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    29 Affordable Things You'll Want To Add To Your Self-Care Routine

    Just a list of little things that may help make a difference in your mental clarity and happiness.

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    1. An inspiration- and joy-sparking weekly journal perfect for anyone who loves nothing more than to make lists — but rather than the usual to-do lists, you have to think about the things and people you love., Amazon

    Promising review: "This book is absolutely perfect to have as a guide, and it has so many creative writing prompts that inspire happiness. I haven't completed the entire book yet but I know I'll be sad when it ends. I hope she comes out with a second edition! This book really inspires you to find happiness in your life and to create more of it, and it's fun too." —Riley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.86. You can also get The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Togetherness for even more inspiration.

    2. A soothing ice roller that'll keep things extra chill, whether that's your face (it's the perfect wake-up call), wellbeing (also a great headache/migraine symptom reliever), attitude, life, etc. — and it helps keep redness and puffiness at bay.

    Promising review: "I use this whenever I feel tired and always after I’ve cleansed my face. I use rubbing alcohol to clean it after each use and then put it back in the freezer in its own ziplock. I notice it’s helped with redness on my face, as well as migraines. They start behind my eye so I roll it over whichever side of my head is in pain and it seems to help." —maihiro

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three designs).

    3. Handy acupressure rings to roll up and down your weary fingers and massage the reflex points after a long day of typing, working, running errands, climbing. Ahh, just right.


    Promising review: "These little guys made a believer out of me. I struggle with inflammation in my fingers and wrists due to being on the computer so much; I was having a lot of problems with my thumbs especially. My husband bought these for me and I was pretty skeptical at first, but they work. I use them almost every evening for 10–15 minutes and I have to admit I'm not having near the pain in my hands that I used to." —Diane L.

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A steaming cup of Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea to relax your racing mind with a blend of calming lavender, chamomile, honey, and lemon balm — I bet you feel more calm just thinking about those scents and flavors.

    Get it from Walmart for $3.98+, and check out all of the other Yogi tea flavors if you're feeling something else.

    5. And a special mug for housing your tea *and* inspiring you to do the damn thing!

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $9.90.

    6. An ergonomic scalp massager with Goldilocks-approved bristles — not too soft that they're ineffective and won't get rid of buildup/dandruff/itchiness, and also not too rough that they'll pull on your hair and/or irritate your scalp — as a relaxing shower moment your fingertips alone can't provide., Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually gets down to the roots and makes sure that it gets into all the spots to clean your hair. My hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product." —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.58+ (available in three colors).

    7. A plush fleece blanket you'll want to burrito up in at all times — especially when you'd like to pretend that the outside world doesn't exist.


    Promising review: "It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kind of textured sides, one side is more 'sleek' and the opposite side is more 'fluffy.' It has become one of my favorite bIankets, and I would definitely order again!!" —Emmy Liang

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in throw and twin–king sizes and 13 colors).

    8. Sheet masks all day — specifically a Facetory sheet mask subscription box to recharge dull, tired skin with lots of hydration, vitamins, and antioxidants, so you live your dewiest life possible. And, best of all, you can't really do much while you have on a mask — it's like a mindful 15–20 minute timeout.,

    I never get bored of using the same masks because this box does the curating for me and introduces new brands I would've never known otherwise into the mix. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too!

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $6.23 (for four entry-level* masks) or $11.94 (for seven premium* masks), both with free shipping.

    *Entry level masks means mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multi-step masks.

    If you'd rather stick to *one* brand of sheet masks, you can try out multipacks from popular K-beauty brands like Nature Republic, The Face Shop, Innisfree, and Neogen.

    And check out our picks for best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    9. A thoughtful book about defining and actively creating coziness that goes beyond material goods and spills into the spaces you and your loved ones occupy.


    Promising review: "Gillies' book is part memoir, part how-to, and all cozy. It takes us on a personal tour of the places, activities, and personal touches that have made her own life better and have created warmth and joy for her family. This book is a love letter to New York City, parenting, cooking, and practicing thoughtful self-care — a useful and relaxing reminder that anything can be made cozy if you set your mind (and your heart) to it." —Sarah C. Durham

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    10. Moisturizing gel socks for softening rough, weathered stompers while you lounge around and/or sleep — it's like applying lotion, but way less messy!


    Get a pair from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors, as well as gloves and a gloves/heel sleeves set).

    11. A durable, non-slip Gaiam yoga mat that'll cushion your joints as you get your workout or meditation session on.


    Promising review: "I'm the type of person who reads a lot of reviews and agonizes over every purchase. This mat is as nice as a brand-name yoga mat I received as a gift many years ago, and it's just like the mats at my yoga center. It does not slip and has a nice grip to it. I have absolutely no complaints and am quite happy with it. Plus, it's a bit thicker than regular mats, which helps my aging body a lot on wood floors. It lies completely flat on the floor and the color is pretty and much like what my monitor depicted. Go ahead and buy it! :)" —Valiant

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in 35 patterns).

    This is our low-priced pick for the best yoga mat on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. A satisfying physical exfoliator like My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel, because you deserve to see ~real results~ instantly — the clear gel transforms into little balls of cellulose as soon as you start rubbing it in, and voila, off come dead skin cells and surface debris!

    And despite its intense nature, it's totally gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's packed with calming ingredients like honey, black willow, and aloe.

    Promising review: "Good heavens, this stuff is amazing! I tried it for the first time last night on my dull, wintery skin and I could not look away from all the dead skin being lifted off my face. Every single dry and dull patch gone, and even my roughest spots felt like baby-soft skin! My over-50 enlarged pores were immediately reduced and hardly noticeable — they have not looked this good since my thirties! And that's after one use. Bonus for sensitive skin — no sensitivity, tingling, or redness during or after. Sign me up for the gallon size!!" —Paula

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A bath spa pillow that'll provide padded support for your head, neck, and shoulders, so you don't have to lean against a cold, hard tub and essentially negate the effects of a relaxing bath.


    It's made with 2" of padded foam and has seven suction cups, so no slipping or sliding occurs. It has a waterproof and nonporous surface (duh) and it's super easy to wipe clean.

    Promising review: "The best...and so damn affordable!! Got it for a close friend who loves her bath time, she has reported back that it is the absolute best spa pillow she has ever had for her personal tub. She says, 'It never slips, never deflates (cause duh, no air needed), is extremely comfortable, easy to install, easy to clean, and helps make bath time what it's supposed to feel like — a relaxing escape.' It was definitely a 'winning' gift Idea!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (also available in a "premium" version).

    14. A Bed Buddy hot/cold pack with ~moist heat~ capabilities to soothe any area that's feeling less than ideal — its plant-based therapy (think natural grains, herbs, and flowers) helps increase blood flow, relax muscles, and relieve inflamed joints.


    Be sure to not overheat it! If you want to play it safe, try heating it for less than the recommended time (1.5 minutes) and add on more time if needed.

    Promising review: "Due to chronic low back pain, I rely on the Bed Buddy to get me through the day. I recommend that you be careful not to overheat it in the microwave, or the buckwheat will burn and break down. Walmart also has the best price I've found anywhere." —MrMayo

    Get it from Walmart for $11.29.

    15. A bottle of The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash so you can envelop your body in a rich, lathering concoction of organic bladderwrack seaweed, antimicrobial neem oil, algae, and aloe vera — your body will feel as soft as a cloud and clean as a sidewalk after a storm.

    Promising review: "So I bought this on a whim because I like other Seaweed Bath Co. products and this one comes in a fragrance-free option. Now, I am hooked and here's why: it's the silkiest shower gel I ever used, the ingredient list is super great, the lather is amazing, and harvested seaweed grows back quickly. If you love luxury bath items, I sincerely recommend this as a cheap indulgence. My other favorite shower gel costs five times as much, but if I had to give up one of them, it wouldn't be the seaweed. Love this stuff." —M. Kaiserin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.04+ (available in four varieties).

    16. A pocket-sized self-care guide filled with little prompts to remind yourself to spend time doing things you truly care about and make you feel whole — there's also plenty of space for you to jot down your own ideas/thoughts.

    Free Period Press / Etsy

    It measures 4.25" x 5.5" and contains 48 pages!

    Get it from Free Period Press on Etsy for $6.

    17. A reusable red bean warming eye mask that'll help soothe your worn-out peepers after a day of staring at screens — they're basically like an express spa treatment, and each mask stays warm for 10–20 minutes!


    Promising review: "I can't sleep without it! I use to have trouble sleeping at night and due to getting few hours of sleep, I also have dark circles under my eyes. The heat helps me feel relaxed and sleepy. The sweet smell of the beans is a plus too." —Patricia Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.80.

    18. The Moodrise app, which provides what they call "digital nutrition" — it's basically like a visual ~supplement~ of positive media (images, video, audio!) designed to elevate your mood and impact brain chemistry. Because ditching your phone altogether is hard, so you might as well feed your brain something good.


    Promising review: "Simple. Beautiful. Rewarding. You choose the mental state you want to be more in and voila, you can start a therapy session. Each therapy session is a very short collection of videos that’s visually amazing. This app doesn’t lead with or force you to go through all the science behind what they’re doing unless you want to. I’ve had it with me on my commutes." —bolo-lol

    Get it from iTunes for free.

    19. Downy Lavender Serenity fabric softener sheets, because nothing beats the feeling of sinking into freshly-laundered sheets — especially when they're soft AF and smell like a field of lavender.


    Promising review: "I love this lavender scent! It's not too subtle, not overpowering. I hate the heavy, flowery scents. This is just a nice, calming scent. Softens very well also!" —Jessica and Shane

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $10.93.

    20. A monthly baking subscription box that'll deliver an original and highly delicious recipe to your doorstep, so you don't have to go out and buy the ingredients yourself — and you don't have to share the results with a single soul (unless you want to, in which case, you are a saint).


    Some examples of past boxes include: pumpkin pie with pecan streusel topping, cinnamon buns, glazed orange poppyseed muffins, etc. YUM.

    Promising review: "Every month my daughter gets this 1200 miles away. She opens it with me on FaceTime and then makes it for her roommates. She is happy, her roommates have satisfied bellies, and I am thrilled to have her a little less homesick. This was so much better than a pair of socks! She learns a skill and feels accomplished making something from scratch." —Karen B.

    Get it from Homemade Bakers on Cratejoy for $24.95+ per month (FYI, it seems that you have to get three months at a time).

    21. A cute 30-day challenge notepad to inspire the nurturing and growth of your self-esteem — because while that's a daunting task, little prompts make it fun and manageable!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12. Also available in an Instagram challenge.

    22. A Tweezerman nail block with file, buff, smooth, and shine panels (and four replacement pads for each), so you can spruce up your nails and admire their shine — dare I say, clean nails are more satisfying than a manicure?


    I dare to say, because I always screw up my polish.

    Promising review: "I have thickly ridged fingernails and this blew me away. With minimal time and effort, I had a glass effect with my nails (even to the next day). I was dubious about spending over $2 for a product that buffs nails but I'm fully on board with spending $9 now. Do yourself a favor: toss all the laughable buffers you own and just buy this." —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $8.30.

    23. Gardenia-scented Bodycology bath bombs for a relaxing soak your body is probably begging you for — throw in some candles and your favorite feel-good show, and you've carved out a oasis for yourself.

    Promising review: "Bath bombs by Bodycology create an oasis in your own home. I purchased these as a gift for my daughter who loves to be pampered with fragrances. Much cheaper and easier than going to a spa. When she uses the bath bombs, the upstairs smells like gardenia — not overwhelming, but very fresh and relaxing." —ImaBusyBee

    Get a bag of eight from Walmart for $6.97.

    24. A soothing coloring book + neon pencils set, so you can color away your stress with the help of 75 patterns designed by a neuroscientist to help focus your brain, create a space of order, improve your mood, and increase productivity.


    It also was one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2016, soooo you know it's legit.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.21 (you can also buy the book and pencils separately). There are also other books by the same author/neurologist: Brain-Science and Modern Meditation.

    25. A compact essential oil diffuser to surround yourself in a relaxing atmosphere, help clear your sinuses, and lull you into a deeper sleep.

    It works with 100% essential oils, runs quietly for up to six hours, and has two mist settings and auto-shutoff when the water runs out.

    Promising review: "I love this little humidifier! The changing colors are lovely, it runs for a long time. and makes the whole room smell great with just three drops of EOs. I actually want to get at least one more, as I find myself moving it from room to room. I like that the color change mode is optional and that there are solid color options too. I can pick a color that reminds me of the scent in it, or to match the room it is in." —Ericca Colby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors), and get a pack of six essential oils from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. A soft-bristled EcoTools bath brush that'll actually be long enough to get to those hard-to-reach areas on your back, so you can lather up and attain the baby-soft skin you deserve.

    EcoTools / Via

    It measures 19.9 inches according to one precise customer.

    Promising review: "Almost a year of use and still in love! Not the first one I have used/bought because I am rough with my brushes, but these soft bristles go fantastically with my sensitive skin. I'm just some 24-year-old guy, but I will tell you this is the best bath brush I have ever used — the bristles are not too soft for me if I scrub well enough, but they're not too hard that it hurts. Absolutely in love with it, and I get it every time my old one starts to show some bad wear and tear. I recommend it to all of my friends with sensitive skin." —lwa57

    Get it from Walmart for $5.97.

    27. A Chesapeake Bay Peace + Tranquility candle to envelop you in the calming scent of fancy cashmere jasmine as you cozy up to your favorite book or show.


    It has an approximate burn time of 50 hours and the soft frosted finish of the candle container allows the flame to gently shine through while it's burning ✨.

    Promising review: "Guys. I don’t know what ‘peace and tranquility’ or cashmere jasmine are supposed to smell like, but somehow they NAILED it. It somehow smells like a luscious white velvet — fancy and relaxing like a ridiculously luxurious spa but without any hint of business, money, or time. This was my second experience buying a candle online without smelling it first and I went with the same brand as my other one was a success as well. I do actually think the scent is worth the price (and I’m a pretty frugal person) because somehow it relaxes my place, while raising how classy it is. It really is tranquil and is an enjoyable candle to have lit while cleaning, snuggling, having guests, taking a bath, etc. I could pretty much have it going 24/7 but don’t want to use it up too quickly!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in medium, large, and coffee table sizes, as well as a diffuser version, and many other scents).

    28. A cute satin eye mask that'll provide a direct route to your ~happy place~ — aka, eyes shut and snoozing peacefully in bed.

    Get it from for $18.

    29. A fresh eucalyptus shower bouquet to transform a normal shower into a ~spa-like experience~ — the steam from the shower will trigger the release of essential oils, which can help open up your sinuses and promote relaxation all around. *ahhh*

    Baffinco / Etsy

    Get it from Baffinco Organic on Etsy for $14.69+ (available in small and large sizes).

    And if you can afford to splurge a bit, you can get an aroma-infused showerhead from Bed Bath & Beyond for $39.99.

    What's the lesson here? This, pretty much:


    Looking for more self-care inspiration? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, the best places to order care packages, and best places to buy sheets.

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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