Interestingly, although a weighted or sensory blanket is beneficial for a lot of different things, we find that the majority of our clients are looking for a way to reduce stress. The ability to relax and enjoy a beneficial night’s rest is essential to well-being, and a sensory blanket is designed to assist with exactly that.
A sensory blanket works by providing a constant, even pressure that helps the body feel comfortable and secure, quite a lot like receiving a warm embrace. The feeling can ease anxiety by enabling relaxation and helping to deter unwelcome, stress-inducing thoughts.
WebMD reports that stress can have an extremely adverse effect on the body. A physical reaction, the stress response is also known as “fight-or-flight.” Your body is anticipating some sort of injury – whether it be physical or emotional, and is preparing itself to act. Stress can be a good thing, in that it acts to help protect you. But long-term stress can be very detrimental.
We created this explainer video to provide information on how Hippo Hug weighted blankets assist with reducing stress and getting the best night’s sleep possible so you can face the day at the top of your game.
How Stress Works Against You
Effects of prolonged stress can include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and an inability to deal with regular, day-to-day life
- Being easily agitated and overly reactive
- A feeling of loss of control
- Difficulties relaxing
- Problems sleeping
- Low self-esteem
- Isolation and avoidance
The National Sleep Foundation reports a correlation between stress and insomnia, and that a lack of proper rest can exacerbate the symptoms. If you are feeling stress, make sleep a priority. This testimonial from BJ in Red Deer describes how a weighted sensory blanket helped her settle in to a new routine in an unfamiliar setting.
I LOVE IT!
BJ Red Deer, Alberta
The colours are perfect. I am going through a very stressful time right now and often have meltdowns and I haven’t had a meltdown since I got it Sunday evening. I wish I had known about this sooner! Thank you so much for the lovely job. I had moved 2 days before I got it, from BC to Alberta so am trying to navigate an entirely different system, trying to figure out how to get things switched over, the stress of leaving my routine and familiarity and friends and an amazing team to a different province (that feels like a different planet)… It couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you again.
Sensory Blankets in a Professional Setting
Weighted or sensory blankets can be used as an effective tool in addition to meditation, helping you to focus your thoughts and get the most out of the process. Many psychologists and professionals are adding the use of sensory blankets to their practice to make the experience as a whole more beneficial and less stressful.
A Sensory Blanket Works For Students, Too
Being away from home – especially for the first time – is very demanding. Add that to the demands of a post-secondary education, and combine it with the often-inevitable loneliness, students are at high risk for mental and physical exhaustion.
According to the 2016 National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, which was implemented as part of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Healthy Campus initiative, about 40% of the 1,004 University of Calgary students surveyed reported stress as being a major negative factor in their academic performance. Sleep difficulties were also reported by 27% of the respondents.
Fortunately, post-secondary institutions in Alberta offer a number of mental health awareness programs, and students are being taught early to recognize the signs that they may need help. The stigma surrounding mental health issues has been increasingly eradicated, however there is still work to be done.
Students may benefit from a sensory blanket to help alleviate stress, but it may also just bring a comfort to their unfamiliar dorm room. You could customize your weighted blanket by using a favourite, familiar fabric from home to make it even more like a hug from your loved ones. We also have lots of cuddly fabric choices in stock to choose from.
To increase concentration when studying, a Hippo Sit Weighted Lap Pads keeps you still and relaxed so that you can focus on what you need to. And the Hippo Stress Toy is specially designed to relieve stress by allowing you to release pent-up negative energy each time you clench our durable and friendly little hippo.
We’re Here to Help
Choosing the right sensory blanket for you is a personal decision, and we’re here to help with the process. We’ll make sure to recommend the right weight and size for you so that you get the most value possible out of your blanket. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our products, or just come on by our storefront. We look forward to discussing how our quality sensory blankets can help alleviate stress and improve your life.