If you weren’t aware, there’s a seismic shift taking place in the sky, unleashing a rain of misfortune upon us. Mercury’s gone retrograde once again—and unfortunately, it will stay that way until March 28. The planetary phenomenon has become ubiquitous with anything and everything going wrong. Communication is hard, old emotions resurface, and that person you thought you left in the past? Yep, he’s back in your orbit. Ugh!
Whether you’re a believer of astrology or not, it’s the perfect excuse to invest in self-care. Perhaps it’s a new set of essential oils, or an indulgent snack you wouldn’t normally eat. Or maybe its a Himalayan salt lamp—a splurge that will relieve your space of any potentially bad juju. Below, 5 feel-good items to help survive the celestial downturn. By the time Mercury is back to regular programming, you’ll be ready to jump right back into the swing of things.

1. The Happy Sage Stressbuster Crystal Bracelet, P1,400
Thought to cultivate peace, this bracelet generates its power from healing stones. It’s strung with amethyst, rose quartz, and smoky quartz, which all have soothing properties. Wear it around your wrist as a reminder to keep calm in spite of the chaos Mercury retrograde creates. But in case you get sucked into a negativity spiral, it’ll at least make eye-catching arm candy.

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2. HIMA Himalayan Salt Lamp (3-5kg) on sale at P1,085 (limited time only)
As you know, a Himalayan salt lamp is a natural air purifier that helps ward off pollutants. While this is reason enough to keep one, we like to think it chases away negativity too. The mere act of staring upon the peachy-pink salt rock offers a much-needed respite from the world. Plus, its warm glow can transform any room into a sanctuary. No bad vibes allowed!

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3. Moon Juice Spirit Dust Bottle (42.5g), P2,499
If your emotions are as mercurial as the planet, this custom herb blend will settle a fiery spirit. Just a sprinkle of Spirit Dust swirled into coffee or tea encourages instant calm. Within 30 minutes of taking it, you’ll notice your mood shift from uneasy to super Zen. This is due to its main ingredient, ashwagandha, which is the adaptogenic equivalent of an Enya song—relaxing, comforting, and restorative.

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4. Snack Box Salted Caramel Brownie Crunch, P85
Everyone has a different way of coping with Mercury retrograde. But, we can all agree that comfort food always hits the spot. These sweet ’n’ salty brownie thins are made with pure chocolate, a generous amount of caramel, and just enough sea salt. All that without making you feel too guilty about indulging in piece after crispy piece. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients and no trans-fat. Win-win!

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5. Tisserand The Little Box of Energy, P1,695
Whether the celestial funk has left you feeling tired, moody, or in a perpetual state of confusion, this mini essential oil set has you covered. It contains three oil blends with different benefits—one to reduce fatigue (High Energy); one to uplift the mood (Happy Vibes); and one to increase concentration (Find Focus). While you can’t avoid the curveballs retrograde throws, you can control how you react to them…or at least try to.

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What are your tips for surviving Mercury retrograde? Sound off in the comments section, below!

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