We all have to find ways to deal with daily stress, because if we don’t, it will suck the life right out of us. Fortunately, there are several affordable items available that can help take the edge off a long day. These items can help you find calm during a stressful day and help you enjoy a more restful night, all without costing you more than $20!
1. Lavender everything
The scent of lavender takes us to a calm place in an instant. And luckily, you can find just about anything scented in lavender — from candles and skin care items to hot teas to air fresheners. You can also place a couple drops of lavender oil on your pillow case (from a bottle that’ll cost you no more than $15), in your DIY home spray, or in an aromatherapy oil diffuser and enjoy the benefits of this calming scent.
2. Himalayan salt lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are said to emit negative ions that can fight anxiety-inducing positive ions, and only cost $15–$20, depending on the size you get. They are also very calming to look at and can help you reach a calmer mindset just by having them in the room.
3. Skin care items
Skin care items can help you enjoy a spalike experience from home, so you can still enjoy the relaxing benefits without having to break your budget at the spa. You can find anything in stress relieving varieties, including body wash, body lotion, exfoliator, and bubble bath. Look for lavender or eucalyptus scents, and you won’t even spend more than $10-$15!
4. Stress balls
Squishy stress balls or Chinese stress balls can give you something calming to squeeze to help relieve stress and lower your blood pressure. Plus, they are a great, cheap find at about $10. You can even make your own DIY stress ball.
Foam rollers, acupressure mats, head massagers, and back massagerscan help you relieve tension on specific body parts without you having to spend the money on regular appointment with a professional masseuse. They can stimulate pressure points to relieve pain and release endorphins — all while keeping your budget intact at $10–$20 per item.
6. Adult coloring books
Adult coloring books can relieve stress by helping you focus on a monotonous, rewarding task. You put your energy into adding color to the beautiful drawing in front of you, and this allows you to shut out the negative thoughts and to-dos rattling around in your brain. Most coloring books will run you about $5–$10.
Keep a journal with you at all times for a relaxing, rewarding experience — for only $10-$15. Jot down your thoughts to get a deeper understanding of your emotions. Journaling can also help you simplify your to-do list and organize your calendar to keep stress at bay. (See also: 7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life)
8. Sleep mask
When you’re overtired, you are more susceptible to stress. But sleep masks can help you enjoy a more restful night so you can wake up feeling more relaxed and ready to face the day ahead. They block all sources of light from interrupting your sleep cycle so you can get as much quality shut-eye as possible. Also, a quality sleep mask shouldn’t cost you more than $15.