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10 stress-relieving gadgets everyone needs

We all experience a fair share of stress in our lives, so why not arm yourself with a gadget or 10 to help reduce it when you do have to deal with it? These should help to get you started.

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Topic: Hardware
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The Hypnocube Animated LED Cube is a great gadget to kick off this gallery. It's a fairly sizable cube with LED lights arranged neatly inside that turn on/off in varying patterns and in varying colors. This thing is great for taking a few minutes to zone out and watch! It's a bit steep at $99, but totally worth it once you have one in-hand.

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The giant stress ball is a must-have for all you hands-on stressed-out types. Though it's simply your standard foam stress ball, it has been made in that of giant proportions, which makes it great for squeezing/pounding out that stress!

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Looking for something to drown out the stress-inducing sounds of a noisy office or home? Check out the SOUND+SLEEP system by ASTI! As the name suggests, this device can be used as a sleep aid, but its soundscapes can also be used in a relaxing, stress-relieving context.

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The Aduki ni Light by Mathmos is one of the most relaxing light gadgets I've ever seen. When turned off, it looks like a hand-sized teardrop of mercury or hematite (which is cool enough as-is). When turned on, however, it either shines a color of your choosing or cycles through the entire color spectrum. Definitely recommended if you're seeking visual relaxation methods!

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Bucky Balls and Bucky Cubes are both great standbys to have sitting around your desk within reach. They're tiny magnetic balls/cubes that allow you to form really awesome shapes. Needless to say, they keep you focused on something completely unrelated to stress the whole time you're fidgeting with them. I especially recommend these for those of you who have to be on the phone fairly often at work. If you're like me and you doodle on a notepad or something similar, give one of these a try sometime!

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The desktop punching bag is for you angry types who enjoy a physical altercation of some sort to help you relieve stress. Next time, instead of taking it out on the poor soul who happens to walk by you at the precise moment you're a literal ball of stress, have a go at one of these and see how you feel! It probably won't make you the next Roy Jones Jr., but at least you'll feel a little less stressed.

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Put simply, the emWave 2 is a handy little gadget that monitors your heart rate and lets you know what you need to do to calm yourself in moments of stress. The data it records can be offloaded to your PC so you can track progress and see what it looks like when your heart is stressing out. It's a great solution for those of you who are up for learning how to unwind stress via breathing and mental relaxation techniques.

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If you've never tried a head massager before, make this one your first! It's a vibrating device that stimulates different acupuncture points on your noggin, and the result is a wonderfully-relaxing tingly sensation all over. Great for busting that stress!

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The Body Massage Mat is a great solution for when your stress manifests itself physically. Simply lay it across the floor, bed, couch, or other similar flat/comfy surface, then let the Body Massage Mat do its thing to make your stressful day less, well, stressful, I suppose!

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Despite how ridiculous this chair looks, it's an award-winning masterpiece of stress-relief! The way this chair differs from others is that it doesn't compress discs in the spine. Additionally, it promotes balance and good posture, all while strengthening ab muscles as well -- a win-win in your battle against the stressors!

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As a bonus mention, the iPad 2 is a handheld treasure trove of stress relief, thanks to Apple's robust app store. To see if an iPad holds the key of relief to your lock of stress, go have a relaxing look through our "10 stress-relieving apps for iPad" gallery. Between storm simulators, white noise apps, HD time-lapsed landscapes and more, the iPad is my personal primary means of stress relief!

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