The past two years have been tough for many of us. From a pandemic to political turmoil, events both near and far can damage our mental and physical health. But improving them – even with small changes – can have a big impact.
Consumer Reports has some novel gadgets that can shake up your routine and make it healthier and happier in 2022.
Are you feeling worried and nervous? You’re not alone. In a recent Consumer Reports poll, 42 percent of Americans said they are more afraid than they are of the pandemic.
Self-care is important because stress and anxiety can cause sleep disorders, shortness of breath, and even chest pain, among other things.
A stress-free day often starts the night before. If you’ve been feeling a little anxious, especially at night, a weighted blanket filled with tiny glass or plastic beads can help you unwind into a restful sleep.
Several studies suggest that weighted blankets can help relieve anxiety and reduce insomnia and fatigue in some people
“The heavy blanket relaxes the muscles and puts you in this relaxed phase, so to speak,” says Dr. Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, sleep medicine
Interested in trying one out? Not surprisingly, weighted blankets are sold by weight. You should look for a blanket that is around 10 percent of your body weight. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you will need a 15 pound blanket.
CR found the YNM Weighted Blanket to be a good option to try for around $ 60.
Add in a meditation app like Calm, Pzizz, or Headspace and you will possibly get the best sleep you’ve had in years.
Even a good night’s sleep can’t cure stiff and sore muscles, but one of those massage guns advertised on social media might help.
“Some people can use it as a warm-up device before exercise or after exercise to relieve pain. They’re also a way to stimulate muscles that feel stiff after sitting all day, “said Kevin Loria of Consumer Reports.
For $ 100, the Renpho R3 massage gun is a great choice for most people. If you’re not ready to invest in a massage gun, foam rollers are a great, affordable option. Simply lie down on the floor with the roller under you and roll to the point that needs relief.
With some new found peace and relaxation in your life, 2022 could be your healthiest and happiest year yet.
CR said it’s not surprising that indoor plant sales are booming right now. The greenery can keep the air cleaner indoors, and seeing and caring for it can make you feel calmer and more connected to nature.
If you’re looking for the best ways to renew your mind and body, Consumer Reports has more information. HERE.
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