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42 Things That’ll Help You Be A Bit Kinder To Yourself In 2020


42 Things That’ll Help You Be A Bit Kinder To Yourself In 2020

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42 Things That’ll Help You Be A Bit Kinder To Yourself In 2020

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A two-minute morning gratitude journal that’ll help even YOU carve out some time in the morn for thinking about your personal highlights and happy times. Journaling doesn’t have to suck up huge chunks of time or take too much brain power.


Promising review: “I am a grad student in a very strenuous program and I like staying busy that way. But on breaks, when I have too much time, I sink into nothingness. I didn’t expect this book to do much, especially since I thought ‘mindfulness’ was some BS. Even if it’s the same prompts every day, it’s what you make out of the book. I like mentally checking off the three small accomplishments I held myself accountable for in ink, somehow the book is better than my Post-it note to-do lists. And the main reason for the five stars, it helps with my depression.” —KellBell

Get it from Amazon for $15.26.


A weekly meal planner to help make dinner a breeze (and DIY office lunch!). Meal-prepping doesn’t have to be a huge hassle.


Promising review: “I made a resolution to eat at home more this year. This planner is helping a lot! Everyone in the house likes knowing what’s for dinner and I love that it has a built-in shopping list. Makes the week so much less stressful when I have planned out every meal and have all of the ingredients to make it. Looks exactly like the pic, looks cute hanging on the fridge, very happy with this purchase!” —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.


And some bag holders can make dump dinners and food storage even easier. If you wanna cut down on single-use plastic, try these Stasher bags!


Promising review: “These are sturdy stands that can be adjusted easily to fit from the size of a sandwich bag to a gallon bag. I made spaghetti gravy and didn’t worry that the bag was going to come unclipped. Made my freezer meal planning day go by much quicker. Happy with this product. My sister liked them as well (first time meal planning for her), so I will be purchasing more so she can have her own set to do meal planning at home.” —colleen c.

Get two from Amazon for $12.97.


Light-dimming stickers you can add over any lights that keep you up at night, here’s looking at a restful night of sleep without feeling like your modem is glaring at you through your eyelids. You’ll still be able to see the light when you’re awake, it just won’t be blindingly bright!

Promising review: “I bought these to put on the LED on my external hard drive because it was very bright and it worked great. The whole thing was smaller than I thought but it’s great to cover up some small LEDs if they really bother you.” —F. M.

Get a sheet of 100 from Amazon for $5.48.

If you need to cover up bigger light sources, check out larger dimming sheets.


Dip clips that’ll fit onto your car air vent and make for easier nugz dipping on those days when you’ve just gotta eat a quick meal in your car bc, well, it’s the easiest and quickest.

Promising review: “I am guilty of eating nuggets in my car and the dipping sauce is often all over the place. Not anymore. This simple little cup keeps your sauce safe and keeps your car clean. Keep one in your car at all times.” —Jessica Barrett

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in packs of four and six).


Stain-lifting pads made to tackle icky pet stains. You love ’em but you don’t have to live with their stains. And they’re activated by stomping on them!

Promising review: “Our poor older pup started having some incontinence issues and had several accidents in the house. I was really frustrated until I found these. They work amazingly well. They’re small, so if the area was larger I had to use two or three, but they pulled up stains and saved the house from being smelly. I even used one on an older stain (that I’m pretty sure wasn’t pet related) and it came up after leaving it on for about 24 hours. I make sure to keep a supply of these in the house at all times now.” —MC

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.


A pair of silicone baking mats that’ll help prevent burning your cookies, really using your elbow grease on baking sheets, and dousing your pans in tons of oil to prevent your roasted veggies from burning.


They’re safe for up to 480 degrees.

Promising review: “These baking mats are absolutely fantastic. The quality is superb, and SUCH a good price. I use them for just about everything I put in the oven from pizzas to cookies. You name it! I also love that besides food sliding easily off the non-stick surface, that they help protect all my baking sheets and such. It’s also super handy to just throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or even just wipe clean… I’ve had these mats and used them almost daily for almost a year now. They still look brand new and I have had no problems with staining, melting, or the mats becoming worn. When using them, I cook most items at 375 degrees but have used them at up to 425 degrees several times with no issues so far… These things are fantastic and have paid for themselves many times over with the superior non-stick surface, ease of clean up, and the cost of parchment paper and or/aluminum foil I used prior to discovering these.” —Jezzhani

Get them from Amazon for $12.97+.


Yummy sleep gummies with five milligrams of melatonin that have turned out to be the ONLY sleep gummies I can take that don’t make me have incredibly vivid nightmares of a demon standing in the corner of my bedroom. So, uh, maybe you too will have restful sleep at your intended bedtime with these as well?


Start off with one gummy and then if that doesn’t seem to help, use two. I’ve used two in the past but I’ve been getting over a cold recently and one has been enough for me the past week or so.

Get a bottle of 60 gummies from Walmart for $8.98 (available in three sizes).


Indoor plant food spikes to help care for your plant bb. Don’t be too hard on yourself for that one that bit the dust in 2019. RIP. Also, plants just make a home feel happier.


The spikes will feed each plant for up to two months.

Promising review: “I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering so I put a few of these spikes in the pot. There are directions on the back of package for quantity and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it! My African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don’t flower also. I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster and they became more green and healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product and I will buy it again.” —Elizabeth

Get it from Amazon for $6.43+ (available in single and bulk quantities).


A massaging foot roller that looks a little torture-y but truly will help hit all the points on your foot that could use some relief. I own this babe and it HELPS me after stomping around New York City all day in shoes that, tbh, are not v supportive.


Promising review: “I’ve been having so many issues with my feet the last few years. My feet hurt so bad, it’s made me become a hermit. I’ve had tendinitis in both and now plantar fasciitis. I get foot cramps all the time. After just one day with this under my desk at work, I feel a huge difference. My feet no longer feel tight and painful. They feel tingly — in a good way. I look forward to being able to go for a walk and not have to rest along the way. I know it’s meant for feet but I may try it out on my calves. I also love that it’s small, looks nice and doesn’t slide around. I highly recommended this for anyone, foot issues or not, if you sit a lot. Nice way to keep the blood flowing when stuck at a desk.” —Vanessa Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $19.85.


An activity book for anxious folks that’s filled with funny things to laugh over when you need a break or stuff to distract your mind when it’s keeping you up at 3 a.m. Stop watching YouTube when you can’t sleep (I myself need to stop this).


Promising review:This book: fantastic. I’ve bought so many workbooks and coloring books that were supposed to ease, distract from, or somehow manage my PTSD anxiety with no result. I thought how different could this one be? But I liked the reviews, so I gave it a try. I laughed until tears were rolling down while reading this. I was gasping for air so hard I could barely read it to my husband who was cracking up from the book as well as just watching me laugh. It’s great and at the same time, it’s reassuring because pretty much everything I’m afraid of is mentioned, and even a few things I’m not (elbows; I had no idea that was an official phobia, but if I ever make it onto Jeopardy, well, now I know.)” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.46.


Or if you’re just into coloring, a coloring book with a cause that teaches kids (or whoever’s using it!) about compassion for other people. *Plus* all the proceeds go to Families Belong Together.

Families Belong Together

Get it from Families Belong Together for $24.95.


A behavioral-training dog toy with a simulated heart beat that’ll help ease anxious puppies or grown-up dogs… and therefore making you worry a lil’ less about them when you’re not around.

Promising review:This puppy is amazing. We ordered it after our first two sleepless nights with our chocolate lab. He cried and whined and barked. He is now seven months and this thing is still his BFF. It has held up amazingly well. No holes and he chews and sucks on it daily. No other stuffed toy has lasted, but this one has. It’s dirty and well-loved and still has all stitching and stuffing intact.” —L. Arm

Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in five colors).


A bath pillow with two panels to help support your head and neck while you let the suds to the talking. Seriously, you deserve a long, hot bath!


Promising review: “My husband bought this for me because I LOVE taking baths; it’s a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day, but I’ve recently had some health problems which has caused me to lose a lot of weight and taking baths has become excruciating. Due to the lack of extra cushion back there now, lying back on the porcelain tub was extremely painful on my spine/bones, and I had resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t be taking baths anymore. But, GOOD NEWS, this pillow is a dream come true. I wish I had always had this pillow. It’s soooo comfortable! I could almost nap in the tub (but don’t!).” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


A kneading Shiatsu massager you can place on the back of your fave chair or underneath your calf that always aches after going for a longer run.,

Promising review: “Don’t wait to get this like I did. It’s fairly priced and great to have. I’m a nurse so I work 12-hour shifts plus an hour and a half commute each way on the train. I get back pain. I use this when I get home or randomly while watching TV. It gives you that perfect little massage you need. It gives off heat too. I love it and highly recommend it.” —tracy

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.


A silicone lip brush that’ll ever so gently slough off dried winter skin from your pout. No need for brush with a tooth brush or dealing with a lip scrub here. This quick fix will feel like a lil’ spa treatment you can constantly feel the benefits from.


Promising review: “Great lip brush! My lips feel so silky and smooth after using this. Normally after a long day of wearing makeup, my lips feeling gunky from all the lipsticks and glosses I’ve been using all day. However after using the brush they feel plump and smooth.” —Janey Cakes

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).


A budget-friendly blow dry primer that reviewers say cut their drying time in half. HALF! Spend less time holding up that hair appliance with your poor arm.


Promising review: “It totally works! The spray smells amazing and cut my drying time in half. I was actually shocked how quickly my hair dried. I have long, thick, color treated and naturally wavy hair. Usually takes me 20 minutes to blow dry with a flat and large round brush and my dry bar blow dryer. Using this primer I was done in 10 minutes flat. For the price I’d highly recommend giving it a try. Totally worth it!” —EllieDox

Get it from Amazon for $3.49.


A comfy travel pillow that folds up like a scarf, will keep your neck warm, and has a built-in brace that you can adjust to the perfect angle for your preferred sleeping angle. You don’t have to save up for a first-class ticket to take that bucket-list trip you dreamt about all last year!


I swear by mine for flights, including a recent round trip between NYC and London. I’m a terrible sleeper in my own bed even but this pillow lets me get in some quality sleep while up in the air, which is something that was next to impossible before. PLUS, you can remove the cover and wash it!

Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in a variety of colors).


And while we’re on the subject of flying, a Mobile Passport app that’ll let you skip the line entering the U.S. where you enter info into a machine thanks to a QR code. This bb saved me ~30 minutes waiting in line after a recent international flight!

Apple Store

Seriously, just standing waiting for your suitcase at the luggage scale for a lil’ longer is more desirable than standing in line behind someone who can’t work a customs kiosk.

Mobile Passport let U.S. passport holders and Canadian visitors to save time during the entry process at more than 29 major U.S. airports and cruise ports! Securely submit your passport and customs declaration form and access designated lanes in the inspection area. You’ll see signs that say Mobile Passport that you can follow. Here’s to getting to the baggage carousel so much faster! The regular version (where you have to enter your info each time) is free, but you can upgrade for $15.99/year or $5.99/month to save your info.

Get it from the Apple Store for free.


A vegan brightening facial scrub made with sea kelp and French green clay to give you some oooh- and awww-worthy results. And it’s less than my usual Taco Bell order! (Sometimes self-care involves eating a few chalupas covered in fire sauce, k?)

Promising review: “I LOOOOOVE this scrub! I saw it in a BuzzFeed article about affordable facial products that really work, and had to buy! It’s eco-friendly, and gentle enough to use a couple times a week. My skin glows!!!” —MelbaToasty

Get it from Amazon for $7.64.


An all-natural deodorant that’ll ACTUALLY work how it’s supposed to. And I know! I, uh, can get pretty smelly but this stuff works for me.


It’s made without aluminum and parabens. Plus it’s vegan and cruelty-free! Plus, I’ve found it to be super moisturizing and small enough to carry in a purse.

Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in six scents).


A memory foam cushion for transforming your lackluster office chair or worn car seat into a throne for your precious behind. You deserve it!

Promising review: “I spend most of my days sitting in front of my computer, and the chair I currently have feels really hard and hurts my butt a lot after sitting on it for a while.


– Fits nicely on my office chair.

– Feels amazing. Soft to the touch. Adjust to the shape of your butt for best experience.

– Does not add much height to the chair, as it compresses when you sit on it


– None

Overall, I love this cushion. If you want some great support for your butt without having to spend too much money for a quality chair, definitely consider buying this cushion, as it will add support and comfort when you are sitting on them. Now I can sit for longer periods without feeling pain on my butt anymore (of course, I still recommend everyone to get off the chair to exercise or stretch once in a while)” —MVP

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.


Satin pillow cases that I own and love! They’ll become an essential for anyone who sleeps hot and/or wants to keep their hair and skin moisturized. Soooooo, everyone?


Promising review: “I was originally looking for silk pillow cases, but decided to give these a try because they were a better price. I am not disappointed! I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair in the mornings and overall they are so smooth and comfortable to sleep on. I’ve washed them several times and haven’t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again.” —Kate

Get two from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three sizes and 21 colors).


A nail-biting treatment that tastes so disgusting, it’ll teach you to stop absentmindedly gnawing at your paws. Your nails and cuticles deserve better! You do too! (BTW, reviewers say it also works on kids.)

Promising review: “It’s a miracle! I am 45 years old and have tried every product over the years — my mom used to put everything imaginable on my fingernails to keep them out of my mouth, my grandma tried to pay me to grow my fingernails out, but still, here I was at 45 with horrible nails. This has been a miracle. I can’t describe the taste but will just say that it makes me not want my hands anywhere near my face. Yes, it is difficult to eat finger food with this on — I went to Florida recently and had to have my husband peel my shrimp for me. 🙂 But, it is a small price to pay to break this habit.” —Laurie S.

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.


A 10-foot lightning cord for when you wanna just scroll through Instagram mind-numblingly so you can do so comfortably from your couch that happens to be across the room from the nearest outlet.


I have one of these, in this very color!, and it’s great. Also it feels super sturdy enough to wear it won’t wear down or fray like the Apple charging cords that come with your phone.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors and other lengths).


A 16-pack of soothing sheet masks that’ll feel like so much less effort when your skin needs a lil’ something-something but you don’t wanna wash goop off your face tonight.,

Promising review: “These masks are amazing!!! Having ‘ice pick’ scars left over from acne I was told that I’d have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can’t produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I’ve been using these masks for two months and I’ve seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!” —Shaun

Get them from Amazon for $9.99.


And collagen eye masks you can easily apply and take off without leaving bed. Here’s to your peepers looking as well-rested as you feel.

Promising review: “These make a visible difference. I recommend using them at night, 20 minutes before bed, while lying down, as they do tend to shift a bit due to how much moisture they contain. Great patches. Will be reordering. Lifesaver for winter skin and under eye dry patches!” —Amazon Customer

Get 12 pairs from Amazon for $15.99.


A weighted blanket with changeable seasonal covers can help keep you cool during the summer and toasty in the winter. Here’s to a more restful sleep and no more swapping when the seasons change!


Promising review: “I have had the blanket for 10 days now and can’t believe the difference. I have slept well every night, which is amazing for me. I have problems with restlessness, anxiety, and waking up often. I had no idea what to expect but it has helped me in all these areas.” —LeRoy Jones

Get it from Amazon for $55.99+ (available in nine sizes and three colors).


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A hand-lettering project book as a nice lil’ distraction. Or just for developing a new hobby. We love a new hobby with gorgeous results!


Promising review: “After researching many blogs and instagrams looking for an informative and relaxing way to learn lettering, I decided to go with Hand Lettering 101 and couldn’t be more happy. Sarah’s direction is amazingly effective and fun way to learn — after the first few chapters I was surprised with how my writing improved. She’s also amazing to follow on Instagram and provides inspiration to put your new skill to use!” —KR

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.


A pretty mug warmer to keep your hot chocolate, tea, or coffee nice and toasty on your nightstand while you get down to the business of doing absolutely nothing.


Get it from Amazon for $14.95.


A workhouse humidifier to add moisture back into your bedroom’s air in the pursuit of flawless skin and nasal passages.


Seriously, putting a humidifier in your room will help you sleep so much better.

Promising review: “I didn’t realize how much moisture I was losing from my skin until I received this humidifier. I can actually breathe at night; where I live the temperature fluctuates on a daily basis. Example: one day 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the next 70 degrees Fahrenheit. My eyes were getting very dry from working on the computer and since I have added a humidifier in my bedroom and office I haven’t had nearly the issues I was having before: I sleep better, my eyes aren’t nearly as red as before, and my seasonal allergies do not leave me debilitated due to weather fluctuations. This device is easy to set up and use right out of the box and does not use much electrical energy. Thank you for making a humidifier that is cost effective, elegant, and practical. Cheers to your team for not only an excellent product but excellent customer service. You truly value your customers and their feedback. Cheers!” —A_V

Get it from Amazon for $39.99., Amazon

Promising review: “Best eye mask you can buy! I’ve tried them all and this eye mask is FAR superior to all other masks. It blocks out 100% of the light, is light as a feather, and, best of all, has a marshmallow-soft cushioning that cups your entire eye making it a complete blackout for the best sleep. Also it does not tangle in my hair like past masks I’ve tried. It’s truly a dream mask!” —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors).


Buttery soft–high waisted leggings that are nice-looking enough to run to the grocery store in and comfy enough to wear all Sunday while you’re in bed.


Promising review: “I own a Lularoe pair in black. These are thicker and just as soft. Comparable for sure..I can’t say if they will hold up better or worse but for the price, can’t be beat. I ordered two in black and love them. I have thrown them in the washer and dryer twice and they have held up well. Love wearing them around the house and to bed!” —H.Y.@

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 22 colors and regular and plus sizes).


A pregnancy body pillow to have and to hold you, even if you’re just pregnant with a food baby. It’s *that* comfy.


This is designed to replace the need for multiple pillows to support you. And the cover is machine-washable!

Promising review: “I’m not pregnant but have lower back issues that have led to sciatic and hip pain. This pillow gives me great support in laying right and not rolling into a position that causes me lower back pain upon awaking. It took me a while to get the right position to lay with it and even found two or three ways to lay with it. The first night I didn’t sleep well with it because I was used to laying with all that extra, but the second night on was fine. The covers can be removed to be washed. I love it, it’s helped me a lot.” —Lisa Teaney

Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in six patterns).


And a cushy lumbar pillow you can position as its name implies or use to elevate your knees or feet.


My mom requested one each for her and my dad for Christmas after reading my coworker’s story about things that’ll make you never want to leave your couch. So I got to give these a test run myself and uh, I’m sitting here in my office chair wondering why the heck I haven’t ordered one for myself.

Get it from Amazon for $21.87.


A hair finishing stick to smooth out all those stray hairs and bumps that seem to magically appear on those mornings when you decide you absolutely cannot have hair on your neck and must resort to a pony or bun.

Promising review: “I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray.” —Jill Stilfield

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.


And a 45-pack(!!!) of velvet scrunchies so you can perfectly pair of soft hair accessory that won’t put a huge dent in your hair with your lazy-day (or everyday!) outfit. It’s just so much easier than actually doing your hair.


Get them from Amazon for $13.55.


A password book you should fill out IN PENCIL because who can keep up with all those passwords you constantly have to change and apparently are not strong enough for the robots unless it has something like 29478495734592713 on the end. End the nonsense and spend a bit of time filling out this babe as a gift to future you.

Promising review: “When we have so many internet addresses and passwords to remember, it gets really hard — especially when you get older and have trouble remembering what silly password you gave something. And, we are supposed to change or update passwords from time to time, so this is a great tool to help us do that. It certainly makes more sense than scribbling on a random piece of paper on your desk and then misplacing it. The trick, however, is to not misplace the book! I HIGHLY recommend this!!” —Carole P

Get it from Amazon for $6.33.


Pimple patches you can stick on a spot that’s come to a head while you sleep for the night and then peel off in the morn to find all kinds of ick on it that used to be inside your blemish(!!!). After all, you shouldn’t be picking at breakouts anyway!,

FYI, I use these and they work so well that I curse the sky that these weren’t around when I was in middle school before I went on Accutane. Yep, I shout at the sky EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Promising review: “So I won’t show you any of the gory details but man do these things work. I don’t wear makeup, so it’s perfect for just covering it up to go out because it’s almost exactly my skin color. More than that, wearing it at night it takes away most of the bump by the time I wake up. I will say that these are more for that specific annoying acne that like it’s huge and that you kind of have to bust, but that only makes it bigger. But it’s amazing, it might take a couple days but it definitely helps acne get back to normal looking faster. Update: Here are the gory details. The back acne is real.” —Rebecca Gabriela Terrones

Get a pack of 36 dots from Amazon for $12.50 (also available in an invisible dot or larger version). Check out these larger patches.

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