling a white sheet with colours. This is your time to be creative and use whichever colours you want.
This tattoo colouring book will help anyone live out their dreams of being a tattoo artist and show off their artistic expression. It has 120 different illustrations ready to be brought to life.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $10