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    22 Stress Relievers To Help You Get Through The School Year

    Even if you're not a student or teacher, these products can help you breathe a big ol' sigh of relief all year round.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Wreck This Journal, a notebook with a different creative (or destructive) prompt on each page. This is nothing like your stuffy school notebooks — those would never encourage you to do cathartic things like drop them or spill coffee on them (and yet somehow you do both all the time).


    Promising review: "This book has exceeded all my expectations so far. I suffer from very bad anxiety and depression and have been using this book as an outlet and somewhat of a therapy tool. The pages all have different assignments or tasks on them that push you out of your comfort zone and create a wonderful feeling of freedom when they're done. Page one said 'crack the spine' which I had a very hard time with, but with each speed bump of ripping out pages, folding, cutting, crinkling, messing, glueing, and sticking, I felt more and more free. I love this book that much more every time. Some prompts, like 'color outside the lines,' are very easy, while others push you to be weird like 'collect dead bugs.' It definitely forces you to think outside the box! I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a creative outlet or just wants to have a good bit of fun!" —Aly McMuffin

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    2. A full-on menagerie of mini animal squishies you could totally share with your classmates, but I wouldn't blame you for keeping them all for yourself. Open a squishy zoo on your desk!


    Promising review: "These are great for anxiety or stress. You can take them to school and squeeze them; they fit in the palm of your hand. When you open them they may feel oily, but take them to the sink rinse them off with water and put baby powder on them — this helps them not get as dirty. Overall these are great for party favors, gifts, or just little trinkets, and they are so adorable!" —Rick &.

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. A desktop punching bag, because, in the immortal words of philosopher Hannah Montana, everybody has those days.


    It comes with an air pump to keep it in punch-ready shape!

    Promising review: "Best purchase I've ever made! I have high stress at my job and instead of bottling it in, I hit the crap out of this thing and release. Honestly makes me feel better. I did hit it hard enough to knock it off the pole, but that's to be expected when you hit it that hard. Love it. If it breaks I would buy another one lol." —Ketz85

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    4. An amazingly effective peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oil roll-on headache and migraine relief stick to help stop that all-too-common mid-school day headache in its tracks.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    I honestly never leave home without this! I started using this magical product last year and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. I so wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day!

    Read my full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. A deck of not-cheesy affirmation cards you can pull out whenever it seems like that paper will never get written or you'll never understand that equation. The whimsical illustrations and cheeky little reminders that you have, in fact, got this will turn that frown upside down.


    Promising review: "This product is so cute. There are so many creative ways to use the cards. Keep and read one daily, place them in coworker cubicles or inside lunch boxes, or post around your home/on the fridge. I would recommend to anyone who needs a little pick-me-up, some humor, or to brighten someone's day." —kimberly Hersey

    Get a deck of 50 from Amazon for $11.22.

    6. Or a deck of 50 "Stress Less" cards, each featuring a different mindfulness or relaxation technique you can reach for when things get overwhelming.


    Some tips are more active, like going for a walk or practicing a breathing exercise, while others are mental, like gratitude and positive thinking exercises.

    Promising review: "I really like these cards. This deck is a bit smaller than a deck of playing cards, which makes them easy to carry in your purse. There are a lot of great stress reduction ideas in here that are helpful." —Suz Burke

    Get them from Amazon for $12.45.

    7. An amazingly affordable subscription to FaceTory, which'll deliver a fun new assortment of K-beauty fabric masks every month to help upgrade your much-needed Netflix and pampering nights.


    In addition to an assortment of sheet masks, each month's shipment comes with tips and info about each one, so no worries if you're a beauty and skincare newbie.

    Promising review: "These are the best masks I've used! I became a big fan of sheet masks while living in Japan. I usually bought cheap ones, though, and they weren't much more effective than just moisturizer. I also have very sensitive skin and sometimes I'd get a few zits after certain ones. I've been busy and stressed lately, so I decided to treat myself to something small. I tried FaceTory. I've now used eight masks and loved them all. None have irritated my skin, though a few did start to tingle. There are at least two that I felt made such a difference I would buy them again separately. I also like that there's a little explanation of what each one is supposed to do. It's fun to try different masks instead of being locked into basically different scents of the same mask, which is how I feel about sets I've bought on Amazon before. My third envelope should be arriving soon and I don't see myself unsubscribing any time soon. I've been using these masks once a week. Combined with the rest of my skincare, my skin has never been better and I didn't feel dry at all this winter." —Barbara

    Get it from Amazon for $6.23+ for the first month, and each month after that for $8.90+ (available with four or seven masks per shipment).

    8. A mini massage roller ball you can keep in your locker or on your desk and even pop in the freezer or pair with essential oils for an extra relaxing experience. It's just what your neck, shoulders, and honestly whole dang body need after being hunched over a desk all day.


    Promising review: "I have severe neck and back issues, thanks to over nine years as a competitive gymnast. This thing is amazing! I'm so happy I purchased it on a whim after reading a review on another site. I like to put it in the freezer and use it to work out the knots in my neck and shoulders; I also love to roll it gently across my forehead when I have a massive headache. Definitely worth it and it's a great price!" —BRCH

    Get it from Amazon for $8.94 (available in three colors).

    9. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats, a LOL-worthy anthology of poetry you'll actually want to read when you need a mental break from your assigned reading. Because let's be real, Emily Dickinson isn't exactly a laugh a minute., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best book of poems. Hilariously written. I bought this for my brother who is just wild about his cat, and I ended up reading the whole thing before I even gave it to him. A friend picked it up and read it nonchalantly one day, then immediately went on Amazon and bought it herself! If you love cat humor, buy this book! It's a coffee table must-have!" —K. Layher

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88+.

    10. Some squishy aromatherapy dough in comforting scents like spa, ocean, and citrus that's just what you ~knead~ to soothe your anxiety.


    Promising review: "Super fun and therapeutic! The scents are fantastic. My friends and I all have different ones and not one of them is bad! I wash my hands before each use to keep the dough clean and to try and stop any dust or particles from getting in it. So far it has stood the test of time!" —Michael J. Mincey

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 10 scents).

    11. The Panda Planner, which may finally be a planner that's not a source of stress, but a source of joy. It's just as much about gratitude and self care as it is about your to-do list. No wonder over 3,500 people swear by it.


    It's got monthly, weekly, and daily sections that each have plenty of space to write down goals and plans at the beginning and wins and ways to improve at the end. There are also spaces for extra notes, places to write daily affirmations, what you're looking forward to, and what exercise you're planning to get each day.

    Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of planners. I love to stay organized but I have a hard time remaining positive in my environment. I found this and ordered it RIGHT AWAY! Taking time to write about what you're grateful/excited for changes your whole life. This is my word to anyone considering this book. If you are depressed (like I was), apathetic (like I was), and just not living to your potential, BUY THIS BOOK! The first day I used it, I made more sales that day than in the whole prior month. I was SUPER motivated. I kept looking at it to not only take care of my tasks but to continuously see that positivity. I could go ON AND ON about this planner. This is the best thing you can do for your mental and physical health that is drug-free and works immediately!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    Check out more of the best office supplies you can get on Amazon, plus BuzzFeed Reviews' picks for the best planners at every price point.

    12. A classic stress toy friend with pop-out features who's just bursting to be your go-to source of comfort when you're feeling stressed during the school year and beyond.

    Promising review: "I was introduced to this wonderfully stress-relieving toy by another satisfied owner who's had it for years. She loaned it to me at a time of great stress and it came in very handy, truly relieving anxiety. I liked it so much that I bought one of my own. He's a favorite around my house for relieving stress and anxiety. I'm a special education teacher in a girls' high school and many of my students have anxiety along with learning disabilities and other emotional issues. I got them a similar one and my students love him and use him frequently to relieve their stress, to stop biting their fingernails, etc. The amazing thing is that it doesn't distract them! It's a great toy and stress reliever. It would also make a terrific gift and it's definitely not for just kids." —CoolGramma

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    13. An indulgent coffee bath bomb for an end-of-day day treat you'll love a ~latte~ (and, unlike that 5 p.m. Starbucks you probably shouldn't have had, won't keep you up all night).


    This confection is more than just cute. The frosting part on the top is a "bubble bar" so you can get the frothy bubble bath that relaxation dreams are made of, and the bottom part is a soothing, moisturizing bath bomb. Plus, it has coffee, cocoa, brown sugar and vanilla scents that'll remind you of your fave fall drink. *Be aware that it will make the tub slippery!*

    Get it from LavishBathCompany on Etsy for $5.42.

    14. A clever essential oil diffuser necklace so you can get a ~scents~ of calm in class, the library, or wherever, and look dang cute doing it, too.


    Just dab a couple drops of your favorite scent onto one of the included pads, load the locket, and diffuse all day!

    Promising review: "I wear this every week and always get compliments! Love that they include extra pads so I can change them. This would be a great gift for a teacher along with some oils for stress relief. You know they could use those, amiright??!!" —CSAdmin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three finishes). Get a set of six essential oils to use with it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A gorgeous and intricate doggo coloring book to help you relax by putting pen to pupper.


    Promising review: "The breeds include Cocker Spaniel, Doberman, Boxer, Beagle, Poodle, Chihuahua, Terriers, Dachshund, Schnauzer, German Shepherd, Greyhound, Great Dane and many more. All are recognizable and delightfully drawn. The illustrations are so much fun to color, and there's one illustration per page. The binding is easy to flatten and stay put without having to constantly fight to keep the book open. The borders are well-defined, and there's one blank page at the front of the book and two blank pages at back of book to use for doodling, note-taking, or whatever. Plus, there's an address for download of printable PDF files is included at back of book." —Roadrunner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.76. Get some luxe colored pencils to use with it from Amazon for $6.39.

    16. A handy pillow with a simple purpose — to graciously receive the scream that has been festering inside you since the first bell rang. It was just one of those days.

    Happy Hirtzel/Society6

    Get it from Happy Hirtzel on Society6 for $23.99+ (available in four sizes and in indoor or outdoor material).

    17. A squishy avocado you can give a big squeeze every time you're working your butt off and a baby boomer comments that you still won't be able to afford a house if you keep eating so much avocado toast.


    A coworker gave me one just like this and I love it! I keep it at my desk and squish it constantly as I think and work, and it's soothing and just makes me happy! My favorite thing is that it doesn't leave your hands feeling all filmy and weird like some other squishies do. I squished it so much that the pit part broke off, but that can't stop me — now I basically have two squishies!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A stainless steel ring with a spinning outer band that's basically a stylish, wearable fidget spinner subtle enough to use during class. It's here to help you give anxiety, ADHD, and bad habits the finger.


    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this ring.

    Promising review: "I've had this ring for over six months and it's still going strong. I wear it in the shower, swimming pool, and at night and it still looks as good as new. The spinning portion can get gunked up depending on what kind of hand soap I use, but all I need to do is give it a good wash in dish soap with hot water and it's as good as new. It helps keep me from picking my cuticles and helps me concentrate while I'm studying. All in all, I am very satisfied with this ring and would recommend it." –Joy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and in seven colors).

    19. A breathable, temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking weighted blanket that will basically make you feel like you're curled up in a warm hug and can help improve sleep and reduce anxiety, so you can wake up feeling ready to face each day.


    Not sure which weight to get? Try the one that's closest to 10% of your own weight. Read about one BuzzFeeder's experience with a weighted blanket here.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $280+ (available in 14- and 18-pound options).

    20. A cuddly friend who can be microwaved or frozen and who'll not only soothe the aches and pains that make homework seem extra impossible, but help relax you with a cozy lavender scent. Oh, and make you smile, because c'mon — it's a smiley llama or pizza slice!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get the llama or pizza from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    21. Some all-natural honey lavender stress relief tea that'll help you unwind before bed instead of replaying tomorrow's to-do list over and over in your brain or fretting about that upcoming quiz. You can handle this, *extremely Sophie Turner voice* and that's the tea.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my daughter who truly LOVES this tea. She's a fifth-grade teacher, so this tea helps her to relax and unwind at the end of a hard day with her students." —Amazon Customer

    Get two boxes of 16 bags from Amazon for $13.08.

    22. And finally, an honest mug perfect for sipping said tea and serving as a reminder that you don't have to put so much dang pressure on yourself all the time.


    Get it from Human for $14.99+ (available in two sizes).

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