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    Just 18 Products To Help Alleviate The Stress From The Working Week

    I am trying very hard right now not to start crying.

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    1. This Squatty Potty, the original foot stool designed to make the muscle area around your colon relax, thereby allowing you to drop your ~stool~ faster and more completely.


    Look, you're tense and as embarrassing as it may feel to admit, it can have an undesirable effect on your bowel movements. Use this much-raved about Squatty Potty to fix the situation.

    Promising review: "It took a day or two to get used to, but within a week of using it, I noticed quite a positive difference in my, uh, evacuation. It took less effort and less time, and really just made the whole process a lot more pleasant.

    In fact, within a week, it started feeling strange to use other toilets WITHOUT the Squatty Potty. I actually prefer using it now."

    Kat Angus

    Read the entire low down on the Squatty Potty here.

    Buy for $39.99 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This Sensori + Macedon Trail Detoxifying Mist that smells like a walk in an Australian forest after rain — and will literally improve the quality of the air around you.

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    This air-detoxifying mist will break down airborne toxins and odour, and replace it with a scent that, honestly, smells like ~luxury~. Hours in a concrete building can take its toll on anyone and the scent of this mist instantly transports me to an evergreen, unmistakably Aussie nature setting.

    A blend of geranium, vetiver and Aussie sandalwood, this one is for the nature lovers.

    Buy 100ml for $70 from Myer.

    3. These blemish patches, which protect your stress-induced acne from bacteria as it heals.

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    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches for $5.90 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This We-Vibe Wand, because nothing relieves stress like a good old fashioned orgasm. And you can quote me on that.

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    It's quite something to look at, isn't it? A one-touch switch on the ergonomic handle acts like a dimmer switch, upping or turning down the intensity depending on your mood. Favourite feature? Advanced technology means that once pressed against you, the Wand immediately vibrates, then stops as it's drawn away. It is fitted with Bluetooth connectivity which means that your partner can control it with an app — and two playful attachments means anyone can have a go.

    Buy for $269 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This smart ceramic mug, because you know who deserves a bevvy at the perfect temperature after the rough week they've had? You do!


    I do not know what it's like to have a hot cup of tea. Like, I can not even fathom the sensation. Who has the time to sit with a mug in hand, waiting for it to reach the optimum temperature before it gets cold?! Enter this ceramic mug which will keep your drink at the exact temperature you prefer, is controlled via app and sits on a charging coaster — ready for whenever you need a caffeine kick.

    Buy for $79.95 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This memory foam travel pillow, which will prop your head up when you inevitably fall asleep on the commute home.


    My husband literally brings a travel pillow with him to and from work, every day. I make fun of him, but he sure does look comfortable. This pillow might just convince me to cross over to the dark (read: dorky) side. Made of dense memory foam, it moulds to the shape your head, in whichever angle you choose to place it — infinitely more comfortable than inflatable or bean bag models.

    Buy for $22.09 from Amazon Australia.

    7. This French press, because you're trying to not give so much of your income to your local barista this year, but still need the caffeine to keep powering through the week.


    I've only recently become a coffee addict and already the damage to my bank account is eye-watering. This beauty of a device will extract aromatic oils and subtle flavours — unlike machines that soak it all up in their paper filters. With nothing but coarsely ground coffee, hot water and four minutes, you can up your caffeine intake once you feel the effects of the afternoon slump.

    Buy for $41.97 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This Lush Sleepy lotion, to help lull you to sleep if the cause of your exhaustion is a lack of zzz's

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    This is the sleep aid every tired human needs in their life and I will not rest until you all experience this magical lotion. It's this heavenly mix of oatmeal, lavender oil, organic cocoa butter and a bunch of other natural goodies. Plus, it smells divine. You will never sleep better than getting out of the shower, lathering this on, then jumping under the covers.

    Plus, Lush only purchases from suppliers that don't test on animals, so you'll feel better bulk buying this when you inevitably become addicted.

    Buy a 95g tub for $17.95 from Lush.

    9. This bath pillow, because at the end of the day, you'll no doubt want to rest your head and the edge of a hard tub does not a cushion make.


    I 100% percent prefer showers because lying in a bath is not as comfortable as movies lead you to believe – my neck can never find a comfortable position. This bath pillow would allow me my much desired rest, thanks to an ergonomic design to support my neck and back. It's easy to wipe down, is waterproof and non-porous.

    Buy for $72.20 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This Mario Badescu facial spray, which will give tight, dry and tired skin that little bit of pep needed to get through the 3 p.m. slump.

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    Cult beauty favourite Mario Badescu is responsible for refreshed faces all over, with this facial spray you really ought to have sitting on your desk. Formulated with rose, thyme and gardenia, it can be used to hydrate skin before or after makeup — but we suggest you use it to calm your senses and give you a pep whenever the occasion calls for it.

    Buy a 118ml bottle for $10 from Mecca

    11. This rechargeable, hand held deep tissue massager, because your tired muscles deserve some love and attention.


    My idea of luxury are massages. Like, keep your fancy chocolates, your champagne, first class plane tickets (actually, I wouldn't mind those) — just soothe me of my many aches and pains. This is the number one bestselling electric massager on Amazon — it features a powerful motor that can produce up to 3600 pulses per minute, so you can trust it to loosen the tightest of knots. It comes with five different head attachments, so it is effective wherever you choose to use it.

    Buy for $45.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This L'Oréal Paradise Lash Mascara, because when you're exhausted, nothing says ready to take on the world more than some wide-eyed, dressed up peepers.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is the only mascara I've tried that doesn't leave a black smudge in the bottom outer corner of my eye by the end of the day. The ONLY one! It's super customisable, so you can just swipe on a quick coat when you're running out the door to get a bagel on Saturday and don't want to wear a lot of makeup or you can really build up the coverage for a mega-lashed look (without clumping). It provides equal parts length and volume and makes lashes look dramatic but not crazy. Plus, it does NOT flake off throughout the day, yet it's really easy to remove at night (meaning you don't lose any precious hairs). It also comes in a super-pretty tube, which always helps.

    I went to the movies with friends last week and one of them said, "Your eyelashes look long!" I literally assumed she was talking to somebody else, so I didn't say anything. When she repeated herself, I said, "Who, me?" It was a delight. My first eyelash compliment. All due to this L'Oréal mascara. And at its low price, maybe I'll actually toss it and replace it like I'm supposed to after three months."

    Maitland Quitmeyer

    Buy for $12.48 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This book, Small Pleasures by The School of Life, which, in stressful times, will help you to reflect on the little things that give you big joy.

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    I actually have this book and can't help but pick it up whenever I'm feeling low on energy. It deep-dives into 52 small pleasures that we often overlook, discussing the ways in which they bring joy and comfort to our lives without us even realising. Special shout out to "The Fish Shop", which somehow makes the sight of cold, dead fish an opportunity for contemplation about the mysterious far reaches of the ocean.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $26.92 and the Kindle edition for $11.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. These aromatherapy essential oils, which will help relieve the tension built up from having to adult all day, every day.


    I'm always going on about the healing effects of natural ingredients. After so much time with other people, dealing with well, life, it can all get a bit draining — try the lavender oil to relax, or sweet orange and ylang ylang for their uplifting properties.

    Buy the pack of eight for $26.99 from Amazon Australia.

    15. And this aromatherapy oil diffuser, which will distribute said calming scents to the far reaches of your room.


    This aromatherapy oil diffuser has the capacity to last for more than 20 hours, without a single top up. In addition to changing the atmosphere of a room through scent, it is also fitted with seven different LED coloured lights — so you can project soothing colours onto your walls after days and nights socialising.

    Buy for $30.99 from Amazon Australia.

    16. This T2 Sleep Tight loose leaf tea, which will instantly settle you and your over-stimulated nerves.


    T2 has packaged six of their most popular blends in limited edition tins — this, the Sleep Tight, contains lemon balm, lavender, jasmine blossoms and rose petals. A soothing aroma with a gentle, sweet flavour you'll want to buy in bulk.

    Buy a 50g tin for $22 from Amazon Australia.

    17. This bathtub tray, which will keep everything you need to stay entertained close at hand during a long soak.


    A no-brainer purchase, really. Your tub has been neglected of late and a night in calls for a good soak. This bamboo tub caddy tray extends to the far reaches of most baths with its extendable arms and stays in place thanks to ergonomic grooves. A wine glass slide opening (genius), smartphone platform, tablet stand and room for more (snacks, I'm talking about snacks) — it's an exhausted human's dream.

    Buy for $42.99 from Amazon Australia.

    18. And finally, this memory foam pillow with cooling gel, so you're never overheated in the night and get your eight hours (or seven, let's not be too ambitious).


    This is the number one best-selling in throw pillow inserts on Amazon. Designed to retain its shape for months on end, this pillow will keep your neck aligned with their spine all night long. Most exciting? The cooling gel pads keep heads and necks cool whilst you sleep — perfect for the Aussie summer.

    Buy for $59.90 from Amazon Australia.

    Me, finally relaxing with these things after the week from hell.


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