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    37 Practical Things To Help Stave Off The Sunday Scaries

    And the Monday scaries...and Tuesday scaries...just all the scaries.

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    1. A soft weighted blanket you'll want to live under for the entire weekend. Meant to simulate being held, reviewers have noted this weighted blanket helps ease anxiety and promote sleep., Amazon

    Promising review: "This blanket is so nice!!! I tend to get cold easily at night and everyone else likes to keep the house cool, so I needed a big heavy blanky to crawl under when I’m freezing. I really didn’t expect the material to be this soft. The weight is really evenly distributed, like it’s sewn into place and will not bunch up over time. I like that the case it came in is reusable for storage too during the hottest parts of summer when it will go under the bed." —Chel

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four sizes and seven weights).

    2. A weekly to-do list notepad that allows you to see all the things you have to do next week (and next week, too) so you can plan your days accordingly. And maybe when you've checked everything off, you can treat yourself? (Yes, you deserve it.)

    the knock knock this week pad on a wooden desk next to a blue pen

    Promising review: "I love this because it's satisfying to check things off a list and to be able to see what you've done. I also love that when I'm finished with one day, I can scan and quickly see if I can get ahead somewhere else, including in the 'next week' square. It doesn't take up a ton of room on my desk like a desk calendar would, and it's not bulky like a lot of planners." —sassette00

    Get it from Amazon for $8.10+ (available in 15 styles).

    3. A ceramic travel mug with an attachable tea infuser if you know you won't have time to enjoy your English breakfast tea at home. It'll also keep your drink hot for up to three hours!


    Tryeh is a small business creating unique mugs, glasses, tumblers, and teapots!

    Promising review: "I've been looking for the perfect infuser system for my morning tea, and this is pretty perfect. The tumbler is well insulated so it never gets too hot to handle. The infuser cup attaches to the lid and comes right off. The only down side is that the lid is not water tight, so make sure to have a long tea stirrer handy instead of shaking it to mix in other ingredients." —Bridget Fahey

    Get it from Tryeh on Etsy for $26.

    4. Or a luxe travel mug that reads "boss babe" because after that second cup of coffee, you'll be ready to run everything.

    a hand holding the boss babe rose gold matte black travel mug on a busy city street
    Effie's Paper

    Effie's Paper is a Black woman-owned small business specializing in stationery, coffee mugs, and travel mugs for the bold.

    Get it from Effie's Paper on Etsy for $25.

    5. A mood-setting 7 p.m. candle and a refreshing 9 a.m. candle to help make your nights feel more liberating and then put a springy pep in your step in the mornings.

    the 7pm candle and the 9am candle on a marble surface
    The Break

    The Break is a woman-founded lifestyle brand based in Brooklyn focused on providing high-quality, innovative, and contemporary home goods and fashion.

    Both candles are hand-poured and made of soy wax. The 7 p.m. candle has notes of dark musk, sandalwood, and amber. The 9 a.m. candle has notes of leather, tobacco, and jasmine.

    Get the 7PM candle from The Break for $32, and the 9AM candle for $32.

    6. A dimmable desktop ring light so at least you know that you'll look good during your early morning Zoom meeting...and your mid-afternoon Zoom meeting...oh, and that last minute Zoom meeting you'll get an invite for at 5:30.

    reviewer image of an android mounted to a lit up ubeesize ring light

    Promising review: "This is a great and inexpensive ring light that allows you to attach your cell phone. Great for video calls, selfies, and doing your makeup. In this day of Zoom calls, it's nice to see what you will look like and be able to control it! It was extremely easy to set up right out of the box. It can be set up vertically or horizontally, and the tripod can be angled and rotated. There is also a remote that immediately paired up with my iPhone's Bluetooth for taking photos with my phone. All in all, I can tell that I will use this more than I thought I would!" —cindypoole

    Get it from Amazon for $20.39.

    7. An adjustable sunrise alarm clock that'll gently wake you up with sunlight and your choice of nature sounds. Start the day with ease and comfort so you are grounded when the day speeds up!

    reviewer image of the Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock on a nightstand with text that reads "i don't wake up grumpy anymore"

    Promising review: "I’ve never been a 'morning person' and alarm clocks have historically been loud and obnoxious options to waking up, so I decided to try this. Now, it hasn’t made me suddenly cheerful in the morning, but it’s definitely a more calming alternative.

    Other than the obvious reasons for trying this kind of clock, this particular one has many awesome settings! It has multiple levels of brightness and different colors. It can also double as a sound machine that can play soothing sounds at night. When using the alarm function, the sunrise comes on 10 minutes before the alarm goes off. You can also plug your phone into it for charging. I love the versatility of this alarm clock. You should get it." —JRRInBoston

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    8. A five-pack of glass food storage containers because investing in doing meal prep on the weekends means less time to stress about what to eat throughout the week. And each container has two compartments so you can mix up each meal!

    two glass meal prep containers full of food

    Promising review: "We purchased these to help with meal prep ahead of time so that we can make a weeks worth of meals one day and portion them out over the week. These fit that need to a T. They help keep portion sizes under control because I can really eat if left to my vices. They reheat well and freeze well too." —Gene Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+.

    9. A variety pack of Recess sparkling water for anyone seeking some flavored calm and clarity. This hemp-infused sparkling water is mixed with real fruit juice to naturally help relieve you of stress.

    three cans of recess sparkling water on a kitchen counter
    Taylor Steele / BuzzFeed

    So, I've tried three flavors (blackberry chai, peach ginger, and pomegranate hibiscus), and I can honestly say that Recess' special blend heightened my ability to focus and gave me a full-body sense of calm and relaxation. Plus, they're super delicious and made with organic ingredients. Win-win-win.

    Get a 6-pack from Amazon for $35.99.

    10. A set of round acne patches or extra-large square acne patches loaded with zit-shrinking hydrocolloid and tea tree oil, because the last thing you need is to wake up to an unwelcomed blemish.,

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am addicted. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of 8 extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    Check out "These Satisfying Acne Patches Deserve A National Holiday, Change My Mind."

    11. An aroma diffuser designed to act as both diffuser *and* humidifier, creating cool, fragrant mists that will make the dreariest of days feel like a spa day. Plus it looks like marble so it'll complement any room it's in.

    The Hathaspace Marble Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser in a bedroom

    All you need now are a few drops of essential oil!

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a diffuser that actually works and have to say that I couldn't be happier with this aroma diffuser. With the time settings, I'm never worried about it running too long and the lights are a great bonus! It works like a charm and fills my living room with scents from my therapeutic essential oils. I get compliments every time I have guests." —Daryl O.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A dry erase calendar so you can stay ~up to date~ on all of your appointments, deadlines, meetings, to-do lists, so you don't have to worry about something important slipping through the cracks. Just make sure to throw some self-care days on there, too.

    the u brands dry erase calendar mounted on a wall with notes in several dates

    Promising review: "We have been using this board monthly for about three years. I use a variety of color markers, and all of it comes off at the end of the month with a little bit of windex or rubbing alcohol. Each day is big enough for four lines of small text, and the side of the board is perfect for reminders and shopping lists." —Liz

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    13. A luxuriously oversized temperature-regulating blanket made of eight layers of 100% muslin cotton so soft, you'll easily drift off to sleep on Sunday nights. The real question is whether you'll be too comfy to get out of bed Monday morning...

    the arctic white 365 blanket on a bed in a minimally decorated bedroom
    Muslin Comfort

    Promising review: "This blanket got me through the Houston ice storm when power was out for three days and temperatures were as low as 10 degrees. It's also comfortable when it’s 70 degrees outside! It's so versatile. I also love that it's oversized. This is the first blanket that’s ever fit right on my king size bed." —Elizabeth S

    Get it from Muslin Comfort for $149.99+ (available in sizes oversized twin to oversized king and in seven colors).

    14. A pack of shower steamers that'll fizz and diffuse, filling your shower with refreshing and rejuvenating fragrances as they mingle with the steam. Yes, your bathroom is now an aromatherapy sauna. Wait, is that a thing?

    a pack of lavender geranium shower steamers
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15 (available in five fragrances).

    15. A deep tissue massage gun whose 20 levels of intensity will melt any tensions you are likely holding in your neck, shoulders, and back. It even comes with six massage heads that'll target different muscles and promote recovery and flexibility.

    Promising review: "I purchased this upon my wife's urging as we both have some tight and sore spots which need a little attention. And since getting a massage is not possible these days, this massager has been perfect!

    It comes in a nice case which holds everything neatly: massager, six massaging heads, and charger. There's a small pamphlet included which gives you an idea of which heads are best for which body parts, but I'd say do a little experimentation. This thing really does the job and my neck feels better than it has in months! Its battery life is exceptional and charging is actually pretty fast. If you're looking for a hand-held massager at a pretty good price, you can't go wrong with this one!" —Marc L Tavasci

    Get it from Amazon for $115.99.

    16. A bottle of melatonin sleep gummies if your Sunday scaries tend to manifest as insomnia. Just take two tasty gummies 30 minutes before bedtime to hopefully slip more easily into sleep.

    The container of the sleep gummies

    Be sure to check out our write-up of these sleep gummies!

    Promising review: "I've tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They've worked the best out of any of the others I've tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!" —Jaime Arnold

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $12.42

    17. Anxiety relief dough scented with ylang-ylang, tangerine, bergamot, chamomile, and peppermint essential oils. So punch and mold some aromatherapy slime and calm the heck down!

    a hand holding a jar of bye bye anxiety therapy dough
    Slime Fantasies

    Slime Fantasies is a woman-owned slime shop specializing in, you guessed it, SLIME! Get your hands on several cute containers of scented and doughy slime.

    Promising review: "I struggle with severe social and generalized anxiety, and this slime is wonderful! Not only does it keep me focused and helps me distress, it also smells wonderful! The smell really does make me feel calm and relaxed, and the texture is not your usual sticky slime; it is very calming. I will definitely be back to purchase more in the future." —Yliannette Ortiz

    Get it from Slime Fantasies on Etsy for $13.99.

    18. An ergonomically designed scalp massager that'll help soften your anxieties. It'll also help soothe psoriasis, ease itchiness, and provide soothing sensations during your shower.,,

    Amazon reviewers noted that this little buddy worked for their various hair types.

    Promising review: "This is a great little tool. My daughter and I both have VERY thick hair. Mine is especially difficult because it's curly. I have a combination of type 3A and 3B curly hair. My daughter always had a hard time getting to her scalp with shampoo and conditioner which caused some flaking and dandruff. Since she's been using this, that has stopped. It's made it much easier for both of us to get down to the root shaft. For people saying 'just use your fingernails,' this works better. I've had long and short nails and this still works better. It's easy to grip and clean. No complaints here." —J. Love

    Get it from Amazon for $8.58+ (available in four colors).

    19. A subscription to meal kit delivery service Home Chef because you don't have the time or energy to come up with something to cook and then actually cook it! Home Chef is a budget-friendly way to relieve a little stress from your life so you can go into the week prepared for success.

    A Home Chef meal with chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms

    You'll be able to customize your meals based off of your food preferences and any foods you want to avoid.

    Meals start at $6.99 at Home Chef.

    20. An ice roller so you can help freeze those scaries (read: muscle pains) right in their tracks! Just pop it in the freezer then roll it over your eyelids, neck, and back for some body ache relief.

    reviewer image of a customer rolling the esarora ice roller on their face

    Promising review: "I was in the habit of rolling a cold can of soda on my forehead to help with tension headaches and sinus pain, but that was cumbersome and not always cold enough. This ice roller works so well to ease pain from sinuses and tension. It froze very quickly and I felt instant relief. The rolling motion even cleared my sinuses, and I could breathe better right away. I love this. Would highly recommend." —DT

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in nine colors).

    21. A set of six extra large bath bombs infused with essential oils and shea butter to help reduce stress and promote inner calm. You deserve an upgraded bath time.

    reviewer image of the lagunamoon bath bombs in their box packaging next to a lit candle

    Promising review: "I’ve tried other bath bombs in the past, but none of them put on a show quite like these from Lagunamoon! These fizzed and spun just like the bath bombs I’d watched on YouTube. Each bomb comes individually wrapped within the package, and they all managed to keep their own individual scents which impressed me. My skin was left feeling silky and smooth. This is definitely going to become one of my new ways to pamper myself." —Ann Von MorningStar

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A boozy order from Drizly so you can have liquid courage delivered straight to your door from one of the stores local to you.

    A couple drinks rose while unpacking in their new home

    Just download the app (available in Apple Store and Google Play) or head to over to Drizly's website to get an order of liquor, beer, wine, and more delivered to your home in under an hour!

    Be sure to check out our write-up on Drizly to learn more!

    Order from Drizly for delivery in under an hour.

    23. Pair that with an adult coloring book full of literal party animals *and* easy cocktail recipes so you can relax before a stressful day with your own version of a ~paint and sip~ party.

    Reviewer image of the Drinking Animals Coloring Book

    Pair this with a box of coloring pencils for the perfect gift!

    Promising review: "I love coloring and I love cocktails, so this coloring book couldn't be more perfect! It's adorable and fun! I usually like to drink and color on my Friday nights, so this book makes it even more fun!" —Ashley Moree

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    24. A funny and practical guided journal for letting things go, because the sooner you can release your fears, frustrations, and anxieties, the sooner you'll be able to look ahead with excitement and determination.

    cover of "let that sh*t go"
    Castle Point Books

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book. The exercises are relevant to my life and they encourage me to think deeper and ask myself some important questions. The coloring pages are a nice way to give my brain a break from thinking and just relax. I can honestly say that this book helped me get out of a funk and get my happiness and confidence back." —ilovebabybllue

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. A botanically enriched CBD recovery cream if your body is in need of tension-relief and moisturizing. Using peppermint and menthol to provide cooling sensation as well as safflower and argan seed to hydrate your skin, this cream may become your favorite weapon against stress *and* dryness!

    Ulta, @sagelynaturals / Via

    Sagely Naturals is a women-owned business that creates accessible CBD products made in collaboration with chemists and naturopaths.

    Promising review: "Excellent product! I've been using this lotion for a few years and it's worth every penny. Helps relieve pain and I love the smell." —Mayra

    Get it from Ulta for $35.99.

    26. An HBO Max account to escape into the vast world of Doctor Who so you'll feel ready to conquer whatever Monday has in store for you.

    Doctor Who promo poster

    You can sign up for an HBO Max subscription through Hulu, app stores, YouTube TV, AT&T, and several internet providers.

    Sign up at HBO Max for $14.99/month.

    27. A tin of chamomile tea because its properties are said to help ease tension *and* it's just a good-tasting, soothing, herbal concoction!

    a glass mug of chamomile tea

    Promising review: "I have purchased at least six different teas from Harney and Sons, and I love them. I love the sachets, and the tea is beyond fresh and accompanied by lovely scents. The chamomile is delightful and fragrant. I've been drinking different brands of chamomile for years, and this is by far my favorite. Delicate and flowery. Very soothing and calming. It's delicious" —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine flavors).

    28. A hooded fleece robe you'll live in all weekend long (and probably longer).

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this robe! It's so soft and warm, and it's a perfect fit! I love it so much that I got my sister to order one and ordered one for my partner! When I'm home, I have a problem not being able to take it off 😂🤣 It's totally perfect! Just to spoil yourself! You won't be disappointed!" —Denise Toland

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in women's sizes S-XXL).

    29. A set of blackout curtains that are also thermal insulated so you won't have to worry about streetlights or drafty windows keeping you from the full eight hours of sleep you'll need to deal with all the emails you will no doubt wake up to.

    Promising review: "These do exactly as they say — block the light completely and help to muffle sound. I live next to a busy highway, and as soon as I put these up, it sounded like the highway was far in the distance. I track my sleep every night, and since I've had these curtains I've gone from a 60%-70% quality of sleep to 90%+ every single night. Highly recommend!" —Nichole

    Get it from Amazon for $30.38+ (available in 13 sizes and 17 colors).

    30. An aromatherapy inhaler made for the moments you need a small and fragrant burst of tranquility.

    six jars of stimulating aromatherapy inhalers
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Because of the pandemic, I'm working a lot more, and I was hoping this inhaler would make that easier and more enjoyable. And it actually really helps. The smell somehow makes me feel both calm and energized." —Jo

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $24 (available in six fragrances).

    31. A handmade dammit doll you can safely take all your anger and stress out on. Whack it, slam it, punch it, or squeeze it — whatever it takes to make sure you don't start replying to every email with, "Can you please just not?"


    Promising review: "Everyone needs a dammit doll. For those stressful nights, hard days at the office, or for when the day just gets the best of you. Instead of getting stressed out or upset, tou can take it out on this little guy. A few whacks on the wall, counter, or wherever, and it helps that stress melt away. Comes in very handy." —importceo

    Get it from Amazon for $18.37.

    32. An ergonomic bath pillow so you don't have to strain your neck while trying to have a relaxing Sunday night soak. This luxurious pillow has six strong suction cups to prevent any slipping and sliding.

    a model sits against the bath pillow in a bubble bath,

    Promising review: "I absolutely hate how old bathrooms always have bathtubs right up against the walls without much of a ledge, per se. The scrunching of my neck when I’m laying in the bathtub ruins my attempt at relaxation. But, this bath pillow is amazing! My neck and head no longer hurt while I’m soaking, and my mid to upper back has good support, which helps prevent sliding in the tub. This has revolutionized my bath time! Highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    33. Luxury CBD soaking salts whose blend of Epsom, Dead Sea and pink Himalayan salts as well as essential oils (and, of course, CBD) will melt some of the tension in your body.

    Nordstrom, @empower_bodycare / Via

    Empower BodyCare is a LGBTQ+, women-owned brand founded by Trista Okel, who embraced the powers of CBD back in 2004 while helping manage her mother's pain. Now, they sell a full line of organic, natural CBD products, and donate a portion of every sale to organizations supporting houseless communities, LGBTQ, and women’s rights.

    Promising review: "WOW! These soaking salts are amazing. My skin felt so smooth, my body aches melted away, and I slept better than ever. I have used Empower Bodycare products before, but this new LUXE line takes the experience to a whole new level! Definitely will buy again and build it into my weekly self-care routine. LOVE IT." —Wcollie

    Get it from Nordstrom for $56.

    34. A pack of oat milk vanilla lattes from Rise Brewing Co. so you don't have to worry about waking up Monday morning and waiting for your coffee to brew. Just grab a can of Nitro Cold Brew from the fridge and call it a day!

    Rise Brewing Co.

    I'm at a point where I'm thinking about oat milk vanilla lattes when I'm going to bed. Really. I'm excited to wake up because it means I get my morning dose of this delicious dairy-free cold brew. And because each can is infused with nitrogen, every time you open a can, you get a fun little burst of cold smoke. It goes down smooth and keeps me amped long enough to finish each work day. Plus, it's organic and plant-based. Feel better about the coffee you're drinking. Because, if you're anything like me, there's a lot of it in your life.

    Get a 4-pack from Rise Brewing Co. for $12.99+.

    35. A set of handmade affirmation cards to lift your spirits and remind you to be kind to yourself so you can continue to make good choices for yourself.

    a hand holding an affirmation card called "i am passionate"
    Essential Boss Babe/Etsy

    Essential Boss Babe is a woman-owned small business committed to making products that affirm and uplift their customers' lived experiences. From sweatshirts, to candles, to affirmation cards, you'll be able to find something to add to your self-care practice!

    Promising review: "I wanted to begin saying daily affirmations, and these cards have really been a wonderful addition to my morning practice. Not only do I recite the affirmation but I write it down EVERY DAY." —kmreedus

    Get it from Essential Boss Babe on Etsy for $19.99.

    36. A super soft and cuddly black bear body pillow perfect for snuggling and spooning when the only thing that'll soothe you is a hug.

    the black bear plush cuddle body pillow on a bed
    Plow & Hearth

    Promising review: "This pillow is great for lounging, propping your knees up, and just straight up hugging. " —Rachel

    Get it from Plow & Hearth for $84.95.

    37. A beginner's Gaiam yoga kit because getting your body moving and endorphins flowing might just amp you up to reply to those emails that've been piling up.

    reviewer image of the gaiam beginner's yoga kit

    This ~balanced~ kit comes with a yoga mat, a yoga block, a yoga strap, and a beginner's DVD.

    Promising review: "I am not very limber and I have chronic spine issues, so having a block and strap was essential for me to do yoga. Before using this, I always ended up hurting myself or feeling bad about myself because I couldn't complete the stretches and would just give up. This kit made everything go so smoothly; I can adjust the block or the strap to help me stretch without hurting myself (or falling over). And I highly recommend the sitting techniques in the DVD as well as the meditation." —blightheavy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in three colors).

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