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    24 Things To Help You Be More Mindful In 2021

    Tools to help you slow down — and make a habit of it.

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    1. A copy of 10% Happier, a self-help book for self-help skeptics that's part autobiography, part spiritual journey. It approaches mindfulness from a more scientific perspective, so if you're curious about meditation, but the whole scene feels a little too woo-woo for ya, give this a read.

    The cover
    HarperCollins Publishers

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98, Bookshop for $15.63 (to support local bookstores), Target for $12.79, or check your local library.

    2. A ceramic incense stick burner that doubles as a stylish storage solution for all your not-in-use sticks. Think of it as your home's ready-made station for aromatic ~rest and relaxation~.

    The Art Room Ceramics / Etsy

    The Art Room Ceramics is a small Ukraine-based business run by Olga Kruhlyk, who handcrafts modern ceramic home essentials like planters and dishes.

    Promising review: "This is so cute! It came in the sweetest packaging, which was so fun to open, and a very sweet handwritten thank you card. This piece is well made and looks just like the photos. I especially love that this is the only incense holder that can also hold the extra sticks you’re not burning. It is so much more organized than storing the extras somewhere else. Also, the hole is a good size to fit incense, it has just enough room. Thank you, Art Room ❤️🧚🏽‍♀️" —Blair Thompson

    Get it from The Art Room Ceramics on Etsy for $29.75 (free shipping in the US).

    3. And a stick incense variety pack with five different gemstone-themed scents from Shoyeido, one of the oldest traditional Japanese incense companies. So, it's safe to say they know a thing or two about good incense.

    Five different-colored boxes of Shoyeido Natural Incense

    Promising review: "Excellent product! Burns clean and pure with no overwhelming perfume. No patchouli shock. My house smells lovely, not like an unwashed man-bun. The scents signal to guests that I am enlightened and willing to explore, but will not require them to dance nude under a full moon. The best part about these beauties is how they burn so clean and with little residue so I don't have ash like snow floating all over. The packaging is lovely, and the small disk for holding the sticks is super convenient." —K. Christianson

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $25.60.

    4. An infinity cube fidget toy that'll keep your hands busy while your mind is handling more important tasks — like being present.

    I am very fidgety, something my last therapist noticed almost immediately. Halfway through our first session, she asked if I'd like something to fidget with that didn't involve tearing my cuticles to shreds. She whipped out theFube! I was never someone who has ever really utilized fidget toys (even though I am like THE market for them), but this thing was a lifesaver! It's weighty and there's no "reset" needed like there is with a putty that you will eventually need to smoosh back into shapelessness after you've molded it to oblivion. You can just keep rotating and flipping this cube forever. I used it every session, much to the relief of my nails.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    5. A cotton meditation cushion to offer your aching back and knees the support they need to momentarily shut up while you recenter and focus on your breath.


    The inner bag is filled with buckwheat husks, while the cotton outer bag is removable and machine washable.

    Promising review: "Although I am no Zen expert, I do meditate two times a day. Previously I rolled a blanket to sit on, in order to take the pressure off my knees and attempt to keep my back straight. After only one session with the BodyMate cushion, I realized how effective and worthwhile the product is. The cushion provided excellent support while allowing me to focus on my breath and almost immediately correcting my spinal alignment. Five stars across the board; I couldn't be happier." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in six colors).

    6. An acupressure mat and pillow set with thousands of stimulation points so you can regularly enjoy the potential health benefits of acupuncture — pain relief, increased energy, better blood circulation — from the comfort of your own home! No pain, no gain, am I right?


    Promising review: "Two weeks ago I finally took the plunge and purchased an acupressure mat. I've been experiencing pain and tightness in my upper shoulders/neck area and even after getting a massage — it was still killing me. One of my best friends has one of these and has raved about it forever. I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY. I lay on this mat for a minimum of 10 minutes a day, but longer if I'm able. It's taken my upper shoulders and neck pain from a six or seven back down to a two or three on the pain scale. I love that this was a natural option instead of taking medication. It also allows me time to be still and clear my mind during every session (added bonus)!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (also available in black).

    7. A Headspace app subscription that'll give you access to a digital library filled with hours upon hours of guided meditations, animated lessons, and mindfulness tools designed to tackle everything from sleep to stress. You can even pick your meditation teacher for each session (Andy's soothing British accent is my personal fav).

    An illustration of an orange circle with a smiling face
    @headspace / Via

    I am no meditation expert. I'm not even an overly consistent mediator (just trying to be), but the only thing that has ever made the practice even remotely enjoyable (for me) is the Headspace app. As someone who never really understood what I was trying to do when I meditated, their helpful animated lessons offered clarity. I felt like what I could achieve with a meditation practice clicked. Their catalog of guided sessions is diverse, with a mix of linear courses and one-off meditations for high-stress moments and the like. Headspace also has sections for sleep and focus with a myriad of different tools, including a Lo-Fi ambient music playlist that I work to allll the time.

    Get a year subscription on Headspace with a two-week free trial for $69.99.

    They also have separate pricing for students and a family plan!

    8. An Echo Dot you can install with a variety of skills to turn your smart speaker into an all-in-one sound machine, guided meditation teacher, private DJ, daily affirmations coach, and so much more. All you gotta do is give Alexa a shout!


    Use the Echo Dot to play music, ask questions, set alarms, call a friend, order an Uber or Lyft, and so much more. Plus, it's the perfect hub to connect all their other smart devices, so they can use voice command to control their entire home!

    Promising review: "Amazing product. I wish it was easier to set up but super worth the process. So convenient and helpful having it around. Just woke up and asked what the weather was without even picking up my phone. We are in the future." —Lenny

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors).

    9. A cacao turmeric blend to add to milk, coffee, water (you name it!) for a tasty hot cocoa-like experience that's packed with antioxidants and minerals.

    Golde, @golde / Via

    Golde is a woman- and Black-owned business creating vegan wellness and beauty essentials with the goal of making it easy for anyone to enjoy the benefits of these powerful superfoods.

    Promising review: "Love the taste! I mix mine every night with warm oat milk and froth it with my little mixer. It’s my nightly treat and routine. I feel happy and feel like I’m doing good for myself." —Michelle M.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.20 or from Golde for $29.

    10. A timed lockbox you might recognize from Shark Tank that forces positive habit formation by *literally* locking away distractions for a set amount of time. Throw your phone or game controller into temptations jail, set the timer, and let the box compensate for your lack of self-control.

    This box is powered by two AA batteries. The timer can be set for as short as one second and as long as 10 days. It will stay locked even if you take out the batteries. Once you put the batteries back in, the count down will simply resume.

    Promising review: "Like many others, I became severely addicted to using my phone (doomscrolling...). Software solutions didn't work, because I could always find a way to get around them. I discovered this company through a Google search, and was initially deterred by the price. However, I think the price is part of what makes it good, as you don't want to break an $80 item. The locking mechanism is incredibly simple and user-friendly, and effective. I highly recommend this for a lockbox for technology. I put my phone, PS4 controller, Nintendo switch, and TV remote inside it at night in order to allow me to sleep with a tech-free break." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $69.90+ (available in 11 styles).

    11. A guided five-minute journal with easy-to-fill-out daily prompts designed to help anyone develop a journaling habit in just a couple minutes a day. It's a mindful way to start and end the day that might just leave you feeling a little more optimistic than the usual doomscrolling does.

    This lasts for six months of daily journaling. But it's un-dated, so you don't have to waste pages if you skip a day.

    Promising review: "Received this as a gift and have paid it forward a few times! Practice mindfulness with a positive emphasis. I love the idea of journaling, but often I've written pages of complaints. Not anymore. This guides your focus to positive thoughts and memories. Great gift to receive and give. Permanent home on my nightstand." —LivFst

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    12. A Fitbit Sense smartwatch with a variety of built-in health monitors that measure heart rate, skin temperature, and even electrodermal activity, which can help you better understand how your body reacts to stress and strategies to get your mind and body on the same page.,

    The Fitbit Sense does all the step counting you've come to expect from your standard Fitbit, but with a lot more bells and whistles. Assess your heart for rhythm irregularities and easily share results with your doctor, go on bikes or runs with the built-in GPS, take Bluetooth calls hands-free when your phone is nearby using the built-in mic and speaker, and so much more! The battery lasts around six days, and fast charging gives you a full day’s charge in just 12 minutes. It's even got Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can get the news or the weather just by speaking into your watch.

    Promising review: "I love my Fitbit Sense. I’ve had many Fitbits over the years, since 2012, and I love all the features in this one. There are more ways to track many different aspects of your health from sleep to nutrition, your skin temperature, and your SpO2 levels. I love the mindfulness reminders about breathing and meditation to help reduce stress levels. It’s definitely more than just a watch or pedometer!" —Amanda Rettenmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $319.99+ (available in two colors).

    13. A fragrant mala bead mindfulness bracelet that gently vibrates every 60 or 90 minutes (you choose) to prompt a pause from your hectic day to practice mindfulness in whatever way feels right to you — meditate, pray, or simply reflect on how you're feeling!

    Meaning to Pause

    Meaning to Pause is a small business founded by two friends, Krizia Irish and Cindy Graham, who found each other while working in business sales. After rushing through many hectic days together, they found that they could benefit from daily mindfulness prompts to refocus their priorities, and created their patented vibrating bracelets.

    Get it from Meaning to Pause for $36.99 (Paypal and Shop Pay payment available).

    14. A smart water bottle that tracks your water intake via Bluetooth, glowing periodically to remind you to take a beat and take care of yourself via proper hydration. You water your plants, now water yourself.,

    The BPA-free bottle features a smooth silicone sleeve that improves grip and minimizes condensation. You can choose from three exciting light patterns and decide whether you want the bottle to light up at regular intervals, or to just remind you when you're behind on your hydration goals.

    Promising review: "Prior to owning this water bottle I was lucky if I drank two 17-ounce bottles of water a day. I tried conventional water bottles, only to fill them and drink maybe half and basically just forget about them. This thing is a life changer. I've successfully consumed 75 ounces of water every day for two weeks in a row. It lights up, it sends me notifications on my phone, it basically begs me to drink water (you can set it to only send notifications if you are falling behind on your goal, which can be set to whatever amount of water you choose). I highly recommend this for anyone that has issues making sure they drink enough water." —Ariel Dunlap

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in five colors).

    15. A pack of meditation taper candles made from all-natural beeswax that each burn for roughly 20 minutes, during which all you need to do is relax, close your eyes, and breath in that sweet honey scent.

    20 Minute Candles / Etsy

    20 Minute Candles is a Detroit-based small biz run by Joanna, creating handmade beeswax candle sets designed to guide you through mindful moments of relaxing quality time.

    This boxed set includes 20 candles, a stylish candle holder, and a book of matches with the option to add on a candle coaster.

    Promising review: "I'm loving the simplicity of these! It's like giving myself a 20-minute break from life when there is a physical reminder to stay present." —Berlin Emerson

    Get it from 20 Minute Candles on Etsy for $28+ (available with or without a candle coaster).

    16. A Wi-Fi-connected oil diffuser and humidifier to bring your aromatherapy routine into the 21st century. Set schedules, adjust vapor pressure, and change light color — all with your phone or voice!,

    This diffuser is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The large 400-milliliter water tank allows for up to 12 hours of continuous mist

    Promising review: "I bought this for my bedroom. It is very easy to use and set up. All I had to do was download the app, link it to my phone, put water in the reservoir, add my essential oil, put the top on, and turn it on. It has two settings for the flow of the mist: weak and strong. This feature and the light on the unit can be controlled from the app. For the light, you can use the color wheel to pick one color or have it rotate through all the colors. This is probably the best oil diffuser I bought because it works really well and the Wi-Fi feature is a major plus." —andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    17. An enamel pin you can attach to a favorite bag or jacket for a helpful mindfulness reminder wherever you go!

    A round enamel pin with a black background and metallic mountainscape with text that reads "Be Present"
    Mindful Things Co. / Etsy

    Mindful Things Co. is a Detroit-based small biz creating stickers, pins, and patches with inspirational, feel-good messages.

    Promising review: "I love the message and the design of this pin! The quality is top-notch. The presentation is thoughtful and elegant, which is perfect since I am giving them as holiday gifts. Shipment of my order was quick and the packaging was terrific. Thank you very much!" —sweeterAiredales

    Get it from Mindful Things Co. on Etsy for $11.02+ (available in two back styles).

    18. A manual scalp massager so you have the tools you need to give you a head massage when no one is around and you're forced to take your self-care needs into your own hands.


    Promising review: "My two adult sons swear by these to relieve headaches, and it just feels really nice on the scalp. They moved and I heard it got misplaced, so I ordered another one for a little surprise in their mailbox, and my oldest son said it was perfect! Stretches nicely and goes back to original shape." —Renita Deane

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. A hand-thrown stoneware mug with a built-in mindfulness exercise à la the curved labyrinth motif you can trace your finger through as you sip your way to relaxation.

    A model holding the meditation mug and tracing their finger on the grooved design
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought this as a 'thinking of you' gift for a perpetually exhausted toddler mom. This mug has quickly become her favorite go-to due to its humongous size — it can easily fit two of the large brews from a Kuerig machine. Additionally, the mug is thick and hefty, so it feels very durable and likely to last a LONG TIME. Even with near-daily use for the past three weeks, my friend and I often discuss how aesthetically pleasing the design is, and we will find ourselves tracing the design on the front even when the mug is empty. This is probably the best gift I've bought for my friend in a long time and I have no idea how I'll top it!" —Bon-bon

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    20. And artisan candle subscription box that sends a sweet-smelling surprise every month, so you'll always have a high-quality, all-natural candle on-hand when you finally have a moment to yourself and need to create a little *ambience*.

    An open Vellabox filled with two candles labeled "Pumpkin Spice" and "Apple Orchard"
    @vellabox / Via

    What you'll get: Depending on the plan you pick, you'll receive one to two candles every month with a surprise gift! Choose between a 4-oz. candle, an 8-oz. candle, or one of each.

    Get it from Vellabox for $10+/month.

    21. A paint-by-diamonds kit that takes the relaxing adult coloring trend but adds shimmery 3D pieces and ASMR (the sound of the diamonds sticking into place is just...*chefs kiss*). This kit has everything you need to get started and offers hours of soothing entertainment., Amazon

    The kit includes all the colored diamonds and application tools necessary to create this 15.7" x 11.8" image.

    Promising review: "I loved that this diamond art print wasn't like every other diamond art pictures where it's something spacey or a hard-to-see flower. This one I would actually consider hanging in my house if I ever finish it. Approximately three of the drill markers are hard to identify/ tell apart. That could be because they are like dark blue shapes on dark blue backgrounds, or I guess it could be because I am getting old. But you CAN figure it out. The paper is sticky and everything else came as advertised. So far I haven't run out of any colors and the project is going smoothly." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A box of mindfulness cards each featuring a bite-size enlightenment exercise that makes it easy to integrate mindfulness into your everyday routine. Pull an intention for the day, the week, or display these pretty cards around the home as inspiring reminders.


    Promising review: "Received these as a gift and love them! They are simple and easy and have added to my meditation practice wonderfully. My kids even have fun bringing me a card in the mornings for us to all read and practice together." —Josh

    Get it from Amazon for $14.51.

    23. A self-care subscription box that comes filled with therapeutic products and "happiness activities" to encourage you to take a little "me time." Besides, who couldn't use a little extra dose of dopamine nowadays?

    A model holding a book titled "Self care" siting in front of a box filled with various wellness products

    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive one happiness activity and between six and eight self-care and wellness goodies, including face masks, aromatherapy, bath, body, skincare, lifestyle products, and more worth $120+ in value.

    Promising review: "I've been subscribed to this box for almost a year. When it arrives at my doorstep it brings a smile to my face. I love that it is put together by a therapist and what really sets it apart from the rest is there is usually a "therapy" type activity or book inside. Of course, I love the love me gifts too which include everything from candles, to scented lotion, to facemasks and body sprays. My favorite item so far has been the unicorn body butter and the rose spray mist toner. Most recently, my box included a package of cards with a daily fun activity on it, one that makes your soul smile and your feet dance. I highly recommend THERABOX!" —Michele W.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $30.99/month.

    24. The Little Book of Daily Ritual, a self-care how-to book filled with with over 80 guided practices to help you develop self-care rituals for every mood, whether you need to recharge or reflect. Bonus: Reviewers note it looks pretty on a coffee table, too!

    "The Little Book of Daily Rituals" by Viki Vrint book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99, Target for $13.99, or check your local library.

    You at the end of 2021 with all your new-found calm:

    OLM, Inc.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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