Keep calm and chill out — 9 products to help you relax at home

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By Julie Pennell

Life can get messy and stressful, and if you don’t find time to unwind, it not only leaves you with gnawing anxiety, but can seriously affect your health. According to the American Psychological Association, stress can cause everything from stomach pain to long-term heart problems.

That’s why it’s important to take some deep breaths and zen out every once in awhile. In honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15th, we've selected our 9 favorite products that will help you unwind after a long day. Trust us, even a little chillaxing is good for the body and the soul. Try it and see!

1. Himalayan Salt Lamp, Bungalow Rose, $38.99


Creating serene ambiance is important for stress relief. This is the reason you don’t see harsh florescent lights in spas. A soft table lamp like this one can provide just the right amount of soothing light for some great zen in your home. Another bonus for this particular one: it’s been scientifically proven to act like an air purifier.

2. Relaxing Tunes, Amazon Echo, $179.99


Researchers have found that music can help reduce stress, so crank up the tunes when you’re feeling anxious. The Amazon Echo is great because you can control it with your voice — getting up and turning it on manually is one less thing to have to worry about (especially convenient if you’re taking a bubble bath or working on some yoga poses when you remember you want music.)

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3. Floor Pod, Yogibo, $199

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Sometimes you just want to plop down after a long hard day, and this bean bag chair from Yogibo is perfect for that. Use it to read a favorite book, meditate or just daydream.

4. Zen Coloring Book, Color Me Calm, $13.12

Color Me Calm; Author: Lacy Mucklow, Illustrator: Angela Porter; Race Point Publishing; 2014

The adult coloring book trend isn’t going anywhere soon thanks to the books’ calming effects, and this one is made for helping you unwind. Channel your anxiety into creating a beautiful picture (staying in the lines is encouraged but not required).

5. Lavender Spa Neck Roll Pillow, UncommonGoods, $44


Treat your senses to this yummy lavender-infused pillow that will support your head and neck when you’re feeling down. You can also pop it in the microwave or freezer to change it to whatever temperature your muscles are craving.

6. Relaxation Fountain, Wildon Home, $109.99


Being one with nature is a great way to zone out. In fact, peaceful nature sounds like running water have been proven to reduce stress. Unfortunately, we all don't have access to a backyard waterfall. A small fountain like this one is a great alternative for a serene setting — and the best part is that you don’t even have to leave your living room.

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7. Plush Throw, L.L.Bean, $29.95


You know when you’re stressed and just want to hide under a blanket and never come out? This super soft one from L.L.Bean is perfect for those moments. Whether you’re cuddling on the couch or in bed, it’s ready to cozy up to.

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8. Nap Robe, Brookstone, $69.99


It’s hard not to feel comfortable and supported with you’re wrapped up in a cozy robe. This super soft one from Brookstone gives you that luxurious feeling even if you are stress-eating cheese puffs while in your fourth hour of a Netflix binge-fest.

9. Soothing Scent, Bath & Body Works, $22.50

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Lavender has been scientifically proven to produce calming effects when it’s inhaled, so have a candle like this one from Bath & Body Works on hand for those times you need a quick aromatherapy fix.