+
The 8 essential self-care items to ease you through the early days of 2021
woman in black and white shirt carrying baby

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


Upworthy may earn a portion of sales revenue from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


Keep ReadingShow less
Identity

Sacheen Littlefeather, who famously appeared in Marlon Brando's place at Oscars, has passed away

'It feels like the sacred circle is completing itself before I go in this life.'

Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather.

A little more than two weeks after receiving a formal apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the abuse she suffered at the 1973 Academy Awards, Native American rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather has died at age 75.

Littlefeather is a Native American civil rights activist born to an Apache and Yaqui father and a European American mother. Littlefeather made history at the 1973 Academy Awards by forcing Hollywood and America to confront its mistreatment of Native Americans by rejecting Brando's award on his behalf.

Dressed in traditional clothing, she explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

Keep ReadingShow less

This article originally appeared on 08.05.21


Six years ago, a high school student named Christopher Justice eloquently explained the multiple problems with flying the Confederate flag. A video clip of Justice's truth bomb has made the viral rounds a few times since then, and here it is once again getting the attention it deserves.

Justice doesn't just explain why the flag is seen as a symbol of racism. He also explains the history of when the flag originated and why flying a Confederate flag makes no sense for people who claim to be loyal Americans.

But that clip, as great as it is, is a small part of the whole story. Knowing how the discussion came about and seeing the full debate in context is even more impressive.

Keep ReadingShow less