self-care tools that actually work

The concept of self-care has gained a considerable amount of attention and popularity in recent years. With so many products being marketed as self-care tools, it can be hard to know which ones are really worth it. Self-care is more than treating yourself with material items. Sometimes, it means putting in the work to create positive habits and taking the time to do things that are beneficial for you physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Here are 5 holiday gift ideas to help your loved ones on their journey towards real self-care. 

1.    Journal: 

Who doesn’t want a safe space to express themselves? Journaling can be helpful for expressing thoughts and feelings and analyzing them as well. It’s the perfect gift to let someone know you think their thoughts and feelings are worthy of being expressed. Plus, you can pick out a journal that perfectly fits their style and will be aesthetically pleasing too!

2.    Guided Meditation Subscription:

Meditation can be a great resource for those who struggle with stress and overthinking. It encourages mindfulness and attention to being present, which we could all use a little more of. With so many different resources for guided meditation, there is undoubtedly something to fit everyone’s needs and schedules. 

3.    Meal Kit Subscription Service:

Eating healthy, home-cooked meals isn’t always an easy or convenient option, but with a meal kit being delivered straight to your door, the process becomes so much easier. A healthy body facilitates a healthy mind, so this is a great gift for someone who wants to prioritize wellness but struggles to make healthy food at home.

4.    Wellness Books or E-book Subscription:

What better way to help someone on their wellness journey than to give them the gift of knowledge? Wellness books are a great way to show someone that you care about their emotional wellbeing by gifting them something that will be meaningful to their growth. If you’re unsure of the right book to gift someone, some great books to start with are Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, and How to Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera. If you struggle to find the right book, you can always go for the option of a subscription service or gift card, giving them endless options to choose from. 

5.    Online Therapy Gift Card/Membership:

Many well-known websites and apps that offer therapy also offer gift cards or gift subscriptions. This is a great gift for someone who has been thinking about starting therapy but is apprehensive based on the cost or other factors. Therapy can be an amazing tool for those looking for extra support and insight!

Finding the right holiday gift can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of gifting monotonous material items that could end up sitting in the closet all year, give your loved ones something that will truly benefit their well-being and self-care.

This article has been republished from Renewed Awareness Magazine.

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