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There’s a growing category of stress-reducing, mind-focusing products designed to help reach a new state of nirvana—and thank goodness for that. “Every day, we are constantly bombarded with an avalanche of information. This has neurologically wired many to be ‘always on’ or in survival mode,” says clinical sports psychologist Dr. John Sullivan, who helped develop the new Smith Optics Lowdown Focus sunglasses featuring brainwaving-sensing Muse technology. No wonder the world is full of stressballs. Your best defense? Training yourself to be more mindful and relaxed. Here are seven magical helpers for collecting more moments of zen.
Sunglasses that boost your concentration? Yup, they exist. These tricked-out shades feature brainwave-sensing technology that sends info to a corresponding app to provide real-time feedback during guided mental focus training exercises. The result over time: lower stress and anxiety levels.
Lowdown Focus Sunglasses mPowered by Muse, SMITH OPTICS, $349
Get in touch with your inner child with this adult coloring book filled with intricate patterns that are so soothing to fill in. We promise no one will fuss if you want to go outside the lines.
The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People, EMMA FARRARONS (Available at Target), $10
The idea behind this mood-recording app created by psychologists is to help you take stock of your feelings to zero in on the keys to upping your well-being. It’s kind of like a therapist is living in your phone but without the co-pay.
Moodnotes, THRIVEPORT (Available on iTunes), $3.99
This aromatherapeutic essential oil spray comes in seven scents that correspond to each of the body’s Aryuvedic energy centers. The one shown here, Harmony, awakens the heart chakra, which ups sympathy, empathy, and love.
Chakra Balancing Body Mist, AVEDA, $30
When clipped onto your bra or clothes, this tracker measures your inhale/exhale pattern while also counting your steps to raise awareness of your movement and tension levels throughout the day.
Mindfulness and Activity Tracker, SPIRE (Available on Amazon), $130
This cult-favorite cream has a tingling sensation that feels like a million microscopic fairies massaging your skin. Rub it on your temples, back of your neck, and earlobes whenever tension strikes (you know, like every other second).
Sensory Therapy Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief, ORIGINS, $14
The rich sounds of this traditional singing bowl—used in everything from yoga to reiki to music therapy—will soothe you faster than angels singing you a lullaby. This one comes with an e-book and meditation music because everyone loves accessories.
Resonance Imports Tibetan Singing Bowl, RENOSANCE IMPORTS (Available on Amazon) $25
From: Cosmopolitan US