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    29 WFH Essentials That’ll Help Your Brain Differentiate Between Work And Life

    Little additions to make your house feel like home — and work feel like it's not at home.

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    1. An Alexa compatible smart wake-up alarm clock that simulates the sunrise, so waking up (at any time) feels totally natural — because let's be real, these days, time is just a concept.

    The HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock

    Promising review: "I have to stay in a time zone three hours ahead of my own for school due to COVID displacing us. I have to get up very early in the morning to start my studies and with it being so dark where I live it was getting harder and harder to get out of bed. I looked into getting a clock that mimics the sunrise to trick my brain into thinking it was morning. I set the light to come on an hour before I get up — to give my brain time to adjust and stop producing melatonin. I now get up without feeling groggy and more refreshed. I also made it so I hear nature when my alarm goes off. So not only does my brain think it's daytime with the light but as well as with the nature sounds I have set. I would recommend this to anyone struggling in the mornings to get out of bed. Take some time to find your correct brightness and timing with the light. There is definitely room to personalize it to your needs just have patience." —Rachelle Chaston

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    2. A task planning, to-do list, daily calendar, productivity organizer, and meal planner notepad that'll keep you on top of your life.

    The notepad placed on a desk
    Bliss Collection on Amazon Handmade

    Bliss Collection is a family-owned and -operated business available on Amazon Handmade.

    Promising review: "Love everything about this pad!!! Good, thick paper. Easy to grab and take to meetings. Leave on my desk and jot down things as I go, etc. Great quality notepad and it’s a great size!" —Everest

    Get a pad of 50 sheets from Bliss Collection on Amazon Handmade for $10.99.

    3. A pair of wireless-charging, noise-canceling Bluetooth earbuds that also happen to be waterproof and have a five to six-hour playing time per charge. Plop these in when you're ready to get to work and block all the distractions away.

    The earbuds in their charging case

    Promising review: "Thought for the price that I would give these headphones a try. Surprisingly the sound quality is great and they block a fair amount of noise from the outside world. You can answer calls, pause music, skip songs, or adjust the volume using either headphone. Audio comes through both ears for music and phone calls. Not all wireless earphones do that. The headphones do drain quicker than I would like but it only takes 1.5 hours to charge which isn't too bad. They are pretty comfortable and not bad-looking. Overall, I am happy with the purchase." —David E. Klinger Jr.

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99 (available in two colors)

    4. An impactful Two-Minute Mornings journal with gratitude focusing prompts to help you start your mornings on a positive note.


    Promising review: "I am a grad student in a very strenuous program and I like staying busy that way. But on breaks, when I have too much time, I sink into nothingness. I didn't expect this book to do much, especially since I thought 'mindfulness' was some BS. Even if it's the same prompts every day, it's what you make out of the book. I like mentally checking off the three small accomplishments I held myself accountable for in ink, somehow the book is better than my Post-it note to-do lists. And the main reason for the five stars, it helps with my depression." —KellBell

    Get it from Amazon for $11.21.

    5. An incredible little Whiskware Egg Mixer designed with a BlenderBall wire whisk perfect for making a "real" breakfast every morning. It also has a built-in egg cracker and enough space to scramble up to eight eggs at once — it even has a built-in egg separator if you like your eggs sans yolk!


    Promising review: "A genuinely helpful cooking gizmo. As easy to use as could possibly be, instant clean-up simply by shaking with hot water plus a squirt of liquid soap, and inexpensive to boot! For omelets, scrambled eggs, and any other dishes requiring blended eggs, this altogether beats other devices — whether it's a hand egg beater, electric blender, or even a whisk or a fork." —synapsys

    Get it from Amazon for $11.86. There's also a great one for pancakes!

    6. A super soft and lightweight bamboo pajama set designed using a very comfy viscose material (made from bamboo) — they're loose, breathable, and feel cool against the skin. I'm not saying you can't be in your PJs all day, but I am saying maybe you should have a daytime and nighttime pair of them.


    Promising review: "I do not ever write product reviews, but I just feel the need to share with other women that sleep hot, how great these pajamas are! They are so soft and comfy! I've been sleeping great since I've been wearing these PJs. I sleep hot and usually will wake up every night with the night sweats or the overheated feeling, but I've yet to have this issue with these bamboo PJs. I seem to keep an even body temperature all night long. After sleeping in them for two nights I was convinced these are the answer to a cooler and better sleep, so I ordered more. I normally wear a size small, so I ordered a small and they fit perfectly!! I think that I'll also order these PJs with the pants, for lounging around the house. If you suffer from night sweats or overheat while you sleep, THESE BAMBOO PJs ARE THE ANSWER!!!" —Laurie

    Get the set from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in S–4X and in 13 colors).

    7. And speaking of daytime and nighttime wear, how about an easy-to-throw-on tie-dye jersey loungewear set to keep you looking cute as can be while you stay home all day.


    FYI, this set is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Super soft, good material. If you want a looser fit then go a size up. Shorts have a tie waist to make them tighter! Love these!" —Rodney L.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    8. A bundle of fresh eucalyptus to place in your shower and help make your everyday ritual even more relaxing — the steam from your shower or bath helps the soothing fragrance release and fill the air.

    A bundle of the fresh eucalyptus hanging in a shower
    Botanica Fleur on Etsy

    Botanica Fleur is a Nashville, Tennessee-based botanical boutique specializing in eucalyptus.

    Get it from Botanica Fleur on Etsy for $8+ (available in four sizes).

    9. A guided Self-Care Check-In book filled with research-based techniques and prompts to help you manage stress, nurture your values and goals, and take steps toward concrete change.

    Self-Care Check-In: A Guided Journal

    Promising review: "I LOVE journaling. Sometimes I write in an unprompted journal and often don't need my own prompts but this journal is something that attracted my attention due to COVID quarantine fatigue. Every day I randomly choose a page and write in it. What thought-provoking questions! I highly recommend." —Carol Sente

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    10. A pack of light dimming stickers designed specifically to cover those constant blinking LED lights on all your electronics that brighten your room — when you're trying to sleep.

    A customer review photo of the lights on their device before and after placing the stickers

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim, I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape, regular tape covered in sharpie, etc, but true to the name of these products if you're looking for something to DIM, then this is for you. Also, the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $7.89.

    11. A Migrastil Migraine Stick that uses aromatherapy and essential oils to help you deal with any overwhelming headaches.


    Check out our full review of the Migrasil Migraine Stick.

    Promising review: "I have noticed throughout my workday I will begin to get the dreaded afternoon headache. One where Advil can help, but isn’t a guarantee, and I normally hate waiting for it to kick in. This migraine stick is my new go-to. The second I feel a headache coming on I just roll this on and within seconds I feel it working. Within a minute or so I feel fine again. I have also noticed it gives me a little boost of energy as well. I have also used it when I feel a full-blown migraine coming on. All I can say is it really works. There is still some lingering pain, but this has worked better than anything else I have used. In addition to taking the pain away, it also provides a tingly sensation. Wherever you roll it on tingles after application. This also helps distract from the pain. I am now a customer for life and love love love this product. I have also noticed that even if I use it often it keeps working. You don’t grow a tolerance to it. If you are a headache sufferer this is a must. Between how reliable it works and how quickly it works I would recommend this product to anyone." —Corinne Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A charming and splurge-worthy Schwinn Hybrid Bike that'll be a reminder to take some time and leave the house. It'll have you riding in style anywhere you go.

    The bike in cream with a tan seat and a rack in the back

    Promising review: "So far I’m loving this bike! It came fully assembled and everything was in working order. I love the color combination and have received many compliments. I had to get a cute Nantucket basket to tote around my belongings! It’s a very comfortable ride and seat. The height of the bike works great for me. The seat adjusts easily with no tools required. I’ve had no issues with the seat slipping or turning on me. It remains locked in place. So far, I’ve not had any issues with the brakes or gears. I adjust the gears for small hills and it’s helped me along. I hope my bike continues to be a great bike for years to come!" —Ella

    Get it from Target for $279.99.

    13. A dishwasher-safe airtight cold-brew maker that'll help you get your morning pick-me-up right out of your fridge.

    The cold-brew maker filled with coffee

    Includes a detachable infuser, lid, and pitcher. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "With the pandemic, this was the perfect device to make my own cold brew coffee on a warm day!" —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors). And don't forget the coffee!

    14. A complete three-piece yoga starter kit with the tools you need to learn and master the practice of yoga — right from home.

    A customer review photo of the yoga kit

    Kit includes a yoga block, a stretching strap, and a yoga mat. Plus they include a DVD with two full-length yoga workouts.

    Promising review: "I've been wanting to try yoga for a long time, but I was intimidated by the fact that most classes are for advanced students, even when they claim they're for beginners. I have yet to really use the block yet, but the CD that comes with this kit is awesome. I use it about twice a week. Every time I use it I FEEL AMAZING. Within the first five minutes, my back pops and feels so much better. I am becoming more flexible and don't feel intimidated at all by the workout. I recommend to anyone starting out that doesn't feel confident in trying yoga." —Kortney Voss

    Get the three-piece kit from Amazon for $20.80+ (available in three colors).

    15. An adjustable back stretcher and lumbar support device capable of providing you with some serious relief from your back pain — it works by helping you get a safe and gentle back stretch through one of its four settings. With so many of us hunched over at our laptops for longer than normal, this might really help to get the kinks out.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first, but if you have lower back problems this thing really does help. I started at level two but I'm flexible naturally. If you aren't, I'd recommend working your way from one to two. Just use it for five to 15 minutes a day. You'll feel most results the next day or you won't even realize as some pain has resided. If you're debating buying this thing, do it! Best buy if you have back pain." —Jerimiah Wood

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. And speaking of being hunched over at our laptops, a comfortable, adjustable, and easy-to-use posture corrector designed to help with your back's alignment and stability. In time, it develops your back's muscle memory which will then hold your back straight even without it. It's also discreet enough to wear under your shirt or blouse.

    A customer review before and after photo of them wearing the posture corrector

    Promising review: "We got this since we’re both working from home full time during the pandemic and it’s clearly having a negative impact on our posture that our home office is now extended to the deck and our sofa! This thing is about as comfortable as it can be for what it’s doing, we wear it for about an hour a day each and it has absolutely improved back pain and posture. It came with extra Velcro pieces to extend for those with larger shoulders, which is a nice touch. This is a good, quick investment for those of us who have a hard time buying a $300+ ergonomic chair for a home office!" —emthehuman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    17. A smooth mulberry silk eye mask complete with a gel bead insert that can be stored in the fridge and then used to give you that cooling, relaxing feeling when you need a little break from the day.

    The Fitglam Pure Silk Sleep Mask in pink polka dot

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. The silk fabric is very soft and smooth, the strap is adjustable and comfortable to wear. This mask blocks all the light from the TV or a tablet, and about 95% of brighter light from lamps or the sun. And the cold pack is fantastic, worn alone or when placed inside the sleep mask, it's a tremendous help for headaches and hot flashes. You can't beat it for the price." —Heather Harding

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in eight designs).

    18. A pack of adhesive cable clips that'll finally detangle all your cords while making sure that they're easily accessible — I dunno why but the bird's nest of cords in my "home office" caused me so much stress. These def helped.


    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $5.05.

    19. A perfectly scented WFH candle to really help set the mood when it's time to hunker down.

    The Good Vibes for your Home Office candle
    Tomey Rod on Etsy

    Tomey Rod is a Tampa, Florida-based Etsy shop specializing in handcrafted soy crème candles.

    Get it from Tomey Rod on Etsy for $19.95+ (available in a variety of scent options).

    20. A compact, waterproof coffee mug warmer with three heat settings and an auto shutoff feature — so you never have to worry about that forgotten cup of coffee on your desk that gets ice cold before you finally have a chance to drink it.

    A mug filled with coffee placed on the pink warmer

    Promising review: "One of those items I didn’t know I needed until I had it. As a busy mom of two little ones, I can’t even remember the last time I got to finish a hot cup of coffee. Until now! This truly kept my coffee warm for literal hours. And I love the wood grain look of it. It’s nice and doesn’t look cheap at all. I’m going to keep it on my desk for when I’m working, and I’ll never go without hot coffee again!" —ADR80

    Get it from Amazon for $19.73+ (available in eight colors).

    21. A 20-oz. water bottle designed to help you keep track of exactly how much water you're drinking and make sure you're staying hydrated — just slide a colorful band up each time you finish the water in a full bottle!

    A customer review photo of them holding the bottle with the text, "Freaking killing it today, y'all."

    Promising review: "Cute bottle and encourages hydration! My water intake has dramatically increased. It's been a great way to drink water while working from home. Love the rainbow colors." —Caitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.03+ (available in six colors, four sizes, and two designs).

    22. A super cool DIY Moss Wall Art Kit to help you add some greenery to your space and maybe even start a hobby that you can do at home.

    Naturely Box on Etsy

    Naturely Box is an LA-based Etsy shop specializing in DIY and craft kits.

    Get it from Naturely Box on Etsy for $28+ (available in three sizes).

    23. A slim and waterproof fitness tracker designed to be a watch, pedometer, and a calorie and sleep monitor — plus it might just be the reminder you need to get up and go out., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this tracker! I have a Fitbit and now I also have this tracker and I greatly prefer this one. The design is much slimmer and the charging capability is so convenient! To charge it all I have to do is slip off the strap on one side and plug the center screen into a regular cell phone charger. I have lost and replaced my strangely shaped Fitbit chargers so many times already, and now that I have this tracker — I will never have to replace a charging cord again. The app is easy to use and when I turn off Bluetooth to preserve the battery and then turn it back on later that night, all the data syncs seamlessly — no issues whatsoever! The slim design is also much more attractive. The sizing options are great because the tracker fits my very small wrists with no issues, and it also fits my large-framed husband's wrists!" —Katie T

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    24. A compact 24-sound noise machine to help lull you to sleep, dull out annoying background noises, and maybe even stimulate relaxation.


    The machine has three different categories — seven fan sounds, seven white noise, 10 classical nature sounds including ocean waves, forest, thunder, brook, crickets, train, clock ticking, campfire, lullaby, and fetal tones.

    Promising review: "Working from home sometimes puts me in a funk. I originally bought this as a white noise machine for sleeping but found the nature sounds have been a soothing background while I work. Highly recommend trying it out!" —J. J. Stahre

    Get it from Amazon for $24.52.

    25. A sleek Keurig K-Mini single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker that's only about 5" wide so it doesn't take up too much counter space, can brew a single cup at a time so you're not dealing with a cold pot of undrunk coffee, *and* that only takes a few minutes to brew a steaming cup of joe for your morning pick me up.

    The Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

    And don't forget to grab your reusable filter.

    Promising review: "I work from home and was going to local coffee shops every day to buy coffee. I finally decided it would be easier and cheaper to just make my own. But I’m the only one in my house who drinks coffee and I also didn’t want something taking much room on my counter. So I decided to try the mini. This is a very basic Kcup coffee maker but is perfect for my needs. Brews a cup of coffee in a minute or two, is small and compact, and works great! Great for the price!" —Jill Rizzi

    Get it from Amazon for $69.69 (available in five colors)

    26. A two-setting air diffuser you can set for intermittent or continuous misting to help create the perfect ambiance for a soothing rest — plus it has auto-shutoff for when it runs out of water.

    The essential oil diffuser in white, lit up

    Promising review: "Love it!!! It was smaller than what I expect but I actually don't mind it. I love the size since I wanted it for my home office (which is a smaller room and the size is perfect). Working from home and being on the phone so much stresses me out but the lights actually help me to relax and feel calmer. Also, I like the noise from the mist because I can't fully focus when it's too quiet, so the constant noise makes work a little better (at least for me!)." —Roxana Tortorella

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors). And don't forget the essential oils.

    27. An adjustable, bamboo laptop desk designed to angle in five positions, adjust to two heights, and with a drawer so you can store stuff.

    A person using the laptop desk on their sofa

    Promising review: "This portable and ultra-light desk is wonderfully made and super sturdy with adjustable legs for preferred height. Bring it from the couch to the bed. Perfect for breakfast in bed or working from home, especially during these tough times!" —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three styles).

    28. Or invest in a small standing desk perfect for getting you off the couch without taking up too much space in your home.

    Everything Orbit on Etsy

    Everything Orbit is a Dallas-based Etsy shop specializing in creating simple and adaptive furniture for your space.

    Get it from Everything Orbit on Etsy for $235+ (available in four heights).

    29. And last but certainly not least a meditation coloring book filled with 75 patterns and images designed by a freakin' neuroscientist to help focus your brain, improve your mood, and get your creative juices flowing.


    Promising review: "I thought it was stupid at first. BUT then I tried it. I colored at night before bed and it was very relaxing, clears the mind and I was able to fall asleep faster! I highly recommend for anyone with anxiety, anyone who doesn't fall asleep easily, or just for fun." —Jacqueline S.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.54.

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

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