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Try these at-home wellness products to help calm your nerves and manage stress

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December 15, 2021

Managing stress and anxiety levels is as important now as ever. Many golfers use their precious hours on the golf course as solace from stress, and with many courses around the country closed for the winter, 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, 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 version has a charitable aspect, too. For every purchase, Therabody will donate two percent of the purchase to the Global Fund to support the COVID-19 response and HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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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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 you practice for an hour or sneak in a 10-minute flow on a busy day.

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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.

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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.

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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, avoiding foot soreness will help keep you fresh between rounds.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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