It’s no secret that the most meaningful gifts come straight from the heart! However, finding that gift is sometimes easier said than done. A thoughtful homemade gift can mean a lot more to someone on your list than a top-shelf gift from an expensive department store…especially if a loved one is suffering from a mental illness.
Finding a gift wrapped in comfort, reassurance, and resilience can really make the season a little brighter for someone suffering from depression or anxiety. If someone you care about is facing challenges related to mental health issues, we’ve put together this list of gift ideas that support mental wellness.
A Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets might be just the right gift for someone struggling with increased anxiety. A weighted blanket, also referred to as a gravity blanket, is often used by therapists for patients during sensory integration therapy. However, they’ve been in the mainstream spotlight lately and gaining popularity.
Sometimes, the simplest stressors can have a negative effect on your mental health. The light pressure can provide comfort and reassurance for someone with anxious thoughts. Above all, weighted blankets can provide a sense of calm for anyone- almost like a much-need hug!
Coloring books are an age-old staple of childhood, but recently, they’ve been gaining popularity amongst adults…and for good reasons!
Coloring has a calming effect.
It helps people practice mindfulness by focusing on the task at hand.
It brings a sense of satisfaction and helps foster self-awareness.
Adult coloring books are flying off the shelves and you can gift a nice coloring set for less than $20…a win/win!
A Helping Hand
This is a gift that comes straight from the heart and cost zero dollars! Your simple donation of time, company, and assistance can have a BIG impact on someone in need. This practical gift can actually help make a difference in someone’s life.
Looking for ideas? Try offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment or catching up over coffee and donuts. Connection and support are so important for those battling mental illnesses.
Keeping a gratitude journal can truly be a life-changing experience. It helps increase positivity by helping you focus on the good in life. Your outlook can become more optimistic because you are choosing to see more of the positivity in your life. Also, there’s something about writing that’s very therapeutic especially in a digital world.
A Self-Care Basket
It’s hard to find “me time” for so many people. Our busy schedules prevent us from truly taking care of ourselves to ensure our wellness. The good news is you don’t have to spend $500 on an elaborate spa gift certificate! Self-care could mean different from person to person- here are some of our ideas that won’t break the bank:
- Scented Candles (lavender is a popular scent when it comes to unwinding)
- Some dark chocolates and a dollar movie DVD
- A $10 iTunes gift card so they can download a few of their favorite songs
- Lotions and bubble baths
- A new book
- A gift card to their favorite coffee shop or ice cream parlor
- Stationary to write letters
Whatever you choose, remember that it’s the thought of giving that matters- not the price tag!
Don’t get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Stay focused on what matters most in your life and set a budget that you feel comfortable with. Happy holidays!