12 Best Items Under $50 for Stress Relief and Self-Care

Give yourself the pampering you deserve with a few budget-friendly buys.

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December 21, 2020

We could all use some extra self-care right now. Fortunately, it's possible to take care of ourselves and relieve stress without paying a visit to a pricey day spa or massage studio. Best of all, we found items that don't require much time, space or money to reap the benefits. Get ready to feel relaxed, refreshed and hydrated like never before.


Breathe in, breathe out. Close your eyes as this aromatherapy diffuser mists calming scents into the air, moisturizing your skin and improving your mood. Thanks to an extra-large water reservoir, this diffuser can pump your favorite relaxing scents into the air for up to 16 hours. Increase the mist output of the diffuser to enable this easy-to-use device to humidify dry air in your home, too.

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Aromatherapy can be a powerful but subtle way to keep calm if you choose the right scents. This Renew blend from Paddywax, comprised of pure copaiba, geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli and clary sage, creates a relaxing environment in which you can unwind and de-stress while soothing scents create a spa-like atmosphere around you.

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The best way to keep stress under control is by getting adequate, restorative sleep. If you're not prioritizing a good night's snooze, then you're not allowing your body to absorb and process all of the wonderful stress-relief activities you've been doing during the day. Perfect for soothing migraines, calming anxiety or easing into a restful sleep, this unique eye mask features four equally-weighted pods that contour to your face, blocking out the light and providing soothing pressure to help relieve stress.

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Second only to sleep, exercise is essential for managing stress and anxiety. Keep up your fitness routine at home with a yoga mat that you can use for strength training or yoga. Whether you practice first thing in the morning, midday for a stretch break or before bed, all that matters is that you move your body.

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Pleasantly scented with lavender, this neck and shoulder pillow helps ease tension and relieve stress. The flaxseed insert can be removed while the pillow heats in the microwave to relax tired, tight muscles. It's the perfect antidote to a day of desk work, cooking, cleaning and caregiving.

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Journaling works wonders for your mental health. Try an informal workbook like this one with prompts to unload thoughts, set goals and reflect. Writing out positive and negative feelings can instantly transform your mood and relieve you of weighty mental burdens, helping you feel lighter and clear-headed.

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Sipping a replenishing beverage is an easy, passive way to fit in self-care and stress-relief. (No, this cannot replace a physical yoga routine, despite the cheeky name.) Formulated with a blend of herbal extracts, adaptogens and a hint of cinnamon, this relaxing elixir helps soothe anxiety and promotes an overall sense of inner calm. Mix one sachet into eight ounces of hot water or warm milk, or enjoy it in your favorite smoothie or latte.

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$59.99 $50

Let your worries slowly drift away, if only for a few minutes, as you allow your tootsies to luxuriate in this bubbling waterfall foot spa. Vibrating foot rollers gently massage your feet as the warm water makes it easy to relax at the end of the day. Three attachments, including a pumice stone, soft massager and scrub brush, pamper your feet with even more of the care they so richly deserve.

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Light a few scented candles, pour a glass of wine, then drop a handmade bath bomb into a steaming hot tub. (Not into baths? Try these shower bombs, instead.) Each bath bomb fizzes and foams in your tub letting off a relaxing, natural scent of lavender or eucalyptus.

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$15 (Pack of 5)

Most of us don't have time to sit on the couch with our feet up for 20 minutes. Our advice? Slap on a sheet mask while you shower — steam will amplify the benefits of the mask — and you'll fit in a little self-care ritual, too. These tea tree masks from Rael keep skin clear and prevent clogged pores, ideal for treating pesky stress-related breakouts.

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$29.99 $28

Pump up the tunes, turn on a podcast or escape in meditation — whatever your remedy of choice, a Bluetooth speaker makes it possible for you to let off some steam wherever you are. A good dance session will get your heart rate up and release endorphins; podcasts will take your mind off a stressful issue at-hand; meditation helps regulate breathing and anxious thoughts.

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Your skin will feel supple and dewy after only a few relaxing minutes spent under this facial steamer's warm mist. Add rejuvenating steam to your skincare routine to hydrate your skin and even make it easier to apply makeup. Seasonal allergy sufferers will benefit, too, as the warm steam helps alleviate sinus pressure.

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