Whether it’s a mental health condition or something else, we all have struggles. A lot more of us deal with seasonal depression than we realize, and some people may not be open about it. So here are a few gift ideas for your loved ones who may be struggling this holiday season:
Sometimes when you are feeling anxious, all you need is to feel secure. A weighted blanket is something that will keep you or your loved one warm, cozy, and feeling secure and safe. I have used my weighted blanket to calm myself during panic attacks, and even when I just needed a good nap. It put me straight to sleep, even when I was dealing with insomnia! I have one that is 18 lbs, but they range from 3 lbs to 20 lbs. Which is right for you depends on your age, height, and weight.
I have used essential oils for anxiety and depression symptoms, but also for cold and flu symptoms, heartburn, headaches, and a variety of other things. They can also be used to make soaps, lip balms, deodorants, and for cleaning. So essential oils are amazing! But for me its their calming effect that I seek out! I prefer Clary-Sage, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Bergamot. These are great for anxiety and depression symptoms, especially seasonal symptoms. Essential oils would make great stocking stuffers, and can be diffused or applied topically!
When I am feeling anxious, or have just had a long day, I like to relax with some tea. Particularly YogiTea. These teas have little sayings and motivational quotes attached to the bag. It’s always nice to have a cup of tea and open up your tea bag to a little bit of positivity in your day!
A Yoga Mat
Yoga has been something that has really pulled me through some of my toughest times. It’s an amazing coping tool because it’s healthy for both your body and mind, and can help relieve stress and anxiety in a relaxing way. I like to do yoga in the morning to wake up, or before bed to relax my mind and body. A yoga mat would be a great gift for someone who is looking to be more mindful this winter.
Some Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants, and it’s actually good for you to eat about 1.4 ounces per day! Who doesn’t love to hear that it’s HEALTHY to eat chocolate? Chocolate has always been an easy gift for the holidays, and is a great comfort food during a tough day. It’s always nice to indulge with a little chocolatey treat!
Journals are great for organizing your thoughts, keeping in touch with your emotions, and keeping track of goals. They are also great stress relievers. They make a useful gift for anyone struggling with their mental health during this holiday season.
A Self Care Kit
A self-care kit is something I wrote about in another blog post, so I’ll keep it short! You can make this yourself. Just find any small box, fill it with goodies such as tea, hot chocolate, essential oils, face masks, lotions, candles, chocolate, and other things that might be good for coping with mental health symptoms! Check out my post for other ideas on what to put in your loved one’s box!
When you are struggling with depression and anxiety, it is ALWAYS nice to be reminded that you are loved. Do something nice for your loved one, and put some thought and care into it. It doesn’t always have to be THINGS. It can be a kind gesture too! You could make them a gift by hand because it’s more special. Think of something creative that they may like to receive from you. Depression and anxiety can really make you feel insecure in your relationships at times, so it’s the best idea to give a thoughtful gift whenever you can!