15 of our favorite at-home wellness products to manage stress and encourage mindfulness
Many golfers use their precious hours on the golf course as solace from stress and an escape from the whirlwind demands of daily life. With many courses around the country closed during the winter, and harsh climate conditions making playing days (and sunlight) scarcer, it's important to find other ways to focus on wellness and develop new healthy habits. Here are a few items to help calm your mind, relax your body, and maybe even help your at-home golf training.
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You might be familiar with the recovery benefits of a percussive massage device like Theragun, but they can also provide great relaxation and sleep benefits. The company recommends massaging the arms, glutes, legs and any other tender muscles for up to two minutes before bed to downregulate (or calm) your nervous system and relax the muscles. This mini, portable option is lighter than most percussive massage devices and Bluetooth-enable to can access the brand’s cultivated series of mindfulness exercises on your phone .
lululemon The Workout Mat 6mm
Yoga is an excellent cross-training activity for golfers. It will keep muscles loose, improve mobility and boost overall strength. Yoga is a natural way for the mind and body to unwind, whether that means an hour-long practice or sneaking in a 10-minute flow on a busy day. This mat is designed for training of various intensities, so it can be used for yoga, weight training or whatever gets you moving in the winter months.
Golf Coloring Book For Adults by Skyler Rankin
Coloring books for adults have been ultra-popular for their therapeutic effects and to bring some nostalgic fun. This golf-themed book has two copies of each image so you can try different designs or share with a friend.
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Muse 2 Brain Sensing Headband
Meditation has been proven to be a worthwhile activity for golfers. It's a great way to relieve any tension and nerves and focus the mind. The activity of sitting in silence can be tricky to get the hang of without any help. Muse is a great tool for mediation novices or experts. The headband-like device gives real-time feedback during meditation. Sensors on the device measure brain activity as well as tracking pulse and heart rate as the accompanying app provides guided meditations to calm you down.
NEX Natural Cotton Weighted Throw Blanket, 15 lbs
If you're unsure if a weighted blanket is right for you, there are more affordable options to try out. This blanket comes in a variety of weights and sizes. It's recommended to choose a weight that is 10 percent of your total body weight for the best results.
Foam rollers are a game-changer when it comes to recovery, but they’ll also help relieve tension and can even help with sleep quality. This tool—technically called a rocker, instead of a roller—has three unique sides, each designed help combat specific trigger points around the body including the neck, lower back, hips and ankles.
Dr Teal's Epsom Salts
Great for post-round relief or an anytime soak to relax, Epsom salts soothe sore muscles and these two scented versions will make it easier to unwind. If baths aren’t your thing, consider a foot soak a few times a week or after a tough walking round—it'll help combat foot soreness and keep you fresh between rounds.
Golf Stress Balls 10-pack
Stress balls are a simple tool for reducing anxiety and relieving stress or tension. This 10-pack is made to look like golf balls and might be your new secret weapon to have in the bag to recover from a tough hole or hone in focus when you need it.
Verlux Happylight Luxe
Light therapy is the process of using artificial light to boost your mood. Many people use it to treat the winter blues, when exposure to direct sunlight is scarce. This sun substitute can regulate sleep cycles, energize you and strengthen the overall feeling of well-being.
Saje Aroma Om Deluxe Diffuser
Aromatherapy is about more than making a room smell better. It's a great way to lift your mood and prepare you for any task at hand. Energizing scents like citrus or cinnamon are said to help boost your mind and get you out of a funk. Oils like eucalyptus or lavender can help relieve stress and get a better night's sleep. Essential oils are also known to help cure ailments like headaches, boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Some can be applied directly to the skin, others require a diffuser like this ceramic Saje device. Be sure to read the labels and directions on any oil before use.
Golf Puzzles by Sports Puzzles
Puzzles are a great way to unwind without a screen. This book of word searches will test your golf knowledge of major-winners, caddies, iconic courses and more fun golf trivia. There are also some simpler word puzzles in the book that require less depth of golf name-recognition, so the whole family can play along.
Hyperice Hypersphere Mini
This TSA-approved miniature therapy device employs vibration to precisely target your tightest areas, improving your recovery time and helping you keep your muscles warm off-course. The easy-to-use shape and portable size means you can take it anywhere you go and easily roll it around your body as needed.
Golf Guru App
This new mindfulness app was created by British golfers who expertise lies not only in living a mindful, happy golfing life, but also in music. The ex-industry pros took everything they know about satisfying—and even healing—sounds to create this visually and aurally stunning app which seeks to help you relax more and play better.
Devereux X Standard Wax Candle
Inspired by the elements of golf, this soy candle smells like humid air and the flowers and grasses of a course that’s just received a light sprinkling of rain. Notes of bergamot, freesia, jasmine, and patchouli add a warmth that will not only help you relax at home but remind you of the nature, and joy, of the course.
Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game Hardcover by Dr. Joseph Parent
Dr. Joseph Parent’s classic book about dimming negative thoughts and channeling “the zone” has been helping golfers lead healthier lives on and off the course for over twenty years now. Loved by amateur and professionals alike (Vijay Singh is just one famous practitioner), this book offers specific techniques that demystify mindfulness and enlighten readers.