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National Relaxation Day: Tips on Keeping Mental Health in Check During a Pandemic

National Relaxation Day: Tips on Keeping Mental Health in Check During a Pandemic

The global pandemic caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 has affected most communities all over the world. From the closure of businesses of all sizes to the overwhelmed healthcare system, Covid-19 has forced nations to rethink their strategies when it comes to responding to a pandemic. On a more personal scale, a global pandemic like Covid-19 can incite feelings of fear and worry over one’s own health or the health of their loved ones. It can also place additional stress over a person, especially if he or she is financially impacted by the pandemic. In celebration of National Relaxation Day on August 15, let’s take a closer look at the ways we can deal with the pandemic while keeping mental health in check.

  • Stay informed and know what to do if you find yourself or your loved ones sick. Make sure you know where and how to get treated if you get infected with Covid-19.
  • Don’t expose yourself to too much news. While it might sound contradictory, it’s best to modulate the amount of news you take in, as constant exposure to negative news, especially about the pandemic, can add to one’s stress.
  • Keep physically healthy. Eat healthy food to maintain overall wellness. Consider vitamin and mineral supplements to boost immunity. Regularly get some exercise and try to get enough quality sleep.

National Relaxation Day: Home Essentials for a Relaxing Weekend Indoors

1. A gorgeous recliner that is ultra comfortable and looks good in your home.

The Harrison Leather Pushback Recliner in Chocolate is a best-selling, much-loved recliner that not only looks good, but feels good as well. It features a modern minimalist silhouette that will compliment any home, whether it’s inside your sprawling home, cozy apartment, or even in your study. It features a rich exposed hardwood frame and supple leather upholstery for a contemporary yet classic look. It features a 3-way mechanism to allow a totally comfortable recline, a flipper ottoman that serves as an extended foot rest, and a Dacron polyester blanket that wraps the cushion core for both comfort and durability. It has a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs. The recliner has a 4.9-star rating and 31% off limited time discount at Macy’s.

Promising review: “Extremely comfortable chair that pushes back to second position as a perfect computer, conversation, reading, sewing or watching television setting and then pushes back further into third position fully reclining flat. Extremely durable recliner that is strong, supportive and has beautiful quality supple leather.” Bebe

2. A soothing aroma diffuser for ultimate relaxation.

Equipped with a 120ml water tank, a mood boosting ionizer and a fun color changing light, the Pure Enrichment PureSpa Deluxe Aroma Diffuser is a premium diffuser that converts essential oils into a fragrant cool mist. It’s a safe, all-natural, BPA-free alternative to synthetic air fresheners for your living spaces. Its ionizer also offers “happy feeling” negative ions that help lift your mood, relieve stress, and strengthen the immune system. Get 45% off for a limited time, with an additional 10% off when you use the code HOME at Macy’s.

Promising review: “I love the Purespa diffuser. Perfect size for any room. It’s great that it goes off when the water gets low so that you don’t have to worry about it at night or when you leave. The lights on it are also calming.” Chell1231

3. A brilliant back and neck massager that will melt all your stress away.

Remove the tension from your neck and shoulders this National Relaxation Day with the Naipo Back and Neck Massager. It’s a one-of-a-kind neck massager that features an ergonomic U-shape that wraps around your neck and shoulder area snugly to provide optimum comfort for stress relief. It features two 4-finger shiatsu massage nodes that rotate bi-directionally with three optional speeds that replicate an in-person massage experience. It also features two-level FocalHeat therapy technology to enhance your massage experience. This back and neck massager is made with soft, breathable fabric that reduces friction and is removable for easy wash. Customers love this so much, it has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This massager is very good and it has effectively relieved my shoulder and back muscle soreness. When using it, I can feel the massage knots rolling on my muscle knots, and the heat is also great, which helps to soothe and relax. Completely deep Shiatsu massage! The control panel is very simple and easy to operate. Even during the massage, you can easily adjust the speed, heat and direction of rotation. It is very versatile. The ergonomic U-shaped design is very lightweight and can be used on the shoulders, back, neck, waist and legs. It is a very good product design. I will no doubt recommend it!” Edgardo

4. A deep-kneading Shiatsu foot massager to relieve tired feet.

Most massage parlors may still be closed due to the pandemic. For those who want to experience spa-like relaxation at home, invest in a foot massager that yields results. The Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager provides deep-kneading Shiatsu massage with two 2 independent foot chambers and 5 air pressure settings so you can get a more personalized massage every time. It can help relieve tired feet, improve blood flow, and alleviate discomfort from plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, diabetes, chronic pain, muscle tension, and more. It’s compact and easy to use as you read a book, watch your favorite shows on Netflix, or simply social distance at home. Its targeted heat also penetrates sore muscles to help melt away pain and tightness in the foot muscle. This top rated foot massager has an overall customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Didn’t know what to expect with this thing but it certainly delivers! Various pressure settings, the remote control and now my family fights over who gets to use it. Imagine a foot masseuse that never gets tired and that’s what this thing is. Great product. Great seller!” Amazon Customer


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5. A comforting scented candle for aromatherapy.

Tropical water lily and fresh floral notes combine with pear and peach to provide a balancing scent that’s sure to help you relax. The Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle in Balance + Harmony features top notes of apple, pear, bergamot, orange zest, and tropical fruits that invigorate and re-energize, while middle notes of jasmine, rose, violet, coconut, cyclamen, and waterlily help relax. Finally, base notes of clean must, rosewood, green foliage, sandalwood, and anise help comfort. This product contains essential oil of orange oil. This soy wax blend candle features a lead-free wick and comes with a wooden lid. It has an approximate burn time of up to 50 hours. It has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This candle smells so good, and also burns super slow. I fell asleep with it burning for 8 hours and it barely even went down. It definitely makes you feel relax and well balanced. The smell is so relaxing and you feel the positive vibes in your living area or wherever you place this candle.” DN


Self-pampering Essentials for National Relaxation Day

1. A set of refreshing and relaxing bath bombs made with hemp oil.

Whether for curing aches or simply relaxing as you social distance at home, the Schone Body Hemp Bath Bombs are delightfully smelling additive to your bath routine. It is created with grade A hemp oil that is rich in minerals and helps ease muscle discomfort and aid in circulation. Each easily giftable box comes with 4 lavender bath bombs that’s made with crushed hemp leaves warmed with flowering lavender and smooth clary sage and a mint variant that helps calm the mind, improve your mood, and relax your body. It’s a great gift for both your loved ones or yourself. This product has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Love these bath bombs. They smell so amazing, turn your bath water green or purple depending on which one you chose to use, they’re sooo fizzy. They don’t stop fizzing until the bath bomb is gone! Overall amazing, relaxing and the scent is great.” Sam


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Wellness stars within, so what better way to improve one’s mood than to relieve stress with an ashwagandha supplement? KOS Organic Ashwagandha Powder harnesses the natural powers of organic ashwagandha, a powerful adaptogenic that helps the body reduce cortisol levels, especially when one is stressed. Ashwagandha is a neuro-protective, cognition-promoting, antioxidant-rich, and anti-arthritic root that helps the body deal with physical and mental stress better. This product has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “I tried this because I’m learning more about adaptogens and natural ways to reduce stress. I added this to my daily protein shake/smoothie and it’s been great! You honestly can’t really taste it. It’s just a little scoop added and a great price. I love this company too!” TheAmazonNurse

3. A comforting and transformative face mask for days off indoors.

Indulge in the comforting warm of the “hot stone” spa experience without leaving your home with the Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Massage Mask with Warming Stone massager. It is an ultra-rich creme mask that melts into your skin, leaving it with a silky, oil-infused veil that will make your skin look and feel firmer and more supple. The mask is infused with Black Diamond truffle, a unique ingredient that addresses loss of firmness, radiance, dryness and dehydration, and signs of aging. It comes with a warming stone massager that helps improve blood circulation on the face and neck, thereby improving overall skin condition. Shop at Macy’s.

Promising review: “This Re-Nutriv [is] very effective on the day I use it. Makes my skin smooth, firm, contoured, and looks young. I’m in my 50’s but I look like 30’s…you can see the credibility of the mask.” Josie D.

4. A comforting weighted blanket to help you sleep better at night.

Meet your new favorite blanket: the Gravity Weighted Blanket is a premium-grade, therapeutic weighted blanket engineered to be around 10% of your body weight. It features a unique gridded stitching to ensure that the blanket’s internal microbeads stay in place. It also features an exterior microfiber duvet that is soft and removable for easy machine wash. Weighted blankets have taken the world by storm for its health benefits, specifically the fact that it contributes to better quality sleep, which is important for overall health and better moods. If you haven’t yet, invest in a good weighted blanket just like this one from Gravity. Get 65% off for a limited time at Macy’s.

Promising review: “I am so happy with the purchase of the 15lb gravity blanket. It is well made, soft, luxurious and helps me to fall asleep fast. Best purchase I’ve made for a restful night sleep. I highly recommend the gravity blanket. I share the news with all my friends! Fast shipping too!” Debra

5. A cute little pillow that will remind you to relax, even during the most stressful days.

Sometimes, all we need is a small reminder to practice self care. The Charter Club Damask Designs Word Decorative Pillow in Relax will help you do just that. This decorative pillow is perfect in the living room sofa or in the bedroom, with its fun graphic print. It measures 12 x 18 inches and has a cotton fabric and polyester fill. Get up to 60% off for a limited time at Macy’s.

Promising review: “My husband left me after two months after my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I have been dealing with a lot in my life. This pillow ‘relax’ has been a constant reminder to calm down, relax, and take it one step at a time. I can’t say enough about the reminder. I hold it at night just to give myself time to calm down and ‘relax’.” Lisa

While stress and anxiety is surely heightened during the time of a global pandemic, it’s comforting to know that you can take steps to alleviate your own stress, without having to go outdoors. You can start by making your home a better place to live in and decluttering. Creating a comforting space is key in helping relieve stress at home. Consider investing in some of the items listed above, depending on your lifestyle and living space. For more stories on relaxation, pampering, and self care, check out the links from our archive below.

Covid-19 & Mental Health Awareness Month: How to Stay Calm During the Coronavirus Quarantine

COVID-19 Quarantine: Health Effects of Working From Home

COVID-19: How Coronavirus Affects the Body and How You Can Protect Yourself from the Virus

Weekend Pampering Guide: Self-Care Products You Need for a Spa-Like Experience at Home

Sunday Pampering Essentials: All You Need to Relax and Unwind

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