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Technology can certainly stress you out. The buzzes and beeps from an iPhone can trigger just about anyone. So why not let technology soothe you for once? Anti-stress apps, gadgets and monitoring devices are proliferating in recent years, getting more innovative, more stylish and less intrusive.

Here are a few of the latest:

Meditate in virtual reality

You don’t have to leave your home to put yourself in a peaceful environment. The Meta Quest (formerly Oculus Quest) is a virtual reality headset that lets you do everything from play games to explore new worlds. Its Guided Meditation VR program can immerse you in the sights and sounds of a lush environment, from tropical rainforest to mountaintop vista. The headset is pricey (Meta Quest 2 is $399), but the program itself is only $14.99. store.facebook.com/quest/

A ring to get better sleep

Fitness trackers have been getting smaller and more stylish—including the new Oura ring. Slip it on your finger and forget it, while its sensors track everything from body temperature to heart rate to stress levels and sends info to an app on your phone. It can even predict when you’re catching a cold. But it can help you sleep better, too. It measures sleep quality and makes suggestions about your best times to wind down for bed. The third-generation ring is costly ($299) but may be worth it given the wealth of information it provides. ouraring.com

Relaxation for kids

Reducing your kids’ stress will ultimately reduce your stress. Designed for children ages 3-8, My Little Morpheé is a radio-like device that can help kids relax or even fall asleep. The two knobs allow children to select their own relaxing journey, from narrated stories to soothing music. Unlike many devices, it doesn’t come with an app—and that’s the point. It gets kids off-screen to relax. The cost is $99. morphee.co

Clean and flavor the air

Although research is limited, more study is occurring about how aromatherapy can aid relaxation; the lavender scent in particular has been shown to be effective at reducing stress. The Moodo AIR is for those who want to take their aromatherapy to the next level. The small box serves as a 2-in-1 device: It’s a diffuser for scents as well as an air purifier. Cost for the device is around $159; capsules run around $7.50 each. moodo.co 

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