You burnt the roast. The bathroom is still dirty, and guests are coming over. You forgot a gift for cousin John. Work is piling up before and during your holiday break. Sarah is sick. And your “better” half isn’t helping.

Stressed much? The holidays can do that to you.

Take some time for self-care, and get a little help to soothe your racing mind, tired eyes, tense shoulders, stiff neck, weary feet, and all the rest of tense you. These stress-relief products below are looking mighty good to us too.

1. Holiday Stress Relief Gift Pack | Buy Now

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These holidays can be a headache, especially when there’s family strife and they’re all going to be under one roof. Then there’s this gift to yourself: first, a headache relief blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, balsam fir, sweet birch, tea tree, thyme, clove, and cajeput essential oils. Rub some on your forehead, back of your neck, and shoulders for relief.  Second, the zen sleep stick is a soothing balm to transport you to a calmer, more peaceful place with a deep whiff of this floral citrus dream enhancer. Buy it here.

2. Organic Ashwagandha Root Extract | Buy Now

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Sun Potion Ashwagandha is a powdered organic root extract you add to teas or smoothies as part of your daily routine or when under stress. The Indian winter cherry, ashwagandha, is sometimes referred to as the Indian ginseng and is a cornerstone of the ayurvedic healing tradition. It’s supposed to increase powerful antioxidants in the body that have anti-inflammatory qualities. Buy it here.

3. Stash Tea Mellow Moments Herbal Tea | Buy Now

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Fragrant tulsi leaves, mint, and other herbs create an especially soothing tea that’s a great bedtime drink. It’s kosher certified and caffeine free. The package includes 100 individually foil-wrapped tea bags. Buy it here.

4. Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Kuzu Powder | Buy Now

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In Alabama, they call it kudzu, but in China, it’s kuzu, the root used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. It can treat anything from digestion trouble to anxiety. Think of it as a natural form of Xanax that you can keep in your kitchen. People use it to thicken their gravies, sauces, and pie fillings. It’s clumpy and works like cornstarch or arrowroot. Buy it here.

5. Best Lavender Essential Oil By Sky Organics | Buy Now

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This organic, therapeutic French lavender oil can be put in a diffuser or used in massage or in any manner of aromatherapy. The scent is one of the best for relaxing. It helps relieve headaches and sleeping difficulties. The oil was distilled by artisanal farmers in southern France. Buy it here.

6. Calm: Make Today Your Bitch (Adult Coloring Book) | Buy Now

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Remember all those stressors above? If any of them sound familiar or you have a whole new set of irritants this holiday season, get coloring. It’s meditative. Designed for your swearing relaxation, this coloring book is filled with gross sayings such as “Keep Calm and Fuck You” and “My Middle Finger Salutes You.” These aggressive, offbeat, inspirational quotes are paired with mean animals and relaxing scenes. Now that’s an adult coloring book. Buy it here.

7. Neck Wrap, Eye Pillow Set | Buy Now

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Take a breather. For tight shoulders and a sore neck, heat up and use this neck wrap, which can also ease lower back pain, cramps and upset stomach. The eye pillow can be used as a cold or hot compress and is good for yoga, meditation, relaxation, reducing slight headaches and sinus pressure, blocking out light, and soothing puffy or allergy eyes. Both items are filled with rice and flaxseed, and you can choose unscented or lavender scented. The material is a cotton blend fabric. Buy it here.

8. Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea | Buy Now

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Kava is a root found in the South Pacific islands that promotes relaxed awareness without compromising your mental functions. Its calming effect can ease anxiety, stress, restlessness, and sleeplessness. This tea combines kava with cinnamon and sarsaparilla to add warmth and spice, and carob pod for rich flavor. Buy it here.

9. Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Bath Soak Aromatherapy | Buy Now

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Sometimes you just need a good soak in the bath after a long day. This relaxing aromatherapy bath is formulated with eucalyptus and spearmint to provide comfort when you need it most. Add a few capfuls to warm running water, breathe in the aroma of the essential oils, and feel the day’s stress melt away. Buy it here.

10. Ivation Multifunction Foot Spa | Buy Now

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Place your weary feet in the lap of luxury, without the price of visiting a spa. The invigorating vibration encourages circulation and soothes sore feet. The motorized rollers target tired soles. Water jets create calming bubbles, and you can add a few drops of essential oil to add aromatherapy. The water warms up to 122° F. The LED display system has a timer and other buttons. The spa includes a brush, pumice, and acupressure pedicure attachments. Buy it here.

11. Holiday Stress Relief Bath Gift Set | Buy Now

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Holidays are stressful times, so this Etsy crafter handmade these stress-relieving bath items with high-quality ingredients that smell amazing and leave skin feeling silky fresh. The spa set includes: eucalyptus shea butter lotion, eucalyptus and mint body soak bath gel, and eucalyptus glycerin soap. Buy it here.

12. Women’s Fuzzy Socks | Buy Now

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A soft touch is definitely soothing, so the cozy feel of these cream-colored socks are a must-have. These cotton-crochet, lace-trimmed fuzzy socks are ideal for lounging at home, curled up on the couch by the fire with a good book and a furry friend. They’re cute, comfy, and great to sleep in too. The socks fit shoe sizes 6 to 10. Buy it here.

13. Essential Oil Diffuser River Rock | Buy Now

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Aromatherapy mist spray can help a host of ailments, like reduce anxiety, boost energy, speed up healing, eliminate headaches, encourage sleep, and bolster your immune system — depending on the oil you use. Fill up the rock with water, and add at least five drops of your chosen essential oil. Press down on the back of the rock to cycle through light settings. This river rock has a 100 milliliter reservoir with an auto shut-off function and four to five hours of run-time at full water capacity. The scent can infiltrate about 250 square feet. Buy it here.

 

Amy Sowder is the assistant editor at Chowhound in New York City. She loves cheesy things, especially toasties and puns. She's trying to like mushrooms. Her running habit is the excuse for her gelato passion. Or is it the other way around? Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog, What Do I Eat Now. Learn more at AmySowder.com.
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