Years ago, I owned a sound machine that played rainforest, ocean, thunderstorm, and other nature sounds. It was wonderful, and then it broke. So sad. It had been rather expensive, so I didn't replace it.
Monday, my children were driving me crazy. The bickering! The whining! It. Would. Not. Stop.
At Target, when the whining and begging reached a fevered pitch, I pushed the cart past the shelves loaded with foot massage and spa machines and saw this little beauty. Prices have plummeted on these since I bought my first one, and I grabbed the box like my life depended on it.
This machine is WAY cheaper than babysitters or therapy or a straight jacket. Just a few minutes listening to it while sitting in a room behind a closed door gave me the strength to face the bickering and deal with it like a grow-up instead of like a snarling rabid dog. Isn't it amazing what pleasant sounds can do to our brains?
What are your favorite, most effective stress relievers?