My life can be hectic. I travel regularly and work on-the-go. When I am at home, I'm balancing my job, my blog, and preparing for my next trip. At the end of the day, it can really take a toll on me, which is why I was interested to see what weird but genius self-care products people are buying on Amazon.
Self-care can mean a lot of things, but essentially it's a way to make sure you're taking care of your body and mind, especially when you're busy. The products people are buying right now range from beauty products that help you relax to items that keep your life organized (and thus reduce stress) to things that calm and focus your mind. Best of all, these buyers are finding products that are easy to fit into your daily routines, so taking a little 'you' time doesn't need to take away time from everything else you need to do.
I use some of these products because working from home sometimes makes me feel as if I am always working. As soon as I'm done writing remotely, I put in work on my travel blog, whether it's editing photos or writing posts. And when I'm finished with that, I'm spending the rest of my time researching new destinations. All of that can make finding the time to unwind, difficult. So, I rely on some of these self-care products to get me through my day and assist me in feeling a little more relaxed at the end of it.
1Strengthen Your Body While You Give Yourself A Foot Massage
Massage your feet, improve circulation, and alleviate aches and pains all with one exercise tool. This portable rotating exercise disk allows you to tone muscles in your legs, rear, and core all by simply standing on the disk and twisting back and forth. Plus, it has resistance bands that help you improve you balance and work your arms.
2A Book That Helps You Keep Your Life Organized
This book is the number-one New York Times best-selling guide to organizing your home and decluttering your life. Marie Kondo promises her readers that if you "properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again." By using these practices, you'll be left with a clean home and calm mindset.
3Create A To-Do List To Add Structure To Your Day
If, like me, you struggle to maintain a work/life balance (I work at my kitchen table, steps away from my couch), a notebook like this one can help you structure your day. In order to make sure I'm staying productive, I use a to-do list, every single day. What I love about this notebook is that each page has a variety of sections to keep track of everything — and I mean everything. Sections include the obvious (the date, of course) as well as your 'must-dos' for the day, additional to-dos, important times, a shopping list, things you're grateful for, exercise, meals, and how much water you're drinking.
4Let There Be Light
I strongly believe that it's important to work in a room with a lot of windows and natural light. But, we can't always get our way. So, if you're in a dark office and you're only source of light is overhead fluorescents, then you should consider getting a personal light therapy lamp. It's basically a lamp that provides you with comfortable and safe natural spectrum light. It's proven to help improve your mood and help with sleep issues.
5Relieve Muscle Pain Without Hurting Your Wrists And Hands
Finally, a deep penetrating muscle massager that’s easy on your hands. The Knotty Tiger is a very effective muscle massager that comes recommended by athletes, trainers, and physical therapists. It’s specially designed to deliver pressure from your biceps and triceps — not your hands. That means you can massage sore muscles without straining your fingers or wrist.
6Treat Yourself To An At Home Spa Experience
Don’t you think your hands deserve a break? After all, you’re using them all day long. Give them the royal treatment with a 24k gold hand treatment. This moisturizing hand masks smooth and soften hands while creating a protective barrier against future moisture loss. Your hands will be left extremely hydrated and you’ll feel so relaxed.
7Use A Guided Self-Exploration Journal
Journaling can do wonders for someone who is chronically stressed. This journal is particularly good for self-care because it's designed to help the reader tap into their creativity, self-motivation, and mindfulness. These exercises promise to help you navigate through the "chaos of daily life." One user said, "Start Where You Are encourages you to stop looking, and waiting, for that other day, and to instead start where you are. Her journal asks probing, thought provoking questions to help you find out more about yourself."
8Shampoo With A Purpose
Washing your hair can seem like a mundane task, but it just got way more exciting with a tool that allows you to wash your hair better. The scalp brush vibrates and cleanses while leaving your scalp feeling relaxed. It’s great for deep cleaning your hair and scalp and it even increases blood flow which can help hair grow faster.
9Plan Out Your Meals For The Week
Believe it or not, doing something as simple as planning out your meals at the beginning of the week can make a huge difference in your stress levels. Use this pad to schedule each day's meals, so you aren't scrambling to figure out what you are going to eat. It has dinner spaces for each day of the week, with options to "dine in," "dine out," and "take out." It also has room for you to list breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the week.
10Massage Your Wrists While You Work
As someone who suffers from carpal tunnel, I’m always looking for something that relieves my symptoms fast. This spa quality wrist massager helps ease the strain caused by typing or using you mouse. The soothing kneading helps relieve tension, stress, and fatigue so you can continue your work without any pain.
11Choose From Six Scents Depending On Your Mood
From oils with calming properties to ones that give you boost of energy, each of these essential oil serves a different purpose. Choose one from this six piece set according to your mood. Use sweet orange and peppermint to wake you up, or tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemongrass to melt your stress away.
12Unwind With A Relaxing Body Wrap
Carex Bed Buddy Body Wrap, $14, Amazon
Achieve the ultimate feeling of relaxation while relieving tension with a body wrap. This one is really flexible which means you can use it all over your body. The heat pack can be wrapped around your neck, arm, shoulders, feet, hands, knees, and more.
13Get A Massage At Home
I am a huge fan getting a massage, but I'm not a huge fan of the price tag that comes with it. I have a bad lower back, and I've found a massage pillow works the best for me. This one is great because it's heated and it has four deep-kneading massage nodes. You can lay on it while you're lounging around, or attach it to your chair and use it while you work.
13Lull Yourself Into A Deep Sleep
Do you love to fall asleep to the sound of an electric fan? Or the buzzing of an air-conditioner? If so, you're not crazy. There is something about those sounds that soothes the mind and lulls people to sleep. This white-noise machine does the same thing. Fall asleep easier, and rest better, with six different sound settings (and yes, it does include the melodic sound of an electric fan). Best of all, this device is sleek and lightweight, so you can slip it your bag when you travel.
15Travel In Peace And Quiet
Unlike generic earplugs you can buy for a dime a dozen, these custom molded earplugs give you a better fit, making them more comfortable and secure. Whether you’re on a plane, sleeping in a room with someone who snores, or you just want some quiettime, these earplugs have got you covered.
16Relax And Unclog Pores At The Same Time
Users agree that not only does this mask leave them with clean, smooth skin, but the smell is also super relaxing and helps them destress after a long week. This calming mask is made with Dead Sea salt, lavender, and bergamot. The ingredients work together to clarify skin, unclog pores, moisturize, and leave you feeling relaxed.
17Give Yourself A Spa Quality Massage
This personal massager may look strange, but it's garnered a cult-following with a whopping 4,000+ Amazon user reviews. It's designed to let you reach anywhere on your body and apply sufficient pressure for the type of deep-tissue massage you could once only get from a masseuse.
18Create The Most Relaxing Environment Possible
An aromatherapy diffuser is a great addition to any room in your house because it helps to create a relaxing environment. This one is a bit different than other models because it's ultrasonic which means that it uses less oil because it doesn't use heat. The diffuser improves air quality, sleep patterns, and more. Plus, it has seven different LED light settings depending on your mood.
19Massage Your Whole Body With A Fun And Easy To Use Tool
Instead of having to seek out a masseuse, toss this little portable massager in your bag so you can give yourself a full body massage whenever you need to. The rolling metal balls help reduce aches and pains, while increasing blood circulation and more. Plus, the goofy looking massaging glove also makes an excellent conversation starter.
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