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Happiness is an inside job. Monday (March 20) marks the first day of spring, the start of a new moon and International Day of Happiness.
What is International Happiness Day? The United Nations has been celebrating International Day of Happiness since 2013. The annual event spotlights the global “importance of happiness” and this year’s theme is to be mindful, grateful and kind.
While the start of the work and school week seems like an odd day to think about relaxation, it’s a perfect time to stock up on self-care gifts for yourself or for someone else.
From body scrubs to affirmation books and scented candles, we’ve put together a list of 12 self-care essentials to help you wind down and relieve stress no matter where you are.
“I Hope This Helps” by Nakeia Homer
Fostering happiness isn’t always easy, but affirmations can help you visualize a more positive outlook. I Hope This Helps features a collection of “curated quotes, poems and indelible messages.” The book is split into three sections: Life, Healing and Growing.
Listening to music can also help relieve stress and therefore boost your mood. If you’re in need of a new pair of over-ear headphones to help you block out the outside world, be sure to read our roundup of the best over-ear headphones for music lovers.
Kopari Exfoliating Crush Scrub with Brown Sugar and Fine Coconut Shells, 8 oz.
From mental wellness to skincare. Don’t be surprised if you end up “crushing” on this cult-favorite skincare product. Kopari’s Exfoliating Crush Scrub is packed with natural exfoliants like brown sugar, along with fine Tahitian coconut shells (to smooth the skin) and organic coconut oil to soften and nourish the skin. You can find this best-selling scrub at Kopari.com and major retailers such as Ulta Beauty, Amazon, Revolve and Nordstrom.
Gua Sha & Massage Stick Face Roller for Face – Certified Jade Natural Healing Crystal Self Care Gifts
Incorporating self-care products doesn’t have to break the bank. The jade facial roller and gua sha set — which is on sale for just $9.99 — is designed to cool, tighten and relax your face but it also works for your body, eyes and neck. This particular facial massager earned a 4.6/5-star rating on Amazon garnering positive reviews for the cooling jade, which promotes relaxation. Not interested in jade? Check out the YouthLab radiance roller ($29.99).
Under Eye Patches (20 Pairs) – Gold Under Eye Mask Amino Acid & Collagen, Under Eye Mask for Face Care
From cucumber slices to under-eye patches, the skin under our eyes requires special care. Brightening creams, retinols, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serums help hydrate the skin to reduce the appearance of dark circles while promoting healthier, brighter skin. Under-eye patches work similarly in de-puffing and helping to lighten dark circles, and they’re usually pretty relaxing. Kick up feet your, pop on your eye patches and chill for a few minutes — but don’t wear them longer than the suggested usage.
HEETA Hair Shampoo Brush, Scalp Care Hair Brush with Soft Silicone Scalp Massager (Purple)
You might not consider a scalp brush a self-care item but it definitely qualifies! This shampoo brush cleans and massages your scalp and naturally enhances blood circulation — which can stimulate hair growth. The scalp massager is designed for different hair types and available in several colors including purple, pink, green, black and blue.
Dukya 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser, 5 in 1 Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Fragrant Oil Humidifier Vaporizer, Timer and Auto-Off Safety Switch
Aromatherapy is a quick way to help you relax! This Dukya Oil Diffuser features eight different LED light colors and multiple mist nebulizer modes. Another portable diffuser at an affordable price, the NEOM Well Being Pod Mini Essential Oil Diffuser, which features three intensity settings that deliver an intermittent scent and small enough to fit in tight spaces like a car, office, bedroom or bathroom.
The Republic of Tea – Calm Health and Happiness Tea Set, 3 Tin Gift Box
Relax. Rest. Focus. Calm and The Republic of Tea released a gift set to help you slow down, relax and get better rest. The trio includes rooibos, dandelion and citrus tea for relaxation; chamomile, lemon balm and lavender tea for rest and green tea with peppermint for focus. Click here for an array of tea sets.
BEST 100 Daily Meditation Cards | Anxiety Relief Item for Relaxation
Nothing says self-care like mindfulness. If you’re ready to take a step beyond positive affirmations, these Meditation Cards feature 100 mindfulness exercises for stress management, anxiety, equanimity, calmness, self-love, wellness and more.
Homesick Evening Unwind Candle
Constructed with relaxation in mind, Homeschool’s Evening Unwind Candle features a soothing blend of green tea and lavender, with medium notes of melon, blue lavender, lemon extract and base notes of moss, neroli and sugared musk to lull you into a state of calm. If $30 is a little too steep for your candle budget, this Serenity + Calm candle from Yankee Candles retails for just $13. Find additional scented candle options here.
RENPHO Eye Massager with Heat, Bluetooth Music Heated Eyeris 1 Massager for Migraines, Relax and Reduce Eye Strain
Slip into relaxation mode anywhere, anytime. The Renpho Eye Massager is equipped with built-in heating pads to help relax the eye, reduce eye strain, puffiness and dry eyes. The heating pads provide a temperature between 104-107 degrees.
Mood rings used to be popular in the ’80s and ’90s and while there’s no official electronic mood ring on the market, Oura Ring tracks your physical health, which can of course affect your mood. The Oura Ring Readiness Score offers a holistic snapshot of your health including sleep patterns, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, physical and mental recovery and more. You can also keep track of your health with Fitbit, Apple Watch and other wearable tech.
Sharper Image Hydro Spa Plus Foot Bath
Soaking your feet is one of the best parts of a pedicure, so why not bring that feeling home? The hydro foot spa massager from Sharper Image has heated rollers with an LDC display screen, and you can add essential oils or a scented foot scrub to get even more relaxed.