It's rough out there. Between work, your social calendar, and fewer hours of precious daylight, you are not alone if you're feeling the end-of-year stress wave that is familiar to so many of us. And now, after this election? Forget it. It's nearly impossible to find
anyone who isn't feeling the extra stress of this news, no matter how they voted. Of course, election aside, we all know how badly we need to take care to manage our stress. But it's not exactly easy to follow through on that. It's hard to turn away from Facebook and Twitter when so much is happening. And it's way too easy for one skipped gym session to turn into weeks of skipped gym sessions. But, although it seems paradoxical, giving ourselves permission to take a night off every once in a while is the key to keeping everything else on track. Otherwise, the pressure to keep up a so-called "perfect" or "clean" lifestyle will send us into a spiral of self-doubt. And that's even more important now that we've entered the most wonderful (read: anxiety-provoking) time of the year. So, click through for a few gift ideas to treat the most stressed-out person in your life — especially if that's you.
Let your stressed-out friend know it's okay to take a night off every once in a while.
Stay Home Pillow,
These leggings are perfect for the ball of stress that likes to work out their nerves at the gym. They're comfy enough for relaxing yoga, but also have reflective elements to keep her safe on an energizing run.
Zander Legging With Reflective Webbing,
Sure, we know meditation isn't for everyone. But if anything can get your ball of stress into it, it's the Headspace app.
3 Months Subscription,
This chamomile balm goes everywhere you need it to. Plus, the tube is compostable.
Earth Tu Face
Cosmos Chamomile Everywhere Salve,
meditation habit has never been easier (or more comfy).
Zafu Meditation Cushion,
This sea-salt-and-sage combo is sure to calm any nerves.
Small Concrete Candle,
This mist will leave you relaxed
Mist Me Gently,
Take your favorite de-stressing scent with you.
The perfect ending to any annoying day.
Put this on for a little extra reassurance.
Okay Lapel Pin,
You laugh, but this block of plastic — this utterly featureless "phone" — is just what your most phone-addicted friend needs in their stocking. Just having it in their hands can help break stress-inducing tech addiction.
A little bit of green will calm any cluttered desk.
Fern Terrarium Kit,
Or, if taking care of actual living things is too challenging, these stickers are an adorable option.
Beetle Ink Co.
House Plant Sticker Set,
Hide from the world with this soft (and versatile!) hoodie.
The perfect blend of anxiety-busting oils in a convenient rollerball.
De-Stress Essential Oil Blend,
This handy foam roller is perfect for releasing neck and shoulder tension.
Trigger Point Performance
Grid STK Foam Roller,
Not only will these eye masks make it easier to get the rest you need, they're great for headaches too.
Gel Bead Sleep Mask,
Time your scents with the flow of your day to get energy — and relaxation — when you need it most.
2 P.M. Accord,
Adult coloring books have taken off thanks to their ability to send us into a meditative state. This one comes with the added benefit of letting you indulge your anger.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Release Your Anger,
The scent of green tea and basil in this lovely hand cream provides a calming effect.
The Soap & Paper Factory
Green Tea Hand Cream,
The ingredients in this chill tea include valerian root to help you fall asleep.
Art Of Tea
Chill Out Tea,
For when "real" pants are just too much.
Sleep is the answer for everything, including stress. Spray this stuff on your pillow before bedtime for an easier doze-off.
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray,
big fans of this cute and functional aromatherapy necklace.
Silver Circle Aromatherapy Pendant,
Set up these little stress-relievers all over your home.
La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio,
Get ready to work out some aggression. This works best with a gift certificate to a boxing class.
Gel Suspense V2T Training Gloves,
Or take this opportunity to find your balance.
Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
Adult Suzani Mint Magic Carpet Yoga Mat,
For when the world is an awful place, but you can't even leave your desk.
Fuck The World Stress Ball,
Spritz this stuff anywhere you need some calm.
Lake & Skye
Jasmine Floral Water,
This bubble bar gets you not just one but
two soothing, fruity-scented baths.
Let others know that your to-do list is already quite full, thank you.
I Am Very Busy Ice Blue Mini Notebook,
Sage every room of your space to cleanse it of
Desert Sage Sacred Smoke,
This lotion's scent was created specifically to bust any stress.
Stress-Fix Body Lotion,