The 8 essential self-care items to easy you through the early days of 2021
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2020 has been a long year. So long, that it might have even been five years packed into one. Why not start the new year off right with a little self-care? If you want to turn 2021 into a 365-day spa day, nobody's going to blame you. These products on Amazon can help you ring in the new year with some R&R.



Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set


Jade rollers massage your face, reduces puffiness, stimulates collagen, and allows for better penetration of skin products. And at the very least, there's just something so soothing and satisfying about running a rock over your face. This set also comes with a gua sha scraper, which can boost circulation and alleviate chronic pain.

Roselyn Boutique, $15.95; Amazon

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel


Baby Foot is the original DIY foot peel, intended to make cracked feet feel like, well, baby's feet. You just leave on the treatment for one hour, then your dead skin will gradually peel away over the course of five to seven days. It's not a pretty process, but nobody said self-care can never get ugly.

Baby Foot, $25; Amazon

Stress Relief Herbal Tea Pack


This sample pack has an herbal tea for whatever your self-care need is. Stressed? Clementine stress support tea can calm you down. Can't sleep? There's a caramel bedtime tea for that. You may never get stressed again!

Yogi Tea, $24.88; Amazon

Warming Eye Mask



Not only is the warmth of Popmask's Starry Eyes self-heating mask designed to calm you down and help you fall asleep, but the one-time use masks also de-puffs your eyes while it relaxes you. The heat lasts for up to 20 minutes. All you have to do is pop open a pouch, sit back and let the mask work it's magic.

Popmask, $16.99; Amazon

Cooling Weighted Blanket


Weighted blankets can help alive anxiety or be used to lull yourself into a deep sleep with the sensation of being hugged. This soothing 100% cotton blanket is also cooling, so you won't feel as if you're getting smothered with warmth.

AN, $39.99; Amazon

Japanese Harmony Adult Anti-Stress Coloring Book


One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is that adults can – and should – color in books. This adult coloring book's Zen gardens can help you achieve your own state of Zen. And if you're proud of how you stayed inside the lines, there's no rule saying you can't hang it on your own fridge!

Sara Muzio, $10.38; Amazon

Essential Oil Diffuser


If you're looking to get a bang for your buck, this triple threat is a humidifier, atomizer, and essential oil diffuser all in one. Plus, it's shaped like a fancy art piece, because sometimes self-care doubles as home décor. Just put in your favorite essential oil and let the calm wash over you…

Young Living, $96.99; Amazon

Gratitude Journal


Taking out the time to jot down the things you're grateful for is a little thing that goes a long way in cultivating peace of mind. This journal is also peppered with inspirational quotes to help you feel like you're starting your day off right!

Pretty Simple Press, $6.99; Amazon


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Oftentimes, the journey to our true calling is winding and unexpected. Take Lainey Morse, who went from office manager to creator of the viral trend, Goat Yoga, thanks to her natural affinity for goats and throwing parties.

Back in 2015, Lainey bought a farm in Oregon and got her first goats who she named Ansel and Adams. "Once I got them, I was obsessed," says Lainey. "It was hard to get me off the farm to go do anything else."

Right away, she noticed what a calming presence they had. "Even the way they chew their cud is relaxing to be around because it's very methodical," she says. Lainey was going through a divorce and dealing with a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis at the time, but even when things got particularly hard, the goats provided relief.

"I found it impossible to be stressed or depressed when I was with them."

She started inviting friends up to the farm for what she called "Goat Happy Hour." Soon, the word spread about Lainey's delightful, stress-relieving furry friends. At one point, she auctioned off a child's birthday party at her farm, and the mom asked if they could do yoga with the goats. And lo, the idea for goat yoga was born.

A baby goat on a yoga student. Photo courtesy of Lainey Morse

Goat yoga went viral so much so that by fall of 2016, Lainey was able to quit her office manager job at a remodeling company to manage her burgeoning goat yoga business full-time. Now she has 10 locations nationwide.

Lainey handles the backend management for all of her locations, and loves that side of the business too, even though it's less goat-related. "I still have my own personal Goat Happy Hour every single day so I still get to spend a lot of time with my goats," says Lainey. "I get the best of both worlds."

Lainey with her goat Fabio. Photo courtesy of Lainey Morse

Since COVID-19 hit, her locations have had to close temporarily. She hopes her yoga locations will be able to resume classes in the spring when the vaccine is more widely available. "I think people will need goat yoga more than ever before, because everyone has been through so much stress in 2020," says Lainey.

Major life changes like Lainey's can come around for any number of reasons. Even if they seem out of left field to some, it doesn't mean they're not the right moves for you. The new FOX series "Call Me Kat", which premieres Sunday, January 3rd after NFL and will continue on Thursday nights beginning January 7th, exemplifies that. The show is centered around Kat, a 39-year old single woman played by Mayim Bialik, who quit her math professor job and spent her life's savings to pursue her dreams to open a Cat Café in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jeff Harry started making similar moves when he was just 10-years-old, and kept making them throughout his life. After seeing the movie "Big,"Jeff knew he wanted to play with toys for a living, so he started writing toy companies asking for next steps. He finally got a response when he was a sophomore in high school — the company told him he needed to become a mechanical engineer first.

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But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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