Let’s face it, this has been one of the most trying years for all of us, and as the year draws to an end, we are still trying to end on a positive bang with a festive holiday season filled with love, gift-giving, and family time. Many of us are struggling more than usual this year, our mental health has been tested, and this holiday season will be unique, and it will feel different. Most of us cannot travel, visit family, or do the typical activities we usually enjoy during the holiday season.
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The holidays are usually a time of laughter and joy, but it can be a time of sadness and stress for some. We can experience a host of emotions ranging anywhere from happiness to loneliness to frustration during the holiday season. Sometimes our mental health ends up being placed on the back burner because we may be caught up in Christmas holiday shopping, or this season can be one that increases a person’s depression or anxiety. If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you already know that I stress the importance of mental health, and prioritizing one’s mental health during the holiday season is always a must. So why not treat yourself or your loved one to a mental health gift?
Why giving mental health gifts matters
This year has taught me that my mental health affects every aspect of my life. Life can get pretty busy, and our mental health can waiver, but this should not be the case because if we cannot take time out to take care of our mental health, how can we possibly take care of others?
The more we ignore the signs that our mental health is in jeopardy – racing negative thoughts, sleepless nights, self-doubt, brain fog, memory problems, irritability, and extreme mood swings, the harder it becomes to manage and cope.
While it is important to notice these signs, we must not stop there. We should acknowledge how we feel, challenge ourselves, and start making a conscious effort to adjust our thinking patterns and life. That’s where giving a gift of mental health comes in. Society today is beginning to value mental health as much as physical health, so what could make a better gift than something to help a loved one and their mental health.
10 amazing mental health gifts to choose from!
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The gifts of self-care
Self-care is so important, but we do not take enough time out to take care of ourselves. Having a consistent self-care regimen has many benefits:
- It increases productivity
- It gives your mind a chance to unwind and reboot
- It helps you to refocus
- It helps to improve your self quality and decrease fatigue
Beauty by Earth is a skincare line that uses organic and natural ingredients. They have products for the face, body, hair, and lips. They even have bundles.
100% Pure is another skincare line filled with organic and natural ingredients. They have products of wellness, skincare, and hair & body.
The gifts of calming relaxation
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or racing negative thoughts? Difficulty managing stress? Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, trying to calm and clear our mind may not always be easy. Giving these gifts can help.
Muse is a brain-sensing headband that improved your medication practice. It gives your real-time feedback on your brain and body activity to help you when you’re in the zone. Overall, Muse is known to increase relaxation, improve focus, and improve better sleep.
Amrita Aromatherapy are essential oils that are 100% pure and certified organic from wild-crafted/organic farmed plants. Aromatherapy oils can positively impact your health and well-being as long as you safely use them. They are known to help many conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, skin irritants, fever, immune deficiencies, pain, sadness, just to name a few.
Mindplace is a meditation technology tool for anyone interested in exploring alternate states of consciousness or experiencing a deeper level of tranquility and meditative calm, and increased focus.
The gifts of safety
I think this goes without saying, but I still have to mention it (lol). Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a pandemic, and everyone’s anxiety levels have been at an all-time high when it comes to staying safe during this time. These gifts will be perfect for everyone!
Maskfone is the first mask with built-in headphones. It provides maximum protection against airborne health risks while delivering comfort to take phone calls and listen to music.
The thermometer is a non-contact design that can measure and save up to 30 temperature readings.
The gift of creativity
Getting creative can be just the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who struggles with anxiety, managing stress, and negative thoughts. Engaging in a creative act can help focus the mind and be considered a form of meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. Creativity is known to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. It can also help someone to process trauma.
Circut is a cutting machine that is simple yet powerful enough to transform the way a person thinks about crafting, designing, and doing DIY projects.
Erin Condren has the option of choosing from personalized planners to journaling. Sometimes our thoughts can get so jumbled and overwhelming it beings to affect our thought process and concentration. But having a planner will help keep you organized, and journaling helps to release built-up emotions that you may be struggling with.
The gift of texture
Texture and color are known to soothe anxiety. It brings about feelings of warmth and supports a positive attitude.
Bearaby blankets are weighted blankets that are a type of at-home therapy that can provide similar benefits to deep pressure therapy. These blankets have shown positive results for several conditions such as autism, anxiety, and ADHD. It is also known to help calm a restless body and improve sleep difficulties. They are a bit on the pricey side, but it will be a good investment to your mental health and overall well-being.
I hope this gift guide helped to put you in the mood for the holidays! But I just want to point out that the best gift for anyone’s mental health is the gift of patience, kindness, and trust. Keep in mind also that the holidays can be emotionally painful for some of your friends and loved ones, so be aware of your presence around them. Ultimately just be there for your loved ones and do not wait until the holiday seasons come around to do so.