If you suffer from anxiety, whether you have generalized anxiety, or it only comes on from specific situations, you understand how overwhelming and frustrating it can be. While there are many natural remedies and medications available, one to consider that is quickly picking up in popularity is using a weighted blanket.
How Does the Weighted Blanket Work?
First of all, a weighted blanket is exactly what is sounds like; a blanket that is filled with material to make it weigh a little more than traditional blankets. There are different fillings in weighted blankets, depending on the type of blanket you get. Some use little poly pellets made of plastic or beads, while others use tiny glass pellets. This can determine the overall weight and quality of your blanket, though many people report that the type of filling doesn’t matter as much as getting the right weight of blanket.
Most weighted blankets are smaller in size, typically the size of a throw blanket. It doesn’t usually replace your standard duvet or comforter on your bed, but instead goes on top when you feel like you need more support, are using it for stress or anxiety, or want help with sensory processing disorder.
It helps to provide a little more support, helping you feel comforted and relaxed.
Weighted Blankets for Anxiety
There are many purposes and benefits behind using a weighted blanket, but one of the most common is to help relieve your anxiety. With approximately 40 million people in U.S. alone with anxiety, you can bet a lot of people will benefit from this type of blanket.
When you use a weighted blanket, it feels like you are getting comfort and security. People have compared it to getting a big hug, where you just get the sense of protection. The great thing about the smaller size of the blanket is that you can easily carry it to different rooms of your home. If you are having a bad panic attack and you want to lay on the couch, bring it to your living room and sit for a few minutes with the blanket over your body or around your shoulders – you will be amazed at how much relief you experience.
Tips for Shopping for the Right One
Before you run out and buy the first weighted blanket you see, here are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you buy it from a reputable seller. Many new companies are coming up with weighted blankets, but since these cost upwards of $100 or more, you want to be sure you are getting the real thing.
Next, consider the amount of weight you want in your weighted blanket. Typically, you should consider your own size and body weight when determining the right weight. For someone who is 150 pounds or less, don’t get a blanket that weighs more than 10-15 pounds. Heavier blankets are good for when you either want more weight, or you weigh more.
It is also a good idea to look for a blanket with a removable cover. This will make it much easier to wash.