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    Apr 9, 2020

    21 Things That Might Help You Relieve Some Stress

    Take a deep breath, my friends.

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about what their go-to products are for when they need to chill out and relax. Here are their suggestions:

    1. An overflow drain cover (so you won't lose any precious hot bath water) paired with an audiobook to create a soothing evening escape.

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    "I bought an overflow drain cover so I can submerge myself in water and not have to keep refilling the bathtub. Then I listen to an audiobook while I’m in there. If audiobooks aren’t your thing, there are two that are done really well and with a full cast of characters. I recommend either Sadie by Courtney Summers or Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid." —graciem4b0187b39

    Get a drain cover from Bed Bath & Beyond for $7.99 and an array of audiobook titles through Amazon's Audible subscription for $14.95 a month (the first 30 days are free!).

    2. Studio Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service to provide you with calming soundtracks and storylines to lull you into a state of ease.

    Studio Ghibli

    "I don't know if this helps but I hope it will as it keeps me sane during this trying time. I lost my job, because my client terminated our contract because their business has been greatly affected by the pandemic. After that I haven't slept much, and what I do to escape stress and anxiety is to binge-watch Studio Ghibli films on Netflix. It helps me relax and allows me to have good dreams." —jonnah_gabriel23

    The Studio Ghibli films are only available on Netflix UK, but you can purchase digital copies from Amazon Prime Video for $11.99+. I'd recommend Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service to start.

    3. CrashCourse's YouTube channel, to help you learn a lot about a specific topic in a short amount of time — you'll be so focused on absorbing new info your stressors will fade into the background.

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    "The CrashCourse YouTube channel. Learning about new topics from a series of videos is helping to keep my mind focused on other things." —emmanz

    Check out the videos on YouTube for free.

    4. Bolinda Audiobooks, because you'll finally have the time you've always wanted to devote to reading classic novels or newly released best sellers instead of obsessing over whatever is stressing you out.

    Bolinda Audiobooks

    "Bolinda Audiobooks. They're just so soothing. I'm currently listening to Jane Eyre read by Thandie Newton and it's the perfect distraction." —emmanz

    You can indulge in a 30-day free trial (and two books!) from Bolinda Audiobooks or sign up for $14.95 a month.

    5. A beginner's guitar and a great Spotify playlist that'll give you all the tools you'll need to pause everything else in your life and try to learn a new skill.

    Pixar / The Walt Disney Company

    "I play guitar but I’m self-taught and not fantastic, and practicing helps me focus and unwind. I’ll pick a Spotify playlist and look up chords online and then just play along (and sometimes harmonize) with the music. I love doing it, it takes all of my attention, and it’s super relaxing." —lianar4792e2448

    Get a beginner's guitar from Guitar Center for $56.99 and a subscription to Spotify for $9.99 a month (the first month is free!).

    6. A stuffed animal you can squeeze tightly when you start to feel overwhelmed over the fact you can't hug anyone else right now :( .

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Anthropologie

    "A stuffed toy or three when you feel like you just need company to vent to that'll never judge you. One can NEVER be too old for stuffed animals." —limag

    You can pre-order a similar Baby Yoda plush from shopDisney for $24.99 or a snuggly bunny from Anthropologie for $28.

    7. Book of the Month – it'll always be there to support you in your time of need, you'll simply choose one of the books they're offering that month and await its arrival at your front door. Literal magic.

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    "Book of the Month actually has helped me relax as well as discover new authors and genres I might not have tried or even heard of otherwise. Most importantly, it's affordable. It's wonderful being able to read for pleasure after working from home while helping my son with his school work and studying for my IT certs so I can make a career change. I've only been in Book of the Month since December of last year but feel that it was one of the best things I've done for myself." —noodle192000

    Treat yourself to a Book of the Month subscription starting at $49.99 for three months.

    8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – it'll transport you into a wholesome, adorable island of your own design and keep you entertained...forever.

    Nikki Esposito / Via Twitter: @NikkiEsposito_, Nikki Esposito / Via Twitter: @NikkiEsposito_

    The latest installment of Animal Crossing made its debut on March 20th and — OMG — I have not been able to put it down since. It's a game that works in real time, so your progress truly is day-to-day. It's perfect for our current situation since we all have nothin' but time to devote to a game like this. I've been playing it when I find myself getting overwhelmed with everything going on in the world — the soothing sound of ocean waves while virtually fishing provides a much-needed, too-cute escape from reality right now. AND you can virtually play with your friends. This game has been my saving grace.

    Get a digital copy from Nintendo or a physical copy from Best Buy for $59.99.

    Learn more about why you should be playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons here.

    9. A nicely scented candle you can use to fill your home with a lovely fragrance that'll surely help you relax (or at the very least, cover up the fact you can't remember when your last shower was).

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    "I love Goose Creek candles. I've always loved candles and in the past I was a diehard Yankee Candle fan but noticed a decline in quality. Someone suggested Goose Creek and I've never looked back. They burn evenly and cleanly and the scent fills the house. Frequent sales on their site also make them affordable." —noodle192000

    Get an Island Bliss candle from Goose Creek Candles for $27.99.

    10. A Google Home that'll help you feel more connected to your loved ones, perfect for anyone who has started to feel stressed out about missing their families while social distancing (ahem, me).

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    "I’ve been on disability for five years. That’s basically five years of social distancing. One of the best tricks I’ve learned is speaker phone is your best friend (or Google Home) because you can call your BFF and sync a Marvel or Harry Potter movie fest and just pretend they are in the room with you. I hate 'phone calls' normally, but this lets you do whatever, move around naturally in your space and still converse with more then just the walls." —olesiar

    Get a Google Home Smart Speaker from Target for $99.99.

    11. Stuff that'll help you embrace an old childhood hobby, like making friendship bracelet kits or calligraphy books, to keep your mind focused on a somewhat simple task and keep your hands busy at the same time.

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    "Childhood hobbies: doodling mindlessly, making string friendship bracelets, learning knots, writing out lyrics to songs to practice or improve your handwriting or learn calligraphy while music or a movie is on the TV to distract you can help relieve anxiety and feel a little productive." —olesiar

    Get a more *adult* bracelet-making kit from Neiman Marcus or Akola for $50 or a hand lettering book from Barnes and Noble for $21.99.

    12. A bullet journal you can use to release some of the pent-up feelings you may have been having or to create quirky connect-the-dot drawings.

    The Papier

    "Dot journal doodling. I’m not big on journal writing. I kept trying, but instead found those journals were great for connect-the-dot-type drawings. Lasidoodled on Instagram shows samples of this — it’s a great stress release." —olesiar

    Get it from Papier for $20.99+ (also available in hardcover and with personalization).

    You can also check out some bullet journaling tips here.

    13. A treadmill because, IMO, there are few things as helpful as breaking a sweat when you need to blow off some steam. Endorphins, baby!

    Pixar / The Walt Disney Company

    "I saved up and got a treadmill. I took a bunch of years to get there because I love to walk outside in the summer but Winnipeg in the winter five months is dangerous for my lupus life and I am clumsy so last September I finally saved enough and got that treadmill and I LOVE IT." —olesiar

    Get a home treadmill from Dick's Sporting Goods for $599.99.

    14. An intricate puzzle with a quirky theme that'll hold your attention even when your parents are watching the stress-inducing news for hours upon hours.


    Puzzles are *seemingly* all the rage right now. I can't scroll through Instagram without seeing someone's completed puzzle. I didn't really get it until I took the plunge myself — puzzling is a SUPER calming activity. It forces your mind to focus on the task at hand and leave all the other worldly issues alone for a while. There are so many cool puzzles to be found and now is apparently the time to get started.

    Get a fun Ramen Bowl puzzle from Seltzer Goods for $24.95.

    15. A playlist of your favorite tunes to help you unwind after a particularly upsetting news brief. Dance the stress away, friends.


    "Music. Make a playlist. If you got kids, get them to play musical chairs or statue every time the music stops while you sample new music to put on the playlist. So many of my friends have been saying that they never have time to hear new music, well now's their chance!" —olesiar

    Get a subscription to Spotify for $9.99 a month (the first month is free!).

    16. Tik Tok — allow yourself to finally sign up for an account and you'll find so much joy scrolling through silly antics, dance challenges, quick recipes, and cute animals. Who knows, maybe you'll even want to make your own videos!

    17. Bath bombs to fill your tub with essential oils that'll leave your skin feel soft 'n' smooth while also bringing a relaxing aroma to your bathroom.

    LifeAround2Angels / Etsy

    "Bath bombs — don't know what about the pandemic makes me take a daily bath." —akdani

    Get a pack of 12 bath bombs from LifeAround2Angels on Etsy for $22.

    18. A yoga ball to help you bounce away your nerves or uptight energy while you're trying to make it through your at-home workday.


    "I have a yoga ball I use while working from home so I can bounce the stress and nervous energy away." —akdani

    Get a yoga ball from Target for $14.99+ (available in three sizes).

    19. A single-serve Keurig machine so you can whip up your most comforting beverage whenever the mood strikes. Personally, just cradling a hot mug helps calm me down.

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    "A Keurig so I can drink my herbal tea whenever." —akdani

    Get a single-serve Keurig from Kohl's for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    20. Olly "Goodbye Stress" gummies made with GABA, lemon blam, and L-theanine, which are said to help keep you calm but also stay alert.

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    "Olly Stress gummies. I'm prone to anxiety anyway but the current world situation has amped it up. I take two of these when I'm feeling super anxious and can't focus or make decisions, and it really helps take the edge off." —smlucas88

    According to Olly, GABA helps to counter acute effects of stress, lemon balm has been used for centuries to help "quiet the mind" and L-theanine assists in the production of alpha brainwaves.

    Get a jar of Olly gummies from Sephora for $15.

    21. And a set of plants from Bloomscape to bring extra oxygen and life into your home for a more relaxed, chill environment.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, bloomscape / Via

    My husband and I recently acquired four new plant babies from Bloomscape to keep us company during our period of self-isolation. We couldn't be more impressed with how nicely packaged they came (safe 'n' snug!) and taking care of the plants has been a nice stress-reliever. Probably because their cacti and need very little from us, but still! We've named the biggest cactus Alice.

    Get a trio of plants from Bloomscape for $80.

    Go ahead. Take a deep breath — we're all gonna get through this just fine.


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