8 Little Products to Help You De-Stress in a Pinch

Slip some self-care into your busy schedule with these relaxing buys for less than $25.

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March 05, 2021

Breaking a sweat and taking a long, hot shower or bath are great ways to practice self-care — but they're not always conducive to a busy schedule. Sometimes, when you have work to do, kids and/or pets to keep up with, meals to cook and errands to run, you need a more convenient way to de-stress and hit the reset button. Think of it as a Busy Day Backup Plan.

Luckily, we already have a few time-saving and travel-friendly solutions in mind. Keep scrolling to see all of our favorite stress relievers, and squeeze in some self-care whether you're at home or on the go.

Urban Outfitters

Start and end the day on a positive note by completing a page of this Five-Minute Journal. The simple, structured format genuinely takes just five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night and helps you reset and focus on all the good things in your life. The book is honestly a huge mood booster and can be completed whenever you need help putting things into perspective.


Sometimes, the best way to beat stress, anxiety and overwhelm is to keep your hands busy. See for yourself and give one of these cheerful foam balls a squeeze. Clenching and unclenching the ball will help you get out of your head and calm down, while the fun shapes brighten your desk or nightstand.


Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let this soothing Mario Badescu facial mist transport you somewhere else for a minute. Each nourishing facial spray works two-fold — first, by balancing your complexion and leaving you with a dewy glow, and then by combining notes of aloe, herbs and cucumber for a taste of the tropics. For $21, you'll receive three bottles that you can keep in your desk, purse or even your car.


Turn running errands into some well-deserved "me time" with this essential oil diffuser for your car. You’ll just fill the glass reservoir with the calming, lavender scent and attach the diffuser (via an adjustable clip) to your car vent.


Take care of any knots in your neck, shoulder or back with help from this palm-sized massage ball. You'll just want to slip the studded ball between your shoulder blades and the back of a chair, wall or the floor, and roll to relieve tension. It's perfect for stretch breaks in the middle of the day and comes in both blue and grey.

Urban Outfitters

Curb your anxiety and quell those feelings of overwhelm with this handy journal by Corinne Sweet. Inside, you'll find inspiring quotes, grounding facts, mindfulness exercises, writing prompts and more, which will give you the tools to take control. Plus, the journal is the perfect size to carry around with you.


When you need a mid-day mental health break, grab this coloring book and get lost in the relaxing art of Bob Ross. Each page features one of Bob's quotes or catchphrases, plus an original landscape that you can fill in with your own preferences.


Treat yourself to a little self-care session between Zoom calls with this soothing lip mask. The luxurious formula is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants to really lock in moisture and leave your lips feeling soft and supple. It also smells amazing and will help your smile shine on camera.

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