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10 Pleasure-Boosters and Restorative Practices for Detoxing Your Feelings

Mental well-being doesn’t just happen; it requires work, much as physical health does. And getting into the headspace to dive into our emotions requires mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion. (For help with that, see our Q&A with holistic psychologist Ellie Cobb.) But: It doesn’t all need to be so serious. It can be fun. It can be simple. And these mood-boosters remind us of the pleasure in it.

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    THE GUT CARD

    The premise is simple: Pull a card when you have a question and want some inner guidance. Ask anything, says creator Neel van Lierop—whether you’re on the right path, how to deal with a specific situation—and trust that the deck will lead your intuition toward a helpful answer.

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    BLISS OUT

    If magic came in a bottle, it’d be in the form of this smooth jojoba oil blended with chamomile, rose, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang. Massage a dab or two into your wrists or onto your temples for instant calm—a little goes a long way.

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    SUNNY SIDE

    Imagine how nice a sunlit room feels: It’s a mood-booster. Sunlight is important for our overall (mental and physical) well-being. When you can’t get enough sunshine, switch on this light-therapy lamp that mimics daylight (it emits non-UV, full-spectrum light) and chill out in front of it for thirty minutes or so to get the benefits.

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    SPICED

    Made with only four ingredients—creamy coconut milk powder, cardamom, coconut water powder, and saffron—this slightly spicy latte feels like a warm hug that’ll perk up any afternoon.

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    STAY SEATED

    What makes this set particularly useful is that the velvet covers come off for easy cleaning. It’s filled with a mix of organic buckwheat, cotton, and dried lavender that molds to you. And we love that it includes both a floor cushion and a plush pillow, so you can use one or both for added comfort.

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    IN TUNE

    Start your spiritual practice with this all-in-one kit that includes a bundle of palo santo and incense sticks, essential oil vegan soap, and a traditional brass Tibetan singing bowl that was hand-hammered in Nepal.

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    MIND TIME

    A bath is like melatonin for the soul. After a hectic day, quiet both the body and mind by adding a cup of this pink Himalayan salt—blended with frankincense, sandalwood, and myrrh—to warm running water. Emerge from the tub renewed, restored, and relaxed.

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    WELL READ

    In this book, Habib Sadeghi, DO, a cofounder of the integrative health center Be Hive of Healing, reminds us that the body is connected to the mind and that clearing out emotional waste is paramount to our overall well-being. This is his twelve-step guide to feeling better, inside and out.

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    EVERYDAY JOY

    Deepika Chopra, PsyD, is often referred to as the optimism doctor because she helps people visualize happier outlooks using evidence-based techniques. It isn’t that good things will just magically start happening; the power in using these cards is that cultivating a daily positivity practice promotes your own continuous growth.

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    SPIRIT SPRITZ

    Many energy practitioners suggest clearing your energy field once a week and your space’s energy every month. For those who are smoke-adverse, this smudging alternative—made with rose water, sage, palo santo, lavender, and peppermint—is filled with pretty crystals and works great at your desk or in your car.

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