Raising a child can be a joyful and fulfilling experience for parents, but it can also be a stressful one. And research shows that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe stress and anxiety as men — so moms can really use a break. Wellness coach Elizabeth Scott lists the following common causes of stress for mothers: time demands, finances, relationship demands, protective instincts, self doubt, and time alone. With these stressors in mind, we’ve gathered seven stress relief gifts that moms can conveniently use at home.
1. Checklists and Storage Bins
While you might think of bath bombs and candles as stress-busting gifts for moms, don’t overlook tools that help them stay organized. After all, if a common cause of stress is running out of time, then helping Mom use her time efficiently can do wonders. These undated weekly and monthly checklists help her stay on top of every work meeting, school function, sports practice, and date night so she doesn’t forget or overbook. Maybe she’ll even schedule in some me-time. In the same vein, some home organization accessories like these colorful storage bins can help tidy up her space in a way even Marie Kondo would admire.
2. A Relaxing Massage
Not only are massages pricey, but Mom might be too busy to book one at the nearest day spa. But who says she has to travel somewhere to soothe achy muscles? This massage roller ball can be used anywhere, eliminating soreness, promoting blood circulation, and — best of all — relieving stress. Or she can have her partner work on her achy muscles with the application of a CBD daily intensive cream.
3. Date Night at Home
Relationship demands also create stress for parents, but Mom and her partner can still squeeze in date night without leaving the house. Help turn her kitchen into a wine bar with the help of this wine set from Kato. Or go all out and transform her backyard into a woodsy oasis with a crackling fire pit where she can enjoy date night under the stars. P.S. These gifts are just as enjoyable for a single mom.
4. Anxiety Relief
If the person you’re shopping for happens to be a new mom, she may be a little more anxious than usual as she eases into parenthood. Many moms find it difficult to relax when facing the massive responsibility of raising a vulnerable human being, so finding a way to help calm Mom’s fears can be a huge help. This wireless HD baby monitor eases Mom’s mind so she can keep her baby safe without hovering throughout every nap or leaping at every suspicious sound.
Because busy moms shouldn’t have to stress about what to wear, give Mom loungewear that’s stylish as well as comfortable so that she can wear it around the house or while running errands. This loosely fitting cozy knit romper is available in a variety of warm colors.
6. Words of Encouragement
Sometimes moms can run into self-doubt, which only adds to their stress. Gift the mom you love with some words of encouragement she can keep close by, like the ones engraved on this elegant and inspirational bangle.
7. Time Alone
Most moms don’t think they have time to cultivate self-care because they rarely have time alone. Even if Mom doesn’t get much time alone, encourage her to take mini-breaks throughout the day when she can. With the help of this white noise machine and a light-blocking eye mask, peace and quiet are accessible even in a busy house. If you really want to make her day, volunteer to babysit.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.