Anxiety relief takes the form of jewelry
Stress is an epidemic among young generations; 86% of Millennials say they’re stressed, with Gen Z following suit. We’ve seen wearables that track emotions like stress, and now such tech is being used to do more than measure it. New offerings are going further by helping to relieve it.
Komuso Design takes its inspiration from the Japanese Komuso monks who practiced blowing through a flute as meditation. Their original necklace design, The Shift, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also functional as a device to slow one’s breathing. This mini flute charm allows the wearer to exhale into it for 10 seconds, which is scientifically proven to trigger the nervous system to calm the mind and body. The Shift necklace is part of the line’s Mindful Collection. The founders recommend repeating the breathing cycle 4-5 times for total relaxation.
British jewelry designer Charlotte Garnett struggled with anxiety during her time at art school, which inspired her highly requested collection, “Cure for the Itch.” The line was designed to aid in calming anxiety-driven actions such as smoking or fiddling. The collection is comprised of three sub-collections, each serving a different purpose in relieving anxiety. Pocket Pebbles aid in subconscious nervous habits with their fidget-friendly shapes; Spinner Rings calm faster fiddling actions and are disguised in the shape of cocktail rings; Fiddle Sticks are for nervous smokers; the design is reminiscent of a cigarette packet with six fiddlesticks to play with instead of resorting to smoking.
According to Body Vibes, self-healing is just a sticker away. This wellness brand claims their body stickers can help with hydration, detoxification, mood, sleep, and self-love by “rebalancing the energy frequency in the body” with programmed sub-harmonic frequencies in each sticker. The technology behind this healing has been highly criticized and questioned by many doctors and reviewers, as they believe it to be more of a placebo effect than real science. The stickers are quite expensive, $60 for a pack of ten and $120 for a pack of 24.