10 Ways To Relieve The Aches, Pains, Stress And Strains Of 2020 (Win!)

December 28, 2020

Tense shoulders? Stiff neck? Monkey mind? Could be all that pent-up stress from 2020. Here, tools to help get your body and soul back to feeling good, just in time for the new year. —Vita Daily

conair percussion gun massager. Ease the pain with Conair’s new Percussion Gun Massager ($150). With up to 50 percussions per second, this tool helps to release knots and relieve muscle fatigue, soreness, cramps and stiffness, stat.

magic bag. Either you remember it, or you still call it a staple in your wellness arsenal. Canadian-made, the authentic Magic Bag is a comforting, therapeutic classic that also happened to be one of our top gift-giving picks for the holidays!

peloton yoga and meditation classes. Peloton groupies, rejoice: The company, known for at-home bikes and treadmills that offer access to live-streaming classes, also serves up meditation and yoga classes. Any Peloton Bike and Tread owners, in addition to Peloton Digital subscribers, can stream those classes live or on-demand.

saje peace of mind kit. Find quiet time during the busy season with this kit ($27), designed to help you feel calm and peaceful. Includes Deep Breath Inhaler, Relax-O-Ring, Stress Release remedy and Unwind Mist.

mifa eucalyptus mood mist. “Delivers the energizing effect of a power nap,” according to Elle Canada, this natural essential oil spray ($38) is grounding, uplifting and refreshing. Created to restore, refresh and reset your experience by encouraging daily connection to self, deep breathing and relaxation, it’s a wonderful ritual that will encourage deep breaths and reset your mood.

buddha beads. Each Buddha Beads bracelet, necklace, crystal and cleansing kit, designed and handcrafted in Canada, is designed to promote some aspect of wellness, from calming, to positivity, courage or relaxation. Among the brand’s bestsellers: the Howlite x Silver Buddha bracelet ($30), which is meant to help achieve a state of relaxation. Plus, each natural gemstone used by Buddha Beads is dealt with by a Reiki Grand Master Practitioner, which helps to enhance the vibration in each stone.

endy weighted blanket. Don’t call it a blanket statement: weighted blankets may just be the hottest home item of the year. Endy’s version ($195) is perfectly designed to provide a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Weighing in at 15 pounds, this blanket feels like a warm, soothing hug; it works by distributing deep pressure across the body, resulting in the feeling of being held for deep relaxation.

pukka relax tea. Sip your way to sane. Made with organic chamomile flower and fennel seed and ginger, Pukka’s Relax tea is blended to help you to unwind to ease digestion. Ethically sourced with organically grown ingredients, take a moment and enjoy letting go.

silk road tea bath salts. Bliss bath salts from Silk Road Tea ($19) are as natural as can be; expertly formulated with just a few pure but powerful key ingredients like sea and minerals salts and essential oils, use them in the bath, as a purifying body scrub or for a foot soak.

meditation apps. Let’s be honest—the stress that comes from social distancing and trying to manage daily life during a pandemic is no joke. For many of us, anxiety levels in 2020 were high—so we rounded up the best meditation apps that you can download to your phone to help you find your om.

Win! A $150 Conair Percussion Gun Massager!

Congrats Lisa L. of Vancouver, BC, who will receive our favourite a $150 Conair Percussion Gun Massager!


  1. Lori Cooper

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Take a bath with Epsom salts.

  2. Cheryl Germain

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:14 am

    I like to take a long soak in the tub to relax. @cfgermain

  3. Krista

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Hot bubble bath with candles!

  4. Chelsea V.

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I usually take a warm bath in the Winters to help relax 😌 🛀
    IG Handle: Healthtipsandchill

  5. Christine Topley

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I take a hot shower, sip on a nice hot cup of lemon tea, curl up in my comfy jammies nestled under my blanket and binge Netflix to relax. @christinetopley

  6. Amber olak

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I take a bath to relax


  7. Alaisha R Hussain

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:51 am

    A nice walk or hot bath!

  8. Angel turcotte

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I love to relax with a good book and a cup of tea and hide in the basement where no one else goes 🤣🤣🤣 aka the kids

    Turcotte_girls (IG)

  9. Jennifer Muise

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:53 am

    I like to relax by Some me time away from the kiddos — a few extra mins just standing in a nice hot shower? Yes please! Insta handle @jenniferlmuise

  10. Pnina

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Warm bubble bath and some candles and wine

  11. Clarice

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:11 am

    To relax, I love taking long walks through the local trails in beautiful BC. @makupa

  12. Rosi

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Going for a walk and read

  13. Karen Yumi Maihara

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:13 am

    @yumours – I lay in bed watching Netflix with my dog!

  14. Rebekah Punkkinen

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I try to do yoga @bekahemily87

  15. Becky Best

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:16 am

    To relax, I like to read under a cozy blanket! IG @beckybest3886

  16. Susan

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Heat pad and hot bubble baths 😊

  17. Elisabeth

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:30 am

    read and watch movies!

  18. Elisabeth

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:30 am

    read and watch movies!


  19. Elisabeth

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I like to read and watch movies to relax!


  20. So La

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:43 am

    go for a walk, warm heating pad
    have entered on IG

  21. Grace

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Sleep relaxes me.


  22. Reuben Chin

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:36 am

    I like to play video games to relax.

  23. Deborah C

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I read to relax. @wishbig13

  24. l p

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:52 am

    warm bath. thanks

  25. Helen Cichon

    December 29th, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, this would sooooo replace my heating pad that I use every night after work to soothe my aching back and shoulders from work. Thanks! @lynniebemindful

  26. Trevor Scott

    December 29th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Listen in the dark to soft rain or waves

  27. Michelle L’Ecuyer

    December 29th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Private account

    I love this Conair massager! To relax, I do mindfulness snd meditation and take long nature walks.
    Ottawa ON Canada

  28. Robyn C

    December 29th, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    I relax by sitting outside and listening to the birds and/or reading, or I like to take a nice warm bath. (I live in Ontario, 🇨🇦) (Answered on IG @mom2gmc)

  29. Kath

    December 29th, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    a cup of tea and some lovely music

  30. KaLei P

    December 29th, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    find a quiet spot and read a good book.

  31. Lesley

    December 29th, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Take a bath! @lesleylivinglife

  32. Shirley O

    December 29th, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I like to take a hot bath to relax. @shirleyoflynn

  33. Jan

    December 29th, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    I love using heated bags @jan_leeu

  34. Christina

    December 29th, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Bubble bath!


  35. Elissa

    December 29th, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Elissa – I stretch to relax ☺️ @jadeicon

  36. daniela sborlini

    December 29th, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    nothing beats a glass of wine in a hot bubble bath and a good book to relax and rewind @danielasborlini

  37. Raisa Dookwah

    December 29th, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I take drives to relax!

  38. Tara Fillion

    December 29th, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    To relax, I liked to take a Epson salt bath! If I had a few candles, that helps too! (I left this comment on your Instagram post, my handle is @crazeeTbird) 🙌🏻

  39. Melanie foreman

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Take a bath with Epsom salts

  40. Donna Humber

    December 29th, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    I like to relax with a hot bath and Epson salts. 🛀🧘‍♀️

  41. Vanessa

    December 30th, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for the chance! Entered on Instagram via @stottvanessa

  42. Tabby72

    December 30th, 2020 at 7:28 am

    I love to read a good book to relax!

  43. Pearl Saban

    December 30th, 2020 at 7:30 am

    I like to take a long hot shower, then lie under the covers till I’m warm. @pearliesofwisdom

  44. Melissa Hoffmann

    December 30th, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Meditation, massage and a relaxing Epsom salt bath.

  45. CL Chin

    December 30th, 2020 at 10:10 am

    listen to music, yoga and take a walk

  46. Linda L

    December 30th, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I heat up a bean bag collar for my neck and shoulder to help me relax after a long day..

  47. Linda L

    December 30th, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Linda L is @linlett60 on IG

  48. Theresa A.

    December 30th, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I like to unwind with crossword puzzles and books.


  49. Kiriakitsa

    December 30th, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    A hot bubble bath!

  50. Heather

    December 30th, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Since my mastectomy in August a day doesn’t go by where I don’t have a bath in Epsom Salts.

  51. Lori

    December 30th, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Bubble bath : )

  52. Alison K

    December 30th, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    To relax, I take naps when I can. If not a walk, a cup of tea or deep breathing. @soulseeker00

  53. Paula D

    December 31st, 2020 at 4:12 am

    I like to read and nap to try to relax.

  54. Emily Gibb

    December 31st, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Love soaking in the tub after a long stressful day

  55. Wanda Tracey

    December 31st, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    I like to take a nice hot bath and then lounge in front of the fireplace.

  56. Suzie B

    January 1st, 2021 at 4:04 am

    I like to relax with a hot bath


  57. Kelli Brost

    January 1st, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Nice long bubble bath. This would help my mom that has MS! I may need to look into it more

  58. Angelina Artemenko

    January 2nd, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Warm barn

  59. Lynn Routley

    January 2nd, 2021 at 3:15 am

    I haven’t had much time to relax this year, I work in healthcare and it’s been very busy! I usually just put on cozy pjs and get into bed to watch tv or read. This would be lovely for my sore muscles. I could take it to work for my colleagues to use on their breaks too.

  60. Karen

    January 2nd, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Watching tv
    Thank you!

  61. Yung L

    January 2nd, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I go for long walks to relax

  62. Valerie

    January 3rd, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I workout to ease stress! Instagram handle: @val24t

  63. Kellie Walsh

    January 4th, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I relax by taking a hot bubble bath. Instagram: kelliewalsh9999

  64. Kelsey G

    January 4th, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I watch my favourite TV show or nap to relax. @kelseymg27

  65. Ronald H

    January 4th, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I like to go for a walk outside to “get away”

  66. Sandeep Ratnam

    January 5th, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Meditate 10-15 mins daily. Helps me clear my mind and thoughts. @dipstrr

  67. Alisa Petrisch

    January 5th, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    I drink my warm lemon water first thing in the morning followed by my yoga stretches.

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