23 Items That Will Without a Doubt Bring You Joy During This Strange Summer


If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that this summer has been strange. It seems as though time has been nothing but an illusion since March. (What day is it even?) Don’t worry, though. You’re not alone in your unrest—and your feelings of impending doom are totally valid. 

 

This crazy string of apocalypse-like events has left many of us feeling stressed, making it imperative to find happiness and joy wherever (and whenever) possible. So in an effort to ease that overwhelming sense of dread, here are 23 items that will hopefully—as Marie Kondo so eloquently put it—“spark joy.” 

 

Athleisure and Activewear 

 

We’re not about to push yoga on anyone, but exercise has been proven to boost the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals (AKA endorphins, dopamine, and adrenaline). In fact, some studies suggest that even low levels of exercise, like walking around the block or gardening, is an effective way to cope with depression and anxiety. 

SWEATY BETTY

Contour Workout Leggings

$90

ON

Cloudswift Running Shoe

$150

NIKE

Indy Icon Clash Toggle Sports Bra

$45

COTTON ON

Body – Workout Yoga Crop – White

$19.99

WARDROBE.NYC

Bike Short in Black

$150

RUSSELL ATHLETIC

UO Exclusive Overdyed Hoodie Sweatshirt

$49

Books and Journals 

 

Sure, technology is great. Too much tech, however, isn’t. According to the Mayo Clinic, screens have quite an impact on our sleeping habits, vision, and overall happiness. The easy fix? Powering down. If you’re not into reading, consider “writing your way to happiness.” (Not sure where to start? We definitely recommend checking out “The Magical Writing Gilmore” by Lisa Marie Basile.) 

ROYCE NEW YORK

Executive Leather Journal – Red

$150

HEREAFTER

Plant Good Thoughts Journal

$29

MARA-MI

Russell & Hazel A5 Soft-Cover Journal

$13$8.5

Amazon Books

The Magical Writing Grimoire: Use the Word as Your Wand for Magic, Manifestation & Ritual 

$20

Bookshelf

Self Care

$15

Amazon Books

All the F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life

$20

 

Intimate Toys and Personal Lubricant 

 

Believe it or not, loving yourself is a type of self-care. Masturbation provides us with a healthy way to release stress, let go, and enjoy our bodies without feeling guilty or remorseful. What’s more? Orgasms have been proven to relieve pain, improve sleep, and boost the immune system. (We’re already cooped up inside, so why not make the best of it?) Bonus: The O-glow is real

Tracy’s Dog

Clitoral Sucking Vibrator

$44

Foria

Intimacy Natural Lubricant with CBD

$98

Ohnut

Ohnut Set of 4 | Jade Color

$65

UNBOUND

Bean by Unbound at Free People, Mint, One Size

$46

B SWISH

BCute Classic

$25

LELO

Tiani 2 by Lelo at Free People, Black, One Size

$159

Candles and Affirmations 

 

Wait, don’t roll your eyes. Affirmations aren’t just positive, fluffy thought clouds. There’s actual science behind the self-affirmation theory. So the next time you’re feeling down, light a candle (candlelight has been proven to reduce stress and increase self-awareness), run a bath, and tell yourself how you really feel (i.e. “I believe in my dreams,” or “I love myself for who I am.”) 

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Blue Candle

$60

OTHERLAND

Daybed Candle

$36

DONNA IDA

Candles

$74$69

Fortune & Frame

Flowered Vines Fortune Locket // Gold-Dipped

$78

Fortune & Frame

Mini Fortune Bracelet: “Tap into your magic.” // Sterling Silver

$38

 

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