7 stress-relieving gifts to help boost your mental health this season

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Needless to say, a lot has happened this year. The pandemic, emphatic calls for social justice reform, and more recently, the election. Combine this with the impending stress of the holidays, and it’s all really enough to take a toll on anyone’s mental health.

And while the holiday season is no doubt a time for celebrating and reuniting with loved ones, it can also be a time for anxiety and loneliness for others. Adding to that, mental illness continues to be a common problem in the U.S. For example, anxiety disorders affect some 40 million Americans, and nearly five percent of adults 18 and over struggle with depression.

Although taking care of mental health is an on-going process for many people, here are some popular items that can potentially help de-stress your mind and body.

1. Asutra Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Blend, Aromatherapy Spray, $14.94

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Approved by tennis super star Venus Williams, this Asutra aromatherapy mist contains a blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils to help calm and relax your body. Just spray some on your linens before bed for better sleep or directly onto your body when you need to wind down.

2. Himalayan Glow Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp, $16.97 (Orig. $21.99)

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Part of what makes salt lamps popular is the belief and claims that they can help detox a room by releasing negative ions. And while there hasn’t been much evidence to support this, these lamps can help provide a “soothing” and “calming” effect thanks to their unique dim light.

3. Believe London Hematite Magnetic Therapy Bracelet, $11.99

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If you’re a fan and believer in the power of crystals, then this Hematite bracelet may be something worthwhile. According to The Spruce, Hematite has a “very grounding energy” as well as a “cooling and calming effect.”

4. Renwer Essential Oil Diffuser, $19.49

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Not only are diffusers used to help purify the air in your environment, but they’re also used as a relaxation tool. And this one from Renwer is a fan-favorite thanks to its convenient remote control, high quality and seven different LED lights. Just add your preferred essential oil and let the aromatherapy session begin.

5. YnM Weighted Blanket, $49.50 (Orig. $79.90)

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Weighted blankets often have a relaxing effect because they’re a form of “deep-pressure stimulation.” The extra weight of the blanket can help ease the nervous system, which ultimately could help improve your mood, anxiety and relieve pain.

6. Mindful Breathing Necklace, $85+

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In the times when you feel caught up with the busyness of life, take a moment to slow down with this Mindful Breathing Necklace. Use it as a reminder to breathe in and out, and as a tool to help refocus your mind.

7. Shiatsu Neck Back Massager Kneading Massage Pillow, $31.99

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Treat your body and decompress with this top-rated Shiatsu Neck Back Massager Kneading Massage Pillow. No matter if you have lower back problems or just need to unwind for a hour or two, this heated massage pillow can help manage the tension in muscles and could improve your overall mood.

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