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    25 Things That Might Just Help You Relax A Little

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    1. A pack of incense because you're bored with burning candles and ready to try something new. They come in a variety of scents — like sandalwood, lavender, and patchouli — and are sure to bring some chill vibes to your home.

    California Incense Co. / Amazon Handmade

    And here's a handmade incense stand ($4.99 on Amazon) if you need one!

    Promising review: "Love love love this incense. It's the best and the assorted pack came with a cheat sheet to differentiate sticks. I asked the seller about the quiet night scent...Omg best smelling burning stick...Burning this stuff is calming and helps me mellow out. Creates a nice ambience in my house. Thanks California incense makers!!!" —Melvs2

    Get it from California Incense Co. on Amazon Handmade for $7.50+ (available in 17 scents, including an assortment pack, and quantities of 20, 30, or 40).

    2. An adult-coloring book full of intricate mandalas guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours. Now you can channel your stress into making something beautiful!

    reviewer photo showing a page from coloring book colored in

    Don't forget to stock up on some colored pencils, too.

    Promising review: "Such a stress reliever! And the art choices are awesome. Keeps me busy for hours! I drive a semi for a living and at the end of my day (usually 12 hrs long) I am so ready to relax and this helps me shake off the stress of the day. 👍👍" —SASIISME

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A set of essential oil inhalers in a variety of blends you can toss in your purse, backpack, or pocket — which means the calming, soothing benefits of aromatherapy will always be at your fingertips, even when you're on the go.

    seven aromatherapy inhalers laid out in rainbow colors
    Mythic Mist / Etsy

    Mythic Mist is a small business making health and wellness products with 100% pure essential oils in Winter Park, Florida. Reviewers also love their aromatherapy bracelets!

    Promising review: "Her products are amazing. I am so happy with my aromatherapy inhalers and essential rollers. They are so helpful with my anxiety and focus. I will be buying again. Literally feel so blessed to have come across her products. Within minutes of using them I feel a release of my anxiety. With her products I can conquer the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" —Rachel Wells

    Get a set of two from Mythic Mist on Etsy for $13.50 (available in seven unique blends).

    4. A tabletop fountain you can stick on a side table or desk to bring some calming, relaxing background noise to your space. You can even adjust the rocks to change the loudness of the trickling water, depending on what you're feeling.

    reviewer photo of the fountain on a table

    Your cat will probs love this, too. 😺

    Promising review: "Adorable water fountain. We’ve had it on daily for more than two weeks, and it’s still going strong. It’s a very pretty water fountain, and is very relaxing. You can adjust the rocks where the water makes a lot of noise, or no noise at all. Whichever you prefer. Saw a few reviews only giving a couple stars, because they had to refill the fountain daily. Not sure if they know how science works, but refilling the fountain is supposed to be needed and isn’t a fault in the product, it’s just how science works. Lol. Moving water evaporates quicker people. There are no cons to this product whatsoever. It’s great in every way."Cassie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. A cross-stitch kit that'll allow you to sit back and breathe a sigh of relief, just like Bernie did on Inauguration Day. But seriously, cross stitching can be SO relaxing — I had a friend in college who did kits like this to help them focus during lectures!

    Bernie Sanders completed cross stitch kit
    4StitchesAndGiggles / Etsy

    4StitchesAndGiggles is a small business based in Golden, Colorado specializing in, as they say, "cross-stitch kits that will leave you in stitches." 🤣

    Promising review: "I had never cross-stitched before this kit. I absolutely loved completing this. It was so much fun and so easy to follow. It’s great for someone who hasn’t cross-stitched before." —therealslimshady998

    Get it from 4StitchesAndGiggles on Etsy for $18.70.

    6. A Phillips Hue lightbulb you can use to adjust the ambient light in your room with an app on your phone! Now you can experiment with red-light therapy like that Instagram influencer you follow.

    Promising review: "They’re perfect for what we use them for. We have one in the living room lamp. We use the warm tone and it gives a soft relaxing glow that’s perfect for what we want it for. The other two have been installed in my son’s ceiling fan. We have one set for 100% and the second one is set for 50%, again both with the warm tone. It lights up his whole room perfectly. The setup was easy and the “scene” integrations made it easy for me to setup my Siri commands (On phone). We haven’t connected them with the Google home yet." —LG

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in packs of 1, 2, 3 or 4).

    7. Or, an actual therapy light designed to mimic a bright sunny day because these dark, gloomy days of winter are probably getting to all of us. Turn it on while you sip your caffeine for a relaxing, mood-lifting start to your morning.,

    Unless you live in a warm, sunny climate — in which case I'm VERY jealous.

    Promising review: "It was great for me to use it for the first time. On a dark morning, I was sitting quietly by the coffee and indirectly turned on the light on me (2 feet away) while I was enjoying the silence with my cat. At the end of the first cup of coffee, I felt a little awake (10 minutes out of the 20-minute cycle I chose.) I suffer from SAD every year. With this amazingly bright light, this year is expected to be a more relaxing year. I mean, don't stare at it. However, this should be common sense. There are three lighting settings, you can turn it on until "enough", or use a one-hour timer (divided into 10-minute increments). I definitely recommend!!!" —Ana

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    8. A scalp massager that'll stimulate blood flow and may even soothe your headaches. At the very least, it'll give you something to fidget with while you binge-watch your fav Netflix show for the millionth time.

    reviewer using the head massager

    Promising review: "My head massager came in a day after I ordered it which was crazy and exciting. I just tried it and it feels like that really good feeling you get when you brush through your hair with a Wet brush that has the nylon and your hair is detangled and it just glides through your hair making your scalp feel good. That’s the same feeling except your hair doesn’t have to be detangled to feel it using this. Moral of the story it’s actually a good deal. Ideal for relaxing at home." —Ana

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    9. Some Rescue Pastilles in a natural orange and elderflower flavor that'll help relieve stress when the pressures of things like work, family, or school become a lil' overwhelming.

    reviewer photo of the tin of rescue pastilles

    Promising review: "Bought this to help with some stressful times at work and they are subtle (meaning it's not going to be instant magic) but they do work.Suck/chew on one or two and by the time you are done you will be more relaxed. I usually chew them during the day and then again before bed. Ends up becoming an expensive habit since I go through about a can a week but I love them. The taste satisfies my sweet tooth too." —Freebird

    Get them from Amazon for $6.43.

    10. A pack of aromatherapy shower steamers that'll help you literally wash away your stress.

    reviewer photo showing the pack of shower steamers

    The set includes six shower steamers in lavender, eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit and peppermint. All you gotta do is place one in the corner of your shower — the hot water and steam from your shower will do the rest!

    Promising review: "I love shower aromatherapy and these shower steamers were exactly what I was looking for. The scents are wonderful, there's no left-over residue. They make my showers 100% more relaxing. I bought these for myself but will consider buying these as a gift in the future..." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    11. An acupressure mat designed to naturally reduce pain and ease tension. Although its "bed of needles" looks frightening, many reviewers note they felt instant relief as soon as they laid down on it for the first time.,

    Other reviewers mention a "slight stinging" sensation when first laying down, but then feeling relaxation and ease on their pressure points shortly after.

    Promising review: "I am currently laying on my mat and writing this review because I do not ever want to get off of it. It is very worth the $20 to try this out for yourself to see if you will enjoy it too. I have used it on almost every surface of my body...yes there was some initial slight stinging and burning but then the endorphins kicked in and relaxation ensued. Read the Q&A section before purchase as it provides insightful information. Enjoy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    12. A neck-and-shoulder wrap that gently heats up to help relieve soreness, migraines, stiffness, shoulder pain — whatever aches you're having up there, this is sure to bring ya some relief!

    reviewer photo showing the neck and shoulder compress wrapped around their neck

    I'm willing to be this thing will turn your frown upside down. 😃

    Promising review: "I’m so glad I chose this wrap over all of the other wraps available. I get migraines pretty often and they’re usually stress/tension related. I just got this wrap today and I’ve had a bad migraine all day. I’m using it for the first time and I can feel it helping my muscles relax. It’s definitely worth it. A minute and a half heating time was perfect. Would definitely recommend!" —Erika Bosson

    Get it from Amazon for $33.50.

    13. A wooden foot massage roller that can help with plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy, and just general foot pain. The nubs and grooves on the roller have been specially designed to knead, soften, and relax your soft tissue.

    reviewer showing their feet gliding across the roller

    Use it while you're working or just chilling at home.

    Promising review: "I get plantar fasciitis really badly so I bought this to relieve some of the pain. It is super light weight so I bring it to work every day to use under my desk and then take it home to use after working out. It is very relaxing since you have to use it on yourself and relieves a lot of pain. I'm also only 25 and workout/walk/on my feet most of the day everyday so it tells you how great I think this works." —Christen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. An exfoliating coffee and sugar scrub – it'll be the cherry on top of your relaxing spa day at home. It's formulated with moisture-rich oils and raw sugar to leave your skin feelin' silky smoooooooth.

    Beauty By Earth

    FYI: reviewers are OBSESSED with the coffee-like aroma, in case you were feeling skeptical about that.

    Promising review: "The coffee scrub makes my skin feel really soft after using it and I like that a tad bit of the coffee smell stays on my skin for awhile. I've had no allergies to it either as I have sensitive skin. I also love that everything is natural and cruelty free from this company so I will continue buying here." —Makayla K.

    Get it from Beauty By Earth for $29.99.

    15. A stress-relief candle infused with natural lavender essential oils and topped with organic lavender and chamomile to create a calming, relaxing scent while you journal, take a bath, read, what-have-you.

    photo showing candle surrounded by natural lavender and chamomile
    Psyche Awakening / Etsy

    Psyche Awakening is a small business making authentic aromatherapy gifts based out of Benson, Arizona.

    Promising review: "Wow does this smell soooo wonderful!!! I’m definitely buying this again. I recommend to everyone, it brings clarity and happiness into the room <3" —savannah

    Get it from Psyche Awakening on Etsy for $9.99.

    16. A tea sampler, because you've been wanting to experiment with different blends for a while now and this is an easy, *affordable* place to start.

    reviewer photo showing the tea sampler box open with a variety of different teas in it

    Each sampler comes with 48 individual tea bags in a variety of these flavors: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated Breakfast, Lemon & Orange, Pure Assam, Green Tea with Jasmine, Organic Peppermint, and Organic Chamomile.

    Promising review: "The Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box arrived and I could not be more excited. The bags of tea were organized nicely and placed in their own compartment within the black Taylors' box. The effect is classy and elegant. There are six bags for each blend with a total of 48 tea bags...Each blend of tea produces a different flavor depending on which you choose. I place one tea bag into a tea cup. I prefer to use a tea kettle to heat my water to boiling. Then I pour the hot water over the tea bag and let the tea steep for five minutes. I discard the used tea bag and then add a splash of cream or milk to my tea. Now my tea is ready to sip and tastes wonderful." —Dr. K

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    17. A gratitude journal designed to help start your days on a positive note by listing three things you're grateful for. It also includes inspirational quotes and space for additional notes and reflections.

    reviewer photo showing gratitude journal with pen next to a cup of tea

    Promising review: "I am grateful for this book. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of the negative thoughts in your mind and look at the positives. Doing this everyday gives me a different perspective on life and lifts my mood." —fefe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A sheet mask variety pack equipped with vitamin E and collagen to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. They might look a lil scary while you have them on, but once you peel one off, your skin will be glowing like never before!,

    Promising review: "I love sheet masks, I buy one every time I am at a store and it's a wonderful way to relax. But these are on another level of great. The price for them is fantastic and the saturation of product in these masks are comparable (if not better) than some of the high end masks I have purchased in the past. I use one every other night and my skin in GLOWING and I no longer experience harsh breakouts. I also like the variety. I pair one with my skin routine depending on what type of day I've had. Too much sun? Aloe vera mask to the rescue. Need to feel like a million bucks? Gold sheet has got your back. This is a great way to up your skincare game and honestly just do some much-needed self-care." —Tj

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in a pack of 10, 14, or 24).

    19. Dr. Teal's Soothe & Sleep that'll not only give you a bunch of delightful bubbles when bath time rolls around, but will also help you relax and unwind thanks to its glorious lavender scent.,

    Promising review: "Just wow. I wanted to take my first bubble bath. Glad I went with Dr. Teal's. The bubbles were long lasting and so much bubbles. The smell was great. My body smelled amazing and super smooth. Can’t wait for another bath. You won’t be disappointed. Promise." —Fabian

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    20. Or a bath bomb so pretty, you might never muster up the strength to actually use it and have to watch such a beautiful thing dissolve right before your eyes.

    product photo showing several bath bombs
    Bath Bomb Factory / Etsy

    Tim and Rachel are the duo behind Bath Bomb Factory, calling themselves "a true mom and pop shop" based out of Greenville, South Carolina. They, with the help of their teenage sons, make top-notch organic bath bombs and sell them wholesale to retailers all over the country.

    Promising review: "Quality bath bombs! I got these as a gift, and they are beautiful. I also love that they are organic and vegan: icing on the cake!!" —Julia

    Get one from Bath Bomb Factory on Etsy for $6+ (available in 16 scents).

    21. A clay mask sample set that includes an activated charcoal for cleansing, a French green clay to refresh and hydrate your complexion, and a French pink clay to soothe away irritation.

    three clay mask samples
    Motherland Essentials

    Motherland Essentials is a Black woman-owned small business specializing in natural skincare products, including everything from soaps to bath bombs, and even a whipped body butter! Each sample contains about two to three uses and pairs well with rose or lavender water as a refresher.

    Promising review: "I loved getting to try out different face masks with these mini versions! My favorite was the "Refresh" but all of them are wonderful! Super cute packaging too!" —Katie C.

    Get it from Motherland Essentials for $15.

    22. Or, this clay mask which, last I checked, had an impressive 25,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. Its deep-cleansing formula is great for everything from facials to body wraps to foot soaks, and'll have your skin feeling renewed in just a matter of minutes.

    ^^ This reviewer even swears by the mask to wash their 4C hair!

    Promising review: "This right here is something you should have on hand for your weekly self care. I felt it working from the minute I put it on. It's a game changer for sure, I wish I could use this everyday on my face but I feel over doing it may not be good. But once a week or even maybe twice a week. You will love this product especially the quality and price!" —Arlene Yanogacio

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    23. Speks magnetic balls if you need to spend some time off of your phone. They are the adult fidget toy of your dreams, and great for stress relief, breaking habits, and distracting you from nervously scrolling Instagram all day long.

    Speks rainbow magnetic balls

    I have a set of the magnetic balls above, as well as this geode, these fleks, and this silicone stress blot — and lemme tell ya, they have changed my WFH game forever. There is no Zoom meeting where I'm NOT playing around with one of these! They're a surefire way to quickly relieve any stress I might be feeling, and always help me calm down when I'm overwhelmed. I proudly display them on my desk because they are also works of art. Period.

    Promising review: "Love love love!!! Such a good way to ease stress and 'anxious hands' without being on your phone." —Rachel G

    Get them from Speks for $44.95+ (available in 25 colors).

    24. A Disney-themed bath salt to soothe sore muscles and give you a spa-like experience fit for royalty.

    four different Disney-themed bath salts
    Natural Amor / Etsy

    Natural Amor is an LA-based small business whipping up all-natural personal care products that are cruelty-free, vegan, and organic.

    Promising review: "I purchased three of these, and they are all incredible! They smell amazing and made my bath so relaxing. Will definitely have to get more in the future!" —Alyssa Bourke

    Get it from Natural Amor on Etsy for $8.50+ (available in five themes and two sizes).

    25. And, a Luna weighted blanket that'll basically feel like a giant hug every night when you crawl into bed. It'll evenly distribute weight across your body to help you wind down as you count those sheep. 😴

    reviewer photo showing the blanket laid out on their bed

    These blankets are designed for use by one person and the weight of the blanket should be no more than 10% of your body weight.

    Promising review: "After reading other reviews on weighted blankets, I decided to go with Luna. (I have bought two now, one as a gift) I love that the material is organic cotton, and the beads are not made of plastic. Thr material is cotton so it is light but strong. I have used this blanket for three or so months now. Having battled insomnia, restless legs, joint pain, and muscle pain, I had read that a weighted blanket could help. Honestly, I hardly have sleepless nights now. The blanket isn't too heavy but just heavy enough. I did get the 15-lb, technically too heavy for my weight according to studies, but I love my blanket!! Before I had this blanket there were many nights I was awake until 3 a.m. due to insomnia and pain. Now, usually within a half hour of winding down, I am asleep! It calms my restless legs , and really lessens muscle and joint pain! Blanket is sturdy, holding up well. Totally worth the money." —sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in 14 sizes and 21 colors/patterns).

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