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    27 Things To Buy If You've Had A Bad Day At Work

    People talk about the winter blues but no one talks about the work blues and if you've got 'em, this one's for you.

    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. A Knock Knock paper voodoo notepad you can use to doodle, write, vent frustrations, and work through all your ugly feelings of the day. Then rip it up and throw it out as if you're throwing out all those bad thoughts!


    Promising review: "Hahaha bought this for my coworker who is struggling with incorrigible students. Yep... I know it’s 'wrong' or politically incorrect, but some students are so awful we just need a humorous release. I highly recommend this for those days you need to vent but don’t have anyone to vent to. Use it BEFORE you send out that scathing email or send that snarky text message. You will sleep better for it and your reputation will remain intact." —English Teacher

    Get it from Amazon for $11.17.

    2. A combo pack of 16 Dermal sheet masks that contain vitamin E and collagen for plump, hydrated skin. They target different concerns so you can choose whichever one your skin needs that day, kick back, turn on some ♫ tunes ♫, and forget all about your bad day while the mask does its work.,

    I use these and absolutely love how refreshed and healthy my skin feels afterward. It also doesn't feel thirsty or starved for nutrients after, and my skin naturally looks brighter and dewier.

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are legit. I use one every night, it has been week one and my skin has never looked better! I haven’t had the confidence to step out without foundation in a while. After using these sheet masks consistently, I actually want to go out without foundation. My skin feels smooth, it looks soft, clear, bright, and glows! Not only does it work on me but my mom has been using them with me and there has been obvious improvement in her skin texture. After washing my face at night, I slap one of these babies on for 30 minutes and remove the sheet. Massage the extra essence into my skin and neck and I wake up with dewy, soft, supple, and glowing skin. My skin stays moisturized all day. I can’t live without these now. The price is so worth it for the results." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four amounts).

    3. A vintage-looking five-year journal for some self-therapy — jot down your thoughts, clear your head, and have a little something to look back on when you're reminiscing on yourself five years from now!


    Promising review: "I used to journal and I've been wanting to get back into it. I just don't have the time. And it intimidates me, writing so much every day. This eliminates both problems. I write only a couple of sentences per day. It forces me to be creative and concise. I really have to think about what was most important for the day to write down. What will I want to look back and remember in the coming years? I find it thought provoking. This is just a great system. The book is quite small. It's very attractive looking. I love the ribbon bookmark, which is very functional." —Boxman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17

    4. A pretty candle reminiscent of a library or of Grandma's kitchen so you can escape through its comforting scents of library books and old leather or butter, apples, and cookies. It's like a hug but in candle form.


    Get them from Homesick for $29.95: the Library candle here and Grandma's Kitchen here.

    5. A Pokémon planter shaped like Bulbasaur because Bulbasaur is cute and reliable and you can spend your time in his company whenever you're too upset to deal with anything else at work but can't go straight home.

    RCubedCreations / Etsy

    Get it from RCubedCreations on Etsy for $19.99 (available in three sizes).

    6. A very helpful and friendly cat-shaped note dispenser that looks like it could also be your therapist. Even when you're having a bad day, you'll have something to smile about.


    It comes with a pad of sticky notes but you can buy replacement ones when you run out.

    Promising review: "I love this cute little sticky note-holder! Cats are my favorite to begin with and getting to have one on my desk to hold my notes is purr-fect. It has a great weight making it so as you pull notes from it, it doesn't move and the bottom has rubber grips so it won't scratch any surface it will be placed on. On top of that, replacing the notes is easy since as the notes dwindle, there is a button behind that you just push in and slide the new notes over." —Unlit

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    7. A charming animal desk calendar because it's eye-catching, will make your desk look pretty and give it some character, and therefore you'll feel a little bit better sitting at your desk trying to calm down if you see things like cute pandas and polar bears and all-around good art.


    This calendar is eco-friendly and printed on 30% recycled cover stock. 10% of sales will also be donated to The Center for Biological Diversity to help save the very animals you see in the art!

    Get it from ModernPrintedMatter on Etsy for $7. If you want the wall version instead, you can get it for $14.

    8. A pack of super effective CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patches because a bad day means a long day and a long day means a stressful day and a stressful day means — pimples! These will fight those nasty whiteheads and protect blemishes from external pollutants and infection. Armed with them, what's a bad day or two on your skin?


    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I don't usually suffer from acne but I have a few pimples pop up, and now I have a surefire way of getting rid of them. Even my BF with terrible acne uses them and it works perfectly. Pop a patch on the night before and the next day the pimple is gone, no more swelling or irritation. The patch is barely visible and you can see it pulling the dirty oils out your face. Once it’s done I see a white mark on the patch. So satisfying. Why don’t more people know about this!? It’s a life-saver!" —Kevari

    Get a pack for $4.73 or a four-pack for $14.20 (both from Amazon)

    9. A roll-on migraine relief stick you'll cry over (and then smile). If work is giving you a headache and everyone's getting on your nerves, this little guy's loaded with therapeutic essential oils like peppermint and spearmint to help ease those headaches. It's also small enough to carry in your purse.

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    You can apply this to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. We here at BuzzFeed swear by this too! Check out our review of the Migrastil Migraine Stick Roll-on to see why we love it.

    Promising review: "I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. A foot spa with heat bubbles and massaging rollers because you deserve all that indulgence after 8-9 hours of being stuck at work.


    You can set the heat temperature, vibration, and bubble settings to your liking. The massaging rollers can be removed if you don't want them.

    Promising review: "Works well! The bubbles' pressure is minimal but very relaxing with the vibrating function turned on — which is also minimal and relaxing. The vibration is not intense at all on the floor and it is not ultra-sonic but still operates rather quietly — no need to raise your TV volume. I get to enjoy a nice foot bath in the comfort of my home for a very reasonable price!" —Freddy

    Get it from Amazon for $62.99.

    11. A pack of light-dimming covers that'll mellow down all the bright LEDs from your electronics at home so after work, you can just crash in bed without having to worry about harsh glares bothering you all night. A well-rested night will help you forget all about a bad workday and let you start afresh!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! If you're looking for something to DIM, then this is for you. Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $6.49.

    12. A rose salt soak to help soothe the stress of a heated day because let's be real: a bad day gets you heated. This has a relaxing scent and organic ingredients loaded with antioxidants and vitamins so you'll be over your bad day in no time.


    Get it from Verishop for $25.

    13. A handcrafted and customizable wooden notebook to keep on your desk for those bad days. The pretty design will compel you to reach for it and write or draw to vent whenever you just need a moment to yourself after a not-so-pleasant workday.

    MineByDesignStudio / Etsy

    You can personalize your journal by customizing the inside front cover.

    Get it from MineByDesignStudio on Etsy for $29+: the typewriter design here and the sunflower design here.

    14. A scalp-massaging and deep-cleaning shampoo brush so you can pamper your head and hair and wash away all your worries during your evening shower.


    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels when you're using it! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually goes down to the roots and gets into all the spots it can to clean your hair. I can tell you right now that my hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product. I would definitely recommend this!" —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in three colors).

    15. A coffee table book that gives super scientific answers to hilariously absurd hypothetical questions like "What would happen if everyone on earth was in the same place and they all jumped simultaneously?" Keep this on your desk and read a page or two on a bad day for a good chuckle!


    Promising review: "I have a teen who HATES reading. But seemed to really LOVE this book. Probably due to a combination of the absurdity (and hilarity) and the comics interspersed. This book will appeal to teens all the way to adult, anyone who likes to think 'what if' about crazy scenarios, then wants to know the science to back it up (all while being entertained in a funny/absurd way). There's a lot of math and physics in here but it's done in such a way you don't need to be a scholar to get it. Very well done and with a wide appeal. Very funny! Great for people who don't traditionally like reading!" —Kit

    Get it from Amazon for $15.39 (available in five editions)

    16. An ethereal color-changing moon lamp that emulates soft moonlight. You can sleep away all the bad and ugly of the day under the guise of a pretty full moon. It'll put you at peace!


    This has 16 colors. The moon itself is true to the actual moon's surface and texture. It can be controlled by touch or by remote and runs on a rechargeable battery. You can charge the lamp on your computer, power bank, or wall outlet.

    Promising review: "I remember seeing something like this listed for over $50. I wanted one so badly because I'm obsessed with the moon and thought it would be a beautiful thing to have as a night light, but I'm cheap and didn't want to spend that much. Well, here came this listing and OMG I love it! I love how many colors you have control over and the fade function is my favorite to use. It's real easy to set up; you just have to charge it with the provided USB charger. The remote works as soon as the moon is removed from the charger and AHH it's so cool! It can really set the mood for whatever you're going for. I enjoy the detail on the actual moon; all the bumps and grooves add to the realism while the colors make it fun and interesting. You can have a "moon-color" warm or white light too. I am so happy with this purchase!" —Tiffini

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in six sizes)

    17. Death Wish coffee to mimic how your soul feels after work drains you. Turning to caffeine always helps, amirite or amirite?


    Promising review: "OK folks, words of warning....if you have heart conditions, ration out your coffee. I'm serious; heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single handedly raising the Titanic on your own; all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned!" —ITsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (also available in whole beans or coffee pods).

    18. A Disney+ one-year subscription because if you haven't already hopped on the Disney+ train, well lemme tell you: it's a great mood-lifter.

    Disney Plus

    Get it from Disney+ for $69.99.

    19. A set of way-too-adorable cat-shaped sticky notes that you can use as bookmarks, memos, reminders...these cuties will be sure to brighten up your not-so-great experience at work just a little.


    Promising review: "These cute sticky notes are not just for kids, any cat-lover would love them. It makes me smile when I see the cute cat marking my place without destroying the book. Thank you for these cute cats. They bring smiles to others when I use them as gifts as well." —annoymous

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. A small lotus aroma diffuser — use refreshing scents like rain, ocean, and bamboo to refresh your mind and cool both your room and your head so you can calm down. Moreover, it'll humidify dry air, and serve as a perfectly pretty piece of decor. I don't know about you but I need this. Like, now.


    This diffuser is portable, plugs with a USB cord, can run continuously for 12-15 hours, can hold up to 200mL water, and switches off automatically when there's no more water. It has three work modes and is touch-control so you tap it to change the modes, and there's a color indicator for each mode. It has a sponge wick lock and a tiny wick for easy replacement.

    Promising review (for the diffuser): "I love the clean and simple look of this diffuser. Perfect size for a small area. I have used it several times with no issues." —Marilyn

    Get them from Amazon: the diffuser for $19.99 and the essential oils for $16.95.

    21. An Amazon Fire TV Stick so after a taxing day, you can race home, cozy up, and feel better with your favorite movies and shows (or even start a new one). And just ask Alexa to do all the work for you (she can't make you popcorn but she can pick out something great to watch!).


    Promising review: "We hesitated to buy a Fire Stick for so long and I finally got one for our house at Christmas. So glad I did. It is very convenient to have all our TV apps in one place. We don't have to go and log into Netflix, and then exit that and go log into Hulu. Now if I want to switch from Netflix to Prime, I just push a couple buttons to move over into a new app. Another great thing is the ability to just say what you want to watch via Alexa. For instance, you can say, 'Tom Hanks,' and it will come up with all the movies he has been in. We also enjoy playing games on the Fire Stick. Many games are free and some require payment." —Thorsmom

    Check out our full review of the Fire Stick to see why we think you need this too!

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    22. A super adorable Totoro figurine to watch over you and make you smile every time you see it. He'll cheer you up in no time.


    This is four inches tall. It'll add a nice touch to your desk or shelf collection, especially for fans of Studio Ghibli and anime!

    Promising review: "This arrived on time and in one piece. It's so cute! I've had to tape it down because everyone who walks by my desk has to pick it up lol." —Bluejeanbugga

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. A monthly YA book subscription box that throws in self-care goodies so your stress levels from dealing with a bad day at the office will go down because that can be pretty exhausting to say the least.


    The box includes themed items like mugs, snacks, sheet masks, bath bombs, and more!

    Promising review: "I researched a ton of book subscription boxes before finding Unplugged Book Box. What sets them apart, to me, is their intentional focus on self-care. Each item in their box encourages you to slow down and to think about what self-care might look like for you. For some people it’s gratitude journaling (they’ll provide a word of the month and journaling prompts), for some it’s a physical act (such as applying a face mask) and of course, for many, it’s literally unplugging and getting lost in a great new book. They also talk a lot about the connection between self-care and overall health and wellbeing a lot on their website and through social media. I also think the box is a great deal, based on all my market research, haha." —Rhonda

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33.25/mo.

    24. A mini screaming goat figure — it's a real-life version of those viral screaming goat videos everyone loves. When you're upset at work, just press the button to hear it shriek and let the goat take out your frustrations.


    The figure comes with a 32-page illustrated pocket guide filled with fun facts and trivia about, well, goats!

    Promising review: "This was hilarious! Both the figurine and the book. Bought for a co-worker, we all laughed and laughed each time we made it scream! We even played it over the loudspeaker for our warehouse workers to hear, and hearing it over that loudspeaker had us cracking up the rest of the day! Wouldn't have thought it be so popular but everyone loves it, especially the guy who it's for!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    25. A little elephant planter to keep on your desk because plants are good for the heart and elephants are good for the soul.


    There is a drainage hole at the bottom of this planter, and it also comes with a drainage dish for easy planting.

    Promising review: "Omg! These are so cute! Bought these as a set for my succulents. Perfect size, well made and nicely detailed (the shapes, the eyes and the noses) and for such an affordable price! Now my friends want these too! Definitely A+. I'm equally happy with the seller. They took extra effort with the packaging. Each succulent pot was individually wrapped twice in bubble wrap & then put in a box. Very professional!" —bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A soothing roll-on for the most relaxing sleep. It's formulated with an essential oil blend that includes valerian, chamomile, and lavender so if you're just tossing and turning, unable to sleep after a meh day, this'll help get you that nice deep shut-eye every night!


    Promising review: "I first bought this product in spring and it really helps me to relax and sleep. I recommended to a friend and she, too, is sleeping better. A must for anyone having trouble sleeping." —Pauline

    Get it from Saje for $28.

    27. A pair of Vibes earplugs that comfortably decrease the volume of loud environments while still letting you hear clearly. Feeling upset? Pop these in at work so you don't have to be disturbed by unnecessary volume and unnecessary people. Plus, the almost invisible design means no one has to know.


    Promising review: "I have tinnitus/ear ringing and VERY sensitive hearing, but still love to watch live music, so I have to do SOMETHING. So I went a-searchin. That's when I came across these, remembered seeing them on Shark Tank, and took a chance on buying some. I have REALLY small ears and usually need children's versions of anything for ears, so I was worried these wouldn't fit. Guess what? They did! They're meant to create a seal, not just be shoved into your ear canal like others. It feels SO much better. So all y'all adults with small ears and/or ear canals, get you some of these. They'll complete you. These are awesome, and I am so happy I bought them. I could hear the sound well (don't be thinking you can wear ear protection and not lose ANY sound quality, I could carry on a conversation with them in, and was so happy overall. Best ear protection experience I've ever had! They weren't uncomfortable or falling out. I am a fan. A big, big fan." —KP

    Get a pair from Amazon for $23.98 (includes sizes S-L and comes with a carrying case)

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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