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    Mar 26, 2020

    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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    1. The Two Minute Mornings journal 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.

    Chronicle Books, Sarah Han/BuzzFeed

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $15.72, Chronicle Books for $16.95, or from Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $15.59.

    2. A LOL-worthy mug any Seinfeld fan can sip their coffee from instead of (or perhaps in addition to) shouting up at the ceiling.


    Get it from BeyondTheSeen on Etsy for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    3. 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 $10.

    4. A 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.

    5. A jumbo doughy, squishy stress ball that might just become your new main ~squeeze~. Sorry to your old work wife.

    Urban Outfitters

    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 $12.

    6. 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!

    Knock Knock

    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 $14.

    7. A fun, whimsical fine-tip pen that'll cheer you up every time you have to jot something down.

    PrincetonPieces/Etsy, EmbellishMyWorld/Etsy

    Get the chonky hamster pen from PrincetonPieces on Etsy for $2.99 (available in four colors) and the narwhal pen from EmbellishMyWorld on Etsy for $2.25 (available in four colors).

    8. 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 $45.

    9. 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).

    10. 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.

    Urban Outfitters

    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).

    11. 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.


    Get it from CedarandStoneGarden on Etsy for $10.50 (available in 18 colors).

    12. An 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.

    Best Buy

    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 $139.99.

    13. A "You are a badass" button you can press for one of five motivational quotes when you need a reminder of how awesome you are.

    Paper Source

    It also comes with a mini book full of advice and more inspo!

    Get it from Paper Source for $9.95.

    14. A 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 $9.99.

    15. A 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 $24.95.

    16. A 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 $15.50.

    17. A sturdy 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.

    Hammacher Schlemmer

    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 $19.95.

    18. 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.

    Pusheen Shop

    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.

    19. A 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 $15.

    20. An elegant 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 stress melts away...ahhhhh!" —m joie

    Get it from Anthropologie for $28+ (available in four stones).

    21. A teeny-tiny zen garden to bring calm AND cuteness to your desk.


    Get it from Firebox for $7.99 (originally $9.99).

    22. 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

    Get the lemur or the avocado from The Paper Store for $19.99.

    23. A 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 Hunker.

    Get it from for $42.

    And now a calming GIF to go with these calming products:


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