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Relax Already: With Heat

Heat gently soothes sore muscles and can alleviate pain and stiffness, but it can also reduce emotional stress and tension. While, I'm a huge fan of taking a hot baths, I live in an area plagued by droughts. To save water, I rely on some other warm options to help me chill out:


  • A vibrating heating pad ($25) combines heat with buzzing vibrations. Some models even have timers so you can use it when taking a little nap or to help you fall asleep, and they will automatically shut off.
  • Another option is heat therapy pillows filled with seeds and herbs. You can pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and they work just as well as heating pads without needing electricity. They come in all shapes and sizes, but my fave wraps easily around my neck and shoulders. When heated, the aroma of the herbs adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
  • Classic and old fashioned, hot water bottles can do the trick too. Fill it with hot water and place it on your forehead, under your neck, or on your belly, wherever the tension is troubling you.

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