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Top 10 Gifts To Relieve Stress

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Updated November 27, 2013

We all know that stress can take a toll on your health. If you already have a chronic condition like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the stress could worsen your condition or bring on new complications. Use the ideas below for some products that can help give you some well-deserved relief from the many stresses of the day.

1. Motor Back Massager with Heat

Back Massager
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Most of us sit for much of the day -- too much of the day, usually. You can put a back massager in your car, your office, or even in your lounge chair at home. Look for one with both heat and massage to help you relax your upper and your lower back muscles.
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2. Tai Chi: Beginner's Level

Tai Chi Video
Is your doctor always after you to find a form of healthy exercise to reduce stress and improve your overall health? Easier said than done because often, the biggest problem with establishing an exercise routine is getting started. Start slowly with Tai Chi, a form of exercise that focuses on low-impact, slow movements. Start with a beginner program, and work your way up from there.
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3. Foot Spa

Foot Spa
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If you've spent a long day wandering from store to store looking for the latest toy or just the right gift, your feet probably hurt! A great way to relax and take care of those tired dogs is to soak them in some hot water and get a massage. Add some aromatherapy oil to the water to really get relaxed!
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4. Aromatherapy Diffuser

Aromatherapy Diffuser
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It's surprising how much scents can affect our moods. An aromatherapy diffuser perfumes the air with a fine mist of essential oils. Different oils will have different purposes, so you can use aromatherapy to relax and calm, but also to engergize your body and your mind.
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5. Musical Stress Relief

Stress Relief CD
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Music is an excellent stress reliever and can affect us profoundly. Calming music is an excellent way to relax and soothe the mind so you can come back to your holiday tasks with more focus. Keep a CD in your car, too, to avoid getting upset over the crush of holiday traffic.
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6. Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
I think the great thing about this book is that it helps you work through your stress and gives you the tools to deal with everyday life. Instead of just telling you to reduce your stress, this workbook will give you the tools and techniques you need to achieve your goals.
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7. Sound Machine

Sound Machine
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When you lay down to sleep at night, sometimes your brain just won't turn off. It keeps going, worrying you about all the things you have to do the next day. One of the things that will help is a sound machine. Some background noise such as rain or "white noise" can help you focus on becoming relaxed. Also, it will drown out other noises that may keep you awake such as traffic or neighbors.
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8. Peppermint Foot Lotion

Foot Cream
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Peppermint is not only great in a tea, it is also excellent in a lotion for your feet. There's nothing more relaxing than a foot rub, and the peppermint scent leaves you with a rejuvenated feeling.
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9. Hand-Held Massager

Hand Held Massager
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These hand-held massagers can help you reach those spots on your back that need some special attention. These types of massagers are a great, inexpensive way to work out tense muscles.
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10. Eye Gel Masks

Gel Eye Mask
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Our eyes are easily strained by looking at computer screens, reading, and doing other close work. These masks are excellent for soothing the area around the eyes, including the sinuses, when it is painful due to eye strain or a headache.

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