The best stress-busting tools and gadgets to help you unwind

We’ve had a look at some of the best tools and gadgets to help you enjoy some stress-free time.

11 Feb 2019


Get the perfect coffee break at home

When you need a few minutes to enjoy a delicious hot drink before a long day of running errands, or after a busy day of meeting after meeting, the Delonghi Prima Donna Bean to Cup coffee machine could be your new favourite kitchen addition.

The integrated silent coffee grinder has 13 settings, so you can grind whole beans to your taste, whether you’re after a double espresso to wake you up, or a mild coffee to accompany an afternoon snack. It’s not just for coffee either. Use the dedicated chocolate jug and create rich, beautifully smooth hot chocolate for those cosy nights in. All you need to remember is to bring the marshmallows.

Delonghi Prima Donna Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Speaking of remembering, you don’t need to program the machine every time you fancy a brew. Just create your favourite blend and you can save the settings, so you get quick, consistent drinks every time.

Add the Delonghi Prima Donna Exclusive ESAM6900.M Bean to Cup Coffee Machine to your kitchen.


Enjoy those hard-earned duvet-days

If binging on box sets is your favourite way to enjoy some much-needed downtime at the end of the week, a Now TV smart box with 4K and voice search will keep you entertained when there’s nothing on the telly.

All you need to do is plug it into your TV, then sign into your Wi-Fi. From there, you can install other apps, like Netflix, and sign-up to other streaming services, including Now TV.

Now TV box

To get things started, you get a month pass for Entertainment, Sky Cinema and Kids TV, and a day of Sky Sports with the box. So, you’ll be able to keep the kids entertained while you catch up on the laundry, then you can all snuggle up for the latest family blockbuster on Sky Cinema.

Remember, Now TV passes renew automatically at the end of each month, so just nip into your account and cancel any that you don’t want any more. You’ll still be able to use the pass for the rest of the month, you just won’t be charged for it again.

Get yourself a NOW TV Smart Box with 4K & Voice Search


Immerse yourself in your favourite tunes

Whether you want to shut the world out and relax on your commute or unwind at home by getting lost in your favourite albums, the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones will help create the perfect atmosphere. Thanks to the new QN1 processor, they’re able to pick up a greater range of frequencies for active-noise-cancelling, so even in the most crowded spaces you can block out the noise and enjoy every element of the music.

Sony WH-100 wireless headphones

The huge battery life gives you up to 30 hours of playback time from a single charge, so you don’t need to worry about charging them after every use. But when you do need a power boost, you can get an extra five hours from just 10 minutes charging. So, if you find at the beginning of the day they’re out of juice, just pop them on charge while you make a brew and they’ll be ready to go.

Grab a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones


Put some excitement back into break time

While we wouldn’t recommend it for real road use, there’s definitely something cathartic about firing a precious blue shell at 1st place and pipping them to the post. We’re talking about Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch, of course.

Nintendo Switch

You get up to six hours battery life for portable use (depending on what you’re playing), so hosting a mini-tournament in the beer garden isn’t out of the question.  This could be just the thing you’re looking for to put some excitement back into your downtime.

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