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    21 Self-Care Products That Our Readers Actually Swear By

    Cancelling all my plans for some good ol' *me* time.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite self-care products. Get ready, because here are their (very soothing) answers!

    1. A glittery Lush bath bomb so you can soak away your worries and aches. Just take in the calming scent and imagine the bath water is made of (happy) unicorn tears.

    This lavender and bergamot-scented bath bomb is called Geode.

    "Lush Bath bombs! I know they're more [for] aesthetic purposes but sometimes it’s just nice to sit in a hot bathtub, lay back, and relax in some pink glittery water lol." —Erica M.

    Get it from Lush for $6.45.

    2. A diamond painting kit for a very satisfying way to pass the time. And when you're done, you'll have a cute piece of wall art to hang up.,

    "It's like paint by numbers, but with tiny little faceted plastic pieces instead of paint. Coloring makes me anxious because I have to choose the colors, then I start thinking about color theory and color combinations, and I freeze because I don't want to choose the wrong colors. I'm not one of those happy people who can tell themselves it doesn't matter and just get on with it. Diamond painting eliminates all that, plus it's not potentially staining like paint numbers. Very soothing." —Nicole G.

    Get them from Amazon: the colorful cow kit for $7.99 or the Stitch kit for $9.97

    3. A weighted elephant plushie with reversible colored sequins on its back to be the most cuddly fidget toy you'll ever own.


    "I am a therapist for a substance abuse treatment center and am really big on self-soothing items. I have this weighted sequin elephant that my adult clients love to hold and flip the sequins. I honestly have people fighting over it. I think I will buy a few more to keep around my office!" —Lindsey M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39 (available in five animals).

    4. Lavender Epsom salts that'll help relax both your mind and your muscles, so you're ready to get a good night's rest. Add a glass of your fave beverage, some spa music, and maybe a good book for optimal effect.

    "A nice hot bath with some Epsom salts and a good book. Just being warm and cozy while getting away from my problems is just so relaxing and really helps me unwind after a long day." —monikap6

    "My favorite self-care routine is to draw a warm bath with bath salts, turn on some relaxing music, and pop on a face mask while I soak and relax." —singingminnie07

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    5. A swear word coloring book so you can release your aggression in a peaceful way, instead of, say, of attacking a printer Office Space–style.


    "My swearing coloring books and my Vine coloring books are my FAVORITE! Coloring always calms me down, swearing is known to produce endorphins, and who doesn’t love a good Vine reference? Highly recommend those!" —allisonistired

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. Or, a connect-the-dots activity book, if you don't want to worry about choosing colors.


    "I've recently gotten into connect-the-dot books. My anxiety is high enough that even with coloring books, I ended up never finishing because I didn't like the colors I chose or something stupid, but connecting the dots is pretty foolproof. It's the one thing that really helps me relax and take my mind off things." —Erica S.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    7. A box set of the Harry Potter novels for transporting you to the magical wizarding world, where you can leave your mundane troubles far behind. Yes, you'll be worried about Dementors but that's so much more exciting.

    "A Harry Potter book. Give me ten minutes and my mind is free of annoying stuff. Also, a huge block of cheese to nibble on while you read." —nancinacat

    Get the seven-book box set from Amazon for $59.99.

    8. A chamomile and lavender-scented microwavable comfort wrap you can heat up (or freeze) to help relieve tension around your shoulders and neck.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    "It’s a pretty simple thing, but my boyfriend’s (now deceased) mother was possibly the most thoughtful gift-giver I’ve ever met, and for Christmas one year she gave me a microwaveable neck wrap to help ease tension in my neck and shoulders. I have both anxiety and chronic back pain, and when my anxiety is bad, my tension and pain increase, which makes me more anxious, and so on. The one she gave me was chamomile-scented and despite washing the removable cover regularly, it still smells great after almost two years." —Olivia F.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

    9. Incense cones scented with fine fragrance oils that'll fill your room with soothing aroma in no time. You can burn them while you're chilling out or during your at-home yoga sesh.

    Urban Outfitters

    Tamar T.

    If you're wondering what each of these scents smell like, here are the descriptions:

    Swell: A bright afternoon at the beach with notes of Calabrian bergamot, orange, blue cyclamen, tuberose, sandalwood and vetiver.

    Golden Hour: The stillness of a just-setting sun with notes of Field grass, bergamot, eucalyptus, golden poppy and blonde woods.

    Dusk: Another day down with notes of clary sage, lemon, black pepper, lavender, fir needle, cypress and dark cedar.

    Moonrise: The mystery of the night ahead with notes of lemon zest, yuzu, warm amber, cedar leaf, juniper, cedarwood and musk.

    Get a 30-pack from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in four scents).

    10. Flavorful decaf coffee (yes, it's possible!) so you can enjoy your a cuppa joe before bed without staying awake all night. Bonus: these beans are certified organic.

    "I love coffee, but having any after 5 p.m. is not good for my sleep cycle. But once the kids are in bed, and the house is quiet, nothing beats a cup of decaf and a magazine or logic puzzles." —baesjling

    Get a 12-ounce bag from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. An insulated stainless steel tumbler with a splash-proof lid perfect for sipping on wine while you watch new episodes of the Great British Baking Show. The only drama you need in your life right now is whether Paul says the bread is underproofed.


    "A glass of wine and some Netflix." —Lindsay T.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 30 colors).

    12. A purifying rose clay mask with jojoba beads to apply when you're not feeling as glowy as usual. It'll help draw out impurities and gently exfoliate your skin, leaving you with a more radiant complexion.


    "The Original Skin face mask from Origins. It is amazing! It's an exfoliating mask that doesn't burn and has calming rose to keep your skin soothed and moisturized. The exfoliant is gentle and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and fresh — I feel reborn. Honestly my favorite mask of all time." —smoothantha

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    13. An essential oil stick that'll be your savior when a mid-day migraine strikes. Nothing but sweet, sweet relief here!

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

    "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. A mini beauty refrigerator, because your toners and serums will feel so much more refreshing when they're chilled. It'll also help your products last longer, so win-win!

    Urban Outfitters

    "My beauty fridge! Helps me chill out with my skincare routine." —lqarroyo

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.95 or Amazon for $49.99 (available in seven colors).

    15. Hydrating sheet masks perfect for a cheap yet effective at-home facial, because self-care doesn't need to cost a fortune!


    Read our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Essence facial masks!

    "They're just so relaxing to use! Between balancing work and a social life, having an veryyyy long commute, and spending weekends running errands, I've truly come to love the half hour I can spend relaxing with my face mask on a Sunday night." —Samantha Wieder

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    16. Happy Color — a color by number app you can use anywhere (like at the DMV or the dentist waiting room), no pen or paper required.

    iTunes Store

    "It’s paint by numbers basically and anytime I’m super anxious, I do one and it really helps." —mberger96

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

    17. A Sleep Pod that's literally a cozy cocoon you can swaddle yourself to sleep in. It's made from a specialized four-way stretch material that applies gentle pressure to your body.


    "I recently replaced my weighted blanket with a Sleep Pod and I am never going back. I appreciated the comfort that I got from a weighted blanket, but it was so hot I wasn't able to last under it for long. It was also so heavy I couldn't take it with me anywhere. This design solves those problems. The fabric is breathable and so lightweight I can comfortably use it in the summer and I can throw it in my tote bag on vacations. I feel calm and comforted every time I get in. I've used it while napping, while trying to calm down before going to bed at night, and while sitting on the sofa/needing some extra stress relief when binge-watching Chernobyl got too stressful. I can't rave enough about this thing, but I'll certainly keep trying!" —Mal Mower

    Get it from Hatch Sleep for $99.99 (available in two sizes).

    18. A dual foot roller with acupressure nubs, because our feet take so much abuse on a daily basis and there's no one around to give them a massage. Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis or just have sore feet, this thing might offer some relief.


    Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    19. A Fitbit Inspire for keeping track of all your activities (from steps to heart rate to sleep) and reminding you to stay active. You'll be more motivated to keep going when you actually see your progress.


    This device tracks all-day activity, including steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, and calories burned. In addition to tracking your sleep, it can set silent alarms that wake you by buzzing on your wrist. The battery can last up to five days without constant charging. It can also record workouts like walks, swimming (it's water-resistant up to 50 meters), and bike rides with SmartTrack. You'll get call, text, and calendar alerts as well.

    "My Fitbit has worked wonders for my mental health. If I feel down because I haven't accomplished anything that day, something as small as just checking my step count and physical activity reminds me that I didn't completely throw the day away. Reminders to move every hour help get me out of a funk, even if the relief is only temporary. Tracking food, water, and sleep has helped me make sure I'm taking time to feed and take care of myself." —Olivia F.

    Get it from Amazon for $68.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A Hulu No Commercials plan to provide you with hours upon hours of uninterrupted entertainment — it's a great a way to unwind after a long day of work or studying.


    "I often didn't have time/resources to watch my favorite shows the night they were on, and obviously I needed things to binge-watch. TV is really important to me — it's a mental and emotional reset at the end of a long day. And of course, it's a million times better without commercials. Upgrading your subscription is the best $5/month you can spend, IMHO." —Katy Herman

    Get an ad-free subscription from Hulu for $11.99/month (or watch with limited commercials for $5.99/month).

    21. A crossword puzzle book by The New York Times that's just challenging enough to take your mind off things that are bothering you without being too difficult.


    "Crossword puzzles and the Penny Press puzzle books you can get in the magazine section at the bookstore. They help me focus on something other than my anxiety and ruminating." —sankacoffie

    Get them from Amazon: the New York Times crosswords book for $9.48 or a puzzle variety pack for $13.25

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