Relaxation, some of you may be thinking, “What the heck is that”? Who has time to relax these days? Between work, family life, and everything going on in the world for some relaxing is just wishful thinking. So sometimes we all need a little help to relax and manage our stress. Here’s a list of eight tools that just might be what you need.

1.) Stress balls -These have been around forever because they do work. They can be made of foam, clay, or gel. Repetitively squeezing them forces your body to release tension and causes your brain to produce endorphins, the hormones that make you feel good.

2.) Fidget Toys -These aren’t just for kids! They are great for relieving stress and promoting concentration in adults, too, even if you don’t have ADHD. There are literally dozens of different kinds of fidgets available today. They include the ubiquitous “spinners,” squishy toys, link toys, slime balls, and pop-its. Most of them are cheap and available almost anywhere.

3.) A Desktop Zen Garden -These are just what they sound like. They are Japanese rock gardens in miniature, complete with sand, small rocks, tiny rakes, and shovels. Some even include miniature bonsai trees. The desktop ones are sized just right to fit on a desk and help you calm your mind. 

4.) Neck and Back Massagers -We can’t always work a real massage into our schedules or our budgets, but one of these can be available anytime you need it. They help relieve stress, muscle tension, and pain. Relaxation is just a few minutes away if you have one. Some of them are heated.

5.) Mediation Apps -It’s well known that meditating is one of the best ways to relax. It reduces stress and promotes good health as well. There are many apps available for those of us who need a little bit of help doing it. Headspace, Calm, and Mindfulness are three of the best known. They start at just $3.99 per month. Most have free trials.

6.) Dammit Dolls -Does getting physical help you relax? Then, a Dammit Doll might be for you. They’re designed for you to bang on your desk or wall to vent your frustrations safely. These dolls are sturdy enough not to break but soft enough not to break anything else.

7.) Magnetic Sculptures -These are another sensory relaxation tool. There are many kinds, and they can be bent and contorted in dozens of different ways. All are small enough to fit on a desk. They can help you concentrate and relax through fidgeting.

8.) Herbal Teas -Some non-caffeinated herbal teas contain compounds that help you relax and destress. They include chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and peppermint. There are also blends available that are designed to induce calm, reduce stress or make you sleepy.

These are just a few of the stress relievers available to help you relax and reduce stress. 

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