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22 things you need if you're always stressed

Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY
22 things you need if you're always stressed

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Between work, family, friends, running errands, and everything else that piles up on your plate every day, life gets very busy (and very stressful) very fast. If you're feeling overwhelmed, start by taking a deep breath—and then browse the 22 things below that will either help you relax or make your life a little bit easier. From the best weighted blanket to our favorite meal kit delivery service, you'll be less stressed in no time.

1. This top-rated essential oil diffuser

The InnoGear's changing colors add ambiance.

Lavender, jasmine, vanilla, oh my! Add any of these relaxing scents to our favorite oil diffuser to get the benefits of aromatherapy. Because of its large capacity, it can run for up to 11 hours straight and has a locking feature that makes it easy to carry from room to room without spilling.

Get the InnoGear Upgraded 150ml Diffuser from Amazon for $27.98

2. The coziest weighted blanket

Choose 15, 20, or 25 pounds for the Gravity Blanket.

Weighted blankets are renowned for relieving stress and anxiety and even for helping you fall asleep faster. Here at Reviewed, we're obsessed with the Gravity Blanket because it provides just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) and the velvet fabric is incredibly soft and luxurious. 

Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $249

3. Our favorite smart speaker

Hey Alexa, play some soothing music.

It's no secret that Alexa will make your life easier, from making your grocery list for you to waking you up in the morning. Of all the Amazon smart speakers, we like the 2nd Generation Echo the best because it has superior sound quality and uses far-field voice recognition so Alexa can hear you even when you're in another room. 

Get the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) from Amazon for $69.99

4. This handy tool to get rid of aches and pains

Use this after a long day of shoveling.

You love getting a massage to work out all your kinks and knots—but you hate paying for it. Thanks to this self massager, which uses pinpointed deep compression, you don't have to. It has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon, with happy customers saying that it's comfortable to hold and handle and that it relieves pain quickly and effortlessly.

Get the Body Back Buddy Massager from Amazon for $29.95

5. This expert-approved pillow for a better night's sleep

Bonus: It's hypoallergenic and machine washable.

One thing that definitely isn't helping your stress levels? Lack of sleep (or rather, lack of good sleep). And a high-quality pillow like this one can help with that. We chose it as the best pillow we've tested because it can easily be adjusted to be firmer or softer based on your preferences. It also has a bamboo cover that stays cool and cozy all night long.

Get the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow from Amazon for $49.99

6. This wildly popular yoga mat

You can't go wrong with Lululemon.

There's a reason that everyone—including our own experts—are obsessed with this Lululemon yoga mat. As a yoga teacher myself, I can vouch for how versatile and comfortable it is. It has just the right amount of padding along with a non-slip surface so you can downward dog in class without falling. Now feel all that stress start to melt away...

Get the Reversible 5mm Mat from Lululemon for $68

7. This planner to keep you organized

Keep track of everything from your daily tasks to long-term goals.

Between doctor's appointments, work meetings, your kid's school events, and (if you're lucky) your social life, trying to remember when and where you need to be at all times is stressful. Enter the Panda Planner. One of our favorite planners of 2019, it has more than 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon as people claim it has helped them with time management, productivity, and even positive motivation.

Get the Panda Daily Planner from Amazon for $24.97

8. The best Instant Pot for busy weeknights

Of all the Instant Pot models, we like the Ultra the best.

The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is spend an hour slaving away in the kitchen making dinner. The stress-free solution? Our number one Instant Pot. We found that the Ultra can make a meal that would usually take an hour in just 20 minutes. It has 10 different cook settings (from pressure cooking to slow cooking to steaming) along with an updated screen that shows your food's progress.

Get the Instant Pot Ultra from Amazon for $109

9. This bubble bath must-have 

Ahhh, so soothing.

There are few things more relaxing (or more indulgent) than a bubble bath. And for that, you'll need one of these beautiful bath bombs. Not only do they come in plenty of relaxing fragrances and therapeutic properties, but customers like that they're also hypoallergenic and moisturizing—perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.

Get the Two Sisters Bubble Bath Bomb from Amazon for $6.99

10. This highly-recommended white noise machine

Choose from 30 different sounds.

Loud neighbors, construction banging, angry traffic sounds—all of the above can cause unnecessary stress (and lack of sleep!). To drown it out, we like this sound machine. It's the best one we've ever tested because it was the only one that could successfully block any sound. It even has an "adaptive" feature that monitors the noise in your room and adjusts the volume accordingly.

Get the Adaptive Sound Sound + Sleep from Amazon for $79.84

11. This plush robe you'll never want to take off

Meet your new at-home uniform.

Fact: My favorite part about going to a spa isn't the massage but the robes. And according to reviewers, this luxe Parachute robe (which is made of super soft Turkish cotton) is just as good. One person even compared it to being wrapped in a cloud! 

Get the Classic Bathrobe from Parachute for $99

12. This robot vacuum that will do your cleaning for you

Let this device do your cleaning for you.

Less mess = less stress. That's why our experts swear by the Eufy RoboVac, which is our favorite affordable robot vacuum. Not only did it pick up the most dirt per run of all the vacuums we tested, but it's also surprisingly quiet so you can actually relax while it works. Bonus: It's very slim so it can fit almost anywhere.

Get the Eufy RoboVac 11S from Amazon for $239.99

13. This best-selling acupressure mat

Hurts so good.

My acupressure mat has been a game-changer when it come to my stress levels. I lay on it every evening for 10 to 15 minutes and it's crazy how much different (and better) I feel when I get up. This one is so popular on Amazon because reviewers say it does everything from relax your muscles to improve circulation to help you fall asleep. 

Get the Prosource Fit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set from Amazon for $19.99

14. This wake-up light everyone is obsessed with

Wake up with the (fake) sun.

The most stressful part of most people's days? The moment your blaring alarm clock goes off, jarring you out of a peaceful sleep. Thousands of people have switched to this popular alarm clock light instead, which mimics the sunrise to wake you up gently. They love that it's a more peaceful alternative and that you can adjust the brightness to your liking.

Get the Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock from Amazon for $139.99

15. This meal kit delivery service to make cooking easier

Boxes make for great last-minute gifts, too.

Grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking? Nobody has time for that. Take some of the stress out of tomorrow night's dinner with Home Chef, our favorite meal kit delivery service. It has easy-to-follow recipes, high-quality ingredients, and delicious dishes all delivered straight to your doorstep.

Get Home Chef starting at $6.99

16. These genius rings every anxious person needs

Like a fidget spinner for your fingers.

Was I skeptical when I first tried out these spiky sensory rings in an attempt to curb my anxiety and relieve stress? Yes. But did they work? Absolutely. Whenever I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I roll the ring up and down my finger and in a few minutes, I feel much at ease. They use acupressure to create a calming sensation throughout your whole body.

Get the Spiky Sensory Finger Rings (10-Pack) from Amazon for $8.99

17. This gadget to give yourself a head massage

Perfect for after a long day at work.

You know how the head massage you get when you go to get your hair cut instantly relaxes you? Now you can get the same effect at home with this lightweight scalp massager. I have one and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. It's super easy to use (just press it up and down on your head) and it makes me feel better almost immediately.

Get the Body Back Scalp Massager from Amazon for $5.49

18. This hilarious adult coloring book

For adults only.

I'll confess that I'm a huge fan of adult coloring books. They may seem like a silly trend but take it from someone with a lot of anxiety—they really can help. This one has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon because of its humorous (and sarcastic) coloring pages with captions like "Home is where the vodka is" and "Suck it up buttercup."

Get "Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book" from Amazon for $4.99

19. This weighted eye mask to help you fall asleep

Like a weighted blanket but for your eyes.

If you're someone who struggles with sleep, you might benefit from the NodPod. I also was a longtime insomniac until I discovered this magical mask. It looks a little bizarre, yes, but it's soft and comfortable and the slight pressure over your eyes is very calming. Plus, the thick material successfully blocks out all outside light so you can drift off to dreamland.

Get the NodPod from Amazon for $32

20. This adorable tea infuser

Anyone want some mana-tea?

Sipping a mug of herbal tea can soothe your nerves and help you unwind at the end of a long day. To brew the perfect cuppa, we recommend this little manatee, which we named the number one tea infuser. It looks cute, of course, but it also steeps evenly and grips tightly to the side of your mug so it won't fall out while you drink.

Get the Fred & Friends Manatea Silicone Tea Infuser from Amazon for $9.95

21. This cult-favorite tracker for your keys

The Tile will make your phone ring even if it's on silent.

If you're someone who's always losing things, you're probably also someone who's always stressed. The popular Tile tracker can help—it attaches to your keys so you can easily find them via the app on your phone. People like that it has such a long battery life and that it rings loudly enough that you can hear it from up to 300 feet away.

Get the Tile Pro (Set of 2) from Amazon for $55

22. This relaxing essential oil necklace

Wear your favorite scent around your neck.

Your essential oil diffuser, but in necklace form. This pretty yet practical jewelry is highly rated on Amazon because it's easy to change out your scents—simply swap out the pad inside the locket—and it slowly releases fragrance throughout the day so you can keep calm and carry on no matter where you are. 

Get the RoyAroma Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace (Set of 2) from Amazon for $12.99

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