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7 Gift Ideas to Relieve Stress and Reduce Anxiety

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
June 3, 2024
July 13, 2024

We all have days where we could use a little mood boost. Whether you're feeling stressed, anxious, or just a bit down, there are several things you can do to lift your spirits. This article shares seven gift ideas to help boost your mood and reduce anxiety.

In addition to self-care practices like exercise, getting enough sleep, and spending time with loved ones, certain gifts can also provide relief from stress and anxiety.

1. Essential Oil Diffuser:

An essential oil diffuser can help create a calming atmosphere in your home or office. Lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus essential oils are known for their calming properties and can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

2. Coloring Books:

Coloring books aren't just for kids! Adult coloring books have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to reduce stress and anxiety. Coloring can help calm the mind and promote mindfulness. Also, from time-to-time, we offer coloring books as rewards redemption items in our Unified Care app. Check out the rewards section, today!

3. Herbal Tea Sampler:

Drinking herbal tea can help promote relaxation and reduce stress. A herbal tea sampler with a variety of flavors can help you find your favorites and create a soothing tea ritual.

4. Weighted Blanket:

Weighted blankets can provide a sense of comfort and security, similar to a warm hug. They're designed to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, making them an excellent gift for anyone looking to boost their mood.

5. Yoga Mat:

Yoga has been shown to have several mental health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety. A yoga mat is a great gift for anyone interested in practicing yoga or looking to incorporate more mindfulness practices into their daily routine. And our Unified Care app has one directly from iHealth that you can redeem with points! Open the Unified Care app, and see!

6. Fidget Toys:

Just as the repetitive motion of a hammock can lull you into a relaxed state, fidgeting involves performing small, repetitive movements such as tapping your foot, twirling a pen, or squeezing a stress ball. These movements help to release nervous energy and reduce feelings of restlessness and tension.

Fidgeting can also provide a sense of security and comfort, especially during times of stress or anxiety. Fidgeting can also be a grounding mechanism, helping anchor you in the present moment and calm your nerves. Ask your care team about our UnifiedCare fidget pen! But be quick! It sells out fast.

7. Gratitude Journal:

Practicing gratitude has been shown to have several mental health benefits, including boosting mood and reducing stress. A gratitude journal can help you focus on the positive things in your life and promote a more optimistic outlook.

Takeaways

Boosting your mood and reducing anxiety doesn't have to be complicated. Incorporating self-care practices into your routine, like exercise and spending time with loved ones, can go a long way in promoting positive mental health. Additionally, these gift ideas can provide relief from stress and anxiety, making them excellent options for yourself or loved ones who could use a mood boost. Remember to prioritize your mental health and take care of yourself.

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