Feeling anxious? I never did until a few years ago when I was in a bad car accident. Now when I drive, my heart races and I tell you what, it sucks. I’ve resisted going to the doctor and asking for medication because I’m not anxious any other time, just behind the wheel, but I can tell you that I feel for everyone out there that suffers from anxiety. It’s no fun.
My daughter has POTS and can’t regulate her autonomic nervous system so sometimes she appears to be anxious when she’s not. We’ve discovered that a lot of the products out there that calm you when you’re anxious, also work when POTS is flaring. So, I thought I’d share some of the things on our list that we think work.
Calming products every anxious person needs
I don’t know what it is about a fidget cube that’s calming but honestly, it is. It keeps hands busy and the mind off of things. For $9.99, it’s a simple thing to try when you’re feeling anxious.
When the coloring book craze first started, I had my doubts. However, our month- long hospital stay changed my mind. Coloring is not only relaxing, it’s therapeutic. You can even buy a swear world book if you like. Be sure to remember to order colored pencils!
I totally swear by essential oils (a couple of my favorites are Serenity and Balance). I notice an immediate difference once they’re diffused and since we started using them, I haven’t been sick the past two years. We have a couple of these diffusers around our home and we have oils going all the time.
Himalayan salt is supposed to be good for migraines if you ingest it, so when I read that salt lamps may help as well, I ordered two. Does it? I’m not sure but they sure are pretty to look at and I think they’re calming.
Lavender is known for it’s calming properties and I love these pillows. Not only are they scented, you can heat them when you’re tense or put them in the freezer (another perfect migraine use). If they lose their scent, all you have to do it put a couple drops of essential oil on them and you’re back in business.
Our physical therapist suggested a weighted blanket for Rosie’s POTS symptoms. Since our hospital has some donated without the weight, we tried to add it ourselves and unfortunately, it wasn’t a good option. You can find pre-weighted blankets out there in all kinds of patterns and sizes. Perfect for everyone.