Knowing what to get your loved ones for the holidays can be difficult, especially if that someone struggles with anxiety or depression. Sometimes you just want to give them something meaningful that could help. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Weighted blanket – for increased comfort or security.
  • Pill box – while there is never any shame in taking medication, a cool pill box adds a little fun.
  • Books – whether they are self-help books or a good novel, books help us provide an escape that’s healthy.
  • Self-care items – soap, shampoo, skin-care, toiletries, etc.
  • Heating or massage pad – to help relieve stress from built up anxiety.
  • Socks – as we get older, almost everyone loves getting a warm or fun pair of socks as a gift.
  • Candles – calming scents and a small light that shows you the way even in your darkest moments.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones – to help block out distractions while you study or work.
  • Journal – a place to help organize and write down your thoughts.
  • Puzzles – a good mind focusing tool and reliever of other built up stress

For more ideas, see the article in The Mighty here. (Gift ideas by The Mighty)

Dr. Jerry Bubrick & Producer Scilla Andreen

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