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Gift Guide: 8 Perfect Presents For Anyone Struggling To Cope With Their Mental Health This Year

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Here's a list of presents that will help the people you love get through stress and practice self-care - something we all need in 2020.

Linda Roberts

It's pretty clear that this year hasn't been kind to our mental health. The current pandemic is causing anxiety and sadness with its uncertain consequences.

As we are try to find ways to survive the last few weeks of 2020, especially the holiday season with its added pressures, some of us could do with gifts that support their anxiety and help them reach a calm and relaxed sensation. These presents might be needed in 2021 as well!

Listed below you can find a variety of gifts ranging from different price points for you or someone you knw that might be looking for something to boost their mental health.

1. A Weighted Blanket

When you're stressed, your heart beats very quickly; lowering its rate can help you reach relaxation.  A weighted blanket helps reach such sensation by exercising "deep touch pressure": this activates your parasympathetic nervous system which lowers your heart rate when you're stressed. More specifically, a weighted blanket uses pressure on your entire body which induces feeling of calmness, similar to when you're being hugged.

The new Sommio knitted weighted blanket comes in two different sizes, 7-9kg, and four different colours (Midnight, Mulberry, Wasabi, Canyon). They are hand-knitted with 100% organic cotton which provides equal weight all over your body, and makes it breathable (the best weighted blanket for those hot-sleepers!).

2. A Light Therapy Lamp

Since the clock changed back in October the days have been getting darker and gloomier. This can deeply affect one's mood, particularly for those who suffer from seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Getting a SAD lamp to someone who needs it has been shown to help them cope with this mental health issue; a welcoming gift for those who miss the sun in winter,

3. A Self-Help Book

As our lives go on during this pandemic, getting a self-help book to someone who's going through a though time might help them feel inspired. Some good self-help book are:

  1. "Untamed", Glennon Doyle
  2. "Daring Greatly", <span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">Brené Brown</span>
  3. <span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", Mark Manson</span>
  4. <span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">Maybe You Should Talk To Someone", Lori Gottlieb</span>
  5. <span class="colour" style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0)">"The Chimp Paradox", Prof. Steve Peters</span>

4. An Affirmation Card Deck

Affirmation cards are a reminder that everything it's going to be OK and stop the negative self-talk. They might be a great help for those who need to be pulled out of a funk, but they can also be a great source of inspiration and instill a sense of hope; they can be incredibly motivational.

Affirmation can be applied in pretty much every aspect of your live: work, family, health and so on. Having negative thoughts can have a deep impact on your prospect of life and how you handle certain situations. Words can exercise such a strong power on how you think, and repeating something can help believe in it. Therefore, repeating positive statements can alter your thought process, behaviour and how you approach certain situations.

5. A Yoga Mat

A non-slip one precisely! Practicing yoga can bring benefits to both mental and physical health:

  1. It can help ease stress and promote relaxation by decreasing the release of cortisol (the stress hormone).
  2. It help you cope with anxiety
  3. it can help reduce inflammation
  4. It can improve heart health
  5. Improves your general quality of life
  6. It might help you fight depression (it can have an anti-depressant effect)
  7. It could improve sleep quality
  8. It improves flexibility and balance
  9. It could improve breathing
  10. It may help relieve migraines
  11. It can increase strength

6. A High-Quality Journal

Journaling has long been known to help with mental health, with benefits such as helping identify what triggers one's stress, cope with depression and manage anxiety. Therefore, a high-quality journal is a good gift for anyone who's looking for a place where to store all their thoughts and worries.

7. A Calming Tea Collection

Tea is a routine-encouraging present for someone your love who is trying to cope with stress. And whether they choose to star tor end their day with a warming cup of tea, a routine is a routine! For example, Pukka's herbal collection, or the English Tea Shop "Comfort me" and "Calming Blend", they all make really good gifts.

8. A Restaurant Or Delivery Gift Card

For someone who is going through a lot cooking can feel like a burden. Why don't take this weight off someone's shoulders by getting them a gift card for their favourite restaurant so that they can order takeout. With this gift you kill two birds with one stone: not only your present will benefit the receiver but also the food industry, something particularly needed in times like these.

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