We’re living through a really stressful time, which means it’s likely that your anxiety is playing up. Sure, you have good days and bad days. But if the bad days are getting really bad, it might be time to start actively doing something about it.
If you’re anything like me, your anxiety is hugely affected by your menstrual cycle. A couple of days before I get my period, I find myself worried about EVERYTHING.
And I know that I don’t want to take a pill to try and make myself feel better. So instead, I have invested in most of the below items to get me through the more difficult days.
Top Products To Reduce Anxiety
- Weighted blanket
- Colouring Book
- Essential Oils
- Sun lamp
- Acupressure Mat
- Sensory fidget toy
- Herbal Tea
This is actually my most recent purchase and one that I swear by. My 6kg weighted blanket really helps me to feel calmer on those evenings when I’m feeling particularly anxious.
The pressure of the blanket works by putting your autonomic nervous system into ‘rest’ mode which reduces some symptoms of anxiety like a quickened heart rate or faster breathing, providing an overall sense of calm.
Trust me, these are more than just a fad and can help children and adults alike.
Promising review: “The quality of my sleep has improved significantly with this blanket. Having to work a combination of morning and overnight shifts, consistency in my sleep schedule is nonexistent and I have the hardest time falling asleep. This blanket changed that for me completely. I fall asleep within minutes now and am able to take advantage of all the sleep time I get.”
Whether you already journal or not, getting anxious thoughts written out can help you to make sense of the thoughts you’re having. And your journaling doesn’t have to be the ‘dear diary’ structure, you might find that a bullet journal works best or even a simple mood diary. Either way, being able to structure thoughts which don’t serve you will help you to get out of an anxious state faster.
While partaking in anything creative helps to reduce anxiety, colouring books for adults have become a really popular buy over the last 5 years or so.
They work by helping to put you into a more meditative state which relaxes the fear centre of your brain, the amygdala. This can help to slow racing thoughts and help you feel less stressed.
If colouring isn’t your thing, you might consider buying an interesting jigsaw puzzle instead, or even learning how to knit or cross stitch.
Any essential oil which contains valerian is thought to help sleep and calm nerves. You can either put a few drops into a diffuser or buy a roll on option.
5. Sun lamp
The sun is thought to have a positive impact on the production of serotonin which helps to reduce anxiety. Anyone who has suffered with Seasonal Affective Disorder knows that often mental health can suffer more in winter, when there’s less sunlight. By simply investing in a sun lamp, or even a wake up light, you can improve anxious feelings.
Promising Review: “Lots of users say they feel the benefits after just 20 minutes – and I agree. Sitting by it for 15 to 30 minutes daily truly improves mood and energy. I never would have believed it if I didn’t experience it for myself!”
These mats are fairly new to the market, but are becoming more and more popular. They work in a similar way to acupuncture by applying pressure to your back. It’s said to help with anxiety, sleep and meditation.
Promising Review: “I have to admit I was leery of this when I bought it just because I wondered if it would really do anything and I didn’t know what to expect having never used one. I’ve used it several times and I actually am surprised how relaxed it makes me. Granted, I do it right before bed because I have chronic insomnia and I was hoping to add something relaxing to my bedtime routine. This works.”
You know how amazing you feel after an orgasm? Well that’s because oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone, has been released into the bloodstream. Masturbation has actually been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. So why not invest in yourself and buy that amazing clitoral vibrator you know you deserve!
Promising Review: “Woah , woah, WOAH! Listen….. if you’re in these reviews trying to see if you should get it, look no further! This is IT! PERIOD. That’s all I have to say! You will NOT be disappointed at ALLL!”
Sensory toys can help to soothe anxiety by providing something external to focus on. They can also be an outlet for all of that nervous energy!
9. Herbal Tea
Another one I swear by! Herbal tea which includes chamomile is always guaranteed to calm me down. In fact, a 2016 study found that long-term use of a camomile extract reduced symptoms of GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder).