23 Stress-Reducing Things For Your Workspace To Help You Calm Down A Little
Whether your current workspace is a desk, a couch, a bed, or a kitchen table, you're gonna want these.
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The with simple, easy prompts that remind you to take time to think about what your focus is and what you're grateful for each day, which feels more important now than ever. Consider this your new first task of every work day — yes, even before you open Slack. Two Minute Mornings journal
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Get it from Barnes & Noble for
$15.72, Chronicle Books for $16.95, or from Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $15.59.
LOL-worthy mug any Seinfeld fan can sip their coffee from instead of (or perhaps in addition to) shouting up at the ceiling.
Or, if you're more of a
Friends stan (to each their own, I suppose...), a charming Central Perk to-do list pad so you'll always feel the support of your ~friends~ as you tackle your tasks, even if you won't be able to see them IRL for a while.
Get it from Francesca's for
Homesick scented candle evocative of somewhere you'd rather be right now than working on a PowerPoint at your kitchen table in the same pajamas you've been wearing for two days.
Get the Grandma's Kitchen candle (with notes of apple and butter) for
$29.95 and the Beach Cottage candle (with notes of bergamot and sandalwood) for $29.95, both from Homesick.
doughy, squishy stress ball that might just become your new main ~squeeze~. Sorry to your old work wife.
Promising review: "So much fun. My boyfriend and I love these. We buy them as small gifts for each other frequently and they’re fun to play with while working." — bekahmcd
Get one in a random color from Urban Outfitters for
A deck of
not-cheesy affirmation cards you can pull out whenever you need to take a moment to focus on the positives and remind yourself that you are super strong and capable. The adorable illustrations don't hurt, either!
Promising review: "I use these daily to lift my mood and remind myself that I'm a badass!" — Syni
Get a deck of 50 from Knock Knock for
A fun, whimsical
fine-tip pen that'll cheer you up every time you have to jot something down.
A gorgeous, color-changing
essential oil diffuser to help provide a ~scents~ of calm wherever you're working from.
Promising review: "This diffuser is small but mighty. It's beautiful on my end table. I am actually happy my last diffuser broke and I bought this as a replacement." — Ozkeefe
Get it from Anthropologie for
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, chamomile, and lavender that's not only a nice boost when you're starting get spacey at 3 p.m., but is hydrating for your skin that's been stuck in the dry air of your apartment for days on end.
It's vegan and cruelty-free!
Promising review: "I love this spray. I use it multiple times a day as a pick-me-up. I also use it before/after moisturizer, and to spritz my beauty blender. LOVE." — BlondeSarah
Get it from Sephora for
$7+ (available in two sizes).
Whimsical and adorable
heated slippers to keep you extra comfy while working from home. And if you wanted to bring these with you when it's time to go back to the office? I wouldn't judge.
Promising review: "I use these in my dorm since I have no control over the heater, and they really help in a pinch when my feet are cold as I'm writing essays." — odetteb
Get them from Urban Outfitters for
$35 (available in three colors).
A cheap and convenient
phone stand so you don't have to choose between missing notifications and craning your neck down at the table every two minutes.
under-desk cycle to help you release all the nervous energy in your fidgety legs and get some endorphin-releasing exercise even if you can't get to the gym.
Promising review: "I spend A LOT of time at my desk so I decided I need to find the way to do some exercise. I found it. This product is very quiet — my coworkers sitting next to me don't even notice or hear a thing when I start pedaling. Easy and quick to assemble — it took me less than 30 minutes. Well-packaged out of the box and sturdy pedal straps. LCD monitor is removable and can be extended to be placed on top of a desk for display." — Lity
Get it from Best Buy for
"You are a badass" button you can press for one of five motivational quotes when you need a reminder of how awesome you are.
It also comes with a mini book full of advice and more inspo!
Get it from Paper Source for
double-ended laptop cleaning brush that'll not only help you keep your workspace neat and tidy, but also has a *beyond* soft retractable brush that's super fun to fidget with, IMHO.
I have this at my desk and love it! It has a microfiber tip on one side and the WORLD'S SOFTEST retractable bristles on the other. Like, I use this thing more as a fidget toy and for petting the bristles than for cleaning. My laptop is so gross that it's a little past hope, but this has tools have definitely helped make clearing out crumbs and erasing smudges easier and cleaning my computer more fun. It's extra handy for the rest of my desk and swiping away post-lunch debris!
Get it from Oxo for
mini massager roller to help you ease the tension that comes with sitting in awkward positions on your couch with your laptop all day.
Promising review: "Although designed primarily for feet and hands, it can be used for arms, calves, neck, and even the quads, hamstrings, and hips. It really helped loosen all the tension and knots." — Golf nut in Novi
Get it from REI for
luxe body cream with a stress-relieving eucalyptus and spearmint scent that'll also help keep your hands in working condition, instead of shriveling up from the dryness of washing them so often.
Bath & Body Works
Promising review: "This product is great! Not only is the cream very moisturizing, but it smells great too! The scent lasts me until about lunchtime, depending on how many times I wash my hands. I definitely do feel better after using this cream, so I’d say that the stress relief aspect works as well." — jdod27
Get it from Bath & Body Works for
desktop punching bag to stick next to your computer setup, just in case you're dealing with a little extra stress right now. Something tells me you are. IDK, call it a hunch.
Promising review: "I stuck this to the cabinet right inside our office door and everyone loves it! Super stress reliever and fun at the same time. Everyone leaves our office smiling and laughing after playing with it. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a quick/fun stress outlet. Well-made, quality product." — KJ the Accountant
Get it from Hammacher Schlemmer for
A downright delightful
mini Pusheen coloring book you can do a quick page from every time the contents of your inbox are ~pusheen~ the limits of your patience.
The pages tear out easily, so you can turn your masterpieces into adorable workspace decor!
Get it from Pusheen Shop for
$7.80 or Barnes & Noble for $7.99.
fun mini puzzle to give your brain a much-needed break every once in a while. It's under 100 pieces, but still just the right amount of a challenge!
I've done the
French fry and Chicago-style hotdog versions, and they're the perfect size for a desktop or to do the whole thing in about an hour!
Get it from Ban.do
jade roller that will feel super refreshing on your face and around your tired eyes (especially if you pop it in the fridge or freezer first) and can help smooth puffiness.
Check out one BuzzFeeder's take on jade rollers
here. Promising review: "Bought one for my best friend as a gift and then decided to get one for myself. I love the cool feeling after a long work day...my stress melts away...ahhhhh!" — m joie
Get it from Anthropologie for
$28+ (available in four stones).
A super squishy and sweet
plush pillow friend who'll keep you company and give you someone to lean on (literally, if you plop them at the back of your desk chair).
The Paper Store
lemur or the avocado from The Paper Store for $19.99.
funky rainbow-shaped corkboard to personalize even a temporary workspace with photos, motivational quotes, and notes-to-self and make your setup feel less blah.
It can stand up by itself but also comes with hanging hardware! Ooh, and a fun DIY stuck-at-home project would be to actually paint this baby rainbow colors! Get some tips on painting cork from
Get it from Ban.do for
And now a calming GIF to go with these calming products:
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