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Clothing brand creates hoodie that’s supposed to help relieve anxiety

It includes weighted pockets, which can help wearers nervous system switch from “flight or fight mode” to “rest” mode, thereby reducing anxiety levels.

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A clothing brand has launched the world's first anxiety-relieving hoodie. (Banana Moon via SWNS)

By Douglas Whitbread via SWNS

A clothing brand has launched the world’s first anxiety-relieving HOODIE - with rest mode pockets, a fidget zip and chewable toggles.

The makers of the top say it is not a fake product and can reduce a wearer’s blood pressure and heart rate in just five minutes.

Managing Director of Banana Moon, Alex Grace, said the hoodie had been designed for stressed-out Brits.

It's packed with features that combine occupational therapy teaching with relaxation techniques to help people completely chill out.

These include weighted pockets, which can help wearers nervous system switch from “flight or fight mode” to “rest” mode, thereby reducing anxiety levels.

They also have a loop patch that slows down somone's breathing, which has been proven to help decrease your heart rate and overall blood pressure.

A clothing brand has launched the world's first anxiety-relieving hoodie. (Banana Moon via SWNS)

The hoodie also has chewable toggles that help people relieve their perception of stress, and palm cooling mats to help dry out sweaty hands.

And for those who need visual stimulation, the hoodie comes with “motivational quotes” to help banish anxious thoughts running through a person’s head.

To see whether their anxiety relief hoodie worked, Banana Moon asked 35 people to wear it for five mins whilst using its features.

They found that on average their blood pressure reduced by seven percent and their heart rate came down by 12 percent.

And Alex believes the garment, which starts at £35 ($43), could be a game-changer for millions of stressed-out professionals if worn in the office or at home.

He said: “We know that a hoodie alone is not going to cure or solve the cause of our anxiety problems, but it can help us to become more mindful during periods of anxiety, enabling us to manage or alleviate common anxiety symptoms.”

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