The 12 Best Stress Relief Products of 2020, According to Our Editors

Keep calm and carry on

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Stressful times are upon us, and all that worrying can wreak serious havoc on our minds and bodies if we don't find a way to manage it. While we actually benefit from occasional stress because it can propel us forward and helps us meet deadlines and other obligations, the same can't be said of chronic stress.

This type of prolonged stress can suppress the immune system, decrease our memory and judgment abilities, cause a harmful imbalance in our GI system, negatively impact our cardiovascular health, and more.

It's therefore crucial that each of us find ways to manage our stress and reduce our negative response to stressors in our daily life—whether that be with meditation, aromatherapy, a good book, or a long bath.

Here are the best stress relief products that our editors use to find a moment of peace in all the chaos.

Our Top Picks

Natural Vitality Calm Gummies, Raspberry Lemon

"These gummies taste great and are a perfect pre-bedtime anxiety antidote, which is proven, as some evidence shows that magnesium supplementation may have a beneficial effect on anxiety. "—Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Editor, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

The Mandala Coloring Book

"Coloring has been found to reduce anxiety. Coloring Mandalas, in particular, has been found to decrease stress, reduce symptoms of PTSD, and improve mood. They have a meditative effect that can be really good for your psychological health."—Amy Morin, Editor-in-Chief, Verywell Mind

Papier Constellation Notebook

Papier Constellation Notebook

 Courtesy of Papier

"With my to-do list never-ending these days, I have found that making lists of what needs to get done today, what I would like to get done, and long-term things to do helps calm my mind. I find that physically writing a to-do list and checking off the boxes is much more gratifying than using an app (plus, it allows for less screen time).

I'm loving these personalized books from Papier—you can choose lined, plain, or bulleted paper for whatever list writing needs you have. Plus, they have tons of eye-catching designs that brighten up my desk."—Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director, Commerce

Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike

Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike

 Courtesy of Peloton

"A few months ago, my husband and I invested in a Peloton bike and I can confirm it's worth every penny. The ride is smooth, the instructors are amazing, the classes are challenging, and the community is truly supportive.

During the pandemic, it's been just as beneficial to my mental health as it has been to my physical health. I feel more confident to face life's challenges and less alone thanks to the endless inspiration from instructors and members alike."—Emily Rose, Senior Editorial Director, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket, 12 lbs

Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket

 Courtesy of Walmart

"Using a weighted blanket after a particularly long, stressful day makes me feel secure and cozy and calms me down before bed. Throwing on a weighted blanket while relaxing for an hour to recharge is basically a spa-like treatment. Bonus: my sons love it too, and I frequently find them snuggled up with it on the couch or bed."—Latifah Miles, Parenting Commerce Editor

Galison Jigsaw Puzzles

Galison jigsaw puzzles

 Courtesy of Galison 

"Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved doing puzzles and would beg my older siblings to do them with me. They liked it because it usually kept me quiet and sitting still! With more time at home this year, I've stepped up my puzzle game with some new purchases and some swaps with friends and family.

I have really enjoyed these Galison puzzles especially the colorful rainbow series and the beautiful NYC cityscapes. Puzzles still help me quiet my mind and stay present—even if it's in a challenging moment of finding the perfect piece."—Emily Rose, Senior Editorial Director, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

Bloomscape Indoor Plants

Bloomscape Indoor Plants

 Courtesy of Bloomscape

"Up until last year, I never thought I had a green thumb. I would kill every plant that came under my care. But this year I actually paid attention to what my plants needed (sometimes less love—and water—is a good thing) and now I'm proud to say I have an apartment of plants that are thriving.

It sounds silly, but when the world feels out of control, being able to take care of something, keep it alive, and watch it transform has been a really powerful and stress-relieving activity for me."—Emily Rose, Senior Editorial Director, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

MONQ Essential Oil Pen

MONQ Essential Oil Pen

Courtesy of MONQ 

"When I'm able to carve out some time from my busy schedule to just sit and relax, The MONQ Essential Oil Pen allows me to enjoy the present moment and employ aromatherapy to calm any racing thoughts or worries. It's safe for adults and is a two-second inhale break that I need sometimes.

Plus, I love that you can choose from a variety of essential oil combinations depending on what you want to get out of the experience and what helps you relax the most."—Latifah Miles, Parenting Commerce Editor

Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Fragrance Free

Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution - fragrance free

Courtesy of Walmart

“A favorite way of mine to de-stress at the end of a long, cold day is to take a bath using Epsom salts. The salts are helpful in relieving soreness from a new workout or a long day of walking and flushing out toxins. It's also fun to experiment with adding a few drops of essential oils to the tub.”—Tori Zhou, Commerce Producer

Speks Magnetic Balls

"I'm a fan of Speks Magnetic Balls. It's a desk toy that lets you build and create things. It's fun and it can keep your hands busy when you're on longer Zoom calls! The sets come in various colors, so you can mix and match as you wish."—Amy Morin, Editor-in-Chief, Verywell Mind

Kindle Paperwhite

"I've always been a big reader, but when the pandemic first hit, I simply could not focus on anything I was reading. My mind would race in too many directions and several pages later I'd have no clue what I just 'read.'

I can't recall the exact time this shifted (probably around the time I also started shutting my phone off in the evenings), but now reading before bedtime is a must-do. I've found that my quality of sleep is so much better than when I don't read. And even when my husband passes out within five seconds of laying down, my Kindle keeps me company in the dark before I finally nod off too."—Emily Rose, Senior Editorial Director, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

Aura Cacia Essential Oils Roll On, Chill Pill

Aura Cacia Essential Oils Roll On, Chill Pill

Courtesy of Thrive Market

"Aura Cacia's Chill Pill Essential Oil is my secret weapon for stress relief and relaxation at bedtime. I keep the relaxing herbal blend on my bedside table and use it before unwinding with a book. It's easy to apply and less mess than typical essential oil droppers. I simply roll it onto my wrists, rub my wrists gently together, and take a few deep breaths.

The lavender scent is instantly calming, and I find that I drift off to sleep quickly and stay asleep longer after using it."—Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Editor, Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind

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