We all have that one friend who takes on too much and always seems stressed. Whether their workload never seems to gain balance or their home life is endlessly chaotic, a number of stress-relief gifts can help them manage day-to-day challenges and integrate some self-care into their lives. Here’s how to put together a stress relief care package for that friend who needs it most.
Sometimes when you’re stressed, you just need to hit something. Help your friend let out pent-up frustration and live out her Rocky fantasy with this desktop punching speed bag. With a heavy-duty suction cup and metal spring, the catharsis ball sticks to any smooth, flat surface to relieve tension at work, home, or wherever it strikes her.
This Jade face rollers may be yet another Gwyneth Paltrow craze, but dermatologists back this one up. “The real benefit of jade rollers or facial massage is improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, so you look more glowing and less puffy,” explains Jennifer Chwalek, M.D. It can also be a relaxing experience like any other massage, so your stressed friend can glow and smile.
CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can help fight stress and sleeplessness. While you may find it nearly everywhere you look these days, from bath bombs to make-up, nothing beats pure CBD oil, which your friend can use orally or topically to combat the effects of stress.
If CBD doesn’t get your friend to sleep, maybe calming pillow spray can help, especially one infused with lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang. Studies show that aromatherapy has profound effects on relieving stress and improving sleep, even for people facing serious illness.
Speaking of pillows, why not give your friend one to use in the bath? This bath pillow is filled with cooling gel beads to help induce relaxation. With head and neck support, your friend might actually forget the bath is for soaking, not sleeping. Combine with a soothing gel mask and some aromatherapy bath bombs for the ultimate escape.
When our days are bombarded with distractions, it can be difficult to crush our to-do list. Not getting things done can lead to stress. With noise-canceling headphones, your friend can shut out the world and focus on work or a favorite new TV show when he gets get home.
Did you know eating chocolate relieves stress? According to researchers at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Centre, in addition to the sugar contributing to increased happiness, eating dark chocolate can have a positive effect on brain health. Gifting your friend with some dark chocolate fudge is sure to help her forget her worries.
Like chocolate, cooking has also been linked to stress relief because of its potentially meditative quality. From a bamboo chopping board to a fun kitchen timer, gifts that help your friend bring out his inner chef will take his mind off work and result in some nourishment for both his body and soul. And, if the idea of cooking only adds to stress, maybe it’s time to take him out for a meal.
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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.