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    1. A cooling weighted blanket that'll apply *just* enough pressure to drastically improve your sleeping habits. Reviewers swear this helps them with anxiety, stress, and insomnia thanks to its comforting weight. If it could talk, it would assure you that no, you did NOT reply all on that email thread.

    It's made of 100% cotton that helps to keep you cool during the summer (hot sleepers, included) and warm in the winter.

    Promising review: "This blanket has changed my life! I was once someone who would spend the night counting the sleepless hours as they would pass me by...not anymore! Every night when I lay down and snuggle under the Dozeology Weighted Blanket, I am instantly at peace. The blanket hugs me (it literally feels like a hug) and all my stress and worries melt away! I'm able to be relaxed rather than tense, which allows for a more peaceful sleep. I've been recommending this blanket to anyone I know that suffers from insomnia and or anxiety attacks!" —Marissa

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    2. A popular app called Calm, because thousands of people already swear by this for improving their ability to cope with high levels of stress or anxiety. It'll teach how to meditate (a great tool to use during overwhelming afternoons), tell you soothing bedtime stories to help you fall and *stay* asleep, and give you breathing exercises so you can relax.

    Promising review: "I used to use another app for meditation, but Calm has helped me take things to a whole other level. I feel like the Calm meditations go much deeper and I’m noticing a huge difference in myself after switching over. Historically, I’m somewhat self-critical and I have a higher than normal baseline for general anxiety. At times, these things make me impulsive or reactive in certain ways that I don’t like. I feel like I’m much more self aware after switching to Calm and I’m able to identify when I’m experiencing certain feelings and deal with them in a healthy way. Aside from that, I’m much more enthusiastic about my meditation practice and I’m meditating more often since I learn new skills every day." —bgschubert

    Get it from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.

    3. And! Calm's interactive guide to help you find tranquility and focus wherever you are, and harness creativity to improve your overall mood. Its journal-like structure is divided into eight sections: nature, work, creativity, children, travel, relationships, food, and sleep so you can peacefully confront one stressor at a time through its activities.


    Promising review: "Really taught me the importance of mindfulness. It gave me the tools and offered ideas on how to put the practices of meditation and mindfulness to use. My stress levels have greatly diminished in just a few weeks. It's an amazing tool for everyone in their everyday lives." —bnb1124

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    4. A pack of mushroom coffee mix for getting the same amount of energy as a cup of joe, but without any jitters or caffeine headaches. Reviewers say when drinking this over coffee, they feel clear-headed, focused, and much less stressed throughout the whole day.

    One BuzzFeeder described the taste as a "tea-coffee hybrid" and that the mushroom presence is very faint. And! He said this makes him "feel clear-headed, chilled, yet stimulated." Sounds a lot better than my coffee-induced crashes.

    Promising review: "My actual experience the first time I drank this: I was running a tad late for work and so I couldn't really think about it. I basically chugged it (hot and black) and started work and forgot about it. Later, once the shift was less hectic, I realized I was calm and thinking clearly and focused. Normally I'm stressed and annoyed about something or everything but I wasn't. I was calm and focused. I didn't realize why for a few minutes and then remembered Four Sigmatic. I'm not saying every day is like this but I am definitely a fan and have just ordered the 10 mushroom blend." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.83 (available in three flavors).

    To learn more about this, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "10 Life-Changing Things To Try In May" (#3).

    5. A spinner ring so you can fidget with a stylish accessory, instead of picking at your cuticles. Aka this'll leave your fingers unharmed, while still giving you an outlet to relieve some stress.


    Promising review: "I love this little ring. I’ve been thinking about getting a fidget ring like this for my anxiety for so long, and I’m so glad I finally got this one. It’s gorgeous for the price and I find myself using it every time I’m feeling anxious without even realizing it. For example, I made a phone call that I had been anxious to make, the call went great, and I realized I had been playing with the ring the whole time subconsciously. I also have a stressful job and find myself playing with it all throughout the day as well. I love it." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and seven colors).

    6. A bitter-tasting varnish that has already helped thousands of people stop biting their nails, even after years of doing so whenever stressed. It dries clear, but leaves a terrible taste so your brain is trained to STOP munching and direct your attention to another stress-reliever. Anything that doesn't leave your fingers bleeding is an improvement.

    Don't worry, it's bitter but it's harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant. It also lasts longer than most drugstore habit-breaking polishes — and works to stop kids from sucking their thumbs!

    Promising review: "During stressful times, I bite off all my nails. Once they're bitten off, it's hard for me to quit biting them so I thought I'd try this product. Well, it's been a week and I'm not biting them anymore. The taste if you do is just bitter enough to make you stop. And my nails already look better after a week. I highly recommend this product." —Cheryl Douglas

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    To learn more about why people swear by this, check out "This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails".

    7. A scalp massager, because using this in the office can soothe you whenever you get yet another email asking an impossible task. Its smooth, acrylic beads cause a ~tingling~ feeling for your scalp that people find extremely calming — even in their cubicle.


    Promising review: "I use this tool every time I am stressed or I have a headache/migraine. It seems to make my headache/migraine go away or release some of the tension. I really recommend this tool." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.45 (available in four colors).

    8. A five-year memory book for journaling one line a day as a way to ~unwind~ after dealing with all of your usual stressors. People swear this little book helps them take manageable steps towards reflecting, making progress towards goals, and lightening their mood after especially trying periods.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Many reviewers take their journal everywhere and buy a new one after five years, like the BuzzFeeder whose books are above!

    Promising review: "My husband and I have been using this as a sort of 'positive affirmation' daily journal. We write one sentence that has made us feel positive for each day. It has really helped brighten our moods despite our busy, stressful lives. And this journal is a great format for it. I really like it a lot, and think everyone should do something like this to force themselves to think about positive things every single day." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.09.

    To learn more about how this positively affected a BuzzFeeder's day-to-day, check out "This One Line A Day Journal Is My Most Prized Possession".

    9. A set of Avarelle rounded or extra-large patches so you can stop picking at (possibly stress-induced) pimples whenever dealing with annoying tasks. They're totally clear, so people wear them to work to a) keep their fingers away and b) speed up the process of healing their pimples.,

    Clearer skin = one less thing to worry about.

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am addicted. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of 8 extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    To learn more, check out "These Satisfying Acne Patches Deserve A National Holiday, Change My Mind".

    10. A white noise machine that'll come to the rescue in more ways than one. It'll help you drift off to sleep faster if you always have restless nights *and* make it possible to concentrate if you're usually stressed out by a loud environment. It has ~ten~ fan and ambient sounds for you to pick from — your days of staying up with your thoughts are OVER.


    Promising review: "A Godsend. I am a light sleeper and am constantly stressed out. I get some anxiety going to bed, because I stress over possibly waking up at night. This device has calmed my nerves. Not only do I sleep better when I turn it on, I have also slept better when I travel without it. I had my doubts when I first purchased it, but not anymore." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in four colors and in two styles).

    11. A package of ashwagandha powder, because this'll be what you need for making moon milk (that pretty drink you see all over Instagram), and easing into going to bed, instead of panicking every time it's lights-out (am I going to spend five hours counting sheep again?!). People say this really does have a ~calming effect~ so they end their day on a restful note!

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought this product a while back as I was intrigued by all of the reviews. It sat unopened for quite some time as I stay so busy that I honestly forgot about it. Then one day after a very stressful day, I remembered it and thought I would try it. A little while later, I was pleasantly surprised that this did indeed have quite the calming effect. Since then I will take this whenever I feel like I just need to relax a little, and I always find it effective. It seems to me to also help with focus and mental clarity." —Anthony

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    To learn more, check out "Moon Milk Is Supposed To Help You Sleep, But Does It Actually Work?".

    12. A pair of blue light–glasses for preventing those stressful midday crashes caused by glaring screens. They minimize ~digital eye strain~ which in turn allows you to read emails for longer without being interrupted by headaches.,

    Promising review: "I bought one pair awhile ago, because I used to get severe migraines (usually at work) that I chalked up to stress. My eye doctor recently told me that I may have a sensitivity to blue light since I work in an office with fluorescent lighting, and I'm in front of a computer all day. I decided to buy these glasses, and I'm glad I found these! I've since bought two more, two for work and one for home when I'm playing PC games or binge-watching Netflix. I've cut my migraines down from two-three times a month to only one in the past three months! I'm so excited." —Kayla

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    13. A mini essential oil diffuser so you can create a soothing atmosphere right at your desk whenever you start to feel panic coming on. It's hard to feel calm when stressful tasks keep coming your way, but some peppermint aromatherapy oil should help clear your head and regain focus.

    Did I mention it changes between seven colors and has auto shut-off? This aromatherapy essential oils set ($9.99 on Amazon) has six oils: lemongrass (for calmness and clarity), peppermint (for concentration and clear thinking), orange (for optimism and peace), lavender (for alertness), eucalyptus (for optimism and concentration), and tea tree (for mental strength and calmness).

    Promising review: "I work in an office in a warehouse and many days, it stinks in there. It is also very dry. There were days this winter that my hair would crackle when I took my coat on or off! I bought this for my office and have been very happy with it. I use different essential oil blends depending on my mood, and I think it has dropped my stress level! It's small and truthfully I didn't think it would do much when I first got it, but I've been very happy that I bought this!" —Eve

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in four colors).

    14. A bullet journal that reviewers use as a ~fun, creative~ way to get more organized and keep up with tasks — aka you won't feel overwhelmed by your week ahead. Basically to-do lists just became motivating, not nerve-wracking.


    Promising review: "This method of journaling is easy to learn. By the time I had read the first half of the book, I was clear on how to set up my journal and start the practice. It's a flexible, open-ended system, adaptable to any purpose. I have been doing it for about five days and it already has made me feel less overwhelmed, clearer about what I need to be doing and when. It also has relieved my stress and anxiety that I will forget something important." —Gwen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    What is a bullet journal, you say? It's a great way to organize your busy schedule/life in a way that feels more creative and motivating. Each page is lightly dotted to guide you as you write out your to-do's in an ~artistic way~. To learn some beginner tips, check out "WTF Is A Bullet Journal And Why Should You Start One? An Explainer".

    15. A pack of yoga instructional cards, because these'll help you make time for a much-needed break to clear your mind. Each card has visuals and instructions for moves that'll leave you feeling refreshed and replenished — even if you did them in your office.

    OHM Works

    Promising review: "This is great because you can choose a few cards when traveling, and get a good workout in your hotel room. I once was so stressed on a trip that I booked one of those 'offices' at the airport to do yoga. You don't have to be a pro to use these — instructions are clear and easily understood. You can start with simple poses and work your way into more difficult poses." —Julie

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $8.51.

    16. A The Body Shop tea tree clay mask for not only soothing your stress pimples' inflammation, but soothing YOURSELF through the age-old process of masking + Netflix. Not to mention, its cooling tingling will leave you saying "ahhhh".

    Promising review: "I love this mask. Its a non-drying mask (dries if you leave it on for a very long time). It cools tingles and soothes inflammation. I use it about once or twice a week, and it definitely helps when I'm stressed and have hormone-induced break-outs." —shari m

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    17. A microwavable heating pad so you can easily relax tense, sore muscles *and* use this at work to decompress for a few minutes. If your back is always cramping because of your uncomfortable chair and it is DEFINITELY affecting your mood, allow this to save the day.


    Promising review: "I took this to work and every morning I take it to the microwave, heat this up, and bring it back to my desk. The heat is just what my lower back and hip needs first thing in the AM. I love that I can tie this around my waist and relax." —Sscott0420

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. A very entertaining activity book that'll help you take your mind off the day's 💩 scenarios through multiple fun outlets — maybe today you'll color a soothing grandma, the next create your own underground bunker.


    Promising review: "This book is exactly what it says it is: a big activity book for anxious people! It’s got some great activities inside that totally keep me busy, keep my anxiety in check, and truly is a great time suck to keep my mind focused on the activities and an escape from whatever is consuming me those days. Cannot recommend this book enough!!!" —Alex R. Pepin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82.

    19. A weighted sleep mask filled with lavender and flax seeds, because this'll make sure you go to sleep at a reasonable hour and *not* lie awake for three hours thinking about all you need to do tomorrow. It also helps soothe puffy eyes and relieve eye fatigue, so it's off to snooze town before you even crack your book open.


    Promising review: "I have had this mask for four months and I honestly love this product. I think this is probably the best Amazon purchase I’ve ever made. I had such trouble falling asleep and had so much stress pains in my head and even in my eyeballs! This is literally perfect for what I needed. It smells like lavender and is silky smooth. I used to lay awake for one to two hours and now with this mask, I fall asleep within 30 minutes. It’s magic. Sometimes I even lay the mask just above my eyes (on the ridge of my brows) and it alleviates so much pressure! It’s so incredibly soothing and I’m so lucky to have found this product. It’s truly changed my sleep quality." —V H

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50 (available in three colors).

    20. A memory foam seat cushion for making your desk chair more comfortable so back pain isn't added to your day's list of grievances. This'll help improve your posture, offer your bum just the right amount of molding and padding, and perhaps even make you happy to be at your desk. AND it responds to the heat of your body.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this could offer the support, comfort, and pain relief I needed, but it does all of that. It also stays in place, which the other products I tried did not do. I feel much less stress and tiredness in my back since I am sitting in alignment. I would recommend it to anyone who experiences pain while sitting for long periods of time." —jeih

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    21. An ice roller so you can massage your headache away with its ~cooling touch~. Reviewers love this for de-puffing their eyes, soothing headaches, and even calming irritated skin.,

    Promising review: "This is super stress relieving. The material is nice and it rolls smoothly. It feels super nice if you simply are stressed or have a headache, and it helps to reduce swelling." —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (eight colors).

    22. A coloring ~spell book~ that'll encourage you to perform some very handy witchcraft — coloring your stress away. You'll quickly learn divination, spells, and other magical tricks, all while forgetting about the day's events.


    Promising review: "I fell in absolute love with this, now coloring every day, it's a great stress relief and makes coloring so personal and beautiful. I would buy all of this author's books. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE" —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Coloring is an extremely popular (and successful!) way to de-stress! If this coloring book isn't quite your style, check out Amazon's entire collection.

    23. A weighted lap blanket to snuggle with at work when your boss assigns yet another hair-raising assignment. It weighs eight pounds for just the right amount of comfort — reviewers also use this to ease their fear of flying!


    Promising review: "My new favorite blanket! This blanket is extremely soft! Most weighted blankets use a non-, soft-textured fabric that’s okay, but the fabric of this blanket is very comfortable. It’s just the right size for hanging around your shoulders. It weighs eight pounds which is a nice weight, not as heavy as full size blankets, but that is what makes it perfect for travel. I will definitely bring this on the plane to help with the stress that comes about flying." —Duncan f.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    24. A migraine roll-on stick, because this'll naturally relieve migraines and tension headaches, thanks to peppermint, spearmint, and lavender therapeutic grade oils. Hopefully now when you see your dog's vet bills, you have this on hand.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have chronic tension headaches (I am a very anxious person) and this has completely saved my brain. I was worried about using it on my temples and forehead because I have incredibly sensitive skin, but it hasn't made me break out or anything. It's a good level of dilution to not risk skin burns, and the addition of lavender helps calm my anxiety. I use this almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day if I'm really stressed. I've found that extending it down to my traps and behind my ears makes it work even better. 6/5 would always recommend." —E. R. Sutherland

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more about this, check out "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life".

    25. A tub of all-natural bath salts infused with cedarwood, chamomile, lavender, and essential oils for melting your tension away after a good, long soak. Reviewer after reviewer say just one whiff of this blend in the tub = instant relaxation.

    Promising review:" An awesome bath salt, I use it once a week. I've found that it has been an excellent de-stress factor in my professional and personal life. This regimen is now part of my lifestyle. If you're looking for natural bath salts, this should not be missed. The scoop inside of the jar was a lovely hygienic plus." —Benz

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in five formulas).

    26. A set of affirmation cards so you can always have words of encouragement on hand whenever life throws you one too many obstacles.


    Promising review: "If you want to reprogram your brain, and change the tape player in your head and how you've been talking to yourself, especially if you're working to change a lifetime of negative self-talk, perfectionism, depression, or stress, get this deck. I'm going through a difficult time, and I am working to use neuroplasticity to my advantage. Each time we reinforce something, our brain sticks on it harder, coming back to it over and over again, especially in times of stress. Overall these cards are fantastic. Just what I was looking for to reprogram my thought process to prevent stress, and I'll be using them for awhile. I pull one out for each day. They have nice visuals as well, with good design." —april

    Get a pack of 64 from Amazon for $13.48.

    27. An alarm clock that'll put an end to, well, alarming mornings by waking you to a gentle, gradual sunrise (how our bodies were evolved to wake up). It's a splurge, but people say this seriously helped them feel less stressed in the morning and more capable of taking on the day, all thanks to not being ~jolted~ awake first thing in the morning.

    Promising review: "I am so in love with it, I take it with me when I travel. I won't use anything else to wake up. It works beautifully, and has very clear and relaxing sounds that gradually increase as the light increases to wake you up gently. I don't have any more stressful mornings with this alarm clock. I wake up feeling happy, no longer frantic. I have had mine for seven months and it works so well. Very high quality, I recommend this to everyone. I thought I would have trouble waking up to the light and sounds, but I have absolutely no problem hearing it or perceiving the light." —sunny74

    Get it from Amazon for $115.18.

    28. A to-do pad, because this'll break everything down for you if you're easily flustered at work or school. If separating tasks and personal errands is hard for you, and they all get jumbled together and make a MESS of your brain, allow this to help.


    Promising review: "Great pad — it has helped me remember things so well! If you stress about what you have to do in the day like I do, get it. Great quality paper and price." —KS

    Get it from Amazon for $8.58 (available in 12 styles).

    29. An anti-bacterial lavender mist for helping you fall asleep faster, despite the longggg list of tomorrow's must-do's *and* preventing further stress breakouts by killing acne-causing dirt and bacteria on sight with tea tree water, so your bed is nothing but a safe 👏 space 👏 for your lil' face.


    Promising review: "I have very oily skin, and a lot of acne on my face. I'm in a very stressed-out time in my life right now, working two jobs and such, and my acne has just been getting completely out of control and unmanageable. I've heard so many great things about this product, so I decided to give it a go, and it's been AMAZING. Using the pillow spray has completely stopped my worsening acne in its tracks, and I'm seeing slow but steady improvement. I've also noticed that my skin is much softer than usual!" —Erin R. Upshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    30. A pair of noise-reducing, bluetooth headphones so you can block out distracting noises in the office (even if you don't want to listen to music). Whether you're playing soothing Mozart to drown your neighbor's phone call out or just need silence, these'll help you to get in a better ~headspace~.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Our wireless headphone testers for BuzzFeed Reviews say these are surprisingly comfortable for extended wear — which is great, because they boast 13 hours of playback time.

    Promising review: "The headphones are great I use them every day to wind down from stress. The sound quality is good and are comfortable to wear." —Mark Raftis

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See why these won best lowest-priced wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    You, relaxed now, listening to everyone else's problems:


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

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