25 Products To Try Before Hiring A Life Coach

25 Products To Try Before Hiring A Life Coach

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1.

A daily planner to help you visualize everything you want to accomplish. Crossing out your completed tasks is gonna be sooo satisfying.


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Promising review: “You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. It really helps me manage my time and keep track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. It starts my day off just right!! I’ll definitely be ordering more.” —Brit

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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And don’t forget a pack of colored pens that’ll get you excited about journaling.


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Promising review: “I really like these pens a lot! I got them for my planner and they write super nice! They don’t bleed through the paper, which is what I was worried about, so I’m very happy about that.” —RachRene

Get a pack of 18 pens from Amazon for $7.99.

3.

A monthly bill tracker so you can stay on top of your finances — and set aside money for big expenses and small treats to yourself.


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Promising review: “I’ve been saying I’m going to get my life together and get out of debt so in order to do that, I need to keep track of my budget. I started looking for planners — but how can I say I want to budget my money and then turn around and spend $30, $40, or $50 on a planner? Then I need to get the stickers and the gel pens and…. you get my drift. So when I saw this, I said, ‘Let me just see; it’s less then $10 so I’m sure it’s not gonna work for me!!!’ Boy was I surprised 😮. It’s super big and it has enough space for me to write. The lines are separated very well. It has my budget for the month and then a page for weekly activity. I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s thick not thin like a $1 store book; it’s sturdy. It’s pretty, and folks let me tell you: order this and save yourself some money and enjoy this. I can’t wait to order more.” —Nia

Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

4.

The Big Activity Book For Anxious People, because sometimes a good laugh is enough to distract you from your anxieties. This activity book mixes fun and humor with educational tips for coping with your anxiety so you feel a little less alone about your worries.


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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 $9.89.

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Two Minute Mornings, a daily journal that’ll help you express gratitude, develop a positive mindset, and engage in mindfulness through just a few minutes of writing.


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Promising review: “This was purchased for me as a Christmas gift from a coworker. 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.

6.

A set of sticky note dividers to help get your priorities in order so you know what to tackle first.


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Promising review:These babies are pretty sturdy and they make putting notes in a book, planner, magazine, or whatever a complete breeze. I really like the ease of these and if you are creative you can make these work for any project. I use them in my textbooks to summarize my notes on a chapter. I also have short-term memory loss after a car accident. I like reading novels but can’t remember things, so I use one of these as a book mark and take a few minutes to jot down key things from the book. I really, really, really like these and I am glad they exist.” —Delaney

Get them from Amazon for $5.71.

Read our deep dive into the Redi-Tag’s Divider Sticky Notes for more deets.

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A deck of encouragement cards for when you need an uplifting message. Feel free to share them with coworkers when they need a mood boost, too.


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Promising review: “I originally got these for myself as a pick-me-up to deal with my depression, but I have found my coworkers enjoy them as well. I’ve left them anonymously for a couple of people and they are always really appreciative to have a pick-me-up. The card quality is similar to playing cards and the colors are incredibly vibrant and beautiful!” —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

8.

A bottle of OLLY sleep gummies so you can encourage your body to rest with a blend of L-Theanine, chamomile, and lemon balm — three ingredients that boost relaxation and increase your sleep quality. A good night’s sleep is key to a productive day tomorrow.


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Promising review: “I’ve tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They’ve worked the best out of any of the others I’ve tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!” —Jaime Arnold

Get a bottle of 50 gummies from Amazon for $12.88+ (also available in bottles of 60 and 70).

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A pack of motivational stress balls that’ll help you power through any problem that’s stumping you. They’re also great for maintaining your focus and act as a sensory distraction so your feelings of stress aren’t as intense.


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Promising review: “I’m a school psychologist and I run a group for boys learning how to handle stress and difficult emotions. Fidgeting or squeezing stress balls happened to be their most liked coping technique, so when I found these balls with motivational sayings on them, I knew they would be perfect. The kids loved them, and they have held up well to the extensive use from these active middle school boys. They leave the balls in my room at the end of the day and pick them up diligently every morning.” —Katherine

Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in six colors).

10.

A fidget spinner ring to keep your fingers occupied so your brain can focus on whatever task you’re working on.


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Promising review: “Very cute! I wear this when I’m doing something more passive but that I need to focus on like reading, because I have a tendency to fidget and lose focus. I have tried fidget cubes and those interlocking rings and the issue is they made my hand cramp up. The ring works well and doesn’t hurt my hands. I wear it on my index finger and then just brush my thumb against it. It is not silent and makes a very quiet rubbing noise. The spinning feels a little gritty too. I am very pleased that it came in so many sizes. The price was great too.” —K. Nance

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and seven colors).

11.

A motivational pin, because you and everyone who sees it could probably use a little reminder.


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Promising review: “I got this pin to support my friend going through chemo. I wear it every time she has a treatment.” —Margo Murphy

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A pack of inspirational pens that feature self care sayings so you’ll be reminded that it’s OK to let things go at work.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love these pens. If I could keep my daughter from taking them…that’s how fantastic they are. They are slim, write smoothly, and I love the colors available.” —K. Fisher

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.95.

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A sticker that’ll remind you not to ~myth-understand~ your abilities. You can do anything you set your mind to!


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Get it from David Olenick on Society6 for $2.99+ (available in four sizes and two styles).

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A gallon water bottle with motivational markers to help you stay hydrated in the midst of dry skin season. It’s easy to forget to drink water while you’re slaving away at your desk, but taking sips throughout the day helps your brain function at peak capacity.


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Promising review: “I really like this product because it has helped keep me on track with daily water intake. Instead of gulping down water throughout the day. It’s nice to be able to see how much water is left for the day. Not having to guess or keep track of water intake, the bottle is clearly marked. The bottle comes in different colors. It also comes with a strap to easily take it on the go. I especially like that it has encouraging phrases alongside the time marks. It’s a water bottle cheerleader!” —UndercoverMother

Get it from Amazon for $6.96+ (available in three sizes and 32 colors).

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A pack of energy-boosting gum, because we have things to do and we’d very much like to skip the jitters and crash that follow a cup of coffee.


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Each piece of gum has 40 mg of caffeine, which is about half of what you’d get in a cup of coffee. It also has 60 mg of L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea that helps reduce anxiety. Enjoy it in the afternoon to prevent the dreaded 2 p.m. slump, or chew it in place of coffee; it’s totally up to you how you use it.

Promising review: “I normally drink a cup of coffee before I work out in the morning, but found NeuroGum to be a quicker and cheaper alternative. It tastes pretty good, and the caffeine kicks in super fast. I’ll definitely be stocking up on this gum from here on out to get me going in the morning.” —Dan Scime

Get a pack of nine pieces for $4.99 (also available in a six-pack (54 pieces) and 12-pack (108 pieces) – on Amazon.

Read my colleague’s full review of Neuro Gum (#2) to learn more.

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Or, a cold brew maker if coffee is your lifeblood and you need at least three cups to get anything done. Skip the weak stuff in your office and head straight to this bad boy at your desk.


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It brews a quart (four cups), so you should have enough java to get you through the day (and maybe some left over to share with your favorite coworker).

Promising review: “I’ve been telling everyone about this! I had another cold brew pitcher that worked but made super watered down coffee. Decided to try this one and I’m so glad I did! It’s super easy to make and tastes SO smooth and delicious, even by itself. I love how it actually and completely immerses the coffee filter, and I *really* love the airtight seal as my daughters have accidentally knocked my old one down and spilled precious liquid. Definitely recommend!” —Kayla

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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And don’t forget a sloth mug, because it’s OK to take things slow sometimes. Sit back, clear your mind, and focus on enjoying your coffee.


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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

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A fruity iPhone case to remind you that life is easy peasy lemon squeezy.


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Get it from Lathe & Quill on Society6 for $35.99+ (compatible with multiple iPhone and Galaxy models).

19.

A weighted blanket for helping reduce your anxiety so you can feel well-rested sometime this decade. This specific weighted blanket comes with two covers: one that’ll keep hot sleepers cool and another that’ll retain heat so you’re cozy and warm.


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Using a weighted blanket may increase your serotonin levels because the weight mimics the sensation of being held or hugged. The release of serotonin and oxytocin (often nicknamed the “love hormone”) can lower your stress levels and lessen anxiety, which may make it easier for you to drift off.

Promising review: “Imagine being trapped under a 15-pound bag of beans in a box half your size somewhere, but instead of being trapped you’re comfortably cocooned and the bag of beans is actually just a blanket and you’re in a bed that’s the perfect size. Your initial thought of a 15-pound blanket is terrifying and confusing, but once it’s on, you slip into absolute bliss. This blanket gives a sense of comfortability and security, no one with zero muscle tone will be able to disturb the deep slumber you will fall into while this blanket is on you. Great for falling asleep and putting aside the worries and concerns about the monsters under your bed trying to get you, because we all know they give up at the slightest inconvenience. Also it is really a great relaxation gift for others!” —Amazon Customer

Get an 18-pound blanket from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in 10 weights and three colors).

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A digital alarm clock that’ll actually help you get up on time because you’re not fooling anyone with your current phone alarm situation, which involves you hitting snooze multiple times before you finally get out of bed.


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This lil’ guy is both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly functional. It has three brightness settings so you’re not blinded in the middle of the night, or you could just switch off the LED light if you’re a light sleeper. It also displays the temperature and the humidity so you know what weather you’re dressing for.

Promising review: “I love that size because it doesn’t take up a lot of space. The display is bright, so I can read it at night. This looks like a decorative wooden block on the nightstand. Just what I needed.” —Iris

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors and styles).

21.

A mousepad notepad to keep your list of to-dos front and center.


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Promising review: “I rarely write reviews but this product is one I go searching for when the pad starts to run low. It is perfect for those of us who need to keep track of billable time for work. I technically use it as a mouse pad (more of a place for the mouse to live on the desk since the actual pad part is not necessary anymore) and it is therefore right underhand and super handy for keeping both the daily/weekly to-do list and time spent plus a spots for note, a quick phone number, long term to-do’s to carry forward to next week (aka the next page). Then once a week I tear it off, confirm my time report, next week’s to-do list, record any phone numbers, etc.” —NYKitty

Get it from Amazon for $13.67.

22.

A multitasking grater prep bowl so you can whip up a week’s worth of meals fast. (Sorry, no more ordering delivery four nights a week!)


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You get one five-quart stainless steel bowl, a lid, and three grating plates so you can rice cauliflower and slice hard-boiled eggs for a little protein on your salad.

Promising review: “Really love this brand! This is a very large bowl and has a nice non-slip bottom. The deal around the lid is snug and easy to use! Nice in a pinch instead of dragging out the food processor.” —Ashdfw

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful collection at Macy’s for $29.99 (originally $42.99).

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A set of drawer organizers, because you’re probably wasting too much time in the morning trying to find a pair of matching socks. Use this instead and you’ll be able to grab your socks and go forth and kick butt.


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Promising review: “These are great organizers! They are made well and fit great in my dresser drawers. A great tool for organizing socks, panties, bras, etc. I have ordered more of these. I would highly recommend!” —Jana T.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

24.

A jar of contour ear plugs for blocking out chatty coworkers so you can focus on your work. They’re also great for helping you fall asleep if you’re sensitive to noise.


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Promising review: “I’m a college student in a dorm with two other roommates and there is construction going on near the building. These are honestly the answer to my prayers for a good night’s sleep. The first few weeks of living on campus sucked because one of my roommates doesn’t understand the idea of being quiet when others are sleeping and construction trucks decided that 4 a.m. would be the perfect time to ride around in reverse, beeping away. I went from rudely being woken up before I needed to sleeping soundly until my own alarm goes off. They expand very comfortably in my ear, and, for the most part, they stay in all night. The contour really makes a difference. I’ve been able to use the same pair for quite a while and they still work great. Once they start falling out in your sleep a lot, then you know it’s time to throw them away and get out two new ones, but a box of these can easily last me three months.” —Danielle

Get 50 pairs from Amazon for $14.99.

Check out one BuzzFeed writer’s full review of Flents Quiet Contour Ear Plugs/Earplugs to learn why she loves them.

25.

A memory foam seat cushion with cooling gel so you’re not constantly distracted at your desk by back and/or butt pain


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Promising review: “I’m new to having a desk job. Sitting for many hours made my bum burn, and my back ache. My bum doesn’t burn, back doesn’t ache, it seems to hold its shape well and it appears well made. I’m ordering one for my husband.” —Marla

Get it from Amazon for $23.80.

Me when people ask me why I do what I do:


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

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