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    28 Things For Anyone Stressed Out By Work To Keep At Their Desk

    I'm definitely *not* coloring while on this tense work call, how dare you even suggest such a thing.

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    1. A mini fan if you constantly find yourself pulling at your collar asking people "Is it hot in here? It's SO hot in here," but really it's just your blood boiling.

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    Promising review: "This fan is a perfect size for my desk, yet delivers powerful cooling air. Love the color, and it's very quiet! As you can see from the pictures, it doesn't take up much room." —BeckieBea

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

    2. A mini coloring book so you can sneak in some relaxing coloring time whenever you need to take a little break and take your mind off things.

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    Don't forget the colored pencils!

    Promising review: "This coloring book's low-profile size is perfect for discreet coloring breaks. I keep one of this size at work and one in the car, each with a small pack of Gelly Roll pens. Perfect for de-stressing behind my closed office door for a few minutes or taking a breather while my daughter is in gymnastics class." —Summery

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    3. A basic cardigan to shield yourself against your arch nemesis: the office AC.

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    Promising review: "A lovely surprise — a beautiful sweater which keeps its shape and provides just enough warmth for my chilly air conditioned office. Great buy for $20, and I usually buy many things at Talbots and Nordstrom. This piece is awesome!" —EMOLEO

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 30 colors).

    4. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses if eye strain from the computer has been causing you both literal and figurative headaches.

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    Promising review: "I love these glasses! I work at nighttime in an office with really bright fluorescent lights and two screens; we turn a third of the lights off and I showed everyone on my shift how to dim our screens to help with eye strain, but I found I was still having frequent eyestrain and needing to massage my temples. We aren't allowed to download blue light filters to help, either, and many of my coworkers suffer from frequent migraines. I have been looking for a way to relieve strain on my eyes and these were absolutely the answer. I use these even at home on my own computer while writing, and I don't exactly know how to describe the difference other than just that my eyes feel more 'relaxed'. My eyes haven't been in pain since I got them, and seriously, I forgot to wear them for about 20 minutes the other day, and my eyes were right back to feeling how they had." —Cam

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four styles and seven lens types).

    5. A weighted lap pad that's like a mini weighted blanket — put it on when you feel flustered and it may help you stay calm and grounded.

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    The pad weighs eight pounds.

    Promising review: "This is totally worth the money to get this product. I have ADHD and social anxiety. I use this most days at work and at my college, and the weight of it really helps! I can fold it in half to concentrate the weight or leave it unfolded for a little more warmth or when I don't need it to feel as heavy. The soft fabric is also absolutely beautiful." —Nereamia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in nine colors and materials).

    6. A cactus humidifier so at least your skin can relax a little, even if your mind is still racing.

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    Get it from Amazon for $14.89 (also available in three other styles).

    7. A scalp massager, because you may not be able to duck out and get a real massage in the middle of the day, but this should do the trick.

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    Get it from Amazon for $4.95 (available in five colors).

    8. Some affirmation cards so you can remember how bright and brilliant you are, even as the weight of capitalism slowly crushes you.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.66.

    9. A baguette wrist rest if you suspect all of your stress has been caused by wrist pain and a lack of visual carb humor.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three styles).

    10. A Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Man, because his erratic motions looks how you feel inside.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.95 or Amazon for $11.66.

    11. A supply of squishy animals so you can relieve stress one little *boop* at a time.

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    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. A pretty hand sanitizer if your coworkers REFUSE to work from home when they're sick and are coughing up a storm around you. Rude.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in eight scents).

    13. A set of colorful compliment pencils, because your boss may not be giving you the praise you deserve, but these pencils sure will.

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    Get them from Amazon for $10.65.

    14. A Two Minute Mornings journal so before your unbelievably hectic day, you can at least have a few peaceful minutes to yourself.

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    Promising review: "This was purchased for me as a Christmas gift from a co-worker. I only recently started using it, as I've been dealing with some troubles in my life. I don't know what it is, but even if I repeat some of the same stuff, getting this done in the mornings (or sometimes at night if I don't make the time in the mornings) has made such a tremendous difference in my attitude toward myself and to others. So much so that several people have taken notice. I have since purchased a couple copies for friends who are also dealing with troubles in their lives. I highly recommend it. Even if you aren't dealing with any issues in life, it's such a help for clearing your head before starting your day." —Sumo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

    15. Pretty file folders to keep what's normally a tornado of a desk looking and feeling more organized.

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    Promising review: "I am on the road all the time for work, and these have made my life so much easier! I have almost every color of these and use one for my personal (bills to pay, checks to cash, to-do lists, forms to sign, etc.), another for anything that pertains to a specific day, and one for each of my clients. I could easily see these being great for high school or college classes. These go from the floor of my car, to my bottomless purse, to the kitchen counter — they go everywhere and they have held up great! I absolutely love these!" —Jenna Smith

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

    Check out "You Can Fit Your Whole Damn Life Into These Adorable File Folders" for more info!

    16. Or a cascading wall organizer if you really want to be extra about your tidiness.

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    Promising review: "This is absolutely amazing and ingenious! I use it to pin all my different trips, deadlines, etc on my wall. It looked so messy and was driving me a bit nutty. I got this and now I walk into my office and don't feel so stressed out! Each color is assigned a level of importance and I code my assignments to months so in one glance, I know if I'm on the road or in the office in town. No more chaos! Thank you!" —Lucinda

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    Read more about this file folder in "This Hanging Wall Organizer Will Basically Get Your Life Together For Under $15."

    17. A foot hammock so even when your top half is hard at work type-type-typing away, your legs can be in full vacation mode.

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    Promising review: "Love this little hammock!! I use it at work underneath my cubicle. I had been using a recycling bin turned on it’s side to prop my feet up, but then I didn’t recycle and the cleaning staff kept putting it back upright at night which I felt bad about. I stumbled onto this while searching on Amazon, and it’s just perfect! I can tighten or loosen the strings so that it hangs as high or low as I want, and it’s pretty comfortable. Also fun to tell my coworkers I have a hammock for my feet." —Cait M.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    18. Eraser putty, because you might not be able to get away with having Silly Putty at your desk without some sideways looks, but this is the next best thing.

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    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $7.59.

    19. A calming plant print to remind yourself of your happy place: your greenery-filled apartment.

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    Get it from Madewell for $32.

    20. A time timer so when you feel overwhelmed, you can have a visual representation of the passage of your day. These can help you with time management during meetings, daily projects, and specific tasks, especially if you have a tendency to get distracted.

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    Promising review: "As an adult with ADD, I keep my Time Timer at my side throughout the day. It helps me conceptualize time in a way that no other gadget ever has. Using it keeps me on track and on time better than a clock, better than an alarm or stopwatch, better than anything! I love that it makes not one sound except for a tiny beep when the time is up, because that way I can keep it by my computer as I'm working and it doesn't distract me. If I want to know how much time I have left I might glance at it, but overall I tend to forget it's there when I'm concentrating on my work—and that's a good thing." —M. Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $28.76 (available in two sizes, with or without magnets).

    21. A handy checklist for anyone who has a hard time prioritizing important tasks with a packed schedule.

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    Promising review: "These are perfect for me to jot down to-do items as I think of them. Digital to-do lists are great, but they're easy to minimize or get hidden behind other windows I have open. I keep a pad of the Action Items! on my desk, kinda in my way, so the list is always present and I can add or check things off as I go. And, yes, I am one of those people who might possibly write down something I accomplished just so I could cross it off the list." —BWall

    Get it from Amazon for $7.72 (available in 15 styles).

    22. An essential oil migraine relief stick to stop stress headaches in their tracks and keep them from slowing you down. YES you need to find a more long-term solution if you're that stressed about a job, but this will do for now.

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    Promising review: "This is seriously amazing. I have suffered from Migraines for over 20 years. Due to excessive use of nsaids I developed chronic gastritis and can not take pain meds any longer. So when I get a migraine I have to just deal with it. This is a life saver! It instantly takes the pain away with its cooling effect and essential oils. I apply it several times during the day and it works wonders. I can function normally. I keep one in my purse, in my desk drawer at work, and at home." —Erica

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Hear more about one BuzzFeed writer's love of the migraine stick in "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life."

    23. A pack of Gelly Roll pens so your personal notes can be squiggly and colorful like they were in fourth grade. Nobody has to know.

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    Promising review: "Obsessed with these. Best quality gel pens on the market. Fun to have around the house or around the office to add some fun." —Charleston Charm

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.76.

    24. A lumbar support pillow to make your eight hours of sitting time a whole lot more comfortable. Phew, what a relief.

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    Promising review: "High quality product made with durable materials. The straps are excellent in design for holding the cushion in place. The memory foam back is very supportive and shaped to relieve stress on my lower back. Great choice." —JPM

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in four colors).

    25. A personalized photo calendar so you can momentarily transport back to joyous memories with your fam in between tense meetings.

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    You can even choose the calendar's starting month to make the most use out of it no matter when you order it!

    Get it from SnapFish for $9.99+ (available in six sizes and as a wall or desk calendar).

    26. A tin of camomile herbal tea that will encourage you to slow down and enjoy a warm, relaxing, caffeine-free treat.

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    The tin comes with 20 sachets.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.20.

    27. A sloth air plant holder so you have a little buddy to encouragingly smile at you as you toil away.

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    Get it from FunUsualSuspects on Etsy for $27.

    28. And if all else fails, a giant bag of mini candies so you and your coworkers can at the very least enjoy some good old fashioned stress-snacking.

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    The bag comes with 240 pieces of candy — amazing.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    Good luck with your stressful job! But maybe...look for a new one? 😬

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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