February 4, 2022
Are you feeling stressed and burned out? You are certainly not alone – particularly during the pandemic. “Stress in America 2021: Stress and Decision-Making during the Pandemic,” a study conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association, found that one in three Americans said they are sometimes so stressed about the pandemic that they struggle to make even basic decisions.
Rising stress levels have contributed to a vast self-care industry that research provider IRI pegs as a $450 billion market. With self-care and stress relief more crucial than ever, let’s look at a few companies in the business of self-care and bringing out your inner zen.
One tried-and-true stress reliever is physical activity. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise may help bump up the production of a brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. With more than 2,254 fitness centers, Planet Fitness Inc. (Tii:PLNT) is a nationwide franchise that makes burning off excess calories convenient. If you’re more of a homebody, fear not. Men’s Health named the Peloton Smart Spin Bike to its “60 Pieces of Workout Equipment You Need for Your Home Gym in 2022.” Manufactured by Peloton Interactive, Inc. (Tii:PTON), Men’s Health praised the smart bike’s streaming content and on-demand workout classes from master trainers.
Eating healthy goes hand-in-hand with exercise and also ultimately reduces stress levels. According to “Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food,” a report published by Harvard University, there are correlations between what you eat, how you feel, and how you ultimately behave. Companies like WW International, Inc. (Tii:WW) – better known as Weight Watchers – teaches customers how to practice moderation and make healthy choices for the long term. If counting calories is your thing, CNET ranked Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (Tii:APRN) as the best meal kit for calorie counting.
According to Johns Hopkins sleep expert Luis F. Buenaver, Ph.D., stress and sleepless nights are closely linked. A quality mattress can go a long way toward avoiding sleep deprivation, which negatively affects mental abilities and emotional state. According to the Sleep Foundation survey, 93% of people polled said that a comfortable mattress plays an important role in getting quality sleep. For those looking to upgrade their bedding solutions, the Purple Mattress from Purple Innovation Inc. (Tii:PRPL), and the Tempur-Cloud Mattress from Tempur Sealy International Inc. (Tii:TPX) made the U.S. News Best Mattresses of 2022 list.
Physical self-care is essential for your health and well-being, but emotional and psychological self-care is every bit as important. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18.1% of the population every year. The ADAA also found that it’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. As of September 2021, over 2.9 million people have used Talkspace Inc. (Tii:TALK), an online mental health care company that matches therapy seekers with licensed therapists that treat depression, anxiety/stress, trauma/grief, anger, sleep, productivity and more.
Engaging in self-care comes with a host of medically proven benefits. These and other brands can go a long way toward creating a healthier, better you.