Let’s cut to the chase — 2020 is officially the year of tattered nerves. With ongoing economic and health uncertainties, who can blame you for feeling on edge?
You shouldn’t dismiss your feelings with a casual, “Well, everyone is stressed out these days.” Your body and mind share an intricate link. Over time, a temporary case of the nerves can develop into a full-blown mental health crisis. Prolonged nervousness causes your cortisol levels to rise, which can lead to trouble.
If you need fast relief, unhealthy coping mechanisms can only make things worse. Instead, indulge yourself in one of these 12 products to calm your nerves until January 1, 2021, brings a fresh start.
Meditation helps quiet racing thoughts by getting you out of the future and into the present, where whatever you fear most probably isn’t happening. However, sometimes, when you’re stuck in panic mode, trying to sit quietly only furthers your restless feelings. Let an angelic voice guide you through your meditation with a CD or downloaded playlist that works — even if your internet crashes.
Yoga is one of the best ways to ease stress. The physical movement produces feel-good endorphins and the mental challenge breaks negative thought spirals. To make your practice cozy, try out a high-quality, cozy mat that lets you sink into savasana when your routine concludes.
Magnesium is a miracle mineral. It helps to ease chronic pain, which is stressful enough on its own. Plus, it helps quell anxiety. Keep a handy magnesium spray in your purse, pocket or car for when your shoulders and neck grow tight from too much strain.
Aromatherapy works by activating the scent receptors in your nose. These nerves send signals to your brain and tell it to take actions like relaxing or even amping up your immune response. Collect a roller for every need and dab on relief with no mess or fuss.
Bamboo is the ideal material because it breathes, meaning it won’t leave you uncomfortably sweaty. Weighted versions calm you because they feel like a full-body hug. You can bring Fido underneath, too, if thunder or loud noises leave him shaking.
We all need decent sleep, especially when dealing with stress, but your mate’s snoring can render catching some shuteye impossible. Instead of filing divorce papers or resigning yourself to sofa city, use a white noise machine to drown out the thunder. Wireless versions are ideal, because you can also use them in noisy office environments.
It’s challenging to sit in meditation once your bum starts to ache. If you have tile or hardwood floors, you need a quality cushion to use when you chant “om.”
Some folks believe that different sound frequencies can do anything from quelling anxious nerves to repairing your DNA. Put an ancient twist on this new-age healing technique with a set of Tibetan singing bowls. Your neighbors will mind your sessions far less than when you bang on the drums to ease stress.
Sometimes, sleep proves elusive even in ideal environments. When you can’t count sheep any longer, turn to a mini journal to put your fears to rest on paper. Unlike electronics, there’s no blue light to keep you awake.
Herbs like chamomile, lavender and valerian all enjoy stellar reputations among herbalists for inducing relaxation. Put together a quality tea sampler and sip your way to serenity.
If you don’t like using essential oils on your skin, you can still reap the stress-busting benefits with a diffuser. There are even handy models that plug into your computer’s USB port so that you can breathe easier while stressed at work.
Massage is the ultimate stress-buster, but who can afford a professional session when money is tight? Treat yourself to a mini-rubdown anytime and nearly anywhere with a Shiatsu back and neck massager with “hands” that never get tired.