Are you working on your holiday shopping? We think just about anyone on your list could benefit from a little wellness boost or a self-care surprise! Just like Healthy365 supports our community’s whole health and wellness, you can support the mental and physical health of your family and friends too. Check out our roundup of some of the best wellness gift ideas that you can give someone you love (or treat yourself!) this holiday season.
A journal is a great gift for anyone looking to enhance their overall wellness. Studies show that journaling can reduce stress, improve your mood and make you feel happier in general. And a journal is a practical gift that your loved one can use in any way they wish, such as gratitude journaling, recording their fitness journey or as a day planner to stay better organized. With a HUGE variety in styles and quality, a journal may just be the perfect “catch-all” gift for those people on your list who seem to have everything.
Another great gift for just about anyone on your shopping list is a water bottle. Staying hydrated (especially during a strenuous workout) is one of the single-best things you can do to improve your health, and water bottles come in just about every single color, material and size so you can find the perfect fit for your loved one. If drinking super cold water is important to your giftee, we recommend a metal water bottle, with many keeping a drink cold upwards of 8-12 hours. Other people might like a water bottle with hourly goal reminders of how much to drink to stay hydrated through the day. Even kids would appreciate a fun water bottle with their favorite character or color on it!
In the wintertime, just about everyone loves curling up with a cozy blanket. But if you have someone in your life who has anxiety or trouble sleeping, then an extra cozy weighted blanket may be a great holiday gift. Several recent studies have shown benefits to sleeping with a weighted blanket, including falling asleep faster, reduced insomnia and lower rates of depression and anxiety during the day. It is usually recommended that a weighted blanket be roughly 5 to 10 percent of the owner’s body weight, with blankets for adults ranging from 12 to 30 pounds.
Light Therapy Lamp
If you know someone who is affected by the darker days of winter, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then a light therapy lamp may be able to help by replicating daylight. Prices range from around $20 and higher, and using one for a few minutes each day can help individuals increase Vitamin D and get that extra mood boost. Users should talk to their doctor before beginning treatment with light therapy.
Subscription to a Meditation App
Meditation is a great way to improve both physical and mental wellness. Meditation can improve self-awareness and decrease stress by focusing on your breathing and shifting your attention away from the distractions of life. Learning to meditate can take practice, so a subscription to a top meditation app may be a great gift if you have a loved one who is getting into meditation.
Speaking of meditation, some people like to listen to their guided meditations through a set of quality headphones. And working out is usually made more fun with a motivating playlist or interesting podcast to listen to. Still other people just need a moment of self-care by blocking out everything and listening to some relaxing music. Headphones are a great wellness gift, especially with the convenience of bluetooth headphones that pair up to your phone and eliminate the annoying cords connected to a device or laptop.
If you or a loved one need assistance on the journey to better wellness, don’t hesitate to reach out to Healthy365 online or at 317-468-4231. We’d love to hear your story and connect you with local resources and services available in Hancock County.