There are so many different ways to de-stress and tools to doing it, here are some items you may have, may have seen, used, but did you know you could make as well? Hopefully, these DIY projects help during this infinite winter!  

Orbeez Stress Ball

We all love a good stress ball, this one will have a significantly different texture than those foam ones but imagine the cool touch of the moisture through the holding sack, it would be so relaxing! Just don't leave this one in your car otherwise you would have a marble stress ball with this weather, and that doesn't sound as good. This tutorial  has a step-by-step how-to and a video as well which makes this the least bit stressful! The most expensive is the 1000 Orbeez balls so go ahead and team up with your roommates, and make tons of these and give them out as gifts! "Once in a while, life can be pretty stressful. We've tried all the classic coping techniques — going for walks, coloring, listening to soothing songs — but sometimes, nothing beats a good old-fashioned stress ball. So when we spotted this colorful DIY version by Karina Garcia, we couldn't wait to try it out."    

Anti-Stress Lavender Putty

On a humpday, you just need something to release the frustration and take into a calming sensation. Squeezing putty is so incredibly relaxing and gets all that anger out, but imagine the sweet scent of lavender... And this DIY post will help you reach that and achieve the ultimate "Anti-Stress Lavender Putty"! "Homemade putty and the sweet, calming scent of lavender! Apparently that’s all you need to take the edge off your day. People are going crazy for this anti-stress lavender putty that includes a hint of sparkle. This DIY project covers three of the senses: sight, smell and touch. It’s a pretty shade of purple and has a lovely glittery sparkle. And the soft dough is downright addicting after a long day at the office. Then there’s the lavender scent. Did you know there’s research proving the scent of lavender can help you relax? It can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, even making you a little drowsy. Perfect for an anti-stress ball! Here’s how to make your own anti-stress lavender putty. Watch the video instructions above for a little help. Even the music in the video will help you feel relaxed!"  

Kinetic Sand

This tutorial shows you exactly how to make kinetic sand using common household ingredients. It ends up with a really cool squishy and moldable texture! We all remember when those kinetic sand stations came out in the Brookstone Stores and then we had the massage chairs, drawing boards, and something to play with our hands! Kind of like the dry snow, but perpetually wet sand that doesn't stick as badly! Well here are three recipes, just give them all a go and pick your favorite! "The recipe in this post ends up having a great texture, and of the three recipes we tried, this one had the closest texture to the kinetic sand you see in stores. The only down side is that it dries out after a day of play and you have to add more water to keep it going. I think what I’ve learned from making all of these different play sands is that you have to tweak the ingredients for the type of sand you have. All play sand is slightly different, so if your sand isn’t behaving how you’d like it to, you’ll need to increase (or decrease) the quantity of liquid to bring it to a texture you like."  

Zen Board

I've seen multiple names for this little beauty, Zen Board is what this article called it and I like it! Basically, you use a certain type of papers and paint and your painting will disappear. It's pretty ingenious if you are practicing your painting skills or you need to watch negative topics disappear visually as a symbol for putting that chapter of your past behind you. Regardless of why you would get a Zen Board, it's a pretty creative tool and fun for any situations, maybe like an artistic whiteboard. "Being present is such an important component of living a happy, peaceful, and fulfilling life. We’re all about living in the now here at Free People, and we’re taking every step we can to enjoy each moment, appreciate the little things, and truly live. Zen boards are a magical tool that can help you practice appreciating each moment as it comes, steering you away from living in the past or focusing on the future.  A zen board is made of a special material that allows you to “paint” on it using water. Moments later, the water evaporates and you’re left with a blank canvas on which you may begin anew! Knowing that the water will soon evaporate makes it quite easy for you to focus your attention on the present moment, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of your temporary creation."  

Essential Oils

DIY Essential Oils There are many different ways to do essential oils now, but this seemed like a good way if you have a crockpot! Lavendar is my go to,  but those common ones like euclyptus and mint are also very enjoyable for myself. I know many people don't enjoy Teatree but dang, do I love a good teatree! What's cool about the oils is that you can use them for all the other DIYs I talked about! "Using this method, you can extract essential oils from plants you might not normally find oils from. I love mint, chocolate mint being my favorite. But finding chocolate mint essential oil usually left me with flavored oils, not the real thing. I was able to make a small amount of chocolate mint essential oil that was amazing, although it took a lot of plant material for a small amount. Grapefruit mint will be my next experiment. You can also make blends that aren’t found in nature. I made an oil from oakmoss, lavender, and patchouli. I was able to get a small patchouli plant from my local hydroponics store. The scent was amazing! But like the chocolate mint, the amount of oil yielded was small."