28 Things To Help You Relieve A Little Tension

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A calming and buildable magnetic ball from Speks that you can shape into marvelous mini sculptures to help keep your hands busy during a stressful day.

a hand holding speks shaped into a hexagon


Promising review: “I’m hooked on my Speks! It’s incredibly satisfying; the weight is very grounding, while the sensation and sound remind me of crunching snow. I have an anxiety disorder and fidgeting with them calms me. The building possibilities challenge me and keep me thinking. Perfect de-stressing!” —Lauren C

Get it from Speks for $24.95+ (available in two sizes and in 32 colors and patterns).


A 12-pack of sensory stress balls filled with water beads if doing the same thing everyday has caused any anxiety or tension. Just give these guys a good squeeze, and feel a calm wash over you.

three hands squeezing water bead stress balls


Promising review: “I really like these. I’ve purchased a few different stress balls from different makers, and this is one of the best. These are really soft but still durable. And they’re not sticky like some of the soft ones can be.” —Kimberly

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


A relaxing head massager because you deserve some tinglingly good stress relief during ~these times~.

two usaga head massagers


Promising review: “If heaven were a feeling, this is probably what it would feel like. Seriously, this thing sends me into a deep relaxation. I religiously massage my scalp for about a minute every night before bed. It relaxes me so much that I can fall asleep within minutes. I love this thing. Buy it.” —Sasha

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.


An aromatherapy roll-on migraine stick made with a blend of essential oils to help target those screen-induced headaches and desk-induced neck pains.

reviewer image of the migrastil migraine stick in a customer's hand


Promising review: “After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his Mom and several friends. FANTASTIC.” —SarahElizabeth

Read one BuzzFeeder’s full review here.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


A wearable acupressure clip that’ll squeeze the pressure point between your thumb and index finger until sweet, sweet relief starts to wash over your body. Goodbye headaches, nausea, and back pain!

closeup of the tension relief wearable acupressure clip on a model's hand

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: “Great tool in between acupuncture sessions. It’s easy to use and helps with tension and headaches.” —M

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.


A breathable weighted blanket – it’s perfect if anxiety is keeping you up at night. This relaxing sensory blanket will help you decompress so you can finally have sweet dreams.

a model sleeps under the navy YnM weighted blanket


Promising review: “I never write reviews but thought I should after buying two of these blankets! I haven’t slept through the night for almost six years, thanks to a difficult pregnancy and baby. I tried everything, so I am shocked that a weighted blanket worked so magically! From restless legs, insomnia, anxiety, it is an instant fix! I have it draped over me while I write this, and it feels amazing!” —Jenny

Get it from Amazon for $44.90+ (available in 14 sizes and 29 colors and patterns).


A three-wick aromatherapy candle whose lavender and vanilla scent will have you feeling relaxed in no time. And, if it does take a little more time than that, no worries! This candle has an 80-hour burn time.

the t & h french lavender and vanilla candle


Promising review: “Lavender and Vanilla is a perfect combination for stress, wellness and relaxation. I enjoy lighting this candle at night to wind down and relax. I also light it anytime I am feeling stressed. It has such a warming scent that it is immediately calming. I will definitely be buying more.” —Kim Cadiz

Get it from Amazon for $19.69.


A beginner’s Gaiam yoga kit because getting your body moving might help with that knot the size of a boulder that’s been chillin’ between your shoulder blades.

reviewer image of the gaiam beginner's yoga kit


Promising review: “An awesome starter kit; it’s very informative. I’ve suffered from back pain for years now, and this is better than any medication I’ve been given!! Highly recommend!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in three colors).


A handheld deep tissue massager so you can attack knots with absolute precision! And with six replaceable massage heads that target different muscles, you’ll be able to relax your entire body. Yes, the whole thing.

reviewer image of the massage gun and attachments


Promising review: “I get knots and tension headaches from my tight shoulders very often. Using this massage gun in combination with my physical therapy exercises has made a world of difference in my pain levels. I like the different attachment heads and the instruction manual that explains what muscle groups each attachment will work for best. My husband is a runner and has used the massage gun to help loosen his tight hips. So far, we are loving this massager and will be recommending it to friends.” —Michelle Johnson Kraus

Get it from Amazon for $84.99.


An ice roller so you can help freeze muscle pains right in their tracks! Just pop it in the freezer then roll it over your eyelids, neck, and back for an instant remedy to body aches.


Promising review: “I was in the habit of rolling a cold can of soda on my forehead to help with tension headaches and sinus pain, but that was cumbersome and not always cold enough. This ice roller works so well to ease pain from sinuses and tension. It froze very quickly and I felt instant relief. The rolling motion even cleared my sinuses, and I could breathe better right away. I love this. Would highly recommend.” —DT

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).


A coffee animals coloring book for relaxation that not only has tons of cute creatures to color but also easy coffee recipes, because drinking instant espresso is adding undue stress to your life.

reviewer image of a colored page of the coffee animals adult coloring book


Go ahead an add some coloring pencils to your cart!

Promising review: “This is a great stress-reliever coloring book. Designs are not too intricate, and it has lots of fun coffee recipes!” —Patricia Hussey

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.


A jar of therapy dough infused with essential oils so you get double the stress relief from molding shapes *and* aromatherapy. Who says playing with dough is just for kids?

three therapy doughs

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: “It’s not only a stress relief to be able to physically knead it, but I get the benefits even after I stop using it because the wonderful scent remains on your hands for hours!” —Karma Kim

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15 (available in four scents).


A heated shiatsu pillow massager that you just strap onto a chair or carseat for a deep-kneading pressure massage to your acupressure points. Tension? Never heard of her.

the belmint shiatsu pillow massager


Promising review: “I absolutely love this massager. I haven’t been able to get to my masseuse, but this has done the trick. It rotates in two different directions, and I can use it anywhere on my back comfortably. And the heated feature helps to relax you, too. I definitely recommend this product.” —Jerrilynn

Get it from Walmart for $19.99 (originally $39.99).


A flexible fidget octopus cute enough to serve as desk decor. This durable toy will help eliminate stress and help you focus on the task at hand: whatever Excel sheets do…

three flexible octopus fidget toys on a wooden surface


Promising review: “I enjoy playing with this octopus toy everyday when I get anxious. Plus, it helps keep my attention and is really cute!” —racieray

Get it from Scooty3DPrintsAlot on Etsy for $4.24 (available in 15 colors).


A freestanding punching bag so you can stop taking your stress out on your once-fluffy pillows. Just add sand to the base, and punch away!

reviewer image of the figolo freestanding punching bag in a living room


No space in your home for a punching bag that big? Try this desktop punching bag!

Promising review: “Way better than I thought. I’m a power puncher, and this thing can take a hit. Definitely one of the best things I’ve purchased; I use it very often.” —Mr. L

Get it from Amazon for $156.99+ (available in two weights).


A meditative mandala kit so you can create stunning mandala beach stones that’ll help create inner and outer peace!

the DIY beach stone meditative mandala kit

Maine Salty Girl

This beachy kit comes with: four smooth stones, three mini pots of acrylic paint, a fine detail paint brush, a double end dotting tool stylus, and instructions.

Promising review: “Love it! Helps keep me focused on my conference calls.” —LC Catalano

Get it from Maine Salty Girl on Etsy for $29.


A soft and adjustable heating pad perfect for relieving those neck and back cramps (or menstrual cramps) that seem to creep up from outta nowhere. It heats up in seconds, so you don’t have to wait too long to feel comfort.

a model sits on a couch with the heating pad draped over their shoulders


Promising review: “I’m currently suffering from sacroiliac joint pain, and this has tremendously helped with the pain. It heats up fast with hardly any delay and stays warm, with no cold spots. It has an ‘on and off’ switch, which I know seems standard, but I have gotten several in the past with no ‘off’ option; I had to wait for the timer to run out. This also has multiple heat settings as well as multiple timer options and an auto shutoff after so long. Overall very happy with this!” —Jaime & Brian Klein

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


An aroma diffuser that acts as both a diffuser *and* a humidifier. It’ll create cool, fragrant mists to help turn a tense day into a spa day!

The Hathaspace Marble Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser in a bedroom


All you need now are a few drops of essential oil!

Promising review: “I’ve been looking for a diffuser that actually works and have to say that I couldn’t be happier with this aroma diffuser. With the time settings, I’m never worried about it running too long and the lights are a great bonus! It works like a charm and fills my living room with scents from my therapeutic essential oils. I get compliments every time I have guests.” —Daryl O.

Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in two colors).


A rose quartz face roller and gua sha – not only is it designed to help with any puffiness and blood flow, but it’s also said to help relax your facial muscles. That’ll be especially handy if you’re someone who holds tension in your jaw.

the jade Roller and Gua Sha


Promising review: “I bought this tool to help massage my face when I have sinus pressure. I also suffer from migraines and tension headaches, and I find that using this on different points of my face and neck really helps ease some of the pressure.” —Elizabeth Ortiz

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).


A pair of massage slippers with beads designed to provide the pain-relief you’d usually get from a reflexologist all from the comfort of your couch.

reviewer image of a customer wearing the shanlu foot massaging slippers


Promising review: “These are amazing!! I’ve tried other footwear that claimed to be “reflexology” or “massage,” but I have never had the results that I’ve had with these sandals. The pressure points are spot on! I was having stomach issues, and the massage bead that coordinates with the stomach was very tender on my foot. These are not just rubber spikes; they are actually spring loaded, and very effective. When I walk in these, I can really feel the pressure from each spring. Great purchase!! I highly recommend!” —Mary H

Get it from Amazon for $25.59 (available in sizes 6-12).


An ergonomic bath pillow so you don’t have to strain your neck while trying to have a relaxing soak. This luxurious pillow has six strong suction cups to prevent any slipping and sliding.

a model sits against the bath pillow in a bubble bath,


Promising review: “I absolutely hate how old bathrooms always have bathtubs right up against the walls without much of a ledge, per se. The scrunching of my neck when I’m laying in the bathtub ruins my attempt at relaxation. But, this bath pillow is amazing! My neck and head no longer hurt while I’m soaking, and my mid to upper back has good support, which helps prevent sliding in the tub. This has revolutionized my bath time! Highly recommend.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $34.95.


A cotton compression eye mask that you can heat or freeze to create the soothing sensation you need.

the sivio weighted eye mask


Promising review: “This is the best mask I have ever owned. I have already ordered a second one to travel with. It is weighted just enough to help with headaches.” —Amber H

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


A tin of chamomile tea because its properties are said to help ease tension *and* it’s just a good-tasting, soothing, herbal concoction!

a glass mug of chamomile tea


Promising review: “I have purchased at least six different teas from Harney and Sons, and I love them. I love the sachets, and the tea is beyond fresh and accompanied by lovely scents. The chamomile is delightful and fragrant. I’ve been drinking different brands of chamomile for years, and this is by far my favorite. Delicate and flowery. Very soothing and calming. It’s delicious” —Nancy

Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in eight flavors).


A pair of comfy blue-light-blocking glasses designed to help reduce eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Because, let’s be real: we’re not gonna stop staring at screens, so we might as well try to make the staring hurt less.

a model wearing ANRRI Blue Light Blocking Glasses


Promising review: “If you consider yourself proficient in Excel, then you’ll benefit from these. I was skeptical at first, but 10-12 hours staring at thousands of tiny little cells was leaving me with tired eyes. These glasses take care of that. Now I can work 14 hours a day.” —Ricky Danzanito

Get it from Amazon for $25.95 (available in four colors).


A subscription to the Calm app so you can listen to the silky and soothing sounds of Harry Styles telling you a sleep story. You can also find meditations, music to help you focus, nature scenes, and more.

two phones open to the calm app

Calm app

Get a seven-day trial for free, an annual subscription for $69.99, or lifetime subscription for $399.99 from Calm.


A bag of lavender-scented Epsom salt for a relaxing soak that may also help with aches and pains. Treat yourself to a spa day in your own bathroom!

a bowel of saltworks lavender epsom salts


Promising review: “After battling a busy schedule and allergies all week, it was wonderful to take a relaxing 20-minute soak using these Lavender Epsom Salts by Saltworks. I followed the directions on the bag, and my bath helped me relax and calm my mind. The lavender scent was just what I expected. I can really see the benefit to less stress in my life!” —Debbie T.

Get it from Amazon for $8.02+ (available in two sizes).


An orthopedic memory foam seat cushion to help relieve pressure on your hips, spine, and tailbone if you sit at your desk or behind the wheel for hours on end. You and your butt deserve better. This bamboo charcoal-infused cushion *is* better.

the bamboo charcoal memory foam seat cushion

Coop Home Goods

Promising review: “Now that I am working from home more, I needed a cushion to adapt my chairs at home. The cushion is soft but firm and provides great support for my back. It also helps reduce my hip pain (mild injury that gets aggravated) when I have to sit for long periods of time. I also find that it is easier for me to maintain good posture when using the cushion.” —Elizabeth C

Get it from Coop Home Goods for $29.99.


An innovative Amazon Echo Dot that you can tell to play white noise, ocean sounds, or whatever else might help you calm down during a stressful day.

the sphere-shaped echo dot sitting on a dresser in a bedroom


If you have an Echo or Echo Show in your main room, the Dots are perfect for adding to other rooms of your home!

Promising reviews: “I bought this product because I wanted to upgrade, and the new generation is amazing! I love how that speaker is a sphere, so the audio is better. Overall, I recommend the newer fourth-generation Alexa, she’s super convenient.” —Litzy

“Since connecting my new Echo Dot, I continue to be surprised and pleased. I can tell it to turn on my office lamp before I enter my office. With my phone contacts now synched, I can have it call people and have conversations through the Echo. And now that my printer and Echo are connected, I can even ask my printer to make copies of certain things. I was so pleased with the Echo Dot I just bought four for Christmas gifts. I continue to look for many more ways to make this device useful. You will not be disappointed!!” —PeterCW

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (originally $49.99; available in three colors)


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