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25 Products That’ll Get You in a Good Headspace

products to relieve stress and get you in a good headspace
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January 11, 2024

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From balancing work and a full-time social calendar to managing your kids’ schedules and finding time for yourself, adulting can feel overwhelming. So we rounded up stress-relief products that’ll help you shake off burnout and unwind throughout the day. We’ve got guided journals, CBD gummies, apps that’ll help you press pause for just a moment, and more. A little bit of relief can go a long way.


An eye compress that relieves tired eyes…

This microwavable compress is originally meant for dry eye sufferers — it warms up the glands, allowing them to produce more natural lubrication, if you’re interested — but is great for anyone who stares at a screen all day (aka all of us). It also just feels good and provides a few minutes of meditation as part of your nightly routine. ($18.95, Amazon)

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A book that soothes a racing mind…

Cleo Wade’s new book is a deeper exploration of the matters of the heart and dives into Wade’s own experiences with depression, anxiety, and heartbreak. She teaches us how to sit with uncomfortable feelings and give space to them in our lives. Reading this one feels like a warm hug, and we love that you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning. Opening somewhere in the middle and reading a comforting page every night is the best way to drift off to sleep. ($20.05, Amazon)

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A stress-relieving knot pillow…

This Bearaby pillow adds style and comfort, thanks to its unique design. The small size works like a stress ball, while the medium and large sizes provide sensory and stress relief because they’re lightly weighted (just like the brand’s cult-favorite blankets). They’re made of a soft cushiony foam, and because the colors aren’t too bright, these pillows will add a calming, subtle style statement. ($29+, Bearaby)

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A stuffed animal you can warm in the microwave…

Never underestimate the healing powers of a stuffed animal. This pink unicorn (Hi, Barbie) is weighted and filled with dried lavender, so when you heat it up, it’s a soothing sensory experience. Cuddle up with it on the couch as you watch your favorite movie or use it as a heating pad to help with cramps. They come in all sorts of animals and make a great baby shower gift, too. ($29.99, Warmies)

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A magnetic fidget toy for adults…

We’re obsessed with these colorful magnets from Speks. They’re the perfect fidget toy if you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or need a healthy fixation to help you focus throughout the day. Build them into larger structures and shapes, or crush them between your hands. ($34.95+, Speks)

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Noise-canceling headphones from Beats…

With these cult-favorite headphones you can pick from two listening modes: noise-canceling or transparency mode. You’ll be able to pair them with your devices with the press of a button and can listen for up to 40 hours on a single charge. Whether you use them to listen to your latest playlist or to give yourself a moment of true quiet, this investment will be sure to pay off for your mental health. ($179.99, Target)

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A coloring book

A coloring book if you’re looking to get out some pent-up frustration…

PSA: This book contains swear words and just the right amount of insults to help you release whatever negativity is bubbling inside. If you don’t have time for a workout class, whip this out for a few moments of intense coloring; it might be just the thing to take your mind off your stress. ($9.69, Amazon)

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Free People

Wearable wrist and ankle weights you can use on your morning strolls…

All you have to do is wrap the Bala Bangles around your wrists or ankles, and you’re out the door to get some mind-clearing fresh air. They’ll add a comfortable one-pound resistance to any movement you love. You can even wear them around the house to turn chores into a workout. ($55, Free People)

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The Good Patch

A set of multipurpose wellness patches to help with common ailments…

These patches combat low energy, insomnia, and anxiety. This set includes three types of plant-based patches that adhere to the inside of your wrist. There are four patches that promote relaxation, four that help with winding down at bedtime, and four patches for extra energy. Each one has 15 milligrams of hemp extract and can be worn for up to 12 hours. We especially love to wear them for that time of the month. ($40/12 pack, The Good Patch)

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An app that’s all about helping you get through tough times…

An app that’s all about helping you get through tough times…

The goal is to support your mental health so you can create and enjoy a happier you. Headspace is known for their meditations, but it offers tons more resources that can help you identify not-so-great habits and explore better ones. From movement goals to strategies for better focus, the app has science-backed meditation, mindfulness tools, sleep tips, and more. ($12.99+/month, Headspace)

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A journal that puts gratitude in the center…

It’s structured to help you rework your frame of mind to focus on the positive. Prompts help you acknowledge the small things that make you smile day to day. We tried several of Papier’s journals, and had only positive things to say about them. Guess the gratitude journal is working. ($29.75, Papier)

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Uncommon Goods

A heat therapy acupuncture pillow…

Whether you’re prone to aches and pains or just want some rest and relaxation, this organic cotton pillow will do the trick. It has plastic stimulators on the outside that can address stomach, leg, back, and neck pain. Just fill the internal water bottle and use it where needed. ($40, Uncommon Goods)

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An updated take on a facial roller…

This one has an aluminum roller so it’ll stay extra-cold and won’t spread trapped bacteria. It can help soothe your skin, relieve headaches, and help you feel energized in the morning. It’s the only facial roller we use consistently. Leave it in the fridge to keep it extra chilly. ($69, Revolve)

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A self-care master plan that’ll help you take care of yourself…
Free Period Press

A self-care master plan that’ll help you shift your mood…

Whether it’s spending free time with the people who matter most or pursuing your favorite hobbies, this book helps you prioritize things that spark joy. You’ll be able to note the experiences that promote a positive mindset, so if you’re ever feeling down, you’ll have a concise list of how to turn things around. ($12, Free Period Press)

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An ultra-soothing essential oil blend that’ll help stimulate your vagus nerve…

The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in the body responsible for visceral and somatic sensations. On days when you feel extra stressed, stimulating it can feel like a reset. Just rub a pump of this uplifting oil between your hands and take a deep breath, then massage it on your neck and behind your ears. Stash it in your bag for stress relief on the go. ($48, Nordstrom)

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A half-gallon, time-marker water bottle so you can fuel up…

A half-gallon water bottle so you can fuel up…

This BPA-free water bottle will help you remember to drink enough throughout the day. It has a strap and leakproof lid with a locking feature, so it’s a breeze to carry from room to room. The wide-mouth opening makes cleaning it and adding ice cubes super easy. Plus, the large size means you won’t have to constantly refill it. ($20.99+, Amazon)

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habit tracking calendar
Free Period Press

A habit-tracking calendar that makes achieving your goals easier…

Maybe you want to stop using your phone after 9 pm or drink less caffeine. Whatever your goal is, this calendar will help you stay aware of your daily, weekly, and monthly habits. It’s broken down into different categories like sleep, movement, finances, and organization. Keeping yourself accountable will help you get where you want to be. ($19.99, Free Period Press)

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Mini candles that’ll burn for 20 minutes so you can unplug…
20MinuteCandles via Etsy

Mini candles that’ll burn for 20 minutes so you can unplug…

Think of them as an easy way to dedicate a set amount of time to yourself and step away from your phone, other people, and work. As the candle burns, do something that centers you: work out, read, stretch, or meditate. Once the candle burns out, you can step back into your daily responsibilities with a much clearer mind. ($24+, 20MinuteCandles via Etsy)

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An essential oil diffuser

An essential oil diffuser that’ll make your home smell good…

From peppermint to lavender, your scent of choice can add some calm to the room. This diffuser has two mist modes, timer settings, and can run up to 10 hours. To transform your bedroom, we recommend running the diffuser 30 minutes before bed. Try adding in these oil blends for even more relaxation. ($25.99, Amazon)

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weekly meal planning notepad

A weekly notepad that makes meal planning easier…

Don’t play the mental guessing game. Now you can sit down on a Sunday to map out your meals for the week ahead. The best part? It has a tearaway grocery list to help streamline your shopping trip. Starting with a visual plan is the first step to success. ($9.95, Amazon)

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A eucalyptus and lavender bundle to bring spa vibes to your shower…

A eucalyptus and lavender bundle to bring spa vibes to your shower…

Once things get steamy, the scent of eucalyptus and lavender will fill your bathroom. The bundle comes with a stainless steel hook and is available in three sizes. Your daily shower will end up feeling way more luxurious and refreshing. ($3.50+, GreeneryBackdrop via Etsy)

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A foot bath so you can give yourself a massage and pedicure…

A foot bath if you don’t have time for the nail salon…

This bath heats your water, produces bubbles, and has different rollers to massage your feet. Since it’s electric, it’ll actually maintain water temps as you scrub away dead skin and paint your toes. We suggest lighting some candles and playing ocean sounds to complete the experience. ($58.99, Amazon)

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A self-care subscription box
The Mental Wealth Box via Cratejoy

A self-care subscription box aimed at exploring mental health…

Each box comes with four to six carefully curated items (including educational books) to help you better understand how you’re coping. Shipments are monthly and address topics such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression. ($52.99, The Mental Wealth Box on Cratejoy)

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CBD gummies
Molly J.

CBD gummies for some extra chill...

Molly J. handcrafts small-batch CBD gummies with natural fruit flavors. They have zero THC, so they’re nonpsychoactive. The Big Box includes all their flavors, including their blackberry rose formula (which also contains melatonin for sleep). PS: You can select your dosage before checking out. ($99+, Molly J.)

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meditation cushion

A cozy meditation cushion…

So you won’t get a backache while practicing. It’s sturdy and gives you the perfect little space to dedicate some time to yourself. The organic cotton cover easily slips off so you can wash it when it starts looking a little worse for wear. It’s filled with organic buckwheat, so you don’t have to worry about any harmful synthetic materials. Plus, you can use it as part of your daily yoga practice. ($79, Avocado)

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