When you find yourself feeling helpless and uncertain about how to support your loved ones, I hope that these beautifully thoughtful mental health gift ideas can bring sunshine to their darkest days.
Your small act of kindness in sending these gifts, will inspire strength and reinforce their ability to own a life of happiness, growth and recovery.
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Gift Ideas To Make Them Smile
A Motivational Card
This beautiful when things get hard card by Lucy and Lolly is a handmade, plantable bean card.
By planting the attached bean in soil, in two weeks your plant will surface with the Positive Vibes message on its leaves.
I had never seen anything like this before, but now I’m obsessed with the contribution of these cards to mental health, wellbeing and the environment. We stan a small, eco-friendly business!
Planting and caring for your beanstalk is also a great distraction from any negative thoughts and feelings.
A framed picture of an inspiring quote is the perfect reminder for your loved ones, to keep going at times where mental illness weighs heavily on them.
A book filled with happy memories, through the use of photographs, cards, tickets, receipts and small tokens is a mental health gift guaranteed to promote happiness in your loved ones.
Flower Subscription Service
Now who doesn’t love receiving a bouquet of flowers? Using a subscription service allows you to surprise your loved ones with beautiful blooms every week, fortnight or month.
Gift Ideas To Calm Their Anxious Thoughts
A weighted blanket is just as it sounds, a blanket which is filled with plastic pellets to place pressure on the body.
The heaviness of these blankets promotes a calming effect, because it can feel like you’re being held. This feeling of safety can be extremely comforting and soothing for people that experience stress and anxiety.
Floatation therapy is simply when you immerse your body into a pod filled with water and Epsom salts, which allows you to float effortlessly.
Inside of the tank you are deprived of the senses, which helps you to switch off your mind and enter a state of deep relaxation. The salt water is also kept exactly at body temperature, making you feel completely weightless.
Floating can be beneficial for many reasons, including reducing anxiety, relieving chronic pain, improving sleep and reducing stress levels.
Thank goodness for Rescue Remedy! Placing a few drops of Rescue Remedy Comfort & Reassure underneath my tongue, when I am feeling anxious or stressed, really helps me to cope in overwhelming situations.
Travelling on public transport, attending appointments and public speaking are examples of situations which I am able to manage, because of this product.
If your loved ones suffer from anxiety, droppers from the Rescue Remedy range are a handbag essential!
Meditation App Subscription
Meditation app subscriptions (like Headspace and Calm) are extremely thoughtful gifts. These apps give your loved ones the tools which they need to look after their mental health, through inspiring stories, meditations and sleepcasts.
Headspace are currently offering a free year of Headspace Plus for anybody living in America and facing unemployment, to help you get back on your feet.
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Gift Ideas To Distract Them From Negative Thoughts
Sitting down with a puzzle book is a coping mechanism which really helps me to stay grounded. By focusing on each question, it becomes harder for negative thoughts to surface.
My favourites include the trilogy of Mindfulness Puzzle Books by Dr. Gareth Moore.
Positive Affirmation Cards
Positive affirmations are short statements or phrases which are repeated, to inspire the person speaking them.
It is important to treat yourself with love and kindness, especially on bad mental health days. By reading positive affirmations aloud, your loved ones can maintain a positive mindset which dismisses unhelpful thoughts readily.
Self Care Box
Building a self care box is gifting a safe place for somebody, which includes everything they could ever need to complete regular self-care.
Gift Ideas To Help Them Unwind
Getting lost in a book can be so relaxing. One minute you settle down to start reading and before you know it hours have flown by.
Some of my favourite self-help books are:
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge
The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight
Adult Colouring Book
Concentrating on colouring is a perfect way to unwind before going to bed, or to create a feeling of calm in times of need. It focuses your attention on the present moment, which makes adult colouring books a useful tool to have in your box of coping mechanisms.
My favourite is the Enchanted Forest Colouring Book by Johanna Basford, which you can pair with these affordable colouring pencils.
I hope that this post helps you to comprise mental health gift ideas for your loved ones with mental illness, which promote a positive mental health and mindset.
Which gifts have you received that have really supported your mental health? Let me know in the comments!
Below are links to websites that can help you, if you are struggling with your mental health. Please know that you are worthy of love, support and recovery.
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