Emotional wellness is important to keep top of mind, as stress and anxiety can suppress the effectiveness of your immune system. To keep in the best of shape, I'm always trying out ways to reduce stress naturally, and in this post, I'm sharing my favorite finds for stress relief gifts.
How Do You Make Someone Relax?
Giving them a relaxation gift is a thoughtful and subtle way to help someone relax. Herbal tea, bath bombs, bracelets, and diffusers are common gifts that can tie in stress relief for an enjoyable and well-appreciated present.
Another option is to gift your time. Volunteer to be their accountability partner in making time for relaxation, make plans to take walks or hit the gym together. Offering to take something off their plate, like cooking them dinner for the night or taking their kid to practice, can help them feel more relaxed as well.
What Can I Buy to Relax?
Journaling, reading books, taking breaks for creativity like drawing or coloring, as well as items for aromatherapy and self-care are great options to buy for increasing relaxation.
What to Gift Someone Who is Stressed?
As suggested above, put a stress relief spin on everyday gift items such as bath bombs, bracelets, pillow & body mist, and herbal tea. Share with them your favorite book to read, or encourage them to journal with a personalized notebook.
1. Aromatherapy Pillow Mist, $14 at Bath & Body Works
Getting a good night's sleep helps to calm anxiety. Josh and I love this pillow mist. We use it almost nightly and find we have a better sleep when we do. Lavender helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and luckily, it's one of my favorite scents to use.
2. Leather Journal, $21+ at Feeling Gifts
Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts, clear your mind, and problem-solve. If a more structured approach is preferred, try The Calm & Mindful Notebook, which includes weekly exercises.
3. Floor Cushion, $37+ at Hemp Organic Life
Meditation gets you to focus your thoughts and enter a peaceful and stable state. Being able to focus on your breathing also reduces your stress level. I bought this floor pillow for when I sit on the floor, and it is comfortable and beautifully made.
4. Massage Ball, $9 at Amazon
I bought this massage ball for Josh's feet, and he uses it daily when he's in his home office. Massage balls relax the muscles and help to relieve tension and stress.
5. Essential Oil Diffuser, $27 at Amazon
Aromatherapy is a way to relax and ease your anxiety with little effort.
6. A Book | Big Little Lies, $8 at Amazon
Books distract from stress by helping you to escape and get a break from the challenges that make you anxious. A great way to start reading more is to take your favorite movies or TV series and read the books. Some ideas are The Notebook, Forest Gump, Jurassic Park, and Big Little Lies.
7. Herbal Tea, $7 at Amazon
Switching to herbal tea is worth consideration as reducing caffeine intake helps reduce anxiety. This might be a tough one for the coffee and sweet tea lovers out there, myself included.
8. Hammock, $85 at Amazon
When the season permits, try taking a nap in a hammock on a sunny day. The motion of the hammock calms your senses and allows you to relax at a quicker rate.
9. Running Shoes, $120 at Amazon
Running is one of my favorite things to do for exercise. It not only helps in producing endorphins, but it's a way for me to focus on breathing and clear my head.
10. Coloring Book for Adults, $7 at Amazon
Coloring can have meditating effects, is a great stress reliever, and perfect for those of us that can't draw or paint. If you don't want an actual book, download an app. Having the app is also a great way to fit in stress relief during on-the-go downtime.
11. Bath Bombs, $9+ at B'Kind Handcrafted Soap
Taking a hot bath raises your body temperature and calms the nervous system reducing anxiety and stress and brightening your mood. For the person that prefers showers, I've tried these showers steamers, and they're great.
12. Therapy Dough, $8 at Dough For It
This pocket-sized dough brings tension relief by kneading and squeezing it, and deep breaths with the aromatherapy. If a stress ball is preferred, try this lavender stress ball.
13. Eye Pillow, $9 at Millay Candles
This cold and hot therapy pack is a relaxation aid for meditation or headache relief.
14. Weight Blanket, $55+ at Amazon
The pressure from these blankets puts your nervous system into rest mode and provides a sense of calmness.
15. Anti-Stress Crystal Bracelet, $33 at Woodland Zen
Healing crystals for grounding and relaxation that you can wear and take on-the-go.
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What is your best natural remedy to reduce your stress levels? Be sure to share them below in the comments!
Until next time,
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