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28 Things That'll Help You Get Out Of Your Head

Like a mental vacation without leaving your chair.

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1. A jar of fluffy slime to help blow off some steam without making it awkward for everyone around you.

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Promising review: "Let's start by saying I bought this personally for me but also partially for my kids. The craze right now is slime. As I mentioned I really got this for myself but quickly my kids found it and took it over. It is stretchable without leaving a residue on your fingers. It's not slimy but more rubbery and very fun to play with. My 10-year-old daughter now says that I'm a cool mom because I play with slime haha. I would highly recommend it due to the fact it doesn't get everywhere." —Alexi Williams

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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5. A bottle rocket kit so you can reenact that science project you did in middle school with impressive results. Again and again and again.

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Don't pretend like you didn't love that day in science class. Kit includes everything you need except the recycled soda bottle and bicycle pump.

Promising review: "My 4-year-old son and I have been having a blast with this. very simple design, a minute to assemble and just add water and an air pump. We personally like to use a hand bike tire pump, it gives you more control and my son loves pumping it. Fill to the indicated line, I tried more and less but the recommended amount is just right. This launches by the internal pressure forcing the plug out and forcing out the water and compressed air. The description says 30 feet, I would say we have been over 75 feet high. Fun for kids and adults! Recommended to all!" —Traveling Man77

Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

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9. A toilet putting set in case you need something to actually do while you're in "the library" avoiding other people.

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My brother is king of spending time on his phone in the bathroom to avoid other people. And I hope he's reading this right now, too.

Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

11. A 5x5 speed cube as a diversion from your *actual* troubles.

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Promising review: "Bought this for my son-in-law who loves all math. So, when he did the normal 9 block sides together in short order, bought this for him to keep him thinking. He loves it. So if you want a challenge, get one of these. If you know someone who loves math and find the normal Rubik cube simple, get one of these. It'll keep them busy for awhile." —Steven D. Wilson

Get it from Amazon for $9.03.

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12. A molecular gastronomy kit for a tasty distraction that'll bump up your Insta game.

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Teaches you how to transform liquids, like honey, into jelly-like cubes, gel-ify chopped produce into flavor-packed beads, or even morph melted chocolate into a delicate powder or spaghetti-like strands. Includes 20 sachets, which are good for one 1 recipe each.

Promising review: "We loved this. We made all items. Used the lemon foam on top of sweet tea vodka with lemonade — awesome! The balsamic pearls were great with cheese and crackers. The only one we didn't love was the yogurt disks. Funky texture. We can't wait to do it again." —PhDiva

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49+ (available with or without book).

13. A spiral-bound sketch book and sketching pencil set ready and waiting to help reveal the fruits of your imagination.

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Promising review: "As a costume designer I love this size and weight of paper for simple sketches, as well as finished, full color renderings to share with directors. Nicer than average sketchbook paper puts up to heavy pencil shading and erasing. I have also had great success using the paper with basic watercolor washes with minimal to no wrinkling in the final product. Nice enough to pull out in design meetings but not so expensive that I have to worry about ripping out a few pages that didn't work out." —Brendan Olson

Get it from Amazon: book for $7.96+ (available in several sizes) and sketching pencil set for $7.09

14. A gorgeous 1000-piece puzzle and rolling puzzle mat so you aren't confined by surface availability and time constraints.

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Promising review: "I just started putting puzzles together to pass time since my husband works nights. I didn’t want to have to leave the puzzle pieces on the table all the time so I decided to give this a try. So far it works great. You roll it up and once you unroll it you might have to put a few pieces back together, but it’s nothing terrible. I love it and it’s a great space saver." —DOG LOVERS

Get them from Amazon: puzzle for $12.99 and mat for $24.99

15. A mini zen garden as a spot to place your focus for a bit.

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Promising review: "This is a very pretty addition to my coffee table. It is so beautiful, we ordered another one! It's so calming to use and I love the white sand and tea candle holder." —Jennie H

Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

16. A handwriting guide to zone out *and* come away with a new skill!

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Maybe you can even start a side hustle writing wedding invitations!

Promising review: "This book was exactly what I was looking for. The drudgery of emails and our saturation with technology has really left me craving more creativity in all realms of my life. I started writing letters more to help with that but my handwriting was not even what it used to be — typing has clearly taken a toll! So I picked up this book and really really loved it. First of all, it's cheaper than most of the other books on this subject that I found. It was easy to read, easy to practice. I thought it was totally accessible and excellent. And I really do feel like my handwriting has improved and not even just that — I've found VARIETY in my handwriting. The cost and the practicality and all of it really was fantastic. I highly recommend it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.57, Barnes & Noble for $10.68, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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17. A Nintendo Switch in case you've been putting off buying one and want a treat 'yo self moment that'll result in hours of mind-numbing (in a good way) entertainment.

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Promising review: "Owned every system since the Atari. Hands down the best. Mobility is amazing. All pieces are durable and fit together and sync perfectly." —max lipscomb

Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

18. A London skyline Lego set as a lil' escapism without having to worry about digging out your passport.

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Jk, you and I both know that everyone keeps their passport in their underwear drawer.

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (also available in The Eiffel Tower and the U.S. Capitol).

19. A journal you can fill with all kinds of creative scribbles and other creative "wrecks" to de-stress and ignite your creativity.

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Promising review: "I never even realized I was creative until this book came around. I absolutely love the idea of being able to do WHATEVER you want with this book. This book will save your life, it decreases anxiety and increased my excitement about life. If you are debating purchase please don't anymore!! It's $10 at first, but turns into a priceless item!" —Alecia

Get it from Amazon for $9.28, Barnes & Noble for $10.57, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

20. Or a detailed coloring book and top-notch coloring pencils because sometimes when you feel like your life is out of control, trying to color in the lines feels swell.

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Promising review: "I bought this book because the cover caught my eye. I am so glad I did. There are about 50 pages to color, then there are cards, gift tags, and bookmarks to color, cut out, and fold. The paper is very good quality (thick). The pictures are all on one side of the book. Some of the designs have nice inspirational quotes on them and some do not. Will be getting more copies of this book for my friends at Christmas time as gifts. Do yourself a favor and buy this book! For all that you get, the price is fantastic! I just can't say enough about this book!" —Sheree L. Coolbaugh

Get them from Amazon: coloring book for $5.53 and coloring pencils for $10.56

21. A jar of cucumber eye pads that'll force you to close your eyes and look at NOTHING! (You can't even do that with sheet masks!)

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Includes 24 pre-moistened pads. Cruelty-free.

Get them from Forever 21: cucumber eye pads for $4.90 or a five-pack of lavender sheet masks for $7.90

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23. A personal bowling set that might be nearly as cathartic as throwing a heavy-ass bowling ball down a wooden lane.

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Promising review: "This is a cute little desk game for kids and adults. I have a little sister that I bought this for and she liked it a lot. However, I find myself fidgeting around with it often. I really like this toy! It's fun to play with when you're just sitting at your desk with nothing else to really do. It can occupy you for a pretty long time. I enjoy regular bowling a lot, so it's no wonder why I like the small version. I really appreciate the fact that this is mostly a wooden toy, too. I appreciate the craftsmanship it took to build this neat trinket." —Stephanie Fraley

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

25. A felted animals kit as a creative outlet that'll churn out some friends who can't give you bad, unsolicited advice.

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Creates 4 felted animals. Comes with 52-page instructional book, felting tool, foam block, 100% natural wool in 6 colors, and 3 replacement needles.

Promising review: "This kit brings out the cuteness in everything you make! The instructions are clear and well-illustrated, which I love, especially since I have never felted before. It takes some time to work the felt enough to get solid little animal bodies, so I worked on each over a few days, which made for a nice project. I only poked myself a couple times early on--do pay attention to your aim. I grew up with Klutz products, so this was a bit of trip back to childhood for me!" —AnotherOne

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

27. A BB-8 Operation game to let you practice your nimble handwork for 1) the adorable droid and 2) the possibility that Poe might also rub your tummy like that out of appreciation for helping out his buddy.

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Easily one of the horniest parts of The Last Jedi. And no that's not a spoiler, it's an INCENTIVE to watch the movie. Don't @ me.

Get it from Amazon for $17.01.

28. A few seasons of Schitt's Creek to take your mind off your personal matters, thanks to a clueless family who lost their wealth and end up in a fleabag motel in the unfortunately named town because they bought it once as a joke.

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I love this show soooo much and cackled my way through all three seasons. (Seriously, I thought I'd need resuscitation a few times.) It was created by Eugene Levy and his son Dan Levy, who also star in the show. The family is rounded out with Annie Murphy as the daughter and Catherine O'Hara as the mom — who also play Eugene's wife in Best In Show! And the mayor's name is Roland Schitt. OK I'm done!

Get it on Amazon: seasons 1 and 2 on DVD for $19.99 and season 3 for $19.99+

P.S. The first three seasons are currently on Netflix and the new season is streaming on Amazon!

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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