If you struggle with anxiety, you may want to invest in a weighted blanket.

If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone. It is estimated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) that roughly 40 million Americans have anxiety disorders.

While there are various treatments for anxiety, if you’ve tried breathing exercises, physical movement and any of these other 10 techniques for lowering stress and nothing seems to be keeping you calm, try a weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets can be used to reduce anxiety and can even help those struggling with insomnia. The blanket’s pressure provides a grounding effect that is calming. This phenomenon also has been shown to lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone produced during “fight or flight” mode.

By lowering stress (which weakens the immune system), the blanket also can help keep you from getting sick so that you can take advantage of a new year of possibility, not a new year full of anxiety.

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